Northern Michigan University’s Dominic Damon, Ryland Shriver earn Junior Pan Am medals

Dominic Damon

MARQUETTE — A pair of Northern Michigan University athletes from its National Training Site each won bronze medals recently for Team USA at the inaugural Junior Pan American Games in South America.

Dominic Damon finished third in Greco-Roman wrestling while Ryland Shriver came in No. 3 in Olympic weightlifting, both in Cali, Colombia.

The Junior Pan American Games focus on athletes between the ages of 18 and 23 to give them the opportunity to participate in high-level international competition, according to a sports news release from NMU Sports Information.

The event showcases the world’s best athletes in 39 sports disciplines and are next scheduled for Santiago, Chile, in 2023.

Wrestling at 67 kilograms (147.7 pounds), Damon opened with a 4-0 win over Piero Cruces of Peru before losing 8-0 to Yanat Martinez of Cuba.

Ryland Shriver

Damon then defeated Nilson Angulo of Colombia 8-0 in the third-place match.

Team USA earned a silver and three bronze medals in Greco-Roman.

Shriver competed for the first time at 109 kg-and-over (240.3 lbs.-and-over) and set personal bests in snatch, clean and jerk and total lift.

He made snatches of 143 kg (315.3 lbs.) and 148 kg (326.3 lbs.) before missing at his final attempt at 151 kg (332.9 lbs.).

Shriver’s opening clean and jerk of 182 kg (401.2 lbs.) was initially ruled good, then overturned. He then made lifts at 183 kg (403.4 lbs.) and 187 kg (412.3 lbs.). His third-place total of 335 kg (738.5 lbs.) was 8 kg above his previous record.

USA Weightlifting finished second at these games with seven medals — three golds, two silvers and two bronzes — only trailing host Colombia with nine. Mexico also garnered seven medals, though just one gold.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal. net.


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