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Grandpa arm wrestler brings home 2 silvers

Mike Beggs can add these two silver medals to his collection after he won the pair at the World Amateur Arm Wrestling championships, Oct.18, 2015, in Buena Park, California. He now has a total of 177 medals and trophies. (Dan Pelle/SR photo)
Mike Beggs can add these two silver medals to his collection after he won the pair at the World Amateur Arm Wrestling championships, Oct.18, 2015, in Buena Park, California. He now has a total of 177 medals and trophies. (Dan Pelle/SR photo)

In a Hollywood movie, the aging fighter who makes one last stab at glory usually winds up with his arms raised and a victorious smile on his face. Cue the music. Roll credits … Reality, as Spokane’s Mike Beggs knows, is rarely so scripted. Beggs admitted to feeling somewhat “hollow” about his return to the world of big-time arm wrestling last weekend because he only won silver, not gold. Make that two silvers: A shiny medal for each of his Popeye-like arms. The 57-year-old grandfather of three competed as a lefty and a righty in the 221-242 pound category at the 38th annual Amateur World Arm Wrestling Championships. The event was part of Silverado Days, a popular festival held in Southern California’s Buena Park. “This has been the ending chapter to a long story,” Beggs said in a subdued tone/Doug Clark, SR. More here.

Question: Are you strong enough to do well at arm wrestling?



D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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