Thanks for all the feedback everyone, I guess I started thinking about this because I don't look like a powerlifter, I find it almost insulting when I get asked how to get in shape by losing weight because I am trying everything I can do to just the opposite.
I probably would have had even more gains, but between a shitty schedule, high metabolism, having few opportunities to get food during most long work days, sometimes not even being able to go to the gym because of work, and anytime we have to run long distances or do some type of cardio PT I feel like my progress gets slowed or even reversed sometimes.
I have fluctuated up to 175 back down to 158 back up to 188 and back down to 180 all in the last 4-5 months between an arm injury (hyperextended while grappling, not lifting) and having to run all the time. People would be much more likely to label me a "body-builder" than a powerlifter as a result of this, its pretty annoying and got me wondering about this whole "can my frame handle this" thing.
I legitimately did not know your bones also grow so that has me significantly more motivated than before about putting on mass and lifting. Thanks for all the information and advice everybody, I am convinced and really look forward to continuing training towards my goal.