Hi Willie, Here are the stats, video's, and a photo of BJ Mottu & Dakota Piper's HUGE Powerlifting wins. I wasn't sure how you wanted it written up so please feel free to make whatever changes you deem necessary. Thank you so much for publishing this for us! -- Connie Wright
“Local Youths Headed To World Championships”
On April 7th James “BJ” Mottu & Dakota “Big” Piper participated in the WABDL Bench Press and Deadlift Nationals presented by Tiny Meeker at The Nathaniel Center in Kingwood, Texas. (WABDL = World Association of Benchers and Dead Lifters) James “BJ” Mottu is a 2017 Livingston High School Graduate and former 4-year member of the LHS Power Lifting Team. He began training with Tiny Meeker @ Monster Gym in February 2018, prior to that he self-trained at LFC with occasional assistance from Coby Piper & Grady Reily. BJ set the following records on April 7th: State record for Bench Press in the 20–25 year-old 181 lb weight class was 330.5lbs, BJ smashed the State record with a lift of 358.2lbs. World record for Dead Lift in the 20-25 year old 181 lb weight class was 512.8lbs, BJ set the new State record AND beat the World Record with a lift of 513.7lbs BJ is the son of Nelson Barbee & Misty Crabtree of Hearne, Texas, brother of Joey Mottu and the grandson of Conna Draughon both of Livingston. Dakota “Big” Piper is a Senior at Livingston High School and is a 4-year member of the LHS Power Lifting Team. Dakota began training with Tiny Meeker @ Monster Gym in November 2017, prior to that he self-trained @ LFC with occasional assistance from Coby Piper and Grady Reily. Dakota set the following record on April 7th: State Record for Dead Lift in the 18-year-old, 220 lb class was 551 pounds, Dakota shattered that record with a lift of 575.8 pounds. Dakota is the son of Bubba & Coby Piper, brother of Montana Piper, and grandson of Coach John & Jean Taylor and Joyce & the late “Butch” Piper. Both young men are set to compete in the WABDL World Championships November 13th – 18th at Bally’s in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Connie, ya did a bang up job writing this! I wouldn't change a thing. -- Editor
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