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Friday, January 31, 2014
Molly Schuyler eats 363 wings

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Pass the napkins, please.

Molly Schuyler, a 5-foot-7, 125-pound mother of four, devoured a jaw-dropping 363 wings over 30 minutes and three rounds to set the record at Wing Bowl 22 on Friday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

The previous record was held by Takeru Kobayashi, who ate 337 wings at the event in 2012.

Molly Schuyler
Molly Schuyler captured a $22,000 payday by devouring 363 chicken wings in 30 minutes at Wing Bowl 22. She also surpassed the previous record of 337, set by Takeru Kobayashi in 2012.

Schuyler, from Omaha, Neb., didn't exactly cruise to the crown, however. She narrowly defeated fellow competitive eater Patrick Bertoletti, a Chicago native who finished with 356 wings. Jamie "The Bear" Anderson, last year's champion, was third among the six finalists with 304.

For her gutsy effort, Schuyler won the $22,000 top prize as well as a gold medal and a championship ring.

"I have car payments and kids, so it's all good," Schuyler told Philly.com.

And perhaps even more impressive: All this was accomplished in an hour's work beginning at -- get this -- 8 a.m.

Schuyler breezed to the first-round lead, eating 186 wings in 14 minutes as the top 10 advanced. One of those eliminated in the first round was Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce, who managed only 65 wings. The second round lasted 14 minutes, and the final round was a two-minute sprint to the finish.

To qualify for the Wing Bowl, Schuyler ate nine pounds of cottage cheese in 114 seconds. She also holds a world record for eating a 72-ounce steak in less than three minutes.