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College student wins Pokemon championship

Sept. 15, 2011 at 7:38 PM

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- A 19-year-old college student from Pennsylvania has won the Pokemon World Championships for the second year in a row.

Ray Rizzo, a Drake University sophomore, successfully defended his 2010 title in a competition that featured 400 players Aug. 12-14 in San Diego, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Thursday.

Rizzo, who hails from Marlton, Pa., but goes to school in Des Moines, Iowa, says he's been playing Pokemon since he was 6 years old.

The game involves 640 different characters and players must choose a team of Pokemon to battle against an opponent's team. Each Pokemon has its own set of powers and skills.

As world champion, Rizzo was awarded a $7,500 scholarship and a paid trip to next year's competition in Hawaii.

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