Powerlifting: Pulling through – Garza makes state meet after nearly bombing out

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, March 9, 2016
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Moving On

MOVING ON – Decatur’s Angel Garza finished second in his weight class Saturday at the Region 6 Division 2 meet to earn a spot in the state meet. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

After failing to complete his first two lifts on squat, Decatur’s Angel Garza found himself one miss from bombing out Saturday.

“My first two I didn’t get,” he said. “I was scared. I took a couple of energy drinks.”

The boost helped the Decatur sophomore record a squat of 355 to stay in the competition. Garza then lifted his way to a second-place finish in the 132-pound class at the Texas High School Powerlifting Association’s Region 6 Division 2 meet in Chico. The finish earns him a spot in the state meet April 2 in Abilene.

“This means a lot, especially coming from a family that doesn’t do sports,” Garza said.

Garza lifted a total of 935, edging out his teammate Marc Lara by 20 pounds. Iowa Park’s Dalton Adkins won the class with a tally of 1,080.

Garza ended up five pounds better than his previous best of 350 on squat. He trailed Lara by 15 pounds after the first discipline. On bench press, he pushed up 190 to put him into second place – five pounds ahead of Lara.

Going to deadlift, Garza loaded the bar with 390 pounds.

“I was telling myself that I could get it. I didn’t think about the weight,” Garza said.

He pulled up the weight – the second-most in the class – to secure the state spot.

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