Rehoboth arm wrestler back on world stage

REHOBOTH, Mass. (WLNE) — “Big Daddy” is back on the “Big” stage.

Jerry Cadorette is one of the most recognizable faces in competitive arm wrestling, but it was never a sport he envisioned taking up.

“This wasn’t a sport that I went out looking for. This was a sport that found me,” said Cadorette. “We had an arm-wrestling table in our (school) gym, which is unique, right?”

He never could have imagined that all those years ago that he would become a national and world champion in the sport, but that’s exactly what happened.

For three decades Cadorette took control of the sport, winning titles at every level. But then, life came calling.

“I was out for 18-19 months. They took me out of the rankings,” Cadorette told ABC 6 News.

Between starting a family, a full-time job, and the pandemic, Cadorette was out of the sport he loved for almost two years. But you couldn’t keep the big man down forever.

In August, he got an invite to go back to Turkey to compete on the world stage again.

“It was amazing,” Cadorette said. “The contest itself was super difficult, but to come out with the championship, it was so cool.”

His next challenge will be defending that title in November, and then says he will go for the unanimous, undisputed World championship in March in Dubai.

“I’ve been number 1 for 30-plus years,” Cadorette said. “Thirty-plus years of being number one at something, that’s insane. I’m excited.”

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