The much-promised #QldCleanSweep became a reality at the 2014 Queensland Championships this weekend, with all six titles taken out by four Sunshine State locals. There was limited presence from interstate this year, and the only interstaters to gain a place were Ryan Scott from WA and Rory Magnabosco from Victoria.
Queensland now sits at the top of the State league table for 2014, with 17 titles and a total of 41 medals. Victoria has been pushed down to second place with only 11 titles and 29 medals overall. However with the Melbourne Cup coming up in October there may be an opportunity for Victoria to claw back the lead before the Nationals in November.
It was a memorable day for Doug Fatafehi, who not only won his first ever titles in his home state, but took out the titles for both the left and right 95+kg class for the second time this year. The number one right arm heavyweight definitely seems to be at the top of his game. He has an 82% win ratio for the right arm, and a 66% win ratio for the left arm.
This was also the first time Blue Bowen has taken out titles for both the left and right 80kg classes. Blue now has the highest number of match wins for the right arm. However he remains ranked second place in the right 70kg-80kg class, and is yet to beat number one Grant Tolentino, who did not compete in the right 80kg class at the Championships this year. We’re hoping that a supermatch between these top two Heavy Hitters might be on the cards.
Despite weighing in under 80kg, Tolentino competed in the 95kg right arm and 95+kg left classes. Tolentino maintained his 100% win ratio for the right arm, taking out the title for the 95kg right arm class; and came third in the 95+kg left arm class. It just goes to show that the size of the man does not make the armwrestler!
The 95kg left arm title was won by Daniel Tesch. The last time Tesch competed was at the 2012 Queensland Championships, where he placed second in both the right and left 95kg classes. It was great to see Tesch back in the game, taking out first position in the left 95kg class and second in the right 95kg class. We anticipate that Tesch will be a force to be reckoned with at the Nationals and we look forward to seeing more of him.
Notable ranking movements following the event are:
Did you know...?
Did you know that you can follow armwrestling tournaments online from anywhere in the world using the live feed feature on the Armwrestling Rankings website? The 2014 Queensland Championships provided the perfect opportunity to showcase the improved live feed, and we welcome any feedback that you may have.