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Rich Simpson
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Rich Simpson 
 

2010 Colorado Hall of Fame Inductee
-- See Rich's HOF Video here!
When did you start armwrestling?
  • 1987
First tourney and how did you place?
  • 1987 WPAA Rocky Mountain Regionals. I won two matches (one against Cary Stadler, who was one of the top middleweights in the state at the time.)
Occupation? Co-owner of Simpson and Son's Excavating
Family? Wife - Laurie, Daughter - Tyler, Son - Chance
Hobbies? Golf, hunting, camping, drag racing
What weight class do you pull? 198 and 220
Highest ranking Ranked top 10 in USA (198 left)
State/countries you have competed in? 13 states: CO, WY, SD, NM, ID, CA, IL, MO, KS, NV, NE, ND, OH
Countries: Japan, Curaso, Saudi Arabia
What do you do for training? A little table, a little gym, and pulley
Most memorable match? Dwayne Hanel in late 90's at Wyoming State. Match lasted 2 minutes, 30 seconds.
Toughest opponent? Emlyn Williams
Tourney win you are most proud of? First CO state pulling "Bad" Brad Balderston in the finals
State/regional titles: State: CO - 9 times, NM - 1 time, WY - 4 times, NE - 3 times
Regional: Rocky Mountain - 3 times, Mountain States - 2 times, Southern CO - 1 time, High Plains - 1 time
Military titles: 1992 - Okinawa, Japan Island Open Championships - 1st place
1992 - US Marine Corp Open Championships - 1st place
National titles: 1999 USAA National Championships - 1st
1998 USWA National Championships finalist
3-time USAF Unified National Championships finalist
World/International titles:
  • 1997 USA World Wristwrestling Championships - 4th
  • 1996 USAA North American Championships - 1st
  • 2002 Represented Team USA at the WAF World Championships in Springfield, IL
  • 2004 USAA Ultimate Vegas - 3rd
Top armwrestlers you have defeated: Michael Todd, James Smith, Matt Girdner, Kevin Bongard, Chris Futhey, David Bieler, Steve Rau, Kenny Hughes, Robert Baxter, Eric Petersen, Scott Lohmann, Scott Flemming, Sonny Larsen, Don Fritche, Eric Wolfe, Tony Villa, Ed Goble, Bob Brown, Kayne Hemsing
Other notables or accomplishments in the sport or other sports/activities/hobbies you have participated in?
  • 1997 USAA National Middleweight points Champion
  • 2004 Colorado ArmSports points Champion
  • Over 12 Overall titles in 4 states
  • I pulled for 10 years before I won a state title - now I am working on my record 10th CO state title.
Anything else you would like to say? I am very proud to be a part of Mile High ArmSports and Team CO.

Some Photos:
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