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Boys weightlifter of year: Cody Wilson, New Smyrna Beach

Boys weightlifter of year: Cody Wilson, New Smyrna Beach

Credentials: The senior repeated as the Class 2A state champion in the 169-pound weight class and again did so by dominating the clean-and-jerk phase. Wilson trailed two other competitors by 10 pounds following his 320-pound bench press, but he came through with a 330 clean-and-jerk to prevail. It was the second best lift in state-meet history for the weight class. His story: Wilson got into weightlifting for the first time after injuring his back as a ninth-grade football player. At first, it was for a physical-education credit. Soon, it became his passion. "I wanted to strengthen my back for football," he said. "I started doing the weightlifting team workouts in class,...

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