Prior to the cancelation of UIL events, the Gonzales Apaches powerlifters traveled to take on the regional meet in hopes of qualifying for state. Of the six lifters, Coby Pruett in the superheavyweight division qualified for state with his total lift of 1,600 pounds.
Pruett had a squat of 650 pounds, bench press of 370 pounds and dead lift of 580 pounds to total to 1,600, taking fourth in his respective weight class.
Ryan Gomez placed third in the 275-pound weight class, with lifts of 565-365-560 to total to 1,490 pounds. Diego Hernandez placed fourth in the 148-pound class with lifts of 450-225-445 to total 1,120 pounds. Cesar Matamoros placed sixth in 165-pound class with lifts of 450-265-415 to total to 1,130 pounds. Placing seventh in the superheavyweight class was Brett Jahns with total lifts of 520-400-425 to total 1,345 pounds. Christian Almaguer bombed out during the squat.
As of press time, the Texas High School Powerlifting Association (THSPA) has rescheduled the boys state meet for May 2 in Abilene due to the COVID-19 virus. “This is a fluid situation, so please check the THSPA website for updates,” read a message on their front page.
The Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association (THSWPA) also rescheduled their state meet.
“We are continuing our efforts to find a new location and dates to host the state meet,” wrote Christian Navarro, president of THSWPA. “Our top priority is the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved including the student athletes, coaches and workers.”
Gonzales’ Sydney Clack qualified for the state meet as well. The senior lifted 350 pounds in squat, 190 pounds in bench press and 325 pounds in the dead lift to total to 865 pounds, winning the 259-plus weight division in her region.