The Natalia Mustang Powerlifting team had a strong finish to their 2016-2017 regular season last Thursday in San Antonio. The boys in blue dominated the seven team meet finishing with 63 points which dominated the competition. Included within the 63 team points were seven Mustangs who captured a 1st place finish.
“Our boys ended the season on a high note taking 1st place,” Coach Ilyan Martinez said. “Although it was a small meet, I was really happy to see my kids compete well and hit new best lifts which put many in position for regional.”
Natalia finished ahead of Floresville (14 points), Pleasanton (14), Southwest (12), Bandera (10), Brackett (5) and Jourdanton (3).
The following are the seven Mustangs who claimed top awards for their lift totals:
123 lb. weight class: Manuel Padilla 425 lb. squat, 190 lb. bench press, 370 lb. dead lift-985 lb. total.
148 lb. WC: Matthew Contreras 360 lb. squat, 180 lb. bench press, 375 lb. dead lift-915 lb. total.
181 lb. WC: Rey Rizo450 lb. squat, 225 lb. bench press, 405 lb. dead lift-1,080 lb. total.
198 lb. WC: CadenFregia500 lb. squat, 280 lb. bench press, 390 lb. dead lift-1,170 lb. total.
220 lb. WC: Julian Martinez 535 lb. squat, 330 lb. bench press, 565 lb. dead lift-1,430 lb. total.
Super Heavy WC: Victor Cruz 560 lb. squat, 325 lb. bench press, 505 lb. dead lift-1,390 lb. total.
132 lb. WC: Ryan Juarez (2nd place) 350 lb. squat, 170 lb. bench press, 365 lb. dead lift-885 lb. total; Saul Valadez (4th place) 315 lb. squat, 145 lb. bench press, 310 lb. dead lift-770 lb. total.
148 lb. WC: Diego Zapata (3rd place) 350 lb. squat, 175 lb. bench press, 345 lb. dead lift-870 lb. total; Reese McDole (8th place) 205 lb. squat, 140 lb. bench press, 245 lb. dead lift-590 lb. total.
165 lb. WC: Joel Rios (3rd place) 385 lb. squat, 220 lb. bench press, 415 lb. dead lift-1,020 lb. total.
181 lb. WC: Isaiah Gomez (2nd place) 425 lb. squat, 235 lb. bench press, 405 lb. dead lift-1,065 total; Matthew Manka (3rd place) 335 squat, 215 lb. bench press, 360 lb. dead lift-910 lb. total.
198 lb. WC: Alejandro Sanchez (2nd place) 450 lb. squat, 245 lb. bench press, 465 lb. dead lift-1,160 total; Peter Billalobos (3rd place) 455 lb. squat, 200 lb. bench press, 465 lb. dead lift-1,120 lb. total; Michael Martinez (4th place) 415 lb. squat, 250 lb. bench press, 385 lb. dead lift-1,050 lb. total; Chance Lamb (5th place) 395 lb. squat, 235 lb. bench press, 390 lb. dead lift- 1,020 lb. total.
220 lb. WC: Javier Hernandez (2nd place) 455 lb. squat, 275 lb. bench press, 500 lb. dead lift-1,230 lb. total; Uriel Arellano (3rd place) 455 lb. squat, 315 lb. bench press, 385 lb. dead lift-1,155 lb. total; Matthew Billalobos (4th place) 425 lb. squat, 240 lb. bench press, 400 lb. dead lift01,065 lb. total.
275 lb. WC: Oscar Ramirez (2nd place) 500 lb. squat, 300 lb. bench press, 465 lb. dead lift-1,265 lb. total; Paul Billalobos (3rd place) 500 lb. squat, 225 lb. bench press, 405 lb. dead lift-1,130 lb. total.
Super Heavy WC: Santiago Leija (5th place) 600 lb. squat, 350 lb. bench press, 575 lb. dead lift-1,525 lb. total.
Regional lift Meet is March 11th
The Regional Lift Meet will be held on March 11th at Bishop High School. We will have a regional preview in next week’s Devine News Sports as we await word on how many Mustangs have qualified for Regional.
“We will wait to see how it plays out, but I am excited about what the future holds for our program,” Martinez said.
By Eric Smith