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Buttafuoco (not that one) wins arm wrestling title

Bobby Buttafuoco, right, of Rockville Centre, grips up

Bobby Buttafuoco, right, of Rockville Centre, grips up before winning the final match over Robert Coppla from Pacific Grove, Calif., in the 205-pound Grand Masters Class at World Arm Wrestling Championships on Dec. 8, 2010, in Mesquite, Nev. Credit: Handout, 2010

Two Long Island men have won first-place awards at the 2010 World Arm Wrestling Championships.

Bobby Buttafuoco, 56, of Rockville Centre, and Roy Ramsland, 61, of Huntington Station, won the right-arm grand master competitions last week in the 204- and 165-pound weight classes, respectively. Buttafuoco competed in the 50- to 59-year-old age group.

Both men competed against contestants from the United States, Russia, Germany, Sweden, France, Israel, Japan, Canada and Kazakhstan.

Buttafuoco is a brother of Joey Buttafuoco, the former Long Island auto mechanic who entered the spotlight after the 1992 shooting of his wife by his then-underage lover Amy Fisher.

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The four-day arm-wrestling event in Nevada had more than 1,300 competitors from 41 countries, said Gene Camp, president and founder of the New York Arm Wrestling Association, of which Ramsland and Bobby Buttafuoco are members.

To qualify for the world championship, Bobby Buttafuoco placed first at the United States Armwrestling Association championship this summer in Billings, Mont.

Bobby Buttafuoco, who has arm-wrestled since 1984, said he trains with a group of locals including Ramsland and has won titles before, but not with such international competition.

“These guys in Europe, they’re serious, that’s what’s kind of fun about it. It was packed with a lot of great guys,” Bobby Buttafuoco said.

The take-home prizes, he said, were “a medal and the prestige – I can’t believe I can say I’m the best arm wrestler in his 50s in the world.”

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