A pair of athletes brought back state titles from last week’s Texas High School Powerlifting Association state meet in Abilene.

Gatesville’s Chase McGhee won the 181-pound state title in Division II with a 1,540-pound total. Bosqueville’s Luis Juarez also won gold at 132 pounds in Division I, racking up a 1,165-pound total, 75 pounds better than his next-nearest competitor.

In Division I, Temple’s Devontae Moore took second in the superheavyweight class, lifting an impressive 1,850 pounds. Laredo United’s Rudy Flores powered up 2,035 pounds for gold, breaking the state record for most total weight lifted that had been set by Waco High’s Andrew Billings (2,010 pounds) last year.

Three other Central Texas lifters grabbed silver medals — Crawford’s Cody Villa was second at 123 pounds and his teammate Brody Jones second at 198. Whitney’s Jessie Wilson finished second in the superheavyweight class, though he lifted the same amount of weight (1,850) as champion Edgar Guerrero of Friona. But Guerrero took the title on the tiebreaker.

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