Weightlifter earns silver

MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University Olympic Training Site athlete Ryan Borges earned a silver medal by placing second at the USA National Weightlifting Championships held last Thursday through Sunday in Salt Lake City.

Teammate Andrew Vrabel also had a top-five finish.

Borges, in the 56-kilogram division, lifted a total of 218kg – 95kg in the snatch, and 123kg in the clean and jerk.

Vrabel, in the 69kg division, placed fifth. He lifted 259kg – 114kg in the snatch, and 145kg in the clean and jerk.

More than 400 athletes and 200 coaches from across the country participated in the event, reportedly making it the largest national championship in USA weightlifting history.

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