‘The Rockaway Flash’Comes To Grips In Final Showdown
Rockaway’s own Sean Ringgold will try to clench his way to a championship title against longtime rival Shaun Freeman in an arm-wrestling tournament held at the Port Authority Bus Terminal on November 17.
The New York Arm Wrestling Association announced that over 70 male and female athletes are expected to participate in the 28th Annual White Castle Empire State Golden Arm Tournament of Champions. The event will start at 12:30 p.m.
The rivalry between Freeman, who is from Maspeth, and “The Rockaway Flash” Ringgold has been longstanding. Freeman won the Empire State MVP last year by beating the 6’5, 290 pound Ringgold. Freeman went on to win the 2005 Staten Island and Kingsboro Championships, while Ringgold grasped a 2005 Queensboro Championship and MVP award this summer. Both men did not face each other this year, and this match-up is highly anticipated.
Ringgold won the the Queensboro Championship at Beach 116 Street in August.
The event draws the best amateur talent in New York and beyond, said Gene Camp, president of the New York Arm Wrestling Association.
The men’s division will be divided into eight weight classes, including a Masters 45 years-old and up, and two left-handed classes; while the women’s division will have two weight classes. Custom arm wrestling awards will be given to first, second and third place, and a male and female “Strongest Arm” MVPs will be crowned. The Port Authority Bus Terminal will be the location of the showdown that marks the finale of the seven White Castle New York “Golden Arm” series. Preliminary events were held during the summer in four NYC Boroughs, Long Island, and upstate New York.