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Updated: 04/27/2014 04:33:02PM

Control of the clean

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North Port's Nicholas Jusino completes a lift in the clean and jerk at the Class 2A state championships in Kissimmee.

Luis Morales watches North Port's Roman Morales prepare for a lift in the clean and jerk.

Billy Pesti completes a lift in the clean and jerk. Pesti broke his schooly record with a total lift of 705 pounds and placed second in the 238-pound weight class.

Luis Morales as Kawika Barnes prepares for a clean and jerk lift.

Billy Pesti stands on the medal stand after placing second in the 238-pound class at the Class 2A state championships in Kissimmee.

Billy Pesti stands on the medal stand after placing second in the 238-pound division at the Class 2A state championships in Kissimmee.

Billy Pesti completes a lift in the clean and jerk. Pesti broke his schooly record with a total lift of 705 pounds and placed second in the 238-pound weight class.

By ZACH MILLER

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KISSIMMEE — After struggling with nerves in his first state championship appearance last year, Billy Pesti wasn’t fazed by the large crowd and bright lights this time.

The Charlotte High school senior broke his own school record with a 705-pound total lift, earning him second place in the 238-pound weight class at the Class 2A state finals Saturday. He was especially excited to have completed all of his clean and jerk lifts, pulling 310 pounds on the last one, after failing on all three attempts last year.

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