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Deputy moves from recovery to record-setting

Flexes his ‘guns’ at weightlifting championship

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POLSON – For the last seven years, powerlifting has served as a source of strength and healing for Lake County Sheriff's Deputy Scott Sciaretta. Now, it has earned him a world record.

Deputy Sciaretta captured the gold medal and became a world-record holder earlier this month in a multi-discipline event at the World Bench Press and Deadlift Championships in Las Vegas by powering to the top of the Law and Fire Class, a category for law enforcement and fire department weightlifters, with a bench press of 297 pounds. 

The 58-year-old Sciaretta, who competes in the 198-pound weight class of the Master Division (53-60 years of age), has been participating in weightlifting upon a doctor’s suggestion as a way to keep in shape after suffering a heart attack. 

“In 2012, I had a heart attack and had surgery,” said Sciaretta. “The doctor told me that I wasn’t getting any younger, and because I worked a high stress job, I needed to take better care of myself. So, I got into the gym and began working out to stay healthy.” 

The record-setting moment came with his wife of 25 years, Tammy, by his side. “My wife partners with me at the gym,” he said. “She pushes me. We have been doing this as a team. I motivate her and she motivates me to stay in the gym, so I don’t have any more heart attacks.”

After accepting an invitation to watch a powerlifting competition in Kalispell with his son and a couple of his friends, Sciaretta was introduced to Donny Tudahl a trainer at Beast Athletes. Tudahl encouraged Sciaretta to get involved in the competition aspect of weightlifting.

Following Tudahl’s advise, Sciaretta competed in his very first competition back in April when he signed up to compete in the Law and Fire category of the Big Sky Classic which was held in Missoula.

“In the master division against weightlifters my own age, I came away with six golds and that got me fired up,” said Sciaretta.  

Sciaretta had participated and found success in three more state competitions before making his way to Las Vegas and the World Bench Press and Deadlift Championships. Along with his Law and Fire bench world title, Sciaretta won first place in the open push-pull event, first place in the open bench event, second place in the open push-pull event, second place in the master deadlift event and third place in the open deadlift event.

Sciaretta said he will preparing for the big powerlifting competitions in Kalispell which will be a national and world qualifier.    


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