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Dedicated grapplers feel the pull of competitive arm-wrestling

Posted: February 24, 2014 at 1:59 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO SAMANTHA BAKER w @NWASAMANTHA
David Finkbeiner, center, positions Scott Fleming, left, of Oak Grove, Mo. and Bruce Jones of Beebe for competition Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Inferno Fitness & Mixed Martial Arts in Springdale during the Border Wars Challenge Winter Throwdown arm wrestling tournament. The competition was double-elimination for each of the four men's weight divisions and open women's divisions.

STAFF PHOTO SAMANTHA BAKER w @NWASAMANTHA David Finkbeiner, center, positions Scott Fleming, left, of Oak Grove, Mo. and Bruce Jones of Beebe for competition Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Inferno Fitness & Mixed Martial Arts in Springdale during the Border Wars Challenge Winter Throwdown arm wrestling tournament. The competition was double-elimination for each of the four men's weight divisions and open women's divisions.

“The Japanese are among the happiest nations on earth …,” the magazine The Cosmopolitan confidently reported in an 1889 piece called “The Japanese at Play” — and why? Because they regularly grappled or watched grappling. And among the many kinds of grappling was wrist wrestling, or what modern Arkansans call arm-wrestling.

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