SAN DIEGO — In powerlifting, size doesn’t always equal strength. In fact, some of the biggest totals come from some the smallest lifters.

San Diego High School’s Anthony Perez is a perfect example. Standing all of five-foot, three-inches, he was one of smallest lifters in the San Diego Brush Country Classic. However, he was pound-for-pound one of the strongest lifters at the annual meet in San Diego Friday afternoon. And when his totals for the day were finally logged into the Texas High School Powerlifting Association, Perez stood as the No. 1 ranked lifter in the state in his weight class and division.

Perez easily won the 148-pound weight class at Friday’s meet with a total of 1,435 pounds. Only three lifters in the meet put up more weight, but those lifters competed in the 220-pound weight class or heavier. Perez had a squat of 580 pounds, a 325-pound bench press and a deadlift of 530 pounds.

He was one of three San Diego lifters who won their weight class and helped the Vaqueros to a first-place team finish in the meet.

Ethan Gonzalez won the 220-pound weight class with a 1,440-pound total. Gonzalez had a 570-pound squat, a 350-pound bench press and a 520-pound deadlift. Aqua Dulce’s Austin Kennemer trailed closely with a 1,405-pound total to take third place. Kennemer had a 570-pound squat, a 320-pound bench press and a 515-pound deadlift.

San Diego’s Michael Salaiz had the biggest total of the meet. He won the 242-pound weight class with a 1,570-pound total. He squatted 630 pounds. He had a bench press of 370 pounds and a 570-pound deadlift.

For their efforts, Perez was the meet’s Outstanding Lifter in the lighter weight classes. Salaiz won the award for the meet’s heavier weight classes.

Benavides lifter Arnold Pena won the 114-pound weight class with an 885-pound total. Adrian Campos of Freer won the won the 123-pound weight class with a 1,010-pound total.