The San Diego boys won every powerlifting meet they were in this season, and the regional championship was no different.
The Vaqueros won the Region 5, Div. III championship Thursday with ease and qualified four lifters to the upcoming Texas High School Powerlifting Association state meet in Abilene on March 23. The group won four individual weight class titles, individual awards and set state records along the way.
Lifters Anthony Perez, Lee Bazan, Joseph Araujo and Michael Salaiz each won their weight class.
Perez, a senior and a two-time defending state champion, easily won the 148-pound weight class with a 1,600-pound total, which included record-breaking lifts in squats and bench press. Perez squatted 665 pounds and bench pressed 370. He had a deadlift total of 565. He was named the meet’s Outstanding Lifter.
Bazan won the 165-pound weight class with a 1,475-pound total. He had a record-breaking squat in his weight class of 625 pounds. He also bench pressed 365 and had a deadlift of 485.
Araujo had a total of 1,465 to win the 198-pound weight class. He had a squat of 550 pounds, a bench press of 365 and a deadlift of 550
Salaiz had a total of 1,715 pounds to win the 275-pound weight class. He set a weight class record with a 615-pound deadlift. He also had a squat of 675 pounds and a 425-pound bench press.
Also scoring points for San Diego’s team total was lifter Austin Mendez. He placed fourth in the 132-pound weight class with a 980-pound total.