Calallen and Tuloso-Midway High school's powerlifting teams had successful seasons this year. The payoff has four students qualifying to compete at the Texas High School Powerlifting Association Meet Saturday in Abilene.
B.J. Campos (114 pounds), Stephen Rios (148 pounds) and Ben Flores (242 pounds) represent Calallen.
Last year, Campos finished in tenth place and Rios finished with the Silver Medal, five pounds short from victory.
Campos comes in to the 2008 state tournament ranked No. 7 out of 15 state qualifiers with a total of 920 pounds lifted.
As for Rios, he goes to the tournament as the No. 1 ranked lifter in his class. His qualified lifting total was 1335 pounds, 60 more than his closest competitor.
For Tuloso-Midway's Andrew Esquibel he is hoping to better his sixth place finish from last year's meet at 220 pounds.
"I want to get my squat back up to 625 and let my dead lift work for me," Esquibel said. " I don't like to push myself any further until the actual competition."
Coach John Livas is confident in his student and expects him to do as well as his girls did at state, "Andrew is a special kid and he has got the most experience on the team," Livas said. "He has done everything that I ask, and he is so determined to well to top off his senior year."
Esquibel is coming into the competition ranked No. 6 of 16 qualifiers with a total of 1495 pounds, just 60 pounds shy of the top qualifier.
"I want to place in the top three," Esquibel said. "If I do win, it will be a great feeling."