BERWICK - There was a changing of the guard at this year's Nova Scotia Arm Wrestling championships held in Berwick on May 7.
The new young bloods were making their presence known, according to association president Rick Pinkney.
“The torch is being passed,” he said. “The new champions have paid their dues.”
Eighteen-year-old Donavon Crouse of Beaconsfield, Annapolis County picked up both the right and left hand titles at this year's event in the 165-pound class. It was his first championship.
Jake Chute, 16, of Middleton won the 154-pound right hand class defeating long-standing champion Will Sarty. Chute was also the junior left-handed open winner and he took the 154-pound class and fourth place overall.
Pinkney, who was one of the two referees, said Chute was, “doing really well. That was good to see.”
Of the six junior classes, the left-handed lightweight title went to Jesse Watton. Darren Taylor of Middleton captured third place in the right-handed 154-pound class.
In the 176-pound class, second place went to Ben Best of Coldbrook.
In the heaviest class, 198-pound, two Digby men placed in the top three. Phil Carty captured first and was second overall Jeff McBride was third in both left and right classes. McBride also came third in the strong hand hold class.
In the right-handed open class second place went to Shawn Ross of Kingston.
Overall winner was Mark MacPhail of Ben Eoin with Phil Carty of Digby coming second.
At the table
Pinkney began competing himself in 1981 and shortly afterward starting refereeing.
“There was a shortage at that time. It’s all I do now.”
He has the perfect vantage point to watch strength, psychology and luck combine in arm wrestling competitions.
“Winning,” he says, “is up to your set of tools, what you are gifted with. You have to make the most of it.
Training can make a difference, but Pinkney noted that competitors are stuck with their body type.
According to the president, arm wrestlers in this province train together and often coach each other moving through different levels of competition.
“They always help one another out,” he stated.
Only two females competed at the Berwick event with Angela Hall of Timberlea taking both classes.
Pinkney said he was disappointed with the spectator turn out for the day.
“I thought there would be more people there.”
There was a Forged Power and Fitness Expo held at the Apple Dome in conjunction withe the Berwick competition.
The expo featured mixed martial arts, Kettlebell Krushers and Tacfit. Various fitness and workout groups were on hand to share instructions, tips and information.
The marquee event of the day was the four-way Can-Am Arm Wrestling Super Challenge, involving two Canadian and two American professional super heavyweights. The Canadians came second and third.