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Teen Lorenzo Barnes Hits 2nd Highest Squat in THSPA History

Texas Burkburnett High School junior Lorenzo Barnes (shw) squatted 825 pounds at the THSPA Region 6 - Division 2 Regional Meet on March 7 at Decatur High School in Decatur, Texas. The squat is the highest ever recorded in division 2 and the second highest ever in the THSPA. Barnes eclipsed the former 820 pound record of Jordan Barret in division 2. The state record across all divisions is 835 pounds, held by Eugene Johnson (in division 1). Barnes added a 500 pound bench press and 560 pound deadlift for a 1,885 pound total.

The USAPL Teen 16-17 American Record squat of 804 pounds was set in 1990 by Jason Wisner.

Here is video of Barnes' squat:

An interview with Barnes:

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What where Mark Henry's high school numbers? I lifted with him at the high school nationals. He stood up with 903 but was called high. This kid is a stud!! What can he really pull?

that's the first video I've seen where you actually can't tell depth because of the camera angle

Kids a Freak. He will hit some sick numbers as a Senior in High School. Hope he sticks with it after that.

He's def gettin laid from that

how in the world can he squat such sick weight yet only pull 560?

In one of the videos its says he was just going for a total to break the regional total record.

OZlifter wrote:
that's the first video I've seen where you actually can't tell depth because of the camera angle

Spectators can't be on the floor at THSPA meets IIRC, so the only place to get a video from is in the stands, which are ususally packed.

Anonymous wrote:
What where Mark Henry's high school numbers? I lifted with him at the high school nationals. He stood up with 903 but was called high. This kid is a stud!! What can he really pull?

Mark's HS records were an mid to low 8 squat, 500 bench and 705 deadlift. His DL didn't take off until he did all that OWL volume.

Anonymous wrote:
What where Mark Henry's high school numbers? I lifted with him at the high school nationals. He stood up with 903 but was called high. This kid is a stud!! What can he really pull?

Apparently Mark Henry didn't post as high marks as every one believes. Here are the state records from the THSPA website:

SHW Squat Eugene Johnson Victoria HS 835 2005
Bench Andrew Boyce Livingston HS 525 2008
Dead-lift Willie Kelly Corsicana HS 715 1990
Total Marcus Henry Silsbee HS 2000 1991

I lifted in THSPA myself and I can tell you straight up that his squat was at parallel at best. He is a strong kid no doubt but posting these numbers is ridiculous. There is no need of mentioning what the USAPL record id either bc this kid wouldnt come close in a meet. The quality of lifting in THSPA has gone down tremendously since I graduated and that was in 2007. Strong lift but not a good one.

Even with the angle of the shot that squat still looked convincingly deep; better than most of the squats we see nowadays.

Props to him, that is one strong kid.

Does this kid play football and is he any good at it? If so, he needs to give up his football career and concentrate on powerlifting. There's no sense getting a scholarship with a free college education and a potentially successful football career when he can make hundreds of dollars a year in powerlifting prize money

He is going to HS Nationals. Let's see what he hits.

Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:
What where Mark Henry's high school numbers? I lifted with him at the high school nationals. He stood up with 903 but was called high. This kid is a stud!! What can he really pull?

Apparently Mark Henry didn't post as high marks as every one believes. Here are the state records from the THSPA website:

SHW Squat Eugene Johnson Victoria HS 835 2005
Bench Andrew Boyce Livingston HS 525 2008
Dead-lift Willie Kelly Corsicana HS 715 1990
Total Marcus Henry Silsbee HS 2000 1991

What about Wylie Webster's 800 deadlift?

Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:
What where Mark Henry's high school numbers? I lifted with him at the high school nationals. He stood up with 903 but was called high. This kid is a stud!! What can he really pull?

Apparently Mark Henry didn't post as high marks as every one believes. Here are the state records from the THSPA website:

SHW Squat Eugene Johnson Victoria HS 835 2005
Bench Andrew Boyce Livingston HS 525 2008
Dead-lift Willie Kelly Corsicana HS 715 1990
Total Marcus Henry Silsbee HS 2000 1991

What about Wylie Webster's 800 deadlift?

220 Squat Claude Sanders Wilmer-Hutchins HS 710 1991
Bench Jean-Claude Cornic Hays HS 450 1997
Dead-lift Wylie Webster Silsbee HS 725 1993
Total Wylie Webster Silsbee HS 1750 1993

That is impressive. The squat looked good to me. I used to lift in the early 80s USPF Teenage Nationals and that kind of weight on squat and bench is unreal. Very strong kid I hope he does play some football also he would make a great lineman and could go far. From the angle I saw on the video I would give him white lights nicely done.

Anonymous wrote:
He's def gettin laid from that

Funny as hell! lol true meast this kid is. Good work, Lorenzo.

Anonymous wrote:
how in the world can he squat such sick weight yet only pull 560?

Same reason why your generous 225 bench won't win any trophies?

Anonymous wrote:
I lifted in THSPA myself and I can tell you straight up that his squat was at parallel at best. He is a strong kid no doubt but posting these numbers is ridiculous. There is no need of mentioning what the USAPL record id either bc this kid wouldnt come close in a meet. The quality of lifting in THSPA has gone down tremendously since I graduated and that was in 2007. Strong lift but not a good one.

Hey, is Thunderbird or Maddog 20/20 made with sour grapes ?

I think some of Henry's lifts were done in ADFPA competition not in the Texas High School Association. I remember when we went to High School Nats back in 1991, his name was on the rankings list for the ADFPA SHW.

Ken Ufford wrote:
That is impressive. The squat looked good to me. I used to lift in the early 80s USPF Teenage Nationals and that kind of weight on squat and bench is unreal. Very strong kid I hope he does play some football also he would make a great lineman and could go far. From the angle I saw on the video I would give him white lights nicely done.

Ken: I don't know who the kid is that says "parallel at best", but I've seen Lorenzo's lifts and he is in the hole.

Anonymous wrote:
I lifted in THSPA myself and I can tell you straight up that his squat was at parallel at best. He is a strong kid no doubt but posting these numbers is ridiculous. There is no need of mentioning what the USAPL record id either bc this kid wouldnt come close in a meet. The quality of lifting in THSPA has gone down tremendously since I graduated and that was in 2007. Strong lift but not a good one.

I don't know what you're measuring stick is, as far as quality is concerned. Last year at Region 6, Division I Regionals, I judged the 242-SHW platform. We had two lifters in the 275 class hit in the high 700 and 800 that day, and battled it out for first. The state meet had a lot of great lifting also.
You could debate the squat depth thing all day long, as people have been doing since it's inception. BUT, the IPF and USAPL are notorious for making people go 3-4" below the plane, when in the rulebooks it says you have to "break" the plane.
Same for THSPA; you have to BREAK the plane. If the judge isn't sure, then benefit of the doubt should go to the lifter.
But again, there's been some quality lifting the last few years, before and after you graduated in '07.

Carl wrote:
Anonymous wrote:
I lifted in THSPA myself and I can tell you straight up that his squat was at parallel at best. He is a strong kid no doubt but posting these numbers is ridiculous. There is no need of mentioning what the USAPL record id either bc this kid wouldnt come close in a meet. The quality of lifting in THSPA has gone down tremendously since I graduated and that was in 2007. Strong lift but not a good one.

Hey, is Thunderbird or Maddog 20/20 made with sour grapes ?

LOL. I lifted in THSPA from 1998-2001, if you didn't break, you weren't getting whites. The only thing you might get is an ass chewing if you bombed, my coach made sure of that.

Great lifting! Keep training hard.

Edward G. Dudley-Robey, M.D.
http://www.DoctorBench.com

TRULY AWESOME.

LORENZO DID A GREAT INTERVIEW AS WELL.

NICE KID!

THIS IS GREAT FOR THE SPORT OF POWERLIFTING!!!

Marc Henry hit a 936 as a high schooler in the early 90s.

Awesome lifts! Hope you stick it Lorenzo.

Anonymous wrote:
Does this kid play football and is he any good at it? If so, he needs to give up his football career and concentrate on powerlifting. There's no sense getting a scholarship with a free college education and a potentially successful football career when he can make hundreds of dollars a year in powerlifting prize money

Actually. He is fantastic at football! He is our noseguard and a damn good one. But ironically in college he is giving up powerlifting for football (no matter how much everybody tries to convince him otherwise). The kid is a football player through and through.

not saying that people are trying to convince him to give up football for powerlifting (to clear up the last statement). Myself and other though think he should still follow up on powerlifting cause this kid is destin to break more records than he already has..

he plans on being the first person ever to squat 1000 pounds in high school.

now if that feat were to be accomplished i'm sure the haters on this site will actually give him props.. saying that he wasnt in the hole is ignorant.. his ass is almost touching the floor.

but idk. I guess its all up to the judges but if you honestly say that you would red light him for that squat then your on crack. People need to get over the fact that he is better than you will ever be at powerlifting without using any performance enhancing drugs. Haters try to bring down a person who works hard and has accomplished things that very few will ever have the liberty of knowing.

so if anyone wants to state that he uses steroids, is not parallel, or that you lifted that once or know someone who did more than that in high school... is ignorant.

because who is the one that is holding all the records and is only a junior?... Lorenzo Barnes.

Im the coach at paschal high school in fort worth we have someone thats getting there like lorenzo...
GOOD LIFT LORENZO

yea i have too say i am impressed with his lifts but is he ready to break my 2005 total record? i hope he dose but its always good too know that some one is actualy trying to follow in your foot steps keep up the good work homi.

lorenzos new bench 560, dead lifts(i forgot)squat 825 senior year!

I believe Henry's lifts were all raw, also.