Three Sweetwater High School athletes â€” Sam Nemir, Ryan Linebaugh and Mateo Gonzales â€” will compete in the 2012 boys state powerlifting meet. This yearâ€™s meet will be March 24 in Abilene.
All three athletes qualified for state by placing among the top two lifters in their weight class at Fridayâ€™s Region I, Division 2 Class 3A meet held at Sundown.
It will be the second con-secutive state appearance for Nemir and Linebaugh, who placed first in their respective weight classes â€” the 181-pound class for Nemir and the 165-pound class for Linebaugh â€” at the regional meet. Both went to state last year in the 165-pound class and placed 10th and 11th, respectively.
Nemir â€” a state alternate in 2010 as a sophomore â€” lifted 1,305 pounds to win his weight class on Friday. His total included a 480-pound squat, 310-pound dead lift and 515-pound dead lift. Linebaugh, a jun-ior, won his class with a total lift of 1,155 pounds including a 450-pound squat, 250-pound bench press and 455-pound dead lift.
Gonzales, a senior, will be making his first state appearance after placing second in the 242-pound class. He lifted 1,470 pounds with a 550-pound squat, 350-pound bench press and 570-pound dead lift. Gon-zales was fifth in the 242-pound class at regionals a year ago.
Bray Amos, Donald Bak-er, Jay Lomas and Anthony Palacios all placed in the top five in their weight class at the regional meet. Baker (1,010) and Amos (925) were fourth in the 148- and 132-pound classes, respectively, while Palacios (1,150) was fifth in the 198-pound class and Lomas (795) placed fifth in the 123-pound class.
Alex Garcia (1,120) was seventh in the 198-pound class; Austin Marlett (930) was eighth in the 148-pound class; Kendall Rea (1,085) was ninth in the 220-pound class; Kyle Lambert (1,000) was 10th in the 198-pound class; and Johnathan Browning (755) was 10th in the 132-pound class.
Only Lubbock Cooper finished ahead of Sweetwater in the team standings, win-ning the title with 29 points while Sweetwater had 25. Levelland and Seminole (21 points) tied for third place.
Chase Saunders and Angel Caballero, both in the 275-pound class, were the other regional qualifiers for Sweetwater this year.