HIGH SCHOOL POWERLIFTING: Bowie boys claim Bridgeport title

By ERIC VICCARO

sports@bowienewsonline.com

The Bowie High School boys’ and girls’ powerlifting teams put on another stout display of its collective talent on Saturday at the Bridgeport Invitational.
For Nocona, it was the Indians and Lady Indians first meet of the season – and the results were encouraging – especially for 259-plus lifter Deziray Graham.
Three of the meets top lifters were from Bowie, and Graham earned her first gold medal of 2017.
“I lifted 970 pounds on Saturday, which is only five pounds under what my total weight was at the state meet,” Graham said. “I broke my personal bench record with 200 pounds.”
Graham also was super excited to have qualified for the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association Division 3 Region 6 meet set for Bowie on Feb. 25.
“I lifted well over the qualifying total,” Graham said. “But, even with all these accomplishments and it just being the first meet of the season, my favorite thing is when the new lifters do their first squat.”
Graham is doing her best to help the sport of powerlifting grow in Nocona, and there were plenty of new performers on Saturday. Fletcher Six had the Indians’ best performance on the boys’ side, earning sixth place in the 275-pound class.
Meanwhile, Bowie continues to show it has one of the elite programs in the area as Kylie Robinson was named top female lightweight lifter, Tatum Posey top female heavyweight lifter and Tristan Dennison top male heavyweight lifter.
The Bowie boys won the meet by 10 points over Sanger. Read more in the Jan. 18 Bowie News.

Juan Mares competes in the bench press discipline at the Bridgeport Invitational on Jan. 14. Mares helped Bowie win the event by 10 points over Sanger. (News photo by Eric Viccaro)