Referee Dan Fortuna
of Wading River, NY gave Pajishvilli a foul after he
fingers in a ref's grip.Twice afterward, Pajishvilli again repositioned his
hand in a referee's grip to gain more leverage but no foul was called.
did redeem himself however when the match was restarted for the fourth time.Once again Pajishvilli opened up from the start, but with his elbow visibly off the back of the pad Fortuna
called the foul, and Selearis was crowned left-handed champ.
As usual, Dan
"Blue Thunder" White of Staten Island came out on top with a dominant performance.
I just want to thank Dan Fortuna
and the team from Bayside for having patience with me and helping me."
Despite a nagging shoulder injury, Dan Fortuna
of Wading River, NY was the most veteran puller of the whole bunch.Rising in the professional ranks in the 242lb weight class, Fortuna also serves as a referee for the New York Arm-Wrestling Association.
Prior to the go, Ringgold told Buttafuco, a 14-time King of Arms
in New York, that he
did not feel comfortable.With a low grip on Fortuna
, apparently in efforts to hem in Fortuna's top-roll, Ringgold looked to be vulnerable in a post.
caught Ringgold's hit and fell back into a post with his
elbow at the rear of the pad.With Ringgold having total hand control, Fortuna
had no choice but to slip.
Russell managed to climb his way all the way up the losers' bracket to face Perka, who had been the surprise of the day after eliminating Dan Fortuna
in the straps in the round before the finals.
Though Ringgold and Safarian looked like they had a walk to the finals in the left-handed super-heavyweight class, Fortuna
had other plans.
As Safarian eliminated Arjun Nagpal and Perka, Fortuna
and Ringgold locked up for what would be a second back-and-forth battle that went much like their pull right-handed.
Again, it looked as though Fortuna
had too much backpressure for Ringgold.
could not counteract Ringgold's superior side-pressure in the straps and Ringgold slowly drove him to the pad, putting himself in the finals without a loss.
Safarian and Nelson hooked up one last time to determine which puller would join Fortuna
and Ringgold in the finals.
Safarian and Fortuna
exchanged grins and handshakes prior to locking up, knowing as friendly competitors they would be giving it their all in a few moments.
In the straps, Fortuna
gained and early advantage, hitting Safarian nearly to the pad and pealing his wrist like a sardine can.
just ran out of gas, and Safarian was able to curl Fortuna's wrist in.
wore out, but also wore a third place medal following the tournament.Afterwards, Fortuna
seemed more concerned with his
right arm than his
left however, incurring a possible rotator cuff injury."I am going to get it checked out tomorrow; this has been going on too long," Fortuna
said."I am 99 percent sure that it is something serious."Fortuna
indicated that he
had had trouble sleeping because of the injury.
With the crowd assembled along the boardwalk giving the young Baysider their support, referees Mike Selearis and Dan Fortuna
set the grips of the two competitors.
Cadorette, from South Attleboro MA, had just defended his title to win in the Super Heavy Weight class by defeating runner-up Dan Fortuna
, of Wading River, LI, who was second, and Skip Hasbrouck of Cropseyville, NY, took third place.
, who had won second place as a Super Heavy Weight, added to his
winnings by coming in third as a left-hander.
, his wife Dina, and their 13 year old daughter Amanda, simply pounded the competition and scored 28 points to add to a totaled 35 points scored for the Long Island Team and tied for first place with the Queens Team who also scored 35 points.
...Dan Fortuna won both the right and left hand super heavy weight titles, defeating nineteen contestants, and with that effort captured the Most Valuable Player Award.