Sylvester Stallone's Rocky-fied version of arm-wrestling may not have gone Over the Top, but the movie created enough interest in the sport to launch a series of contests for high schoolers.
Now, arm-wrestling will come to the South Bay in a big way.
The Redondo High School gymnasium is the site Saturday for the first Southern California Power Grip High School Arm-Wrestling Championships. Registration and weigh-ins will be held from 8 to 11 a.m., with competition going from noon to 6 p.m.
The tournament is sponsored by Cannon Films, which produced Stallone's movie; the Weider Health and Fitness publications group and the International Armwrestling Council. Promoters said it is essentially "a staged event to present a pilot" to potential sponsors in hopes of launching a series of national high school tournaments around the country.
After a number of successful small-scale meets at South Bay high schools, promoters say they expect 300 to 400 competitors--boys and girls--from about 150 schools to take part. Boys competitions will be held in four weight classes--130 pounds and under, 131-160 pounds, 161-190 pounds and 191 and over--and girls will compete in two weight classes, with the break at 130 pounds.