Tiger strength takes on Regionals

Burns lifts his way to state, Norosad adds on to season records, Vital breaks 1,000 for a fourth time


A trio of powerlifters from Sealy qualified to compete amongst the top 133 lifters in the Texas High School Powerlifting Association's Region 2 Division 2 and one of them made the mark to move on to the State Tournament.

Ryan Burns registered lifts in the final two tri-meets with Brazos and Schulenburg and made himself eligible to compete at the regional level with a 955-pound total in the Shorthorn Invitational.

He added onto that season record by 20 pounds when it was all said and done, finishing in the top two of his weight class (132) to move onto the next step in state.

Burns churned out a squat of 360 pounds, a bench press of 205 pounds and a 410-pound deadlift for a total of 975, 50 pounds outside of the top spot and still 35 pounds ahead of the third-place finisher.

The top lifter of the 132-pound weight class that will head to State alongside Burns hails from Liberty Hill, Payton Melchor, who increased 105 pounds overall from his first meet out.

Wesley Norosad competed in the weight class right above Burns, 123, and set new season records. Norosad qualified for Regionals the last week possible in Schulenburg and added 50 total pounds to his overall outing.

A 225-pound squat, on top of a 130-pound bench press, added to a 280-pound deadlift to register 635 total pounds. That landed him just inside the top 10 at ninth overall with Lampasas’ Preston Fox taking the top spot with a total of 915.

The third, but not least, Tiger lifter at the Region 2 meet was Gustavo Vital who secured a fourth straight meet of a 1,000-pound total. He matched his season record on the bench press at 245 and added a squat of 400 pounds and a deadlift of 380 to round out to 1,025 total pounds.

The Sealy trio earned five points to the team score which left them in 16th overall in the region.

Burns and the rest of the state qualifiers will be back in the weight room training for the March 23 competition to see who the top lifter in the entire state is across all weight classes.


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