Trettin qualifies for USA weightlifting teamIPF Raw World weightlifting team which will compete next June in Suzdal, Russia
By: Ken Olson, Superior Telegram
Former Superiorite Rob Trettin has qualified for the USA World IPF Raw weightlifting team, which will compete next June in Suzdal, Russia.
Trettin, a 2005 graduate of Superior High School, was one of eight lifters that qualified from a field of 140 on Aug. 3-5 in Kileen, Tex.
Competing at 238 pounds, Trettin lifted a total of 1,692 pounds to finish first in his age division (20-25) and eighth overall. He squatted 617 pounds, bench pressed 452 pounds and deadlifted 622 pounds.
Nathen North of Dodge Center, Minn., finished second in the age group with 1,626 pounds.
Up until recently Trettin held the national squat record of 605 pounds for the 20-23 age class. That record has since been broken, including by Trettin in Texas.
“I’m definitely excited, humbled and grateful for the chance to join the team in Russia,” Trettin said. “I’ve never been to Russia, so I’m really looking forward to the experience.”
The IPF will not be supplying any funds for members of the team, so each lifter will be responsible for paying his own way.
“It’s not going to be cheap going to Russia, so I’ll be trying to raise money pretty soon,” said Trettin, who will hold a few weightlifting clinics as one source of raising money.
After graduating from SHS, Trettin attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., where he played baseball for three years and football for one year.
Trettin, whose home gym is Ford’s Gym in Madison, is a claims adjuster for Progressive Insurance in Madison.