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Brayden Bailey claimed the small-school (Class C to 2A) state weightlifting title in the 132-pound weight class Saturday at McLoud High School.
Bailey, a three-time state qualifier, beat defending champion Samson Montablo of Mangum. The Comanche senior had faced Montablo several times during the regular season.
“Him and Montablo went against each other at every meet, and Montablo got him each time, except this one, where it counted,” said Comanche weightlifting coach Ray Headley.
Headley praised Bailey for the hard work he put into accomplishing this goal. Bailey set a school weightlifting record for the squat at 370 pounds. He lifted 200 pounds in the bench press and 370 in the deadlift.
Teammate Adam Sims, at 145, set a school record in the deadlift at 365 pounds. Headley said all the weightlifters had a good showing. The others who competed were Andrew Godin (132), Hunter Rice (157) and Mason Bowen (220).
“They lifted their guts out and competed well,” he said. “They developed personal bests throughout the season, moved up well from where they started.”