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Hall County lifters take home state titles
Pictured from left: George Bradley, R. Garry Glenn and Tyler Brown. Each of the three weightlifters won state championships at the American Powerlifting Committee Georgia State Powerlifting and Bench Press Championships on Saturday in Athens. - photo by For The Times

ATHENS — It was a good day for Hall County weightlifters at the American Powerlifting Committee Georgia State Powerlifting and Bench Press Championships as three local lifters came home with state titles in the men’s divisions.

Leading the charge was East Hall junior Tyler Brown, who set APC state and national records in the squat and bench press for his age group and weight class on his way to two state championships in the bench-only and full-power classifications.

Lifting in the 140-kilogram (308.65-pound), 16- and 17-year-old class, the 17-year-old Brown set the record in the squat at 272.5 kilograms (600.76 pounds) and bench 192.5 kilograms (424.39 pounds). Brown also had a dead lift of 182.5 kilograms (402.34 pounds), narrowly missing a possible record there due to a technical infraction on his last two lifts. His total for the day in all three lifts was 647.5 kilograms (1427.49 pounds)

Gainesville’s George Bradley set a personal record in winning the Master’s 50- to 54-year-old, 60 kilogram (132.28 pounds) bench-only class with a lift of 110 kilograms (242.51 pounds).

Oakwood’s R. Garry Glenn took the Master’s 50- to 54-year-old, 82.5 kilogram (181.88 pound) bench-only class with a final lift of 155 kilograms (341.72 pounds)

Glenn, who won the GPC World Bench Press title last year at 82.5 kilograms, noted that this was more than he had benched all of last year, even in a higher weight class.

"This (155 kilograms) was the weight I missed at the World’s last year," he said. "You’ve got to be pleased with getting that in the first meet of the season."

Also winning a state title was Jefferson’s Kendall (Keith) Dean. Lifting in the Master’s 40- to 44-year-old, 100 kilogram (220.46 pound) class, Dean finished with a lift of 160 kilograms (352.74 pounds).

Brown and highlights of the Hall County lifters will be featured this week on Hall County Sports Television at 9 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Saturday on Charter channel 23.

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