Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Pilot Point powerlifter establishes personal 700 club, breaks own record at state meet
Pilot Point's Matt Poursoltani went where no high school powerlifter in Texas has ever gone Saturday. In fact, he's been doing that regularly.
But on Saturday at the state powerlifting meet in Abilene, Texas, Poursoltani outdid himself. The senior bench pressed 700 pounds, breaking his personal best of 670 set at last week's regional meet in Ponder.
Poursoltani's lift Saturday broke his best lift at last year's state meet (570) by more than 100 pounds.
To put in perspective just what a feat bench pressing 700 pounds is, consider this. You know how big Dallas Cowboys' Hall of Fame offensive lineman Larry Allen was? Stack a couple of Larry Allens. Poursoltani lifted them, plus a little more.
Poursoltani's coach calls him 'The Freak Show.'
The DMN's David Just profiled Poursoltani as he prepared for the state meet. Here's a portion of that profile.
The senior eats six sunny-side-up eggs every morning along with whatever meat he can get his hands on. Bacon, sausage and cans of tuna have all become staples in his diet.
He eats protein-rich foods but eschews protein shakes. Lunch is usually a sandwich with cold cuts, and one recent dinner consisted of two 16-ounce steaks and collard greens.
He has been asked by friends, fans and even by his teammates if he uses steroids. He confidently tells all of them no.
"If you need something to help you work out, you need to get out of the sport," Poursoltani said. "If you can't drive yourself that hard to come in here and work out, then it's probably just not for you."