For Alex Maritsas, it was his first.
For Dan Gallo, it was his 13th.
The two were among a number of Prince George arm wrestlers who competed at the Provincial Championships in Kelowna, bringing home a number of titles.
“Everybody’s been training hard,” Gallo said, “coming off the winter and getting ready for the Nationals.”
Gallo took first place in the 176 lb. Pro division with both the right and left arms, as well as winning the overall title. Maritsas won both the left and right arm classes in the 198 lb. Pro division.
Jacob Lea won with both arms in the Youth division, while Zane McKnight was first with the left arm and second with the right in the Kids division. Tyler Goodkey placed second with each arm in the Youth division.
Ben Skorepa was first with the left and second with the right in the Masters under 187 and third with the left arm in the 176 Pro division, and Brian Gabriel was second with each arm in the 199+ division.
Adam Fillion was second in the left arm 198 Amateur division, and finished third in the right arm competition.
Darcy Goodkey was third with the right arm in the Masters over 187 division, while Angie Goodkey was third with the right arm in the women’s Open division.
Now, Gallo says, it’s back to training.
“The Nationals are in Vancouver this year, which makes it a lot easier to get to.
“There’s no way I’m going to miss it this year. I had to miss last year because it was in the Maritimes and I couldn’t afford it.”
The Nationals will be held on the Victoria Day weekend in May.