Arm wrestlers will battle it out to crown the ‘King and Queen of Arms’

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Men and women from all over the tri-state area — and from as far away as Turkey, Puerto Rico and Russia — will gather in Queens next month to find out who has the strongest arms.

The New York Arm Wrestling Association (NYAWA) announced that on Sunday, May 3, the 38th Annual NYC Big Apple Grapple International Arm Wrestling Championships and Crowning of the King and Queen of Arms will take place at Cheap Shots Sports Bar, located at 149-05 Union Tpke.

More than 100 male and female arm wrestlers are expected to participate in the event. Among the athletes expected to show off their brawn are the 2014 Empire State Champions and last year’s defending NYC Big Apple Grapple International Champions including the current International “King of Arms” Tim Bresnan and the International “Queen of Arms” Joyce Boone.

The event will also feature a right- and left-hand best-two-out-of-three Bronze-Star Super Match, pitting champions Richard Calero from Team Puerto Rico and Seth Barnett from Team Dungeon against each other.

“The NYC Big Apple Grapple International is the premier arm wrestling championship in NYC and ‘King and Queen of Arms’ is one of the world’s most sought-after titles,” said Gene Camp, founder and president of the NYAWA. “This event will draw both veteran hard-nosed pros to first-time beginners and all compete in their respective weight class categories.”

The top three winners will receive custom-made, engraved gold, silver or bronze medallions and official seal certificates. A cash prize of $150 will be given to the right- and left-handed male overall winners, while the right- and left-handed female overall winners will each be awarded a $50 cash prize. The overall strongest right-handed man and woman will be crowned the King and Queen of Arms.

Competition is open to the public, age 18 years and older, and is divided into right- and left-hand weight classes for men and women, in both amateur and pro categories. Entry fees are $25 for masters 45+ and 55+ years old, $35 for pros and $15 for women. The spectator admission fee is $5.

For more information contact Gene Camp at nyawa@nycarms.com.