2017 Boys High School Powerlifting Season Preview
By: CLAIRE MARICHALAR
(DONNA) – While walking into the Donna High School weight room on Thursday afternoon, one would notice the Boys Powerlifting Team hard at work while trying to get their dead lift suits on.
Through the pain and the yells, you couldn’t help but notice the excitement in their faces as it was time to start their season.
Coming into the season, Head Coach Eloy Arenas has a very young team on his hands.
And even though the Redskins will be going through a rebuilding year, the talent is definitely there and having many young athletes come out and show their dedication to the sport is all
Coach Arenas really cares about.
Having very few returning letterman doesn’t mean much for this team because of the talent that they all have.
Sophomore Tyler Salazar, a returning letterman, made his first ever state appearance as a freshman for Donna and also placing in the Top 10 when we took 9th place.
This season is going to be no different as one of the captains for this team as he not only wants to go back to state, but also wants to take his teammates with him as well.
“Last year was an amazing feeling to make it to state as a freshman and placing was just the icing on the cake,” said Salazar. “There was no better feeling than that and this year is going to be no different.”
“I want to make it and do even better then 9th place. Not only that, but I want my team to be there as well. I want them to all qualify and at least place in the Top 10 as a team. That would be awesome and is definitely what we’re going to work on doing.”
Gustavo Silva, senior captain and returning letterman, was also impressive last year and showed a ton of improvement.
Coming into his last season, Silva is one of the guys to look at in his weight class and has set high expectations as an individual since he wants to make state and take it with Tyler as well.
Coach Arenas spoke on this team and knows this is a very young team.
But he feels they are ready to make some serious noise in 2017.
“This team is very young. But they have seen what happened with Tyler making it to state as a freshman and know it’s possible to accomplish that very same thing,” said Arenas. “You just have to work hard and I’ve seen them work very hard so far in preparation for the season.”
“The kids know what they’re up against and know what it takes to do in order to be successful. They will do anything to get to the Top of the Mountain and that’s what Redskin powerlifting has always been about. Last year, we went to every meet and placed in the Top Three. This year, I have no doubt we will do the same. Tyler Salazar is returning and now that he has had that experience, I know he will place in the Top Five in state now and hopefully the kids will follow his lead.”