Champion Valley teen breaks powerlifting records

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Joseph Meranto is only 117 pounds and 13 years old, but he is already setting national records with his strength.

Meranto can squat 187.4 pounds and bench presses 137.75 pounds. He has set records by dead lifting an impressive 242 pounds. Meranto is the USA Powerlifting Youth American record holder, and he won the Arizona Fall Championship in 2014, breaking his own records and setting seven more.

This Saturday, Meranto will compete in the USA Powerlifting Arizona State Championship. The competition will be held at East Valley Crossfit in Chandler. The event is open to the public.

Meranto says that he was inspired to start lifting after watching a strong man video on YouTube.

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