Ozen powerlifter Joe Thomas, won the regional championship and is getting ready to head to state for the third year in a row.

Thomas lifted a combined 1665 lbs in the bench, the squat and the dead lift. He will face some tough competition from a lifter from Port Lavaca Calhoun, who lifted 1660 lbs to win his region.

Thomas finished 6th at state last year after a 5th place finish as a sophomore.