Four regional titles in a row
For the fourth consecutive year, Burleson’s powerlifting team defended its Division 1 Region 2 title Saturday on its home mats. The regional title gives the Elks a chance to defend their state title
The Elks scored 31 points to claim the title. College Station finished second with 22 points and San Marcos was third with 18 points. Centennial placed seventh with 11 points.
“The kids did a great job,” Burleson coach Jeff Berry said. “All of our kids went up in their totals and moved up in the rankings. It was a total team effort. We don’t have as many kids in the top five of their weight classes this year going in to state, but we do have a couple that will competing for medals. Our kids have had a great year, especially after losing all seven lifters from last year’s state championship team. We are very proud of all of them.”
Burleson qualified five lifters for the state championships. Centennial will be sending three lifters to state. The state meet will take place March 24 at Abilene’s Taylor County Expo Center.
Headed to state for Burleson are Cesar Ledesma (114 pounds), Jason Jones (123), Ethan Haynes (148), Brayden Mercer (242) and Jaterrius Pleasant (275).
Centennial’s state qualifiers were David Cook (114), Garrett Parkhill (198) and Thomas Godi (242).
In the 114-pound weight class, Burleson’s Ledesma totaled 765 pounds to take the title. Centennial’s Cook placed second with the same total of 765 pounds. Centennial’s Josh Lambert was seventh (610 pounds).
Burleson’s Jason Jones won the 123-pound title with a weight total of 1,070 pounds. Centennial’s Ethan Ford placed seventh (825 pounds) and Dylan Quintero was 10th (720).
At 132 pounds, Burleson’s Tyler Robinson placed third (970) and Jacob Moss was fourth (920) and Dakota Tidwell finished ninth (795). Hunter Ford, competing for Centennial, placed fifth (920).
Haynes finished second in the 148-pound class with a total of 1,370. At 165 pounds, Burleson’s JC Mueller placed ninth (1,045). Burleson’s Campbell Masteller was ninth at 165 pounds with a total of 1,045 pounds.
At 181 pounds, Burleson’s Campbell Masteller placed seventh with a total of 1,270 pounds. Centennial state-qualifier Parkhill finished fourth (1,400) in the 198-pound class. At 220, Burleson’s Hayden Lewis placed seventh (1,400).
Burleson’s Mercer finished second in 242-pound weight class with a total of 1,645 pounds. Centennial’s Godi placed third with a total of 1,535 pounds. Burleson’s Jordan Mauntel was eighth (1,400) and Bailey Mullins was 10th (1,355).
Burleson state-qualifier Pleasent placed fourth at 275 pounds with a weight total of 1,550 pounds.