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With a 575-pound dead lift, Empire senior Stephen Price won the 198-pound Class A state championship Saturday.
Even though he hadn’t gotten that lift before, Price still had the confidence that he could do it. After he lifted 550 at regionals, he turned to coach Jake Smith and said he would get 575 at state. On Saturday, Price proved once again that anything he pre-determines he can do, he will do.
“When he sets his mind to get a lift, he gets it,” Smith said. “That’s what impresses me more than anything. I’ve never been in doubt that he’s going to get a lift.”
It was a great moment for Price, one that he has been working up to all year. He had a setback in football, when he broke his leg and missed more than half the season. He overcame that to get as far as he did in power lifting and couldn’t be happier than to go out as a state champion.
“It’s always best to win your last game,” Price said. “I’ll always remember that last power lift.”
With all of the emotion from having his family and friends in the stands supporting him, Price kept it simple as he prepared for the 575 lift.
“I knew God’s will would work out,” Price said. “I knew if I got it, God had a plan. I knew if I didn’t get it, God had a plan. I trusted him and left it all out on the court.”