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By Richard Greene | Published Thursday, March 31, 2011

FLEXING THEIR MUSCLES - Decatur's Alejandro Beltran and Dillan Brown brought home medals from the Texas High School Powerlifting Association championships Saturday in Abilene. Decatur took fifth as a team. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Brown wins state title

Since bringing home the second-place finish at the Texas High School Powerlifting Association’s state championship in 2010, Decatur’s Dillan Brown has been focused on one goal.

Saturday he accomplished it, winning the Division II title in the 123-pound division in Abilene.

“It’s the best feeling I’ve ever had in my life so far,” Brown said. “I set this as a goal last year and worked hard for it and pulled it off.”

Brown lifted a total of 1,065, beating second-place Michael McIntire of Taylor by 15 pounds. The difference came on deadlift. Brown lifted 415 to McIntire’s 400.

“The guy behind him was tied with him all day until deadlift,” said Decatur coach Heath Tullous. “[Brown] had his best meet ever. He stayed relaxed all day.”

Brown said the experience from getting to state as a sophomore helped him.

“I knew what to expect, stayed relaxed and kept my head on straight,” he said.

On squat, Brown lifted 430. He went for the state record of 455, but couldn’t get it.

“I had a good shot for the record,” he said. “When I went up, I got stuck.”

Brown quickly rebounded, getting all three of his lifts on bench press and deadlift. He benched 220.

“I got a personal best on both of them,” Brown said.

After accomplishing this goal, Brown has already set another – repeating as a champion.

“My goal is to work hard all year and try to get the record,” Brown said. “It’s going to be tough next year. I know that I’m going to be a target.”


Redman finishes with third place

Alvord’s Colton Redman closed his high school career with a medal at the Texas High School Powerlifting Association state championships.

Redman took third place in the Division III 165-pound division, lifting a total of 1,295 pounds.

“What I told myself was that I just wanted to medal, and I did,” Redman said. “You can’t go to state and not be proud of it.”

His total was 25 pounds less than his regional total of 1,320 or his season-best of 1,325.

“It wasn’t my best meet,” Redman said.

After his 475 squat and 300-pound bench press, Redman was sitting behind five other lifters. He worked himself up the leaderboard in the last event, deadlift. He pulled up 520 – the second-best lift in the division.

“My deadlift is what got me to place third,” Redman said.

The Alvord senior’s athletic career is far from over at Alvord. He’s back catching for the baseball team, carrying his .300 batting average.


FLEXING THEIR MUSCLES - Decatur's Alejandro Beltran and Dillan Brown brought home medals from the Texas High School Powerlifting Association championships Saturday in Abilene. Decatur took fifth as a team. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Eagles take fifth

Decatur’s Alejandro Beltran came to the sport of powerlifting late, but he made the most of his time.

The senior brought home third place in the Division II 132-pound class at the Texas High School Powerlifting Association’s state championships Saturday in Abilene.

Beltran lifted a total of 1,065 pounds.

“It meant a lot to me with this being my first year doing it,” Beltran said. “It was first year and last year. It was fun. I wished I would have done it every year.”

Making his state debut, Beltran said he was so nervous that he couldn’t eat the day before. But once he started lifting those nerves were not evident. He squatted a personal best 415 pounds. He followed that with a bench press of 240 and closed out with a deadlift of 410.

“I missed my last squat which would’ve been a school record, but I made it on deadlift and bench,” he said.

Decatur coach Heath Tullous was impressed by Beltran’s performance. He came into the meet fifth and moved up two spots.

“He came out of nowhere and had the meet of his life to close out his career,” Tullous said.

The coach gave Beltran credit for helping the Decatur team bring home a fifth-place plaque. Beltran and state champion Dillan Brown won medals for the team. Two other Decatur lifters – Ray Cortez and Zach Ramirez placed. Decatur finished with 10 points.

“I’m really proud, and it’s satisfying to all of us,” Beltran said about the top-five team finish.

Brown added: “It’s a nice accomplishment. It’s the second time we’ve placed as a team at state.”

Ramirez finished eighth in the 114-pound class with a total of 775. He squatted 300, benched 160 and pulled up 315 on deadlift.

Cortez took sixth in the super heavyweight division. He squatted 595, benched 390 and pulled up 605 on deadlift.

“They didn’t medal, but had great meets,” Tullous said. “Ray almost got to 1,600 and went up 50 pounds from regionals. Zach was up 45 pounds from regionals. Both will be back next year.”

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