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Powerlifting: Losing, gaining – Trimmer Williams aims for state

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, March 7, 2015
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Last spring, 249-pound Dakota Williams lifted 1,375 pounds at the Region 6 Division 2 meet to bring home fifth place in the 275-pound class.

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RIGHT FIT – After dropping 35 pounds, Dakota Williams is at the top of the 220-pound class heading into the Region 6 Division 3 meet. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Giving up as much as 25 pounds in the class, he held his own with his 560-pound squat, 305 pounds on bench press and 510 pounds on deadlift.

When he steps under the bar to squat Saturday morning at the 2015 regional meet, Williams will be in a much different class. Thirty-five pounds lighter at 214, Williams enters the meet as the top-ranked lifter in the 220-pound division with his total of 1,395.

The trimmer Decatur senior hopes this is his chance to punch his ticket to the state meet.

“I’m proud of where I am, thinking of how far I’ve come since my freshman year,” Williams said. “I’m hoping this is my year to get first and go to state.”

Williams dropped the weight over the summer and fall with no real concerted effort.

“It was just from football and working out,” Williams claimed. “Last powerlifting season, I was up to 255. Over the summer, I maintained that.”

He didn’t realize the weight he had shed until he injured the medial collateral ligament and stepped on the scales at the doctor office.

“I weighed 220,” he recalled. “My dad asked me, ‘Are you eating?'”

Williams missed two weeks of the football season.

“I braced it and did some conditioning,” he said.

After football, he returned to the weight room to prepare for powerlifting.

“At the start of the season, I had lost a bit [of strength],” Williams said.

But it didn’t take long to not only regain it but increase his maxes in squat and deadlift. He improved his squat to 565 and deadlift to 535. His total increased by 20 pounds.

“Normally if a kid loses that much weight, they would lose some strength,” said Decatur coach Scott Warner. “That just shows how hard he works. He’s a hard-working kid.”

Warner said he’s part of a group with Rickey Roberts and Jacob Hartsell lives in the weight room.

“I’m excited to see what they can do. They deserve all that they get,” Warner said.

Mineral Wells’ Johnny Morales is 40 pounds behind Williams heading into Saturday’s meet.

Williams, who owns the school record in the 275-pound class with his squat of 560, hopes to establish a new high mark in the 220 class at 580.

But winning to move on to state is his main goal this weekend.

“That would mean everything,” Williams said. “If I get first and on the podium, I might cry. It’s what I’ve been working toward since my freshman year.”

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