During weigh in on the day of the competition, A.C. Jones High School senior-to-be Pelitire found out he had to lose three pounds to make the weight. The team was unaware that the national meet regulations included use of the international weight guidelines, and therefore his weight of 165 pounds, at which he had lifted all year, was a little too heavy.
Pelitire went outside the arena before the competition and ran off his extra three pounds. The procedure did not hurt his placement at the meet, as he was still able to win his weight class, but his lifts were not his personal bests by any means.
“I’ll be better prepared next time. It’s a lesson learned for us all since it’s the first time that the Beeville Powerlifting team has been at the national meet as a team,” Pelitire said.
The squad of young Beeville lifters is under the tutelage of coach Marcelo Garcia.
Other team members fared well at the meet. Hilario Luna was third in the 59 kg weight class. Dillon Torres in the 83 kg weight class also placed third, as did Adam Aleman in the 120 kg weight class.
Pelitire may have a chance to advance to the “world” competition, but word on that is still pending notification and invitation.