Monroe weightlifter wins powerlifting medals in Northeast regionals

Ed Medaris, of Monroe, left and pictured with his coach, Tim Donoghue, at right, has been excelling in powerlifting competitions.

MONROE, CT — Ed Medaris, of Monroe, won two medals at the Northeast powerlifting regionals in Portland, Maine, on the weekend of June 8 and 9.

He won first place in the Northeast Teen (125 kg) and fifth place in the Northeast Adult men’s open (125 kg): Squat 240 kg (5 kg PR), Bench 142.5 kg (10 kg PR), Deadlift: 270 kg (27.5 kg PR), Total: 652.5 kg total (42.5 kg PR).

“Ed lifted like a true professional,” said Tim Donoghue of Gleason Performance Training, who is Medaris’ coach. “He got 9/9 on all lifts, 27/27 white lights and added close to 100 pounds to his total during a short prep. A lift needs two white lights from the judges to qualify. This equates to a perfect score.”

“In a sport where perfect form is almost as important as how much you lift, this is impressive,” Donoghue said. “As a bonus, he also made it to the podium in the adult open class, taking fifth place as an 18-year-old among guys who have been doing this for many years. I’m very proud of what he’s accomplished in the past few months in powerlifting. Looking forward to seeing what he accomplishes next, no matter what it is.”

Medaris travelled to Baton Rouge, La., in April to compete at High School Nationals, taking home a fourth place medal.

He graduated from The Canterbury School of New Milford with honors in May and will attend Salve Regina University in the fall, where he will play football and pursue his Master’s degree in psychology.

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