Arms, muscles and grunting took over the outside of Quaker Steak and Lube in Geddes. Dozens of men and women of all ages and weights competed in the first amateur arm wrestling competition to be held in Central New York in the "CNY Battle of Arms."
Bart Wood and Travis Bagent are stars on the AMC show "Game of Arms." The show takes viewers inside the world of American Arm Wrestling, showing them what the sport is like both on and off the table.
On Saturday, both of these professional arm wrestlers were at this competition to coach and referee, as well as to bring attention to the sport. Currently there is no professional arm wrestling in the Central New York area, but everyone here would like to help change that by setting up professional leagues for this double elimination sport.
Many in Geddes are certain they can do this after seeing the turnout and energy.
"We want to focus on participation and not as much on competition. So as many leagues and opportunities as we can to get as many people involved, that's what we're looking to do," says Bagent.
Rachael Martineau is an amateur arm wrestler. "It's exhilarating, like I just love the feel of the pull and challenging my opponent is just awesome. It's really a good feeling," says Martineau.
The event donated 10 percent of its proceeds to the CNY non-profit organization Clear Path for Veterans. They help find veterans jobs, apply to college and match up with a service dog.
If you would like to join the arm wrestling effort, you can view events in the greater northeast area by going onto Maine-armwrestling.com.
If you would like to get in touch with the organizers from this event in advance of a tournament held at Quaker Steak and Lube at 3535 Walters Rd in October, you can contact Nam Le at 315-882-4127.