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Eagles’ Brown eyes state title

By Richard Greene | Published Thursday, March 24, 2011

WORTH HIS WEIGHT - Dillan Brown completes a deadlift at the Region VI meet. He will try for a state title this weekend. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

After earning the outstanding lifter award at the Class 3A Region VI meet earlier this month, Decatur’s Dillan Brown will take his shot at earning a state title Saturday.

Brown enters the Texas High School Powerlifting Association’s state meet at Abilene’s Taylor County Coliseum as the top lifter in the 123-pound class. His regional total of 1,050 pounds is 50 pounds better than Taylor’s Michael McIntire.

Decatur coach Heath Tullous expects the experienced Brown, who took second last year at state, to bring home the gold.

“Last year, he was nervous and didn’t have a good meet,” he said. “This year, he’s confident.”

The coach also wants to see him make history.

“I’m trying to get his mind off winning it. He’s only 20 pounds off the squat record,” Tullous said. “He got 430 at regionals with ease. He can get the record of 450. We’re going for it on the third attempt.”

If Brown wins his class, he could put the Eagles in position to bring home some team hardware with help from the three other Decatur lifters – Ray Cortez, Alejandro Beltran and Zach Ramirez.

In the super heavyweight division, Cortez is sixth with his regional total of 1,540.

“He should be higher,” Tullous said. “We’ll need to get 1,600 for a medal.”

Beltran is rated fifth in the 132-pound class, lifting 1,060 at regionals.

Ramirez is ninth in the 114-division with his total of 750.

In 2A, Alvord’s Colton Redman enters the state meet ranked second in the 165-pound class with his total of 1,320.

Paradise’s Jackson Cunningham with a total of 1,590 pounds is fifth in the 275-pound division.

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