ABILENE — Denison senior Justin Bigelow captured the Division I state powerlifting championship with a record-setting total of 1,935 pounds in the 275-pound weight class on Saturday afternoon and it came down to his final lift of the meet.

ABILENE — Denison senior Justin Bigelow captured the Division I state powerlifting championship with a record-setting total of 1,935 pounds in the 275-pound weight class on Saturday afternoon and it came down to his final lift of the meet.


Bigelow, who placed sixth at state last year, deadlifted 680 pounds on his last attempt to regain the lead over Brownsville Rivera’s Alex Briseno. He had a 15-pound lead going into the event before Briseno notched 680 to be on the verge of the crown.


But Bigelow matched him to vault back into first place.


"It’s amazing. It really hasn’t sunk in. We’re still riding that high," Bigelow said. "I’ve done lifts like that before, win or lose. If was probably the most dramatic meet I’ve been a part of. The best part is I got all my (personal records) on the same day."


Bigelow squatted 750 pounds, second in his weight class, and then benched 505 pounds, which was second in the entire meet behind just the 530 pounds by super heavyweight champ Rudy Flores of Laredo United South.


Bigelow, who placed sixth at state last year, had a 15-pound lead over Rivera’s Briseno going into the deadlift but the two matched each other at 680 pounds to keep Bigelow in the top spot.


The 1,935-pound total in the weight class surpassed the previous mark of 1,900 set by Port Arthur Jefferson’s Kenneth Hunt in 2002 and matched by New Braunfels Canyon’s Darren Billiot in 2005. Bigelow was 10 points short of tying the 275-pound deadlift record of 690 set by Billiot in 2005.


Bigelow’s total weight is also a 275-pound record regardless of division and earned the outstanding bench award for his effort. He was third in the race for outstanding lifter of the meet.


Teammate Sergio Orona was fifth at 242 pounds with a total of 1,615 pounds. The senior had the second-best bench total in his weight class at 390 pounds.


Denison finished ninth in the team standings and was second to fourth-place Everman for best showing from Region 6.


Division III


Whitesboro’s Ty Slaughter just missed getting on to the podium with a fourth-place finish at 165 pounds. Slaughter’s total of 1,340 pounds was 25 pounds from third place.


Teammate Thomas Morales was fifth at 220 pounds with a total of 1,475 pounds, just 15 pounds from third place while Tanner Johnson was 12th at 165 pounds with a total of 1,280 pounds.


Dillon Gage of S&S had a fifth-place finish at super heavyweight with a total of 1,580 pounds that including the second-best bench total in the weight class — 475 pounds.


Pilot Point’s John Groff was sixth with a total of 1,515 pounds at 198 pounds.


Pottsboro’s Kobe Parker placed seventh at 123 pounds with a total of 855 pounds.