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March 8, 2014

HUNTSVILLE POWERLIFTING — Blount, Johnson bring home gold, advance to state meet

HUNTSVILLE — Huntsville high school junior Parker Blount and sophomore Des Johnson are moving onto the state powerlifting meet.

Both Blount and Johnson took first in their respective weight classes at the boys regional powerlifting meet on Saturday in Lindale.

“We had a pretty darn good day,” Huntsville powerlifting coach Brad Surley said. “We brought three kids here and two of them are going to state.”

Blount lifted a combined 1,600 pounds (625 in squat, 400 bench and 575 in deadlift) in the 242-pound weight division, and he was also selected as the best overall lifter.

Johnson, competing in the super heavyweight division, lifted 1,580 pounds (605 in squat, 450 bench and 525 in deadlift).

“I’m proud of Parker and Des,” Surley said. “They both upped their numbers in every lift and I expect they’ll do that again in two weeks at the state meet.”

Also lifting for the Hornets was junior Ross Cowart in the 114-pound division. Cowart had trouble Saturday and couldn’t get past the squat lift.

“Ross had some struggles today,” Surley said. “Sometimes you have an off day. He’s lifted that weight before. He’ll be back and ready to try it again next year.”

Blount and Johnson will be moving onto the Texas High School Powerlifting Association state meet, which will be March 22 in Abilene.

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