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YMCA's Gary Panttila aims for world championships, and beyond
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, In an attempt to bring back the popularity of powerlifting in Arizona, Gary Panttila has helped organize meets from Tombstone to SaddleBrooke.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Gary Panttila, 25, has been getting himself noticed in the sport of power lifting, in Arizona and nationally. Along with working at the YMCA and being a full-time college student, Panttila holds state records in both the squat and deadlift.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, While gaining a strong work ethic from his father and a willingness and dedication from his mother, Gary Panttila has been working hard both mentally and physically. He currently holds a 3.89 GPA at Northern Arizona University as he pursues a business degree, and he is working towards getting a state record in the bench press in the coming months.