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Hornets place in top 10 at state powerlifting meet

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Gatesville High School powerlifters Zach Bryant and L.J. Hall posted top 10 finishes at the Texas High School Powerlifting Association meet on Friday, March 22, in Abilene.

Bryant claimed the bronze medal in the super heavyweight class with a three-lift total of 1,795 pounds. His stats include 715 pounds on squat, 500 pounds on the bench press, and 580 pounds on the deadlift. He was one of 13 lifters who qualified in his division.

Bryant has competed in five invitational meets, including the regional and state meets as well.

His meets include:

Moody Invitational, on Jan. 20, placed 1st with a 1,585-pound total.

Gatesville Invitational, on Jan. 27, placed 1st with a 1,660-pound total.

China Spring Invitational, on Feb. 1, placed 1st with a 1,690-pound total.

McGregor Invitational, on Feb. 8, placed 1st with a 1,720-pound total.

West Invitational, on Feb. 17, placed 1st with a 1,670-pound total.

At the Regional Championships in Gatesville, he placed 1st with a 1,770-pound total.

Hall finished in 9th place in the 165-pound weight class with 1,470 pounds. His stats include 500 pounds on squat, 440 pounds on the bench press, and 530 pounds on deadlift. He was one of 32 state qualifiers in his division.

Hall has competed in five invitational meets as well as the regional and state meets this year.

His meets include:

Moody Invitational, on Jan. 20, placed 1st with a 1,265-pound total.

Gatesville Invitational, on Jan. 27, placed 1st with a 1,295-pound total.

China Spring Invitational, on Feb. 1, placed 1st with a 1,300-pound total.

McGregor Invitational, on Feb. 8, placed 1st with a 1,360-pound total.

West Invitational, on Feb. 17, placed 1st with a 1,415-pound total.

At the Regional Championships in Gatesville, on March 9, he placed 2nd with a 1,440-pound total.

In addition to Bryant and Hall representing the Hornets at the state meet, David Sims was also honored by being awarded with a $1,250 scholarship by the THSPA. Each year, the THSPA awards 24 scholarships to senior powerlifters who have been outstanding in the classroom and in their sport.

Powerlifting coach Jason Moffett said, “David worked hard to earn this scholarship and is very deserving of it.”

“All three of these guys are seniors, and they have made huge contributions to our athletic programs here at Gatesville High School over the course of the last four years and have made a very positive impact on me, personally,” Moffett said. “They are outstanding kids who have represented us well, and they will be dearly missed when they graduate.”