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THSPA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
DILLEY SOPHOMORE NABS FIRST POWERLIFTING CHAMPIONSHIP FOR SCHOOL SINCE 2014.
Chris Medrano made the most of his initial opportunity at the state powerlifting meet and earned Dilley’s first state championship since Max Obregon in 2014 at the Texas High School Powerlifting State Champioships in Abilene on March 24.
Medrano was one of three Dilley lifters competing at the event and he and teammates Adrian Carrasco and Bubba Reyes still managed to place fifth overall as a team at the Class 3A, Division 3 event.
“I just want to say how proud I am of all three of these boys,” DHS Powerlifting Head Coach Ismael Rocha said. “They showed up this past weekend and hit new personal records in every lift. The senior of the team (Adrian Carrazco) showed up and put a total of 1,555, his personal best, and ended up in tenth place out of 23. “Sophomore Bubba Reyes, once again, pushed his best numbers, even going for the state record in bench,” the coach said. “Sophomore Chris Medrano, after setting a record at regionals with a squat of 455 lbs., went on to break his personal record and squatted 460 lbs. He then attempted to break the bench press record of 300 lbs. and came up a little short.
“These three combined, ended up with a fifth place team finish. At the beginning of the year they told me they wanted to put Dilley back on the map and, with a finish like this, they are well on their way to doing just that.”
Medrano finished with a first place total weight of 1,165 lbs. He edged local rival Joseph Salazar of Cotulla for the title in his weight class. He recorded lifts of 460 lbs. in the squat, 295 lbs. in the bench press and 410 lbs. in the deadlift.
Reyes was third overall in the 148-lb. weight division with a total lift of 1,405 lbs. His lifts included 560 lbs. in the squat, 295 lbs. in the bench press and 410 lbs. in the deadlift. He was also only 25 lbs. shy of taking the runner-up spot.
Carrazco earned a top ten spot in the 242-lb. weight class, finishing tenth overall with a total lift of 1,555 lbs. His lifts included 560 lbs. in the squat, 470 lbs. in the bench press and 525 lbs. in the deadlift.
Dilley finished only six points out of second place at the meet and were two points shy of placing third overall.