WEIGHT: 195 LBS.
HOMETOWN: Newburyport, MA
FAVORITE ARM-WRESTLING TECHNIQUE: “I’m versatile and proficient at many styles and angles.”
RIVALRIES: Todd Hutchings and Storm Chellino
YEARS COMPETING IN THE SPORT: 10 years
FAMILY: Vigeant is engaged with four kids, ages 6 and under.
WAL TITLES: WAL 2015 Northern Region: 2nd Place Right-hand, 1st Place Left-hand; WAL 2015 Middleweight Championships: 2nd Place Right-hand, 3rd Place Left-hand
HOBBIES: Vigeant enjoys family time, the outdoors, camping, sports, and “inventing and pursuing my next endeavor.”
FAVORITE TRAINING TECHNIQUE: A mix of weights, actual armwrestling and “a dash of the obscure.”
INTERESTING FACT OR EXPERIENCE THAT HELPED SHAPE LIFE: “On a sport side I was a great athlete my whole life, but as fate would have it, I was a ‘late bloomer’ and stayed very small and underdeveloped through high school. This limited my sports options moving forward. Looking back, it all played a role in me standing here today.
UNIQUE FACT: “Aside from the exterior and what adrenaline brings out of me, more often than not I’m an anxious, self-doubting fragile storm on the inside...it’s a struggle.”
FAVORITE ARM-WRESTLING MEMORY: “One of my favorites was my very first event. I drove four hours to Vermont and up to that point never saw an arm-wrestling table or actual competitive arm wrestlers. A scan of the room proved more intimidating with all the seasoned guys sporting shirts touting their accolades and titles. This was a Pro event and I wanted to turn tail and bounce. I didn’t belong here. For whatever reason, I stayed. At days end I won right and took second left in big classes. I was hooked and look back on this day when filled with doubt.
BIGGEST ARM-WRESTLING ACCOMPLISHMENT: "For me being able to claim wins on many of the top guys at weights above me and competing amongst elites at 200lbs. The resume overall speaks more than any actual win in my book. We all go through lulls and injuries...it’s an overall thing."
BEST ADVICE RECEIVED: “I can’t pinpoint any special advice that ‘clicked,’ however, as a product of dysfunction I am driven by negativity and being told ‘I can.’ Nothing motivates me more than doing what I’m told I can’t do.”
BIGGEST OBSTACLE FACED AND OVERCAME: "Throughout life and my arm-wrestling career I have been my biggest obstacle. When I was younger, I had very self-destructive tendencies that got me in a heap of trouble and cost me dearly. Now, that person tries to creep out, but the bigger demon is the mental side. In sports if your mental game is weak...you have no game. I am a work in progress and work daily to improve and find my balance in life and sport."