Woodward Academy Power Lifters Bring Home Another National Title

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WOODWARD - Woodward Academy stole the headlines during the Boys state basketball tournament.  The Knights were the first Academy school to make state.

But the Knights are more well-known for another sport, power lifting.

On Saturday March 27th Woodward Academy won the JV Power Lifting National Championship in Milwaukee.  It's the Knights' 10th straight national title, yes 10!  That's more than a dynasty.

15-year-old Julious Walker won the 242 pound weight class championship setting 3 new American records which included a 623 pound squat.
"I surprised a lot of people, myself, my mom, my family.  I never thought I would break American records, ever," says Walker.

Hector Espinoza finished 2nd overall in his class.

"I felt like I accomplished something greater than everyday life, I felt like a champion," says Espinoza.

Woodward Academy competes in the JV division because they have a high turnover of students every year, its rare for a student to be at Woodward for more than a year.  Many of the athletes are Freshman or Sophomores and have never power lifted.

Head Coach Guthrey Fritz started the program 11 years ago, 10 straight national titles later, Fritz is retiring and passing the torch to his assistants.