The Rockaway Arm Wrestling Flash Strikes Again
The ‘Rockaway Flash’, Sean Ringgold, slammed the competition with both hands on Sunday winning the ‘Queensboro’ Arm Wrestling Championship, for the third straight year.
Ringgold, who earned the name the ‘Rockaway Flash’ for his propensity to crush any opponent in a flash, first tried the arm-wrestling tournament on a lark, after stumbling on the event on the way home from his lifeguard job. Ringgold won the tournament handily, and has never looked back since. "I don’t really train for it; it just comes up every year and I beat these guys," said Ringgold. He attributes his success to his faith and can be seen praying before matches. "I have an attitude that I can’t lose," he said.
Losing is something that Ringgold is not accustomed to. But on Sunday he lost his first match of the Left Open Weight Class to Richard Calero, which propelled Ringgold into the loser’s bracket. "I wasn’t ready when they started the match but truthfully that match got me focused and I won’t make that mistake again," he said.
After fighting his way through the loser’s bracket, Ringgold avenged his first-round loss to Calero. He then beat Shaun Freeman twice to win the left-hand open crown, and as a result the Arm-Star Award, for taking first-place in both right-handed and left-handed competitions. Ringgold also won the Super Heavy Open Weight Class, and was named the White Castle MVP. Sunday’s triumph has caused Ringgold to consider going professional.
"I haven’t seen anyone in the amateur ranks dominate so much," said George Camp, who founded the New York Arm Wrestling Association in 1977. "He has such great potential it’s not funny, and for a guy who doesn’t work out for the sport."
Ringgold, also known as "Big Head", is a television personality on Black Entertainment Television (BET) featured on a show called "106 and Park."
The Flash was not the only local to take home a gold medal at the Golden Arm Championships. Luis Carrero Jr. and his 13-year-old son Luis Carrero III, both from Rockaway, entered the tournament together Sunday morning.
The New York Arm Wrestling Association arranges the matches according to weight class, which placed the teenager Carrero III against men in their 50’s and 60’s. "I thought it was matched up according to age," said Carrero Jr.
Undaunted, Carrero III arm-wrestled men old enough to be his father. "It was kinda tough, but I didn’t pay it no mind," said Carrero III. By day’s end, Carrero III was the Queens arm-wrestling champion in the 132 pound Feather Weight Class.
The 26th Annual ‘Queensboro’ Golden Arm Championship sponsored by White Castle and sanctioned by the New York Arm Wrestling Association was held on the boardwalk’s main stage at 116 Street and Rockaway Beach. 88 participants in eight weight classes arm-wrestled for a chance to qualify for the state championships.