INTERNATIONAL ARMWRESTLING FEDERATION

   MEMBER OF UNITED STATES ARMSPORTS

    

March 2003
 
Newsletter

 

            This year has a lot of interesting and exciting things are coming about in our sport.   The Unified Nationals are being held in Little Rock, AK.  The World Championship is being held in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.   The Arnold Armwrestling Challenge starting in 2004 will be run by USAA/USWA.  There is a lot of talk about a monster money tournament with live TV coverage, this events may take place sometime in June.  More on this event will be posted on the IAF and USA web sites.   You need to check out all the upcoming events being posted on both of these sites.  

             Another important announcement we have to make is that the IAF has a New State Director in the state of New York.   His name is John Ruggiero.  John lives upstate in Schenectady, NY.  He is a very active competitor, going to tournaments all over New England.  Last year he pulled at the World Championship in Illinois.  Donít remember right now how he did. His e-mail is 

Armsmen1@aol.com if you would like to get in touch with him.  John is planning on running a couple of tournaments this year.  Keep an eye on the tournament page for details.

Results

            The 10th Annual Can-Am Championship was held on March 1st at the Holiday Inn in Taunton, MA.   There were 115 Entries from 9 States plus Montreal and Ontario.   Referees were Tim Sears, Jan Schmeichel, Chris Gangi and Bill Cox.  Brackets were done by Gerry Cox.  Results:   Menís Right Open.  0-154.  1st.  Michael Shalhoub(MA).  2. Tim Sears(MA).  3. Norm Devio(MA).   155-176.   1st. Gabe Accardi(MA).  2. Dennis Debreuil(PQ).  3. Logan Miclette(CT).   177-198.  1st. Bill Sinks(VT).  2. Ray Darling(NY).  3. Josh Stark(CT).  199-220.  1st. Jim Bryan(NJ).  2. Allen Stilkey(RI).  3. Rob Sasso(NY).  221-242.  1st. John Ruggiero(NY).  2. Rob Bigwood(NJ).  3. Paul Maurais(NH).  243-Up.  1st. Eric Guevin(ME).  2. Garrett Stepsis(DE).  3. Luke  Eldridge(NJ.   Menís Left.   0-154.  1st. Michael Shalhoub(MA).  2. Norm Devio   (MA).  3.  Tim Sears(MA).   155-176.  1st.  Dennis Debreuil(PQ).  2. Socrates  Fronhoffer(NY).  3. Ron Klemba(CT).   177-198.  1st. Tony Villa(IN).  2. David Mount(NJ).  3. Tim Brown(NH).  199-220.  1st. Jim Bryan(NJ).  2. Tony Villa(IN).  3. Eric Roussin(ON).   221-Up.  1st. John Ruggiero(NY).  2. Paul Maurais(NH).  3. Rob Bigwood(NJ).   Menís Master Right.  0-176.  1st. Ben Frenette(ME).  2. Ron Klemba(CT).  3. Terry Dotsie(ME).  177-198.  1st. Ray Darling(NY).  2. David Mount(NJ).  3. Rick Brunnell(NH).   199-UP.  1st. John Ruggiero(NY).  2. Arthur Drews(NH).  3. Ray Goulet(NH).    Womenís Right.   0-143.  1st. Sylvie Maurais(NH).  2. Priscilla Bean(NH).  3. Sheryl Mount(NJ).   144-Up.  1st. Arlene Pfeiffer(NJ).  2. Cindy Looney(CT).  3. Jennifer Coro(ME).    Overall Champions:  Menís Open:   Eric Guevin(ME).   Menís Left:  John Ruggiero(NY).   Menís Right Master:  Ray Darling(NY).   Womenís Open:  Sylvie Maurais(NH).     Team Champions:   1st.  NJ.  2. NY.  3. NH.  4. MA.  5.  CT.   6. ME.  Trophies for the top three teams.  The NJ Team looked awesome.  Big improvement from last year.  They will be tough no matter what tournament they are pulling.  Good to see Sylvie Maurais back in action, hope she keeps it up. 

Upcoming Events

            April 26.   The 11th Annual White Mountain Championship will be held at the Olde Timbermill Restaurant & Pub, located at the Mill at Loon Mt on Rte 112 in Lincoln, NH.  Exit 32 off Rte 93.  There will be 14 weight classes for Men & Women.  Trophies for 1st thru 3rd in all classes.  Dinner Certificate for all 1st place finishers donated by the Olde Timbermill Restaurant.  Special room rate for armwrestlers and friends, must ask for armwrestler rate($50.00).  For reservations call 800-654-6183.  Classes held are Menís Right Open, Novice Left and Womenís Right Open.  Weigh-ins on April 25 from 7pm to 10 pm.  April 26 from 10am to 1pm.  Contest starts at 2pm.

             May 24.   The 4th Annual Delaware Valley Strongarm Challenge will be held at the PA State Fair located at the Philadelphia Park Racetrack in Bensalem, PA.  There will be 13 weight classes for Men & Women.  Trophies for 1st thru 3rd in all classes.  Weigh-ins from 11AM to 12:30PM.  Contest starts at 1PM. 

             June 7.   The 4th Annual Bikerís Challenge.  To be held at the Broken Spoke Saloon on Rte 3 in Laconia, NH.  There will be 13 weight classes for Menís Right Open, Left, Right Masters and Womenís Right Hand.  Weigh-ins from  Noon to 2:30PM.  Contest starts at 3PM.  Awards for 1st thru 3rd in all classes.   

            August 2/3.   The Unified National Championship.  To be held at the Holiday Inn in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Awards for 1st thru 4th in all classes.  Free Tee-Shirt to 1st 200 entrants.  This is the only Qualifier for the World Championship being held at the Marriott Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada from December 2nd to the 7th.   Special room rates for Nationals:  Holiday Inn Airport:  $79.00(501-490-1000).  Holiday Inn Express:  $69.00(501-490-4000.  You must tell them you are an armwrestler.  For more info check out the flyer on the IAF and USA web sites, or call 501-882-6369 or 406-248-4508..

             August 9.  The 10th Annual Budweiser Armwrestling Challenge.  To be held at the Elkís Pavilion on Rte 152 in Attleboro, MA.  There will be 14 weight classes for Men & Women plus 3 classes for Kids.  Menís Right Open, Novice, Left and Womenís Right.  Weigh-ins from 11:30 to 1PM.  Trophies for 1st thru 3rd in all classes.  There also will be a Carnaval, Barbecue and Dance Band.  So come on down for a good day of Family Fun and Hard Pulling. 

             For a complete list of upcoming tournaments check out the tournament pages on both the IAF site and USA site.  Also for results and articles about your sport. 

             Rick Dufor from Rhode Island would like to thank all the armwrestlers that chipped in for him at the Can-Am tournament.  Rick has had a bad couple of years and this year his son was badly burned in a Club Fire in RI.  He has been updated from critical condition but he will need a lot of time to heal.  Again thanks from Rick and his family.

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  Bill Cox, President

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