The Tiger powerlifting team headed to Hillsboro on Saturday without its top lifter, but the Glen Rose boys still managed to place third as a team and produce a number of strong individual showings.
While defending state champion Jared Thames didn’t lift, the senior remains in great standing.
“Thames didn’t lift, as he is sitting No. 1 in the region and the state (in Division 2),” coach Terry Harlin said.
In fact, even among all weight classes and all divisions, Thames’ total of 1,665 pounds is still elite at fifth place overall in Texas.
A couple of other key lifters didn’t compete for various reasons, forcing the remaining Tigers to step up.
“We were also missing (Calen) Ballesteros and (Braxton) Barrios, who have been reliable points (sources) in the last couple of weeks,” Harlin said. “Nevertheless, we did an outstanding job, as all but one person who had lifted in at least one previous meet this season increased their totals.”
No Tiger had a better day than Antonio Ponce, who finished first in the 114-pound class with a squat of 265 pounds, a bench press of 130 pounds and a deadlift of 305 pounds for a total of 700. Glen Rose dominated the weight class, considering Azahel Herrera (245-175-270-690) and Cody Halcom (235-120-260-615) finished second and third respectively.
“Antonio continues to get stronger and has very impressive strength for his weight – especially a 305-pound deadlift,” Harlin said. “He is currently ranked fourth in the region in his weight class. Azahel and Cody are getting stronger as well, and all three of them have been consistent, reliable point sources. It’s a lot of fun to watch these guys squat and deadlift two to three times their body weight.”
In the 148-pound class, Josh Beasley (400-225-420-1,045) had a big day to finish second. Also competing in the class, Nathan Smith (335-210-375-920) took fourth and Carlin Linnabery (375-200-330-905) finished fifth.
“Josh Beasley had a great first meet of the season, and is now ranked third in the region in his weight class,” Harlin said.
Hunter Redmond is consistently performing well, as he (405-225-445-1,075) finished third in the 165-pound class. Trevor Crawford (350-215-400-965) also competed in the class and took eighth.
“Hunter is continuing to improve each week and has established himself as one of the top lifters on our team,” Harlin said.
Of the six Tigers to compete in the 220-pound class, Heath Nicholson (460-220-520-1,200), Ace Navarrete (475-255-450-1,180) and Dawson Matheny (400-300-430-1,130) led the charge to finish fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.
“While Heath didn’t post a new best total for the season, he still had a great day,” Harlin said.
Staying in the 220-pound class, Miguel Barraza (380-225-375-980) finished eighth, Drannon Brewer (350-185-380-915) took 10th and Jonathan Rios (350-190-320-860) ended up 12th.
It was a memorable day for the Lady Tigers, as they finished fifth as a team.
“Saturday was probably the best day in the history of the Glen Rose girls’ powerlifting program, as we had the most female lifters we’ve ever taken to a meet (4) and each of them brought home some hardware,” Harlin said.
Genesis Funez controlled the 220-plus class, as she (240-135-245-620) finished first.
"This was Genesis' first-ever meet," Harlin said. "She's been working out with us since December and I knew she was strong, but I think we've only touched the surface of what she's capable of. Now that she's got the first-meet jitters out of the way, the sky is the limit."
Mackenzie Dahl (225-100-260-585) took second in the 165-pound class, while Ariana Ramos (175-95-185-455) finished fifth. In the 148-pound class, Madison Baker (210-85-260-555) finished fourth.
Glen Rose will return to meet action on Feb. 16 in Godley.
“Overall, I’m very pleased with our lifters’ efforts and results on Saturday, and we’re all looking forward to our next meet in Godley in two weeks,” Harlin said. “We plan on competing at a very high level and attempting to get as many lifters as possible to qualify for the regional meet. That will be the last qualifying date for the girls and the second-to-last chance for the boys.”