CPHS junior Garrett looks for medal at state meet
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

March 24, 2006 - COMO - For Como-Pickton junior Johnathan Garrett, a return trip to the state powerlifting meet is special.

But he also wants a medal.

"It will be tough again, and I hope I can go out and be competitive and maybe win a medal," Garrett said. "It is an honor and it is pretty cool. I am proud to be going back and it is pretty amazing that you can do this again."

Garett went to the state meet during his sophomore year in the 114-pound weight class and now makes the move to the 123-pound class as the lone representative headed to the Campbell Athletic Complex in Houston for the Texas High School Powerlifting Championships.

"It means a lot to me and I am proud to be going back again," he said. "It is an honor to represent my school and set an example for the school and show them what we have been doing."

Head coach Joe Ryzman agrees with Garrett and said John has worked hard this year to return to the meet.

"It is an honor to have John lifting with me because of his great work ethic and good character," the coach said. "He has worked all year long to reach the state finals again, and he realizes that he has to step up his workouts and be more intense and more dedicated."

Garrett comes into the meet as the No. 6 ranked lifter, according to the regional results, but Ryzman wants more out of Garrett.

"We think we can get him into the No. 5 slot with some hard work and good coaching and we hope to bring home a medal," Ryzman said. "I want to see a personal best. I think we can do better in squats at the state meet and I am really impressed with John's bench press at the regional meet since he reached a personal best."

John's personal best at the regional meet was 340 pounds on his squat, 190 pounds on his bench press and 370 pounds on his deadlift, but Garrett is working for a total of 960 pounds at state.

"Those lifts came about with hard work. I want to squat about 360 pounds and bench at 200 pounds and dead lift about 400 pounds," Garrett said. "Those are the goals that I am working toward for state."

Ryzman said after their program finished as the co-state champions last year with the team of Ray Hayden, J.J. Robinson and Garrett lifting in that meet, having the opportunity to go back this year means a lot to him and to the powerlifting program.

"I am just as excited about going to state this year as we were last year," the coach said. "I just want John to leave that meet knowing that he gave his best possible performance that he could have and feeling good about his lifts. It is quite an accomplishment for John and it is outstanding. It is also quite a tribute to our school and I am real proud of him and we are going to go and do our best."

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