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Former area athletes headed for Olympics

July 21, 2012
The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - United States Olympic Education Center and Northern Michigan University alumni will be participating in the Summer Olympic Games in London.

Of the six set to compete, five are Greco-Roman wrestlers and one a weightlifter.

Spenser Mango of St. Louis will wrestle for Team USA for the second consecutive Summer Games in the 55-kilogram weight class.

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Former United States Olympic Education Center Greco-Roman wrestler Spenser Mango, left, shown here in a 2006 file photo competing against Jermaine Hodge of the United States Army during the Second Annual Northern Michigan University Olympic Challenge International Edition at the Superior Dome in Marquette, will be one of several former USOEC athletes taking part in the Summer Olympic Games in London. (Journal file photo)

He graduated from NMU in 2010 with a degree in physical education/coaching. Mango credits his time at the USOEC as an important part of his development.

"Marquette is a great place to live and train," Mango said through a USOEC press release.

"Northern is a great university for young athletes who would like to have the best of both worlds - world-class training and the opportunity to attend school full time."

Joining Mango on Team USA will be the following wrestlers (with their respective weight classes):

Ellis Coleman of Oak Park, Ill., who attended NMU in 2009 and will compete at 60 kg; Justin Lester of Akron, Ohio, a 2007 NMU graduate in history, 66 kg; Ben Provisor of Stevens Point, Wis., who spent 2009-10 at the university, 74 kg; and Chas Betts of St. Michael, Minn., a 2010 electronic imaging graduate, 84 kg.

Former USOEC weightlifter Sarah Robles of San Jacinto, Calif., will also represent the U.S. in London in the 75 kg weight class.

She attended Northern from 2008-09.

Athletes will participate in the opening ceremonies on July 27.

Weightlifting begins July 28 and Greco-Roman wrestling will get under way Aug. 5.



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