Becerril lifts to national championship

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Josue Becerril overcame adversity and uncertainty to capture a dream. He battled through the adversity to compete at the highest level. The long trip to Lombard, IL took its toll on Becerril. He arrived with cramps and illness at the National Powerlifting Championship in the suburb of Chicago.

In addition to the illness which hampered his efforts, he missed his weight class by 1.1 pounds. The miss placed him in the 163-pound class while only weighing 146.4 pounds. The struggles placed Becerril at a great disadvantage even before the lifting commenced.

Becerril is loaded with talent and that talent carried him to the national championship. He began the competition with a 425pound squat. This total was 50 pounds under the best lift of his career, but he decided to play it safe due to his cramping issues. He gained strength as the contest continued.

His next lift was a 287-pound bench press. This lift kept him in contention despite giving up a huge amount of body weight to his competitors. He finished the competition with a 540-pound deadlift. His total for the meet was 1252 pounds which was 150 pounds lower than his personal best. The total was good enough to place Becerril on the top podium position.



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