Arm wrestling tournament draws a big field

Matthew Gourlie
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A big field and a big crowd gathered Saturday to watch the final provincial circuit arm wrestling tournament of the year at Bugsy's Irish Pub in Moose Jaw.

The event featured approximately 20 arm wrestlers from around the province.

"It was a very good night. There was a big turnout," said local tournament organizer Brandon Olafson. "We had one at Bugsy's a few weeks ago and there were only three entries. It was nice to see a bunch of guys come out this time."

The tournament was the third, and final, Saskatchewan Arm Wrestling Association circuit tournament of the year.

"We put the word out there and were able to get some new guys out. We also got some guys who haven't pulled in a few years to come back out for it. We saw some new faces and some older faces," said Olafson.

The competitors all qualified for the SAWA provincials at the Lawson Heights Mall in Saskatoon May 3.

Jared Borstmayer from Prairie River won the under-200 pound class in both the left and the right arm.

Tyrell Wojcichowsky from Saskatoon won both the left and the right arm in the 200-pounds and over class.

There were plenty of strong local results as well.

Brad Esmond was second in the under-200 lbs. right arm followed by Vincent Squires who was third, while Olafson was fourth. Esmond was third in the left arm in the under-200 lbs., while Nathan Huscutt from Regina finished second.

Esmond also entered the 200-and-over class and finished third in the right arm. Keenan Kohut finished second in the right arm, Moose Jaw's Kayne Hemsing was fourth, Joey Piche was fifth, Phil Juvie was sixth and Curtis Larsen from Tugaske was seventh.

In the 200-and-over left arm Hemsing was second, Kohut third and Esmond was fourth.

Olafson and Hemsing will both be attending the Canadian Arm Wrestling Federation national championships in Charlottetown, P.E.I. from May 16-18.

Organizations: Saskatchewan Arm Wrestling Association, Irish Pub, Canadian Arm Wrestling Federation

Geographic location: Moose Jaw.The, Saskatoon, Prairie River Moose Jaw Charlottetown

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