Jesse Ortiz goes into the state powerlifting championship in Abilene as the favorite for his region.
The hopes are that his steady performance with translate into a medal.
Ortiz is ranked No. 1 in the 114-pound class for Region 3, Division 1 and has won at every level leading up to state.
His regional total lift of 835 pounds was his best of the season as he peaked at the right time during the competition held recently in Lindale.
He had a squat of 330, bench press of 165 and dead lift of 340 in the event. Ortiz is now shooting for a strong finish at state with the support of his coach Jeremy Offutt.
Offutt is coaching powerlifting for the first time and has had some talented athletes to work with this season.
“Jesse is one of the nicest, hard working kids that you could ever know. The city of Sulphur Springs and SSHS could not have a better person to represent them in the upcoming state powerlifting meet,” Offutt said. “He has spent the entire year doing everything that he could do to stay in the 114-pound class.”
Offutt continued, “He is a sophomore, so he will have two more years to compete. Jesse is ranked 12th in the state at his weight class and will have a good opportunity to compete for a medal on Saturday. He works out during the athletic period every day and then comes back to the weight room after school for another hour and a half.”
The coach is impressed with the dedication of the young lifter.
The state powerlifting meet is scheduled to start 9 a.m. Saturday at the Taylor County Expo Center.
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