Grapplers Vie for the Golden Arm

Open Competition This Sunday In Hillcrest

The New York Arm Wrestling Association (NYAWA) announced on Monday, Nov. 17 that the 37th Annual Empire StateGolden Arm’ Tournament of Champions–the Official New York State Arm Wrestling Championships–will be held this Sunday, Nov. 23, beginning at 1 p.m., at Cheap Shots Sports Bar, 149-05 Union Tpke. in Hillcrest.

Admission for spectator’s is set at $5. Competition is open to the public and the event has no residency requirements. Entry fees are $25 for amateurs, $30 for pros and $10 for women.

Over 100 men and women are expected to compete for the chance to be crowned New York State Strongest Arm. There are 25 amateur and pro weight class categories for men including a master 45+ and 55+ years old and four classes for women.

Registration and weigh-in begins at 9:30 a.m. and will go to 12:50 p.m. and the event begins at 1 p.m. The New York State strongest arm MVP’s, the overall male right and left hand winners, will receive cash prizes of $100 and ‘Captains of Crush Grippers’ MVP awards. The overall women champions will receive Ironmind MVP awards and all first, second and third place winners are given awards in each pro and amateur weight class.

“The 37th Annual Empire State Golden Arm Tournament of Champions is New York City’s oldest and most prestigious sought-after title since 1977,” Gene Camp, founder and president of the New York Arm Wrestling Association said. “This event will be very exciting to watch because it’s loaded with top talent that will show some awesome feats of brute strength, amazing demonstrations of shear power and exhaustion endurance. The 37th Empire State Championship is the highprofile finale of 2014 multi-event NY Golden Arm Series and draws some of the best arm wrestlers in the world.”

Among the competitors at Sunday’s event will be the winners of the 2014 NYC Big Apple Grapple International and last year’s 2013 Empire State Champions, who will return to defend their titles.

Contestants and teams are expected to compete locally from all five boroughs, Long Island, upstate New York, the tristate area and from as far away as Canada, Puerto Rico, Russia and other foreign lands.

For more information, schedules, results, photos, videos, sponsorship opportunities and corporate partnerships, visit the NYAWA on Facebook or the NYAWA website at www.nycarms.com, or call Gene Camp at 1-718-544- 4592.