Rickey Roberts pulled up 560 pounds on deadlift Saturday to record the best lift in the 242-pound weight class at the Region 6 Division 2 meet at Decatur High School.
The lift put Roberts in fourth with a final tally of 1,370 pounds. He had a squat of 530 and bench press of 280.
“I had the best deadlift and I’m proud of that,” Roberts said. “I was going for the school record (575). I went for it but unfortunately I couldn’t get it.
“I’m looking forward to next year.”
Roberts finished 60 pounds back of Graham’s Derek Baynes who took second and clinched the second of two state-qualifying spots. Conner Barnes, of Sanger won the class with 1,500 pounds.
Roberts said he hoped to get 580 on squat, entering the meet.
“My max was 560 and I went for that for my second and third lifts and missed it,” Roberts said. “I really wished I could’ve got another 20 pounds.”
Roberts’ teammate Graham Cowdrey finished sixth in the class with a total of 1,160. Cowdrey had a squat of 470, bench press 290 and deadlift of 400.
WILLIAMS TAKES FIFTH
Trying to charge up in the standings in the 275-pound class, Decatur’s Dakota Williams had the bar loaded up with 565 pounds.
During the lift, he felt his grip slipping.
“My fingers started slipping on the bar. I didn’t want to drop it and get disqualified for dumping,” Williams said.
Williams caught the bar but scratched on the lift. He finished with a deadlift of 510 to land him in fifth place in his weight class. His final tally was 1,375.
“I wish I could’ve done more,” Williams said. “I was hoping to get more on squat. I tried to go for 600.”
Williams had a squat of 560. He bench pressed 305.
“This is definitely something to build upon,” he said.
SAMANO FINISHES FIFTH
In the 123-pound class, Alex Samano took fifth with a tally of 775.
Samano lifted 295 on squat, 145 on bench press and 335 on deadlift.
“I tried my best. I didn’t get what I wanted to. My deadlift should’ve been more,” said the sophomore Samano.
His teammates Jesus Gam and Dawsom Thompson took eighth and 10th in the class.
LOCAL REGIONAL RESULTS
123: 5. Alex Samano, Decatur, 775; 8. Jesus Gam, Decatur, 690; 10. Dawson Thompson, Decatur, 605
165: 7. Chad Layton, Decatur, 1,065
220: 7. Tyler Jennings, Bridgeport, 1,115
242: 4. Rickey Roberts, Decatur, 1,370; 6. Graham Cowdrey, Decatur, 1,160
275: 5. Dakota Williams, Decatur, 1,375; 6. Bronson Burks, Bridgeport, 1,375