By LARRY GAGE
The Men’s Regional Powerlifting Meet is on for this Saturday, March 12, at Kingsville. Seven P.I. Tarpon lifters will make the trip up Hwy. 77 to compete for a chance to qualify for the state meet in Abilene later this month.
This writer spoke with head powerlifting coach Justin Stumbaugh this week in the weight room and, while he was reluctant to name names, he is confident that more than one of his iron-pumping athletes have a good chance to make it through the regional meet and go on to state.
“I will say that we have three or four that have a legitimate chance,” Stumbaugh said. “They’re going to have to have a good meet. None of these guys have been to state. E.J. Ybarra and Jerry Lopez were alternates last year, so they got to go and watch but they didn’t compete.”
The top two lifters in each weight class in the final standings qualify for the state powerlifting meet, held every year in Abilene. The competitors are ranked according to the total number of pounds lifted in the squat lift, bench press, and dead lift. One can also qualify for state if his total lift at least equals the state qualifying minimum for the particular weight class.
Most of the P.I. regional qualifiers arrive at the weight room around 6:30 a.m. for their first of as many as three workouts on the day. Tuesday morning I observed as 123-pounder Josh Molina dead lifted 375 pounds. A successful dead lift is accomplished by simply lifting the bar off the floor in a continuous upward movement until the knees lock.
“The dead lift is my favorite,” Molina said. “My personal best is 390 pounds. “I’m very confident. It’s my first year (in competition) and my last year because I’m a senior. I want to push it as far as I can go.” Molina’s best total lift is 940 pounds, which ranks fourth in the region.
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