25th Anniversary Event

Contact:    Gene Camp [718] 544-4592 OR Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum  [212] 245-0072
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Best Pro Arm Wrestlers In The World Meet For Gripping Showdown!
INTREPID PRO 'NYC Big Apple Grapple XXV'
ON MARCH 23, 2002
Manhattan, NYC, NY. --- Awesome feats of strength, explosive raw energy and merciless demonstrations of power will go on display in Gotham City on Saturday, March 23, 2002, when The Intrepid 'NYC Big Apple Grapple XXV' Pro Arm Wrestling Championships comes aboard the mighty Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum.  Weigh-in and registration will begin on the MAIN STAGE at 10 AM and start time is 12:30 PM.   The Finals should begin at 3:30 PM and award ceremony at 4:30 PM.  Entry fee is $30, which includes admission to the Museum.  A portion of the entry fees will be donated to the Twin Towers Fund.

Spectators have an opportunity to see this unique museum and also watch the exciting arm wrestling event, all for the price of general admission: $13.00 for adults and $6.00 for children.
The event consists of nine weight classes for men, including two Masters 45+ years and over, and three classes for women.  There will also be team competition, which is broken down by the person's home state and country.  A point tally will determine the winning team.  Unique gold, silver and bronze arm wrestling trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place and the day's strongest male and female will, once again, be crowned NY's 'King and Queen of Arms'.

"Everyone will be focused on the 14-year-in-a-row NYAWA champion Bobby Buttafucco from Rockville Centre, Long Island, who will once again try to recapture the ultimate NY 'King of Arms' title," said Gene Camp, founder and president of the 25-year-old New York Arm Wrestling Association {NYAWA}.   Buttafucco lost weight and won the 200 lb. weight class last year but failed to win the ultimate New York's King of Arms title, which he had claimed for the passed 13 years.  He lost last year to the super-heavy weight champion Jerry Cadorette from So. Attleboro, Ma.  Cadorette won the exciting overall championship by beating all the first place winners, including Buttafuoco.  Jerry Cadorette was honored with the prestigious 'New York's King of Arms' title for the first time.  Cadorette has also won both National and World Championships.

"This event draws the best pro talent in the world" said Camp.  "These arm wrestlers are serious, tough, 'hard nosed' pros.  Challengers have registered to compete from all over the USA and from as far away as Switzerland, Turkey, Republic of Georgia, Russia, and Brazil, plus, the 2001 Empire State Amateur Champions will be featured in their first Pro Championship," he added.

Cynthia Yerby from Wolf, Oklahoma, is a five-time world champion and has more than 30 professional titles to her name.  She won New York's 'Queen of Arms' title the last two years in a row.  Yerby, 48 years old, also won the 2001 Petaluma World Championship last October.  Yerby, Cadorette, Buttafuoco and last year's first place winners will be back to defend their titles, once again.



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