Titan Red Thunder

Pictured in the front row, from left, are Daniel Gonzalez, Jazlyn Gomez, Madelyn Rendon and Christian Moreno. Pictured in the back row, from left, are Coach Herman Ríos Jr., Andrew Herrera, Joshua Johnson, Ryan Peña, Tiger Perez and Gilbert Arriaga. 

The Titan Red Thunder Powerlifting Team in Kingsville walked away from a road trip to Beeville with each competitor earning an award, adding up to eight medals.

Last weekend, the Titan Red Thunder Powerlifting Team started on its 28th year of competition.  Even though there are currently 24 members on the team, only eight traveled to Beeville for the Sixth Annual Coastal Bend College USAPL Powerlifting Meet that was hosted by CBC Head Coach Jack Young. 

Competing for the first time were eighth grade students Jazlyn Gomez and Andrew Herrera, freshmen Madelyn Rendon and Tiger Perez, sophomore Christian Moreno and junior Joshua Johnson. Also competing were second year USAPL lifters freshman Ryan Peña and junior Daniel Gonzalez.

Madelyn Rendon competed in the 47 kilo weight class. 

Rendon squatted 92.5 kilos, benched 40 kilos and deadlifted 105 kilos for a total of 237.5 kilos. Her total of 523.59 pounds was enough for a first place finish and her first gold medal.

Jazlyn Gomez competed in the 72 kilo weight class. 

Gomez squatted 105 kilos, benched 60 kilos and deadlifted 110 kilos for a total of 275 kilos.

Gomez’s total of 606.3 pounds gave her a first place finish and her first gold medal as well.

Andrew “A.J.” Herrera competed in the 74 Kilo weight class. He squatted 87.5 kilos, benched 45 kilos and deadlifted 102.5 kilos for a total of 223.5 kilos. 

A.J.’s total of 518 pounds gave him a first place finish and his first gold medal.

Ryan Peña competed in the 93 kilo weight class. He squatted 140 kilos, benched 70 kilos and deadlifted 127.5 kilos for a total of 337.5 kilos. Peña’s total of 744.05 pounds earned him a second place finish and a silver medal.

Tiger Perez competed in the 93 kilo weight class. He squatted 87.5 kilos, benched 45 kilos and deadlifted 102.5 kilos for a total of 223.5 kilos. 

Christian “Big Tank” Moreno competed in the 83 kilo weight class. He squatted 177.5 kilos, benched 120 kilos and deadlifted 170 kilos for a total of 467.5 kilos. 

Big Tank’s total of 1,030.7 pounds earned him a first place finish and his first gold medal.

Joshua Johnson competed in the 120-plus kilo weight class. He squatted 220 kilos, benched 85 kilos and deadlifted 145 kilos for a total of 450 kilos. Josh’s total of 992.1 pounds was enough for a first place finish and his first gold medal. 

“Despite having a handicap that would keep most people at home, Josh has a huge heart and a belief that he can accomplish anything that he sets his mind to accomplish,” Rios said. “He wants to be like any other kid and proves it daily in the weight room.”

Daniel Gonzalez competed in the raw division of the 93 kilo weight class. He squatted 257.5 kilos, benched 132.5 kilos and deadlifted 267.5 kilos for a total of 657.5 kilos. Gonzalez’s total of 1,449.52 pounds gave him a first place finish and a gold medal. 

His raw total is about 400 pounds less than his equipped totals. Gonzalez’s squat of 257.5 kilos set a USAPL Texas State Raw Squat Record. 

“Daniel competed in the raw division to use this as ‘practice’ for his upcoming World Championship Meet in Canada,” Coach Rios said.

At the completion of the meet, Titan Red Thunder team members and Elite Fitness team from Beeville were waiting for the results of the team championship trophy, however a glitch which calculated the results held up the final totals of the meet.

The Titan Red Thunder Team was coached by Herman Ríos Jr. 

USA World National Team member Gilbert Arriaga helped his teammates at the meet. Also helping out with knee wrapping during the squat portion of the competition was Jack Rangel from Corpus Christi. 

Rangel was a former member of the Titan Red Thunder Team during the 1996 and 1997 years when he was a student at Texas A&M University–Kingsville. 

“The six new members of the Titan Red Thunder Powerlifting who competed for the first time at a USAPL meet are trying to follow in the footsteps of Gonzalez and Arriaga,” Rios said. “They took their first steps to success, with the hopes of someday reaching the National or World level of competition.” 

The team will be competing in the Second Annual Memorial Mustang USAPL Meet in McAllen on July 20, as the next meet of the “off-season” of the lifting year.

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