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Rich Lupkes entered his first arm-wrestling competition in the mid-1970s for "something to do on a Sunday afternoon." Nearly 40 years later he is bigger, stronger, and winning championships on a world scale.

Rich Lupkes: A modern man of steel

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WORTHINGTON -- Last weekend in Eau Claire, Wis., Rich Lupkes won another national arm-wrestling championship.

Let's see, how many is that now?


"Oh, boy," the champ wondered when asked the question. "I think I've got maybe five world titles. I can't even tell you how many nationals I've won."

His training partner, Erik Youngblom, answered the question for him.

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Doug Wolter
Doug Wolter is the Daily Globe sports editor. He served as sports reporter, then sports editor, news editor and finally managing editor at the Daily Globe for 22 years before leaving for seven years to work as night news editor at the Mankato Free Press in Mankato. Doug now lives in Worthington with his wife, Sandy. They have three children and six grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He self-publishes short stories in his spare time. One of his stories, "The Genuine One," is being distributed by a national publisher.
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