NMU’s Young, Pfeiffer win at weightlifting meets

Bret Pfeiffer of the Northern Michigan University Olympic Training Site lifts at the Nike National Junior Championships and Pan-American Games trials in Lombard, Ill., in February. He won in the snatch, the clean and jerk, and in the total weight lifted categories. (Photo courtesy NMU/LIfting Life)

MARQUETTE — Weightlifters from the Olympic Training Site at Northern Michigan University earned eight medals last weekend at the National University Championships put on by USA Weightlifting and held in Las Vegas.

In addition, NMU-OTS weightlifter Bret Pfeiffer won at the Nike National Junior Championships and Pan-American Trials held in Lombard, Ill., in mid-February.

Nat’l University meet

NMU-OTS’ Destiny Young won a trio of gold medals in Las Vegas in the women’s 45-kilogram (99.2-pound) division, lifting 55 kg (121.3 lbs.) in the snatch, 70 kg (154.3 lbs.) in the clean and jerk for a 125-kg (275.6-lb.) total.

Pfeiffer led the NMU-OTS men while competing in the 81-kg (178.6-lb.) division. He lifted 132 kg (291.0 lbs.) in the snatch for a gold medal, 157 kg (346.1 lbs.) in the clean and jerk for bronze, and totaled 289 kg (637.1 lbs.) for silver.

Also medaling for the NMU-OTS was Michaela McIntosh at 55 kg, who earned bronze for a clean and jerk of 86 kg (189.6 lbs.) and total of 148 kg (326.3 lbs.).

Overall, the NMU team finished with nine top-10 finishes and place second in both the men’s and women’s divisions behind champion Lindenwood University of St. Charles, Missouri.

Here are the other top-10 finishers from NMU:

Women —

Natalie Stockel, 59 kg (130.1 lb.) division, 165 kg (363.8 lbs.) total lifted, 6th place; Hannah Hopkins, 59 kg division, 161 kg (354.9 lbs.) total lifted, 7th place

Men —

Calvin La, 67 kg (147.7 lb.) division, 202 kg (445.3 lbs.) total lifted, 4th place; Austin Gean, 81 kg (178.6 lb.) division, 264 kg (582.0 lbs.) total lifted, 10th place; Bradley Kozbiel, 89 kg (196.2 lb.) division, 255 kg (562.2 lbs.) total lifted, 9th place; William Phillips, 96 kg (211.6 lb.) division, 274 kg (604.1 lbs.) total lifted, 6th place

For more information on the NMU-OTS program, visit www.nmu.edu/ots.

Pfeiffer wins qualifier

Pfeiffer lifted 132 kg (291.0 lbs.) in the snatch and 153 kg (337.3 lbs.) in the clean and jerk for a 285 kg (628.3 lbs.) total in Illinois on Feb. 16, each of them the best in the 81 kg division.

The win earned him a spot on the U.S. team at the Junior Pan Am Championships, which will be held May 20-28 in Havana, Cuba.

La, who was competing in his first national meet, made five of his six attempts and finished 13th in the 67 kg class with a 186 kg (410.1 lb.) total.

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