Adam DeBonis performs a dead-lift at the world championships.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Farrell resident Adam DeBonis became a world champion with his recent victory at the “On top of the World” World Powerlifting Championships.

The former Farrell High student-athlete and Youngstown State University freshman established a world record for his weight and age classes.

Competing in the Teen (17-18) and Raw (no aids to assist him) divisions in the 165-pound category, DeBonis dead-lifted 420 pounds. Coupled with his winning 260-pound bench press (in which he was required to to pause, holding the bar motionless), DeBonis’ 680-pound total enabled him to take “Ironman” honors by finishing first.

Earlier this year DeBonis won Pennsylvania and national titles, setting a state record in the deadlift last February, adding a national title to his resumé in June, and qualifying for Worlds by garnering the gold at the 15th annual WNPF Powerlifting and Single-lift Championships in late-October in a 200-plus competitor field of American and foreign-born lifters.

A physical education major at YSU, DeBonis already is looking to the future, noting, “I’m only 18, with lots of room to grow.”

The younger DeBonis, who trains at the F.H. Buhl Club’s Wellness Center, credited his father/trainer, Emil DeBonis, and family and friends, as well as bench-press world champ Bill Lenzi, who offered advice.

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