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Two teen teammates win national title, are still upstaged by classmate who captures world crown

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Two Florida teenagers recently earned the pride of their school by winning national titles in their sport, yet were still overshadowed by another teammate. How? He won a world title.

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Montverde Academy powerlifters Elliot Grietens, Josh Arnold and Jake Carter — Montverde Academy

Montverde Academy powerlifters Elliot Grietens, Josh Arnold and Jake Carter — Montverde Academy

As reported by the Orlando Sentinel, three different members of the Montverde (Fla.) Academy powerlifting squad earned a set of notable titles in a matter of weeks during the summer period. First, teammates Jake Carter and Josh Arnold dominated the 14-15 year-old division at the American Drug Free Federation Championships in Massachusetts.

Carter won a whopping four national titles -- squat, bench press, powerlifting and deadlift -- in the 114-pound class. Arnold followed that up with a powerlifting title in the 148-pound class.

Yet both Carter and Arnold were forced to take a backseat to young Elliot Grietens, a freshman who competed up in age group yet still won the 16-17 year old division of the World Drug-Free Powerlifting Federation Single Lift Championships, which were held in Autun, France. Like Arnold, Grietens was competing in the 148-pound class.

Perhaps that shared weight has helped push both 148-pounders to new heights over the past year. Whatever they're doing, something is working, as competitors in Massachusetts and France learned quickly in July.

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