Sebring’s Mark Anthony Miranda claimed the Class 2A 199-pound title at the boys state weightlifting meet at the Kissimmee Civic Center on Friday. Miranda lifted 375 pounds in the bench press and followed that up with a 315-pound effort in the clean-and-jerk to give him the state championship with a combined weight of 690 pounds.
Miranda lifted 290 in his first lift, but missed 315 the first time, making it come down to the wire where he came through.
“I just kept thinking ‘I have to do it,’ ” Miranda said.
Sebring coach Steve Berry said Miranda has lifted 335 before, but you never know what’s going to happen in a big meet and how kids will react to the pressure.
“It came down to the wire,” Berry said. “It was real exciting.”
Berry said Miranda’s father got him started lifting and he believes that working with LaVaar Scott and the football team also paid dividends.
Those two factors—along with Miranda’s determination and drive—made him an unbeatable force and the first state champion that Berry has coached.
“He works like crazy,” Berry said.
Lake Placid’s Malachai McLean and Conner Wrenn will both be competing in today’s Class 1A state meet in Kissimmee. The meet begins at 10:30 a.m.