Castereno is going to state in powerlifting

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

SUNDOWN — Justin Castereno of Sweetwater is going to Abilene for the state powerlifting meet after his weight class win at the regional meet. Castereno lifted a total of 1,570 pounds on Friday in the 242-pound class to earn a trip to state for the first time by beating out Perryton’s Ubaldo Tarango, who finished with a total lift of 1,415 pounds.
Castereno, a senior, had a 615-pound squat, a personal-best 390-pound bench press plus a 565-pound dead lift. He finished fifth at regionals a year ago with a total lift of 1,310 pounds in the same weight class.
The state meet is scheduled for March 23 and will be held at Abilene’s Taylor County Expo Center.
The other powerlifters for Sweetwater who competed at the regional meet were Trey Jimenez, ninth in the 114-pound class (645); Sebastian Gonzales, eighth in the 132-pound class (815); Kendal Adames, eighth in the 148-pound class (980); Josh Camacho, sixth in the 165-pound class (1,165); Tony Padilla, seventh in the 181-pound class (1,190); and Ely Barrera, who like Castereno competed in the 242-pound class but completed only two of the three categories and did not place.
Adames, Camacho and Padilla also competed in the regional meet a year ago.