Arm Wrestlers to Compete at 'Big Apple Grapple'

By Katie Honan on April 9, 2014 1:37pm 

 Think you're tough? Prove it at the Big Apple Grapple.
Think you're tough? Prove it at the Big Apple Grapple.
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NYAWA

KEW GARDENS HILLS — Calling New York's toughest: Here's your chance to throw your arm into the ring and show off your pure brute strength.

Amateur and professional arm wrestlers will compete for the title at the 37th annual NYC Big Apple Grapple International Arm Wrestling Championships, sponsored by the New York Arm Wrestling Association, on Sunday, April 27.

More than 100 contestants — both local and from as far away as Russia — are expected to compete in the contest, which will be held at Cheap Shots bar on Union Turnpike in Flushing, beginning at 1 p.m.

Amateur competitors can pay $25 to lock arms with other competitors, while pros will pay $30. Women wrestlers pay $10 to compete, and all contestants receive a T-shirt from one of the event sponsors.

Spectators will pay $5 to cheer the strong-arms on.

Ranked winners will receive customized medallions in gold, silver or bronze, and the overall strongest male and female competitors will be crowned the King and Queen of Arms — and receive $100.

“We expect a daylong cheering captive audience with awesome demonstrations of power, brute strength, exhausting endurance and explosive raw energy,” said Gene Camp, founder and president of the NYAWA.

For more information, visit the NYAWA website, call 718-544-4592 or email nyawa@aol.com. Contestants should register from 9 a.m. until 12:50 p.m. the day of the event.

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