At 5-6 and only 144 pounds, Anthony Perez isn’t the biggest. Not at all.
However, of all the high school powerlifters in Texas — from the biggest 6As to the smallest rural schools — no one stands taller than the San Diego High School senior. In fact, he's a giant in the sport, and Perez, who won every meet he lifted in this season, saved his finest day for the last powerlifting meet of his high school career.
The amazingly strong multi-sport athlete won his third-consecutive state title by dominating the 148-pound weight class and helping San Diego to another team state championship at the Texas High School Powerlifting Association Division 3 meet in Abilene Saturday. Aside from the state title, Perez’s performance won so many individual honors that he literally couldn’t carry them all.
Perez totaled 1,615 pounds to easily win his weight class. His total included a 680-pound squat, a bench press of 375 pounds and a 560-pound deadlift. His squat and bench totals were his best of the season. His deadlift total was only five pounds off his best lift this season.
Afterward, the THSPA named Perez the Overall Outstanding Lifter in Class 6A to 1A. He also won the Outstanding Lifter in his weight class and earned the Outstanding Total, Outstanding Squatter, Outstanding Bench Presser and Outstanding Deadlifted awards. This was aside from the gold medals he received for his individual state title and San Diego’s team championship.
“Anthony had a good day,” San Diego coach Bo Ochoa said. “He’s a strong kid and he’s lifted well all season.”