2005-08-18 / Sports

Ringgold Wrestles Championship Back To Rockaway

By Roseanne Honan

Dozens of men and women flexed their muscles and proved their strength last Sunday on Beach 116 Street at the 28th Annual Queensboro Arm Wrestling Championship.

The event, sponsored by the New York Arm Wrestling Association (NYAWA) and White Castle, featured various weight classes for men, a 45 years and older Masters division and a women’s open class match-up.

One local tested his might at the Championship, and proved to be successful in his attempts to capture the arm-wrestling crown.

Rockaway’s own Sean Ringgold, better known as the “Rockaway Flash,” for his ability to crush his competition in less than a second, became the male M.V.P. award-winner of the afternoon after coming in first place in the Super Heavy Weight class.

Another local standout, Mark Mina, clenched a third place finish in the 225 Heavy Weight class.

“The ‘Queensboro’ Championships is the oldest and most popular event of the Golden Arm Series, because it always draws a big turnout with tough competition,” said Gene Camp, founder and president of the 28-year old New York Arm Wrestling Association.

Over the past few years, arm wrestling has gained momentum as a sport, including airtime on ESPN.

“Arm wrestling is a crowd pleasing contact sport for anyone who wants to compete one-on-one in his or her own weight class.

It also provides an opportunity to display arm strength, determination and exclusive bragging rights,” Camp added.

First, second and third place finishers are now moving on to the Empire State Finals, which will take place at the Port Authority Bus Terminal on November 17, 2005.

For more information, visit the NYAWA website at nycarms.com, or call Gene Camp at (718) 544-4592.

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