Kim Hansen, right, wrestles Katelyn Murphy to win the 8th Annual WOVV Women’s Arm Wrestling Tournament last year. Giles Russell, referees and Charles Temples hoists the championship belt. Photo: C. Leinbach

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Islander Kim Hansen will defend her title June 15 in the Ninth Annual WOVV Women’s Arm Wrestling Tournament at 7 p.m. in the Ocracoke Community Center.

Hansen, whose moniker is “Wrestles with Bears,” competed for the first time in last year’s contest, which is a fundraiser for Ocracoke’s community radio station at 90.1 FM.  Hansen unseated two-time champion Melessa Owsley, aka “Fat Jesus,” of Rittman, Ohio, against about 20 other competitors in the double-elimination contest.

Competitors are encouraged to wear costumes and create colorful personas that announcer Bill Cole ballyhoos as in a WWF event.

Admission is $10 per person. A pre-party is at the Ocracoke Bar & Grille and an after-party will be at Dajio.
Prizes totaling more than $1,000 in value will be awarded to the top two wrestlers and the top three costumes.

Contenders in the women’s arm wrestling bout wear costumes and create colorful personas. At left is Chrisi Gaskill, who won the costume contest. Photo: C. Leinbach
Island vacationers join in the women’s arm wrestling action. Photo: P. Vankevich
The crowd at the Community Center enjoys the action. Photo: P. Vankevich


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