Chaffee Arms Classic Expands with NPC Great Lakes Championships | Sports Destination Management

Chaffee Arms Classic Expands with NPC Great Lakes Championships

Apr 13, 2018
Arm Wrestling, Physique Competition to Highlight April 14 Event at Presque Isle Downs & Casino

The Erie Sports Commission is pleased to announce that Presque Isle Downs & Casino will once again host the Dave Chaffee Arms Classic, which has added the NPC Great Lakes Championships to its annual event series. The NPC Great Lakes Championships & Dave Chaffee Arms Classic will be held Sat., April 14 at The Brew Brothers at Presque Isle Downs & Casino.

Spectator admission is free. The event will be hosted by REAL Training and Fitness.

The event will kick off at 9 a.m. with pre-judging for the NPC Great Lakes Bodybuilding, Bikini, Men’s and Women’s Physique, Classic Bodybuilding and Figure competitions. The Dave Chaffee Arms Classic Amateur Arm Wrestling Tournament will begin at 12 p.m., with the Pro Arm Wrestling Tournament beginning at 3 p.m.

The event will feature four arm wrestling super matches beginning at 5 p.m. The scheduled bouts will include Josh McInturff (Louisville, Ohio) vs. Bill Runkle (Shanokin Dam, Pa.), 2017 WAL Champion Michelle Dougan (Syracuse, N.Y.) vs. two-time state champion Martha Swick (Erie, Pa.), three-time state champion Kevin Robertson (Niles, Oh.) vs. fifth-ranked WAL right-hander Joel Hudik (Toledo, Ohio) and PAF Northeast Regional Champion Paul Linn (Harrisburg, Pa.) vs. two-time New York state champion Brandon Ellsessor (Angelica, N.Y.).

The NPC Great Lakes Championships finals will begin at 6 p.m.

Registration for the NPC Great Lakes Championships is open now at Registration for the arm wrestling tournament will be held on Friday, April 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at REAL Training and Fitness.

“The addition of the NPC Great Lakes Championships to our well-established arm wrestling event is going to make this a banner event for both our competitors and spectators,” said Jack Sullivan, owner of REAL Training and Fitness. “Thanks to a longstanding partnership with Presque Isle Downs & Casino and the Erie Sports Commission, this has grown to become our signature event of the year, and it’s a lot of fun at The Brew Brothers.”

“Jack Sullivan has a track record of hosting high-quality, high-energy events and this will fit that bill,” said Ron Sertz, Executive Director of the Erie Sports Commission. “The continued growth and transformation of this event adds a great deal of excitement to the sports landscape in Erie.”

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The Erie Sports Commission is committed to promoting the Erie region as a prime destination for sports and recreation. The major goals of the ESC are to attract, create, support, and host sporting and recreational events that have a positive economic impact on the region, and assist in maximizing the potential of all regional sports facilities and venues. The ESC strives to enhance the image of Erie by showcasing the community, promote wellness through healthy lifestyles, and improve the quality of life for community members of all ages.

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