DeMatha LB Ja’Whaun Bentley breaks school’s bench press record

March 29, 2013
DeMatha All-Met LB Ja'Whaun Bentley, who holds offers from Maryland and Iowa, broke the school bench press record (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post).
DeMatha All-Met LB Ja’Whaun Bentley, who holds offers from Maryland and Iowa, broke the school bench press record (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post).

Before last season, DeMatha Coach Elijah Brooks called junior linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley the team’s “best-kept secret” after missing his sophomore season with a torn ACL. But now, thanks to a 2012 All-Met campaign and an historic feat caught on tape, Bentley has Twitter abuzz.

On Wednesday, Bentley did 21 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press, breaking the school’s 11-year record. Current Stags assistant coach Matt Ashburn held the old mark with 18 reps.

“I’ve been working out a whole lot to break the record, but for a while, it seemed like every time I tried to get it, I couldn’t get past 17,” Bentley said in a Thursday phone interview. “I don’t know what kind of mode I was in that day but I did it and kind of surprised myself.”

For those who need proof, the video was posted on DeMatha’s football Twitter page and can be seen by clicking on the link below.

Bentley actually broke the record twice. On Tuesday, he pushed out 19 reps, leading his coaches and teammates to take video of his record-breaking workout the next day.

The feat will likely make even more schools take notice of Bentley, who earned first team All-Met honors this past fall with 117 tackles and seven sacks in leading the Stags to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title game.

The 6-2, 247-pound junior currently holds offers Maryland, Virginia, Iowa, Pittsburgh and U-Mass. with Alabama, North Carolina and Purdue showing interest.

Bentley also holds the school record for bench press max at 380 pounds, shattering the old mark of 365 pounds. But even though he now possesses two spots in the history book, Bentley isn’t satisfied.

“After last season, I know teams will be focusing on me more as a senior, so I have to work that much harder and step my game up to play at a high level,” Bentley said. “I’m also trying to get my numbers even higher in the gym and have a few more big sessions. That way, I won’t have to worry about anybody trying to break my records.”

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