By LARRY GAGE
His total lift of 875 pounds broke down as follows; squat lift, 360 pounds; bench press, 185 pounds; and dead lift, 330 pounds. He tied his personal best in the bench press. His PB on the squat lift is 365 pounds and 335 on the dead lift. Lopez’s best total lift coming in was 880 pounds.
Lopez, a sophomore, was competing in the 114-lb. weight class and in the state meet for the first time. The gold medal for first place in class was taken by Johnny Adair of Sealy, with a total lift of 900 pounds.
“We had second place locked in,” head Tarpon lifting coach Justin Stumbaugh Saturday evening after the meet. On Lopez’s last attempt on the dead lift, “We went for 355 pounds. That would have given Jerry 900 pounds total, with Adair’s final attempt coming.” “We’re proud of him,” Stumbaugh said. “He did well.”
“I gave it my best,” Lopez added.
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