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Arm Wrestlers to Flex Their Muscles in Flushing Showdown

By Natasha Lindstrom | April 16, 2013 3:51pm
   Two men compete at a New York City arm wrestling competition. The 36th annual "Apple Grapple" championships is set for April 27.
  Two men compete at a New York City arm wrestling competition. The 36th annual "Apple Grapple" championships is set for April 27.
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New York Arm Wrestling Association

NEW YORK CITY — Flushing is going over the top.

Some 100 athletes from around the world will grapple to be named the King of Queens in an arm wrestling competition in Flushing later this month — the first time that the showdown has been staged in the borough.

Strongmen and women from as far away as Turkey, Brazil, Russia and Hungary, are expected to muscle into the Cheap Shots sports bar on April 27, for the 36th Annual NYC Big Apple Grapple International Arm Wrestling Championships, organizers said.

It's the first time the annual event has been held in Queens, organizers said. Tim Bresnan, the 2012 King of Arms, and Joyce Boone, the 2012 Queen of Arms, are expected to try to defend the crowns that they scored last year at the Village Pourhouse.

The New York Arm Wrestling Association crowns the day's overall strongest man and woman, and also ranks entrants competing as part of borough, state and national teams.

Gene Camp, president of the NYAWA, said in a statement that he expects the event to "draw both 'hard-nosed pros' and first-time beginners."

"We expect a daylong cheering, captive audience and a contest of awesome feats of brute strength, exhausting endurance and explosive raw energy," Camp said.

The competition, set to begin 1 p.m. at the watering hole 149-05 Union Tpke., is open to those 18 and older and includes both pro and amateur categories. Spectators will be charged $5 admission.

View last year's results here. For more information, call Gene Camp at (718) 544-4592 or visit the association's website at http://www.nycarms.com/.