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Lifter Ibarra squats 515 pounds


June 04, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

As Brawley Union High's Tomas Ibarra prepared for his final squat attempt at the second annual Brawley varsity football powerlifting meet Saturday, all he could hear and focus on were the spectators and fellow lifters.

Impressed by the 515 pounds the 16-year-old junior was attempting to squat, even high school rivals cheered him on.

With his adrenaline pumping and the support of those watching, the 220-pounder came through in impressive fashion, squatting 515 pounds and setting a school record.

Along with his record-breaking squat, he also benched 285 pounds and dead-lifted 535 on his way to the meet's outstanding heavyweight lifter award.

"I felt pretty good going into that meet. And I was just confident enough to even try 515 in the squat," said Ibarra. "All those people and guys from other schools cheering just pumped me up and gave me more confidence."


On Saturday he broke his previous squat record of 500 pounds. He tied it on his first attempt and broke it on his second, with a lift of 505.

One of only five juniors to start on Brawley's varsity football team during the 2001 season, Ibarra, an offensive and defensive tackle, said his mindset for the lifting meet was different than for a game.

"With this meet, I look at it like an individual sport. If I don't perform and do what I'm supposed to, then it's all on me, it's my own fault," he said. "But with football, everyone has to work together as one for things to work."

Ibarra and the Wildcats dominated the meet, taking first with 180 points. The next closest competitor, Imperial High, only mustered 40 points.

Because of Brawley's success, Ibarra said the Wildcat football program seemingly has a target on its back.

"Everybody wants to beat Brawley. Whether it's in a lifting meet or on the field, people want to beat us," said Ibarra. "But as a team, we've been able to do better than everyone else."


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