The Emerald Coast Armwrestling Championships proved that Ft Walton Beach, Florida has become "the" place in Northwest Florida for topnotch competition. As witnessed, experienced, and challenged by the national ranked team of Jacksonville, Florida, highly competitive team of Southwest Georgia, energized Tallahassee, Florida team, and the up-and-coming Ft Walton Beach, Team, this championship brought out the best skills, spirit, and sportsmanship of all the participants and spectators.

The tournament director was Dale Vicos, a northern state competitor of years past, now promoting our sport in the tradition of good taste, enthusiasm, and success. This 104-entrant event was held at Don Carlos Restaurant and Sports Bar, Ft Walton Beach, Florida, November 6, 1999 under a big tent. This was Dale’s fourth tournament he organized and the first AAA sanctioned tournament. His tournaments continue to grow in competitors and prizes, starting with a no-notice tournament at a local fair in Apr 98 with 30 competitors, a Fourth of July tournament of 50 competitors, a Don Carlos Invitational with 90 competitors and this most recent with 104 athletes! He and Greg Helm (AAA Florida State Director) tag teamed this event and made a lasting positive impression to the pros and novice who competed. Greg and Dale combined forces, orchestrating a smoothly run tournament, consisting of men’s novice right hand, men’s open right hand, men’s open left hand, and women’s open right hand divisions, totaling 16 weight classes. Of course you can’t have a tournament without officials and Dave Leonard and Dave Radloff filled the billet with superior professionalism and fairness, boasting of not receiving one complaint from any of the wrestlers or audience members! Dale was surrounded by first-class people, working and maintaining the tournament brackets were Lee Leonard, Robyn Kay, Shannon Hunt and video taping the matches was Steve Dasher. We just can’t say enough of Don Tank, Manager, Don Carlos Restaurant, who accommodated every wish to help ensure this tournament was a huge success!

First, Second, and Third place trophies for each class were presented with a very popular "Crowd Pleaser" trophy, along with all entrants received a memorable T-shirt. Ft Walton Beach, Florida citizens are fortunate to have generous local merchants to sponsor such an event. As everyone knows, to provide trophies and prizes and keep the registration fee to a minimum (the fee was only $5.00 for initial entry and $3.00 for any additional weight classes), it requires sponsorship. The sponsors included radio station 99 Rock, Night Watch Protection Services, Inc., Fitness Masters Equipment Superstores, Corona, TGI Friday Restaurant, Blimpie Subs, Giff’s Subs, The Shoppe (trophies), American Athletic Uniforms,  Buffalo Rock Pepsi, and of course Don Carlos Restaurant and Sports Bar. Okay, enough of all that, our hats are off to the following winners (oh by the way, the tournament didn’t have any losers, they were referred to as "challengers"):


Weight Class Name Place

154 lbs and Under (XX kbs) Scott "Hacksaw" Hohrath (Jacksonville, FL) 1st

Lee Young (Ft Walton Bch, FL) 2nd

Brandon Ryals (Tallahassee, FL) 3rd

155 - 176 lbs Lee Walker (Jacksonville, FL) 1st

Scott "Hacksaw" Hohrath (Jacksonville, FL) 2nd

Dean Sain (Covington, GA) 3rd

177 - 198 lbs Glenn Brooks (Goodwater, AL) 1st

James "Hank" Battles (Ft Walton Bch, FL) 2nd

Scott Cooner (Jacksonville, FL) 3rd

199 - 220 lbs Steve Dedge (Tallahassee, FL) 1st

Jason Burton (Albany, GA) 2nd

Timothy Lee (Ft Walton Bch, FL) 3rd

221 lbs and Over Gregory Helm (Jacksonville, FL) 1st

Mark "Red" Allison (Ft Walton Bch, FL) 2nd

Richard Hernandez (Ft Walton Bch, FL) 3rd


176 lbs and Under Lee Walker (Jacksonville, FL) 1st

Scott "Hacksaw" Hohrath (Jacksonville, FL) 2nd

Keith Crocker (Jacksonville, FL) 3rd

177 - 198 lbs Glenn Brooks (Goodwater, AL) 1st

Scott Cooner (Jacksonville, FL) 2nd

Lee Walker (Jacksonville, FL) 3rd

199 lbs and Over Mark "Red" Allison (Ft Walton Bch, FL) 1st

David Fredicksen (Ft Walton Bch, FL) 2nd

Brian Goolsby (Dawson, GA) 3rd


154 lbs and Under Steve Samble (Ft Walton Bch, FL) 1st

Wade Merritt (Navarre, FL) 2nd

Kevin Geren (Santa Rosa Bch, FL) 3rd

155 - 176 lbs Preston McLean (Holt, FL) 1st

Chris Carnes (Ft Walton Bch, FL) 2nd

Bill Zimmerman (Ft Walton Bch, FL) 3rd

177 - 198 lbs Roy Maye (Navarre, FL) 1st

Danny Tolbert (Mobile, AL) 2nd

Shane Alger (Ft Walton Bch, FL) 3rd

199 - 220 lbs Steve Dedge (Tallahasssee, FL) 1st

Jason Burton (Albany, GA) 2nd

Robert Ellis (Ft Walton Bch, FL) 3rd

221 lbs and Over David Fredickson (Ft Walton Bch, FL) 1st

Steve Dedge (Tallahassee, FL) 2nd

Dwight McDonald (Ft Walton Bch, FL) 3rd


132 lbs and Under Tricia Thomas (Leesburg, GA) 1st

Jeana Pfiester (Navarre, FL) 2nd

133 - 154 lbs Teri Borden (Navarre, FL) 1st

Natalie Tucker (Ft Walton Bch, FL) 2nd

155 lbs and Over Christina Schneider (Tallahassee, FL) 1st

Cherie Feltner (Ft Walton Bch, FL) 2nd

Crowd Pleaser Award trophy went to Red Allison and a $60.00 curl bar from Fitness Master Equipment Superstores went to his toughest opponent Charles Murphy. These guys pulled three times against each other and each time well over a minute pull. You could actually feel the sound vibration from the audience in your body during each of their matches. The 200 plus audience unanimously agreed with this award, again giving a 30 second roar from the crowd upon this exciting presentation of the Crowd Pleaser Award!



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