Orchard Beach, Bronx, NY. June 30, 2001.  Growing in stature and fame with each outing, “The Arm-Wrestling Fortuna Family” from Wading River, LI, collectively scored big again in the Bronx last Saturday at the 18th Annual ‘BRONXBORO’ Golden Arm Championships.


Dan Fortuna, 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. The Bronx Championship, drawing more than 100 competitors from the tri-state area, was held June 30, 2001 on the main stage at the Orchard Beach Pavilion. The event was presented by The City of New York Dept. of Parks & Recreation, sponsored by The Anheuser-Busch ‘180’ Energy Drink and supervised by The New York Arm Wrestling Association {NYAWA}.


Dan Fortuna won both the right and left hand super heavy weight titles, defeating nineteen contestents, and with that effort captured the Most Valuable Player Award.  Dan’s wife Dina, who was last year’s ‘Kingsboro’ and Empire State Champion,  beat four challengers on Saturday to take home the Women’s Open ‘Bronxboro’ Championship.  Their daughter Amanda took top honors by winning the Women’s middle weight 135lb- and -under class and was crowned the day’s MVP award winner.  Amanda also won the NYC Big Apple Grapple at the Top of The World Trade Center last March by defeating Empire State Champion Liz Sanchez  from the Bronx. The Big Apple Grapple is NYC’s Most Prestigious Professional Arm Wrestling Championship.


Each of the Fortunas has all qualified for this year’s New York Golden Arm Series Empire State Championship, to be held at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Oct. 11, 2001. 


Other ‘BRONXBORO Champions include: 132 lb. Class Robert Rodriguez from Manhattan; 150lb. James Retarides from Milford Ct.; 175lb. Krisztian Gelencser from College Point, Queens; 200lb. Edwin Safarian from Bayside, Queens (who is only 17 years old and was named last year’s 2000 Arm Wrestler of the year); and the 175lb. left hand class went to Angle Cosme from Flushing, Queens.


The next scheduled events are the ‘QUEENSBORO’ at 116th Street and Rockaway Beach on July 15, 2001;  the Long Island Golden Arm championship in Long Beach in August;  the ‘KINGSBORO’ at Coney Island Beach and 12th Street on August 4, 2001;  the Long Island Pro Sit-Down at The Waldbaum’s Balloon Festival in Shirley LI. on August 19, 2001; and the ‘MANHATTANBORO’ Championship at the Columbus Ave Festival and 86th Street. For more events and information call Gene Camp at {718} 544-4592 or visit the NYAWA website at:     ###


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