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PT's Calico repeats as powerlifting champion

By Jimmy Carter jcarter@news-journal.com
March 23, 2013 at 11 p.m.

Eddie Calico entered the powerlifting state championship meet as an overwhelming favorite to repeat as champion in the 242-pound weight class.

The Pine Tree senior didn't disappoint.

Calico successfully defended his title in convincing fashion in the meet at Abilene. He set state records for his weight class by squatting 740 pounds and totaling 1,865 pounds in the squat, dead lift and bench.

"It just feels good to go out my senior year, win it again and put my name in the record books," Calico said. "Some people were going to try to knock me off, but I knew I could do it."

Calico was one of three East Texas lifters at the event, joined by the Longview duo of senior Jalen Johnson and sophomore Omar French. Johnson totaled 1,320 pounds to finish eighth in the 165-pound class, while French totaled 1,350 to finish 16th in the 198-pound class.

Calico won his weight class by 110 pounds over Seguin's PJ Hall and had the third-highest total at the meet in any weight class. He benched 465 pounds and dead lifted 660 in addition to the record-setting squat.

"We went in trying to break some records," Pine Tree powerlifting coach and football assistant Derrick Hennigan said. "That was his main goal."

Calico bettered his own score from the state meet last year by around 130 pounds and lifted 45 pounds more than he did while qualifying for state at the Region III meet in Lindale last weekend.

"There's a lot of self discipline and motivation to do the things he did," Hennigan said. "Because up until the state meet, he hadn't faced a lot of competition around where we were. But you keep going.

"And he's proven himself every meet. That tells a lot about a person whenever they're able to do that."

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