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    Jacob Guerrero, a sophomore at Yorktown High School, has qualified for this week’s Region 5 powerlifting meet in Bishop.

Yorktown sophomore reaches regional powerlifting meet

By Robert Proctor

Yorktown News-View

Two years into his powerlifting career at Yorktown High School, Jacob Guerrero will make his second straight trip to the Region 5 meet in Bishop this Thursday, March 12. Taking part in the 114-pound weight class, Guerrero has experience to look to from his freshman year. Guerrero was initially unsure of joining Yorktown’s powerlifting team last year but came around. He’s thankful that he did.

“It’s been pretty fun,” Guerrero said of participating in this sport. “It really shows how I am myself, because it’s an individual sport. I want to truly be great at it.”

Making strides is the name of the game in any athletic endeavor. That’s exactly what Guerrero has been able to do over his first two years. Now, he’s ready to build on what he started.

“It’s been fun just going to regionals two years in a row and hopefully state if I get the totals,” he said. Guerrero’s powerlifting coach, Bruno Mata, was quite excited when Guerrero chose to join their group of Wildcat powerlifters last year. “I had to convince him to lift,” Mata recalled.

“He had to start late. He didn’t think he was gonna be any good.” Once underway, though, Mata wasn’t surprised by what he was able to accomplish quickly. “He’s always had the capability, and I’ve realized his strength at an early stage,” Mata said.

“I had to convince him. I’m really excited for him, because he’s really been successful for two years in a row. We’re gonna go as far as we can.”

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