After the Action: WAL Qualifier Recap for April 30

May 4th 2016

The World Armwrestling League’s 2016 Qualifier season rumbled into Kansas City, Painesville, Ohio and Tacoma, Washington, on Saturday, April 30. And while hundreds of men and women have already qualified for the upcoming Regional Championships so far, the events saw no shortage of pro and amateur pullers beginning their own road to armwrestling glory. WAL head referee Bart Wood oversaw the massive Kansas City event at The Brass Rail Sports Bar. It was an event that saw a bruising stalwart of the women’s division enter the WAL world: Mary McConnaughey, a Nebraska puller with decades of experience under her belt.

While the KC Qualifier saw several intense bouts, Wood shouted out McConnaughey’s match against Jamie Colvin as “the match of the day.” McConnaughey has 31 national tiles and five world titles under her belt, Wood said, and she taught Colvin the sport. “It was a battle,” Wood said. “And the young girl who used to get trained by Mary, beat her.” The student and teacher battled it out until Colvin came up victorious in left hand competition. “It was awesome,” Wood said. “The place was going crazy.” Things were a tad more one-sided when McConnaughey stepped up to the table in the women’s right hand tournament.
“Right-handed, Mary just crushed everybody,” Wood said. “There was not even a little chance for the others.” McConnaughey, Colvin hundreds of other pullers will head to the WAL Southern Regional Championships in Dallas on May 14.

Longtime pulling pillar James Reid ran the Painesville, Ohio, qualifier Saturday out of Scores Fun Center. Even as pro and amateur athletes cast their gaze toward Regionals, Reid said Saturday’s tourney brought out more than 40 entrants.
“This is their last chance,” Reid said. “People are reaching out and they want to qualify.” WAL’s 2016 Qualifier season wraps up this Saturday, May 7, with contests in Syracuse, NY, and Kendall, Wisconsin.

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