It is becoming an annual tradition in Waxahachie for the “Iron Indians” powerlifting team to send lifters to the Texas High School Powerlifting Association state meet in Abilene each year – this year is no exception.

Waxahachie claimed the Region III team championship Saturday in Lindale as two lifters earned first place in their weight division while two more claimed second.

“Coach Minton and myself are extremely proud of the team for their hard word and dedication to the powerlifting program,” Waxahachie coach Rocky Robinson said.”This victory marks our team’s second regional championship and sends four lifters and four alternates to the state meet, which is the most we’ve had to make the trip. Our goal each year is to get more kids in the weight room and to get them stronger. Not only is it an honor to coach the team, it’s a bigger honor to be a Waxahachie Indian. I also send a special thanks to the Randall family for the special treats and support throughout the season.”

Bryan Randall placed first in the 220-pound class, Larkin Alexander was first in the 132-pound class, Gennard Johnson was second in super heavy weight and Pete Rios was second in the 142-pound class to all secure spots in the state meet Saturday, March 26 at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene.

Craig Renfro, Rene Zavala, Ben Davis and Dustin Upchurch all placed third in the regional meet and will make the trip to Abilene as alternates.

Waxahachie took first place as a team by a wide margin, earning 37 points while second place Marshall posted 26. Red Oak finished seventh with 11 points while Midlothian was eighth also with 11.

“Our team winning the overall meet was outstanding. To my knowledge, this is only the second time in the school’s history that it has been done. All the guys came together and by far had their best meet this year,” Alexander said.

This is the second consecutive trip to state for Alexander as he won the 132-pound class by 30 pounds over Greenville’s Alfred Champion, 1,045-1,015. Alexander weighed in at 130.8 and squatted 385, benched 255 and deadlifted 405.

“I am very excited on returning to the state meet for the second year in a row. My goal all year was to win region and return to state and I am very excited that I accomplished that goal,” Alexander said. “Regionals went very well for me personally. I had been dealing with an injury all season and I don’t feel like I’ve reached my full potential this year. The regional meet was a real confidence builder coming off the injury. I felt very good lifting and know that I have much more left in me for state.”

Yousef Mywaquet also competed in the 132-pound class for Waxahachie and placed fifth with a total lift of 840 pounds. He squatted 300, benched 210 and deadlifted 330.

Renfro was third in the 181-pound class with a lift total of 1,260. He squatted 520, benched 275 and deadlifted 465.

In the 220 division, Randall was first with a total lift of 1,450 while Zavala was third with a lift total of 1,315. Randall squatted 530, benched 375 and deadlifted 545. Zavala squatted 510, benched 325 and deadlifted 480.

“Being a 16-year-old junior I’m pretty proud of myself,” Randall said. “I’m happy that I get to go to state this year as a lifter and not an alternate like last year. I would love to finish first, but my goal is for a top-10 finish and to make my coach proud. I’m so thankful for all the support I get from my teammates and my coaches. I can’t wait until next year, then I’ll take first in state.”

Upchurch was third in the 242-pound class with a total lift of 1,350 pounds. He squatted 550, benched 295 and deadlifted 505. Davis was third in the 275-pound class with a total lift of 1,385 as the senior squatted 585, benched 290 and deadlifted 510.

In the super heavy weight class Johnson placed second with a total lift of 1,495. First place went to Ethan Perkins of Nacogdoches with a total lift of 1,750. Johnson, a sophomore, squatted 580, benched 315 and deadlifted 600. He had the third highest lift total in any class.

Red Oak’s Blake Mirowitz advanced to state by winning gold in the 123-pound class while Midlothian’s Vinson Sellars took first in the 148-pound class to punch his ticket to state.