MARQUETTE – Collin Ito took gold in his weight class last year at the National Collegiate Championships in Shreveport, La. At this year’s 2010 USA Weightlifting National Collegiate Championships, he hopes to do the same in front of all the fans at the Berry Events Center on the campus of Northern Michigan University, Friday through Sunday April 16-18, in Marquette, Mich.
A United States Olympic Education Center weightlifter, Ito competes in the highest weight class at 105-plus kg (230-plus pounds) and is ready at the national meet. “I feel that the community support will be very helpful,” said Ito “when we had the Olympic Challenge a few years ago, the attendance was overwhelming and was easily the biggest crowd I have ever had while competing. That kind of support will help us lifters produce some big lifts.”
For a competitor like Ito, this meet is important because it allows him to qualify to make the World University Team. Making the team would enable him to compete on an international stage again. Last year, Ito made the team but there was no World Universities meet. He also made the team in his first year in the USOEC program and was an alternate the following year. “I have had my eyes set on this meet and would like to set some personal records and win my weight class,” said Ito, who is in his fourth year at the USOEC and majoring in criminal justice at NMU.
According to Ito, having the National Collegiate Championships in Marquette gives the USOEC “a chance to show the rest of the weightlifting community our training center.” It also gives Ito and his teammates a chance to rest before a competition and not have to travel across the country. Ito feels that this will help him with relaxation and conserving energy for the meet.
USOEC coach Andy Tysz said what makes Ito successful is “preparing well and staying healthy. He knows what he needs to do to accomplish his goals and he applies it. That is the only path to success, knowledge and application.”
Tickets for the event are on sale now. Adult admission is $5 for an all-event pass and $2 per day. Students and children get in free. Tickets can be ordered online at www.nmu.edu/tickets, by calling 906-227-1032 or stopping by stopping at any EZ Ticket outlet.