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Piasecki third at Junior Pan Am; withdraws from Junior Worlds because of injury

Posted on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 12:22 pm

Josh Piasecki and St. Cloud Coach Cory Aun celebrate a third-place finish at the Junior Pan Am tournament. Submitted Photo

By Rick Pedone
Sports Editor
St. Cloud High state weightlifting champion Josh Piasecki added to his international accolades last month when he placed third at the Junior Pan Am Games at Guayaquil, Ecuador.
But, he will not be able to compete at the Junior World tournament at Tokyo later this month because of a nagging shoulder injury.
Piasecki, who was accompanied by St. Cloud Weightlifting Coach Cory Aun, snatched 286 pounds and clean and jerked 354 to earn the bronze medal.
Aun said that Piasecki had to hit his final clean and jerk in an all-or-nothing attempt to win the medal and he made it.
“Josh went out with zero hesitation and hammered 354 for the two medals,” Aun said. “Most lifters wilt under this kind of pressure. Josh thrives and is driven by pressure and he has had more on him than most lifters will in a lifetime in his brief four-year career.”
Piasecki got off to a show start when he missed his warm-up attempts before the snatch, but he persevered, said Aun.
“I’m so happy things happened the way they did, even with the missed lifts in the warm-ups and on the platform because it gave Josh and amazing experience overcoming adversity and getting the job done for Team USA,” Aun said.
The USA mens team placed third overall; the women were runners-up.
Piasecki was recently named the Florida Dairy Farmers Lifter of the Year.
Aun said that Piasecki has been invited to the Olympic Training Center for a minicamp with Coach Pyrros Dimas, a three-time gold medal winner for Greece who is now the USA technical director.
He will soon begin classes at UCF, where he plans to begin a pre-med track.