Army set an unpresedented 55 military and collegiate records in Annapolis and several lifters put up over 600 pounds in the squat or dead lift. Standouts for the Black Knights included: Team Captain Steve (Huck) Hueckel, Josh(Lazer) Pearson, Dustin (Gansta) Pope, Miriam (Bosslady) Bottrell, John (Big Wisconson) Hackman and Eric Martain lead the team with some serious big lifts.
Army powerlifting is one of the most successful and respected teams at West Point. Scarpulla, who has 20-plus years of powerlifting and coaching experience is the architect of Army's revival. It isn't a varsity sport, instead recognized as a competitive club sport, but important people have noticed what the ultra-intense Scarpulla and his team are doing. "This team means bussiness we are looking to be a top finisher again this year at Nationals, We are a solid team with some good depth. This might be our year" says Scarpulla.
West Point superintendent Lt. Gen Franklin Hagenbeck and Commadont Brig. Gen. Caslen are big fans of the squad and they should be. When Scarpulla took over in 2003, the team was one of the softest teams in the nation. Since then he's lead his team to two third-place national finishes in a very competitive sport. Last year, 40 percent of Scarpulla's team earned All-American status. " And, of course, then there's the hurting Scarpulla and the boys (and girls) put on Navy and Air Force.