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Darion McMahan wins state championship
Darion McMahan muscles his way through a squat repetition during a powerlifting meet at Stockdale High School.
ABILENE -- After winning nearly every powerlifting meet he participated in this year, including the state meet in Abilene last Saturday, Stockdale High School junior Darion McMahan is now a state champion.
McMahan, who competes in the 132-pound class, turned in a three-lift total of 1,205 pounds en route to the championship. The second-place lifter from Sonora had a total of 1,150 pounds, and the third-place lifter from Henrietta managed 1,125 pounds.
In the squat, McMahan powered up more than three and a half times his own body weight with a total of 480 pounds. While Sonora’s Edward Garza eclipsed McMahan with a lift of 505 pounds, the meet was far from over.
During the bench press event, Garza lifted 235 pounds, but McMahan skyrocketed past his weight total with a truly impressive lift of 300 pounds. The bench press was 65 pounds more than Garza’s, and 50 pounds more than the next-closest lifter in the weight class.
With just one lift remaining, McMahan found himself in the lead by 40 pounds over Garza and 80 pounds over Henrietta’s J.D. Franke.
McMahan knew what he needed to win the state title, and the weight was well within his ability. McMahan successfully locked out with 425 pounds on the bar, and claimed victory in his weight class. Garza not only failed to make up the gap in weight between him and McMahan, but actually lost ground with a lift 15 pounds lighter than McMahan’s.
In only his second year in the sport, McMahan has risen quickly to its pinnacle. He qualified for the state meet last year as a sophomore, and finished third with a total weight of 1,115 pounds. The biggest gain he had this year was on the bench, as he improved 55 pounds over what he lifted last year. With one more year still ahead of him, there is no telling how many more wins are in his future, and what those weight totals may be.
“He did a great job all year on staying focused on our goal of winning a state championship,” said Head Powerlifting Coach Michael Enriquez. “Things did not always go as planned during our season, but he kept working hard and never got down on himself. This is something in his life that can never be taken from him, and something he will never forget.”
“Darion is a very hard working young man,” Stockdale Athletic Director Josh West added. “We have a saying that ‘hard work pays off,’ and Darion is a great example of hard work paying off.”
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