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Junior Pan Ams Team Leader Reports

By Peter T. Roselli | April 26, 2016, 12 a.m. (ET)

Friday April 29, 2016: Ji, Martin Win Gold, Silver for Team USA on Final Day of Competition 

Today, the last day of competition at the Junior Pan American Championships in San Salvador, El Salvador, Team USA lifters Joshua Ji competed in the 105 kg category and Kayla Martin in the 75+ kg category A sessions.

On the final day of competition at the Junior Pan American Championships in San Salvador, El Salvador, Joshua Ji (Rowland Heights, Calif.) opened for Team USA in the 105kg category. He made 145kg on his first snatch attempt, 151kg on his second, and then missed 155kg on his third. With this performance, Ji won gold in the 105kg category snatch competition.

In the clean and jerk, he missed his first attempt at 179kg, made the same weight on his second attempt, and missed his third attempt at 187kg. He placed second in the category clean and jerk.

Ji totaled at 330kg, winning the 105kg category silver medal overall, in a 3 for 6 performance.

Kjayla Martin (Johnson City, Tenn.) was the final Team USA lifter of the tournament, competing in the 75+kg category A session.

She opened with a successful 93kg snatch, missed 97kg on her second attempt and missed 100kg on her third attempt. She placed second in the category snatch.

In the clean and jerk, Martin opened with a successful 119kg lift, missed 124kg on her second attempt, and cleaned but failed to stand with her third attempt at 125kg. She won silver in the category clean and jerk.

Martin will come home with the silver medal for the 75+kg category and a personal record total of 212kg, in a 2 for 6 performance.

Final team results and medal count await the publication of official competition results later this evening.

Team USA will return the United States tomorrow.


April 28, 2016: Team USA Wins 10 Medals on Day Four

Jessie Bradley (Provo, Utah) opened competition today for Team USA in the 75kg category. She started with a successful 94kg snatch, made her second attempt at 96kg, and missed her third at 99kg, winning gold in the 75kg category snatch competition.

In the clean and jerk, Bradley made her first attempt 114kg, then made a personal record of 117 kg and then 119kg on her second and third attempts, winning silver in the category clean and jerk competition.

She totaled a personal record of 215kg and is taking home the gold medal for the 75kg category, in a 5 for 6 performance.

Deirdre Lenzsch (Somers Point, N.J.), who also competed in the 75kg category, opened with a successful 91kg snatch, missed 94kg on her second attempt, then made the same weight on her third, winning bronze in the category snatch competition.

In the clean and jerk, she made her first attempt 110kg and followed with a successful 115kg. In an effort to win bronze in clean and jerk and total, attempted 119kg, but missed the clean, finishing fourth in the category clean and jerk competition.

Lenzsch totaled 209kg, finishing fourth overall in the 75kg category, in a 4 for 6 performance.

Nathan Damron (Advance, N.C.) made his first attempt 146kg snatch, followed with a personal record 152kg on his second, and missed his third at 155 kg to win silver in the 94kg category snatch competition.

He then opened with a successful 185kg clean and jerk, made a personal record 190kg on his second attempt, then cleaned his third attempt 196kg but missed the jerk, winning silver in the category clean and jerk competition. 

Damron totaled a personal record 342kg and won the 94kg silver medal, in a 4 for 6 performance.

Also lifting in the 94kg category, Dylan Cooper (Advance, N.C.) missed his first snatch attempt at 137kg but successfully made the same weight on his second attempt. On his final attempt, he lifted a personal record second of 142kg, winning bronze in the category snatch competition.

Cooper opened with a successful 177 kg clean and jerk, then missed his second attempt at 182 kg and third at 185kg, winning bronze in the category clean and jerk competition.

He totaled a personal record 319kg, winning the 94kg category bronze medal, in a 3 for 6 performance.

Tomorrow, on the last day of competition, Joshua Ji (Rowland Heights, Calif.) competes in the 105kg category, and Kjayla Martin (Johnson City, Tenn.) in the 75+ kg category A session.


April 27, 2016: Myers Wins Gold; New Youth American Records Set

Mason Groehler (Denmark, Wisc.) opened competition for Team USA today in the 77kg category. He made three successful snatches, at 127kg, 131kg and 134kg to win bronze in the category snatch competition. In the clean and jerk, Groehler missed his first attempt 160kg but made the same weight on his second attempt. He missed 164kg on his final attempt, placing fourth in the category clean and jerk.  

Groehler totaled a personal record of 294kg, earning fourth overall overall in the 77kg category, in a 3 for 6 performance.

Next up for the U.S. was Harrison Maurus (Auburn, Wash.) who also competed in the 77kg category. Maurus missed his first snatch attempt at 132kg but made the same weight on his second attempt to break his 130kg youth American record. He then broke the record a second time with 137kg on his final attempt, winning silver in the category snatch competition.

In the clean and jerk, Maurus set youth Pan American and American records with a successful first attempt at 170kg. He cleaned his second attempt 177kg and third attempt 184kg (youth world record), but missed the jerk in both lifts, winning silver in the category clean and jerk competition. His youth Pan American record was broken later in the session.

With a 307kg total, Maurus broke his previous youth American record total of 305kg. He won the 77kg category silver medal overall, in a 3 for 6 performance.

In the 63kg category, Maddy Myers (La Jolla, Calif.) opened with a successful 86 kg snatch, made 89kg on her second, and missed 92kg on her third attempt, winning silver in the category snatch competition.

She made a successful 114kg clean and jerk, missed 119kg on her second attempt, and then broke her previous junior American record of 118kg with a successful third attempt at 120kg. With this, she won gold in the category clean and jerk competition.

Myers broke her 206kg junior American record total with 209kg and won 63kg category gold medal, in a 4 for 6 performance.

Tom Summa (Advance, N.C.) opened with a successful 140kg snatch, made a personal record 145kg on his second attempt and missed 148kg on his third attempt. He finished fifth in the 85kg category snatch competition.

In the clean and jerk, Summa set a personal record with a 173kg first attempt, then missed 178kg and 180kg on his second and third attempts, finishing fifth in the category clean and jerk competition.

He totaled a personal best 318kg, finishing fifth overall in the 85kg category, in a 3 for 6 performance.

Finishing out the day for Team USA was Gordon Cantrell (Clovis, Calif.) in the 85kg category. He made his first attempt 140kg snatch, missed 145kg on the second, and then made the same weight on his third attempt to finish in fourth the category snatch competition.

Cantrell opened with a successful 170kg clean and jerk, made 175kg on his second attempt, then missed 180kg on his third, finishing fourth in the category clean and jerk competition.

He totaled 320kg, which put him in fourth overall in the 85kg category, in a 4 for 6 performance.

Tomorrow, Deirdre Lenzsch (Somers Point, N.J.) and Jessie Bradley (Provo, Utah) compete in the 75kg category and Nathan Damron (Advance, N.C.) and Dylan Cooper (Advance, N.C.) in the 94kg category.


April 26, 2016: Delacruz Wins Silver in 53kg Category on Second Day of Competition  

Competition at the 2016 Pan American Junior Championships continued today with Team USA lifters Jourdan Delacruz (Wylie, Texas) and Kaija Bramwell  (Queen Creek, Ariz.) competing in the 53kg category A session.

Delacruz opened with a successful 73kg snatch, missed 76kg on her second attempt, and then made 77kg on her third – winning gold in the category snatch competition. 

In the clean and jerk, Delacruz made her first attempt at 90kg and followed with a successful 94kg lift. On her last attempt, she successfully cleaned 96kg but missed the jerk. She finished with a 171kg total, winning the 53kg silver medal, in a 4 for 6 performance.

Bramwell made her first snatch attempt at 68kg, missed 71kg on her second and missed 72kg on her third. She finished fourth in the category snatch competition. 

In the clean and jerk, Bramwell missed her first attempt at 90kg and then missed 91kg on her second and third attempts, for no total in the competition.

Closing out the day for Team USA was Erin Amos (Colorado Springs, Colo.) in the 58kg A session.

Amos opened with a successful 73kg snatch, made 76kg on her second attempt, then missed 78kg on her third, finishing fourth in the category snatch competition.

In the clean and jerk, Amos made 93kg on her third attempt, after missing the same weight in her first and second, finishing fourth in the category clean and jerk.

She totaled at 169kg, finishing fourth overall in the 58kg category, in a 3 for 6 performance.

Wednesday brings another big day of competition. Five Team USA lifters will step up to the platform – Harrison Maurus (Auburn, Wash.) and Mason Groehler (Denmark, Wisc.) in the 77kg, Maddy Myers (La Jolla, Calif.) in the 63kg, and Tom Summa (Advance, N.C.) and Jordan Cantrell (Clovis, Calif.) in the 85kg category A session.


April 25, 2016: Stang Opens Competition for Team USA with a Bronze Medal Finish

Team USA competition at the 2016 Pan American Junior Championships in San Salvador, El Salvador, commenced today and ends Saturday, April 29. The competition is hosted by the San Salvador Local Organizing Committee and the Pan American Weightlifting Federation. Sixteen countries have entered total of 102 athletes, 43 women and 59 men, in the competition.

First on the platform for Team USA tonight was John Stang (Corvallis, Ore.). Making his first international appearance, he lifted in the 62 kg category A session. 

Stang opened with a successful 106kg snatch, made his second at 108 kg, then missed a personal record 114 kg on his third attempt, earning bronze in the category snatch competition.

In the clean and jerk, Stang missed 137 kg on his first and second attempts, then made the same weight on his third attempt, winning bronze in the category clean and jerk competition. He placed third overall, earning bronze with a 245 kg total, in a 3 for 6 performance.

Next up for Team USA tomorrow – Jourdan Delacruz (Wylie, Texas) and Kaija Bramwell (Queen Creek, Ariz.) compete in the 53 kg A session, and Erin Amos (Colorado Springs, Colo.) is lifting in the 58 kg A session.