SQ: 722 BP: 479; DL: 744; Total: 1,945
Born July 27, 1959 in Barberton, Ohio, the oldest of three children. I grew up in Barberton a small town in Northeastern Ohio. I was an average athlete in High School. I participated in football and wrestling. I only did limited strength training comprising just the upper body. I was able to bench 315 pounds by my senior year in High School weighing only 150 pounds. I was blessed enough to go to college at the United States Naval Academy. I participated in 150-pound football as a varsity sport during college. I was first exposed to powerlifting in the fall of 1980 during my senior year at the Naval Academy. I competed at the 165-pound weight class. Within several months of training I was able to qualify for the 1981 collegiate Nationals in Kutztown Pennsylvania. I took third place at that tournament. At that time I was squatting about 525 pounds, benching 350 pounds, and deadlifting about 540 pounds.
After graduating from the Naval Academy in spring of 1981, I began my naval career and powerlifting took a back seat.