Decatur’s Dillan Brown stood on the edge of history Saturday, but also came close to seeing his dream come to a dramatic end in Abilene.
After missing his first two attempts on the squat, the defending state champion in the 123-pound class was on the brink of bombing out. The senior then came through on his final attempt at a record 460 pounds and setting the table for a second state title.
“It had to be the third one,” Brown said. “I didn’t get it at first, and the second time I got it and they said I didn’t go low enough. But I managed to push through it and get it.
“I was getting nervous, but it made it even more sweet.”
Brown’s second state title earns him a spot in the Texas High School Powerlifting Association’s Hall of Honor.
“Words can’t describe it,” Brown said. “It’s something I wanted to do and I knew if I did it, I’d be the third one from Decatur.”
Along with setting his weight class’ squat record, he also set the mark for total weight at 1,130 pounds. He bench pressed 230 pounds and pulled up 440 on deadlift.
Brown attempted 240 on bench press, but couldn’t get it up. On deadlift, he got his opener of 435, then decided to go up five pounds to set the total record in the final meet of his career.
“I have to thank my coaches and teammates,” Brown said. “I’ve got close to them over the years. And also Cole Selby. He’s always been there to help me out and wrap my knees.”
Decatur coach Tim Mynarcik heaped praise on Brown.
“He’s in the record books forever as a multiple state champion,” Mynarcik said. “Someone might break his squat or total record, but being a two-time state champion is something that can’t be taken from him. It’s a big accomplishment.”
Brown’s state title helped the Decatur three-man team that including Nolan Newville and Raymond Cortez finish tied for second in the Division II standings with 10 points. Raymondville won the team title with 12 points.
The second place was Decatur’s best finish in the program’s history.
“Each year is different,” Mynarcik said. “This is one of those years I’ll be remembering for a long time. It’s a good way for [those seniors] to finish their career.”
Newville took third in the 123-pound class, lifting 1,020 pounds. He squatted 400, benched 230 and pulled up 390 on deadlift.
“He was on the money,” Mynarcik said. “A 70-pound increase [from regionals] is the most we’ve ever had. Everything he did was in the zone.”
Despite battling the lingering effects of the flu, Cortez took seventh in the super heavyweight class. Cortez lifted 1,625 pounds. He had a squat of 630, bench of 410 and deadlift of 585.
“I was not feeling 100 percent,” Cortez said. “It was bad timing. It took a lot of energy out of me.”
Mynarcik said Cortez battled despite the illness.
“To make it to that level is a big accomplishment,” the Decatur coach said. “He was one of 481 lifters from across the state to make it.”