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Marble Falls father-son powerlifting duo take titles

Zachary (left) and Duane Young pose with their national championship trophies from the USA Powerlifting Bench Press Nationals. Courtesy photo


SAN ANTONIO — The father-and-son duo of Duane and Zachary Young of Marble Falls won national titles in their age and weight divisions at the USA Powerlifting Bench Press Nationals on Aug. 23-24.

Song Zachary claimed his second national title.

The bench press is his favorite “because it’s easy, because it only uses arms.”

“I like how it’s not as competitive as other sports,” he said. “I think it’s cool it’s not part of a team sport.”

Zachary competed in the 105-pound weight class of the 12-13 age division. He finished with a 66-pound bench press and set a U.S. and state record for his age and weight. He narrowly missed his third attempt of 77 pounds.

“When I started out two or three years ago, I lifted 55 pounds,” he said.

His father, Duane, competed in the 163-pound class of the 50-54 age group. He had posted a successful best attempt of 220 pounds, narrowly missing at 231 pounds.

Zachary said he believes he’ll surpass his dad in the amount of weight he can lift in the next decade.

“He’s really strong,” he said about his father.

Both lifters competed in the Raw category, which only allows them to use a belt and wrist wraps for supportive equipment.