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Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 6:00 am

Tavares High School is home to a state cham pion.

Jose Barajas lifted a combined weight of 635 pounds on April 25 to win at 169 pounds in the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 1A Boys Weightlifting Finals at the Kissimmee Civic Center.

According to Tavares weightlifting coach Chris Gauntlett, Barajas is the second Bulldog to win a state weightlifting title.

Barajas outlifted his closest competitor, Altha’s Tristan Griffin, by 30 pounds. Barajas had 340 pounds in the bench press and 295 pounds in the clean-and-jerk.

Griffin lifted 330 pounds in the bench press and 275 pounds in the clean-and-jerk.

Barajas was the only local lifter to win a state title.

At 119 pounds, South Sumter’s Valentino Avant finished seventh with 370 pounds — 200 pounds in the bench press and 170 pounds in the clean-and-jerk. Avant’s teammate, Alan Macias, also earned spot in the finals at 119 pounds, but did not record a weight.

Eustis’ Corey Davis finished fourth at 139 pounds and Umatilla’s Brett Bush was fifth. Bush’s teammate, Chris McEntire, was ninth.

Davis lifted 480 pounds — 220 pounds in the bench press and 260 pounds in the clean-and-jerk — to finish 10 pounds ahead of Bush, who had 265 pounds in the bench press and 205 pounds in the clean-and-jerk. McEntire had a final total of 435 pounds — 225 pounds in the bench press and 210 pounds in the clean-and-jerk.

McEntire was tied with two others in total weight, but was awarded ninth place because he weighed less than the two lifters with whom he finished in a tie.

At 199 pounds, South Sumter’s Joey Mohler finished eighth with 605 pounds — 310 pounds in the bench press and 290 pounds in the clean-and-jerk.

South Sumter’s Caleb Simmons was seventh at 219 pounds following a bench press of 355 pounds and a clean-and-jerk of 260 pounds.

At 238 pounds, Anthony Yurich of South Sumter finished 10th with 600 pounds — 310 pounds in the bench press and 290 pounds in the clean-and-jerk.

A pair of local lifters competed in the Heavyweight classification, with Montel Presley finishing ninth with 665 pounds with Mount Dora’s Richard Marinacci finishing 11th with 650 pounds.

Presley reached his total weight with a bench press of 380 pounds and a clean-and-jerk of 285 pounds. Marinacci had 395 pounds in the bench press and 255 in the clean-and-jerk.

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