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POWERLIFTERS REPRESENT WELL IN TEXAS MEET

Ten athletes lift heavy in San Antonio

PRESS RELEASE – On September 24 and 25, a  team of ten athletes proudly represented Guam at the 2-day 2023 USA Powerlifting (USAPL) Iron Wars Meet—a USAPL-sanctioned meet—in San Antonio, Texas, hosted by Texas Strength Systems. 

Guam Powerlifting Women (Iron Wars 2023) (L-R): Jana Maria Mojas, Morgan Duenas, Nica Andrea A. Mojas

For 16 weeks, all ten athletes put themselves through disciplined training and conditioning to  represent Guam with their best lifts in squats, bench presses, and deadlifts. Nearly all ten athletes  placed in their respective divisions, proving that the powerlifting community on Guam continues  to grow and develop athletes with skill, competition, and grit. 

Athlete-coaches, Mikel Nicolas and Christian Duenas, are proud of the team’s performance  results and are ready to begin preparing the next team for later off-island meets. “I am very proud  of our team, and we could not have done this without everyone else’s support with bringing us  out here,” said Nicolas. “We will continue to promote the sport back home,  and maybe one day, Guam will host our own sanctioned meets,” said Duenas.

The team’s official results: 

Women
Lifter Place DivisionBody Weight SquatBench Press DeadliftTotal Points
Jana Maria Mojas Women’s Raw Junior (20-23) 60 59.6 kg 117.5 kg 57.5 kg 140 kg 315 kg
Jana Maria Mojas Women’s Raw Open 60 59.6 kg 117.5 kg 57.5 kg 140 kg 315 kg
Morgan Duenas Women’s Raw Open 67.5 65.9 kg 145 kg 75 kg 135 kg 355 kg
Nica Andrea A. Mojas Women’s Raw Open 90 88.6 kg 170 kg 90 kg 195 kg 455 kg
Men
Lifter Place DivisionBody Weight SquatBench Press DeadliftTotal Points
Rene Francis Picayo Men’s Raw Junior (20-23) 60 58.6 kg 147.5 kg 100 kg 190 kg 437.5 kg
Rene Francis Picayo Men’s Raw Open 60 58.6 kg 147.5 kg 100 kg 190 kg 437.5 kg
Kevin Dema-Ala Men’s Raw Open 75 72.4 kg 190 kg 110 kg 257.5 kg 557.5 kg
Aydin Marquez Men’s Raw Open 82.5 81 kg 220 kg 145 kg 247.5 kg 612.5 kg
Mikel Nicolas Men’s Raw Open 82.5 81.2 kg 190 kg 155 kg 240 kg 585 kg
Christian Duenas Men’s Raw Open 110 108.5 kg 240 kg 175 kg 272.5 kg 687.5 kg
Gerelle Arjona Men’s Raw Teen III (18-19) 82.5 80.7 kg 215 kg 125 kg 252.5 kg 592.5 kg
Matua Ånghet Salas Men’s Raw Teen III (18-19) 90 85.5 kg 197.5 kg 122.5 kg 205 kg 525 kg
Guam Powerlifting Men (Iron Wars 2023) L-R: Matua Ånghet Salas, Mikel Nicolas, Kevin Dema-Ala, Christian Duenas, Gerelle Arjona, Aydin Marquez, and Rene Francis Picayo

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