KEVIN BRYAN WEIGHTLIFTER OF THE YEAR
Bench/clean and jerk total: 660 pounds
OF NOTE: Bryan lifted a personal best 285 pounds on his final attempt in the clean and jerk to wind up third overall with a 660-pound total in the 199-pound division of the Class 2A state tournament. He moved up a weight class from 183 pounds last year. Bryan won the Section 8 title and advanced to state for the first time in his three years of competitive weightlifting. He had the highest finish of any Palm Beach County weightlifter at the state competition.
ATHLETE'S COMMENTS: "I just worked out hard and it paid off. I didn't do any other sports this year. In the past, I had wrestled and it was hard to make any gains. I wanted the state title, but when I saw what I was up against, I thought I was outclassed and just concentrated on getting second or third. It was big that I had my family, coach and friends up there. Every time I went to lift, I had a little cheering section."