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Wrestling For Rock

May 26, 2017 @ 6:30 am - 10:00 pm PDT

Join us for the 2017 Tournament!

Friday, May 26th
6:30pm
High Water Mark Lounge!
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The 3rd Annual Wrestling For Rock Women’s Arm Wrestling tournament was at The Spare Room on March 19th, 2015. We had such a blast and want to thank everyone who made this year another FUNdraising success!! This year, we broke $1500, we sold our of raffle tickets, and we had so many close matches between all the Amazonian contenders!
We also got coverage from and interviewed by KATU This Morning and KGW!
Here’s our interview with the 2015 Xena division champion, Cool Hand Luc, by our Volunteer & Community Coordinator, Blue!
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BLUE: How do you prefer to referred to Cool Hand Luc or another name?
LUC: You can totally call me Cool Hand Luc. Luc is the name that most people know me by. Except for the people who I owe money to, then my name is Ororo Munroe. Bonus points if people know who that is. 
BLUE: You won the Xena division in the 3rd Annual Wrestling For Rock Women’s Arm Wrestling Tournament, so first, congratulations! How did you pick your competition name, Cool hand Luc?
LUC: Thank you for the congrats. It was super exciting and absolute exhilarating! I actually didn’t pick my competition name. A former coworker came up with it. I was asked to do a different arm wrestling competition that was a fundraiser for my former employer. I was trying to come up with something punny. Then someone blurted out “Cool Hand’ Luc. It was such a forehead slap, like, hello, obvious!
BLUE: Is this your first year competing in Wrestling For Rock?
LUC: It is my first year competing in Wrestling for Rock. But not my first arm wrestling competion in general. I wanted to do Wresling for Rock when you had it the first year. My friend Charly won the competition then. Thing is, I told her to go out and compete! Once I found out that she won, I was like, dangit, because I know I can beat her! However, now we have matching trophies! 
BLUE: How did you hear about the tournament? 
LUC: I heard about the tournament because a friend of mine invited me this year. Somehow I missed it last year. 
BLUE: What made you decide to compete?
LUC: I decided to compete because it was my birthday. What else can you do on a Thursday? Not like I can really “turn up” since I had to work the next day! I was’t’ sure if I was going to do it because my back was hurting, but then stubborness kicked in and it’s for such an awesome cause. 
BLUE: Did you think you would win when you signed up?
LUC: You know, I never go in with that kind of mindset. I kept making one of my friends feel my pulse before the start of the Xena division. It was racing! Plus I thought I was going to have to arm wrestle some football players that I ran into earlier in the week. There may have been some smack talking. 
BLUE: How did you feel as the competition progressed and you had won a couple of matches?
LUC: I was still a ball of nerves. Size isn’t all of that when it comes to arm wrestling. You never know what the other person might have up their sleeves. Ha! 
BLUE: Was winning this competition and taking home that rad, custom-welded unicorn trophy the best birthday gift you got this year? 
LUC: Who wouldn’t want a custom-welded unicorn trophy??? It’s so dope to have one! And having the bar full of people singing to me. My goodness, I was smiling so hard, I thought I was going to strain my cheeks. It made me feel all warm and sparkly!
BLUE: What kind of arm training do you do regularly that you think might have prepared you to take home that unicorn trophy?
LUC: You really can’t rely on just arm strength when going into a match. A lot of people don’t realize what is really involved. Can you really count smack talking as a training tactic? 
BLUE: Where are you going to display your unicorn trophy?
LUC: I have no idea.  I kind of want to make it all glittery and incorporate it into the landscaping of my home.  Right now, it’s in the front hallway.  Makes an interesting conversation starter. 
BLUE: What do you do when you’re not demonstrating Amazonian feats of strength?
LUC: I’m glad you asked!  When I’m not crushing the competition, I’m usually a chair dancer for Multnomah County doing complicated, multi paged, human services government type work. I also sit on the board of Queer Intersections Portland, which is a darling of an organization that does some kick butt work in order to build stronger communities for lgbtq youth of color. I’m super delighted to work with them. Check us out at www.qiportland.orgWe are doing an online fundraiser as well, along with some awesome party plans for the summer, so if you can kick in some Coins for QI, that would be radtastic!
Here’s our interview with the 2015 Gabrielle division champion, Big Sky, by our Volunteer & Community Coordinator, Blue!
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BLUE: You won the Gabrielle division in the 3rd Annual Wrestling For Rock Women’s Arm Wrestling Tournament, congratulations! How did you pick your competition name, Big Sky?
SKY: My given name is Montana, Big Sky was an easy choice to rep the beautiful big sky state and and for a cocky play on my name.
BLUE: Is this your first year competing in Wrestling For Rock
SKY: I took runner up for Gabrielle in the first year of Wrestling For Rock. The girl who beat me had a really impressive power start and totally pummeled me.
BLUE: How did you hear about the tournament?
SKY: Facebook.
BLUE: What made you decide to compete? 
SKY: Why waste the guns? Rock Camp is rad, I’m happy to support it. I was a 12 year old camper at the very first year of rock camp in Portland and I’m pretty happy the program exists and thrives.
BLUE: Did you think you would win when you signed up? 
SKYE: Once I saw that I would be lumped into the Gabrielle category because of my height (5’7″ and below) I was feeling pretty confident. I’m ready for Xena next year!  
BLUE: How did you feel as the competition progressed and you had won a couple of matches?
SKYE: My first match seemed to last minutes, I was taken aback how strong my competitor was and was knocked down a couple of notches. Once I got my power stance down things started going better and I felt pretty breezy up until I knew I was going up against the only other competitor for Gabrielle. Watching her flex her giant boulders of steel made me pee my pants a little bit. She was obviously ripped and I definitely thought she was going to beat me. 
BLUE:What kind of arm training do you do regularly that you think might have prepared you to take home that unicorn trophy?
SKY: I’m a commercial carpenter. I swing a hammer and lug around heavy shit 60 hours a week.
BLUE: Where are you going to display your unicorn trophy?
SKY: In the garden.
BLUE: What do you do when you’re not demonstrating Amazonian feats of strength? 
SKY: A lot of farting around. Rollerblading and passionate snacking and napping, trying to hang out with all the cute animals. Biking and checking out the babes. 
Check back to this page for more photos and interviews from other champions!

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Date:
May 26, 2017
Time:
6:30 am - 10:00 pm