Tristan Pelitire, Cameron Ellerbee, Adam Aleman and Hilario Luna have already qualified for the national competition by meeting or exceeding the three lift qualifying total at recent national qualifier meet in San Antonio.
Coach Marcelo Garcia, associated with the Iron House Gym, will be taking the fifth possible member of the group, Dillon Torres, to the final national qualifier this weekend in Carrollton to try and earn a trip to Killeen.
“These guys have a deep passion to be the best they can be. They really train hard,” said Garcia who, to date, is personally paying most of the expenses of the boys to make the trips.
“They’re not just training as individuals. They want to put Beeville on the map for powerlifting, not just in the state but nationwide.”
Pelitire lifts in the 165-pound class and will be highly seeded at the national meet. His 1,482.6-pound three lift total far exceeds the qualifying total for his weight class of 995.
“I want to be the strongest I can be. We get in five or six days a week of training,” Pelitire said.
Those training sessions are under coach Garcia and the high school powerlifting coach Rudy Valerio’s supervision, but are not connected with the Trojan athletic department.
Adam Aleman will compete in the super-heavyweight division and is also well over the qualifying total of 1,315 pounds with a three lift sum of 1,545 pounds on his best bench press, dead lift and squat.
Cameron Ellerbee will compete in the 275-pound division at the national meet and has also exceeded the qualifying total of 1,190 pounds by about 300 pounds. Hilario Luna will lift in the 132-pound class and has bested the qualifying total of 875 by over a hundred pounds.
Dillon Torres will compete at the last national qualifier in the 181-pound division.
“He has bettered the qualifying total of 1,135 with just his first lifts in each of the three lifts. He should make it to the national meet with ease,” said Garcia.
The national meet, of course, will draw competitors from around the United States and will be open to all age groups. The Beeville boys will lift in age group competitions for a shot at a national title.
“There is a lot of hard work, discipline and dedication put into being a national competitor. These guys have exceeded all expectations,” Garcia said.
Once Torres returns from his meet in Carrollton, the group will hold several fundraisers to help defray some of the expenses. Barbecue plates, T-shirts, car washes will be scheduled and the lifters will accept donations from those wanting to assist them in promoting Beeville.