Sailor takes third place in inaugural Dobuita Street Arm Wrestling Tournament

Lt. Cmdr. John Heavrin, left, defeated Kanzou Shudou, representing Gold’s Gym Yokosuka in first round action during Dobuita Street Arm Wrestling Tournament on Aug. 25 in Japan. (Paul Long/Navy)

Somehow we missed this one back in August, and wow are we sorry.

Because really, street arm wrestling? Awesome.

On Aug. 25, 10 Japanese men and six sailors took part in the inaugural Dobuita Street Arm Wrestling Tournament in Japan.

Lt. Cmdr. John Heavrin, deputy intelligence officer for Commander, Submarine Group Seven, wrestled his way to third place, according to a Navy news release.

“I’ve been doing it [arm wrestling] for a lot of years, and it’s been awhile since I’ve competed in a tournament,” Heavrin — a natural lefty — said in the release. “I just wanted to have some fun … and see how I placed.”

The tournament was open to right-handed men and Heavrin went home with a 10,000 yen — about $105 — gift certificate to the Dobuita Street shops.