Hand-in-hand! Gowanus couple show strength in arm-wrestling championships

Hand-in-hand! Gowanus couple show strength in arm-wrestling championships
Strongman: Harry Wilson, one half of Brooklyn's power couple, demolishes an opponent, though he only managed to place third.
Steve Solomonson

Some of the city’s biggest biceps flexed their way to dominance at the 2012 Brooklyn-Kingsboro Arm-Wrestling Championships on Aug. 26 — including the Gowanus pair who’ve brought holding hands to a whole new level.

Joyce Boone — who dominated at the NYC Big Apple Grapple International, the New York State Arm-Wrestling Championship, and the Empire State Championship in Manhattan earlier this year — overpowered her competitors in the Women’s Open Right Division on Sunday to take home a medallion and a $100 cash prize.

Boone said her hand-to-hand combat with second-place righty Ana Kenah of Jersey City was a struggle worthy of a Stallone flick.

“I was trying to get a grip on her and my arm slipped out,” Boone recalled. “They had to strap us in.”

Boone got the upper hand, but Kenah held out by a hand’s breadth.

“I had her almost to the pad, but we were there for a while before I got her all the way down,” Boone said.

But Boone could only raise one arm as champion — the Garden State girl took the southpaw prize.

Meanwhile, Boone’s longtime paramour and occasional wrestling partner Harry Wilson came in third place in the 154-pound men’s left-hand competition, and failed to place in the right — falling with both arms to rival and fellow Brooklynite Oleh Frankivskyy, who also topped Wilson in the Empire State Championships.

Boone said Wilson — who took on an aggressive regimen of push-ups, pull-ups, and weightlifting in the weeks before the challenge — took the loss well, although there was some disappointment.

“He was feeling good, though maybe like he should’ve done a little better,” said Boone.

“We were both really sore afterward.”

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