NEW PORT RICHEY — Mike Ferrantelli continues to add to his already crowded trophy case. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office captain collected three medals, including a gold, during the 2013 USA Powerlifting Bench Press Nationals in Atlanta. His gold came after he lifted 584 pounds, winning his division — 231 pounds, ages 45-49 — at the event held Aug. 17-18. He also won two silver medals, one for the 18-and-up Open Division and another in the Police and Fire Division. One of the highlights of the event was him lifting in the same weight class as his father, Joe Ferrantelli.
“He went about 14 or 15 people ahead of me, so it was nice that I was there rooting him on when he went on the platform,” Ferrantelli said. “And then when I was on the platform, he was there rooting me on.” His father also won a gold medal at the event. Ferrantelli was literally inches away from successfully hoisting 639 pounds, which would have been enough to win the overall competition. “As I was pushing it up, my right arm was going up faster than my left arm towards the top,” said Ferrantelli, who completed lifts of 650 pounds while training for the Atlanta event. “So if you know anything about physics, if one arm is leading the other, it's translating more weight to the lower end. … Two inches away.” Because of his finish, Ferrantelli will now be considered for the team that will travel to England for the World Championships in April 2014. He said he and his father should find out whether they were selected to compete in about six weeks. This is the second gold medal for Ferrantelli in four months. In April, he traveled to Prague, winning the gold in the 231-pound weight class of the Masters 1 Division at the 2013 Masters Bench Press World Championship. He overcame a shoulder injury to win that event. Honoring his accomplishments overseas, county commissioners had a sign placed along U.S 19 at the border entering Pasco County from Pinellas County. The sign reads: “Welcome to Pasco County, Home of Mike Ferrantelli IPF Bench Press World Champion.” “Unbelievable,” he said. “I was so humbled.” [email protected] (813) 371-1860 Twitter: @EDanielsTBO