MAS Wrestling USA President and CEO
ODD E. HAUGEN
Odd Haugen is a business executive with passion for strength and fitness. Mr. Haugen is a graduate of McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College) with a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology and the University of California at Berkeley with a MBA in Finance. He was crowned the Strongest Man in America at the 1999 A.F.S.A. U.S.A. Full Strength Championship in Las Vegas in August, 1999 and Hawaii’s Strongest Man in 2000, 2001 and 2002. As the senior member of most Strongmen Competitions, Mr. Haugen has not only held his own, but he has more often than not outpaced competitors half his age. This sport requires not only superior strength and conditioning but also incredible speed, power, technique, mental alacrity and the ability to concentrate on the task at hand. These traits have served him well in his professional life as well. Odd Haugen is the International Vice President – North America of the International Mas-Wrestling Federation
MAS Wrestling USA Director of Sports Development
Clay Edgin has been competing in strongman, powerlifting, highland games, and grip sport since 2003. He currently works as a strength coach in Santa Cruz, California. Clay’s most notable achievements are being featured in Spike TV’s “Deadliest Warrior” television show as their professional strongman, his many feats of grip strength, and being the first man ever to bend the 5/16″ Grade 5 tempered steel bolt.
GREAT LAKES Representative
(Kasey & Jerry)
Amy competes in strongman, highland games, and grip. Amy has won several national championships in multiple strength sports, holds multiple world records in grip and has competed in the World Strongwoman Championship. In addition to competing, Amy is a special education teacher and owns Competitive Edge Athletic Performance Center in Meridian, Idaho. (www.edgemeridian.com)
Lacy is a ten year veteran of strongwoman competitions at both national and international level and is a familiar face within the Pacific Northwest strength sports community. Lacy also competes in Highland games and more recently in grip competition, but her primary focus is on heavy lifting; indeed, she is an outspoken advocate of increasing weight levels in top women’s competition. Her interests include old-time strongman, feats of strength and one-on-one tests of strength and is therefore very excited to see Mas-wrestling take off in the USA.
Behzad “Bear” Bakhshandeh
Bezhad “Bear” Massah Bakhshandeh has been competing in Strongman and Powerlifting since 2011. After a drstic weight loss in Behza found his love for all things strength and started training to get bigger and stronger. As a musician, as well as a music promoter for a number of years, Bezhad learned a lot about what it goes into putting on a good show and has taken those aspects into the Strongman, and now MAS Wrestling competitions he runs.
West Virginia Representative
CSCS, SCCC, Barwis Methods Master Performance Coach
Owner and Head Coach of Viking Performance Training LLC
Former Strength and Conditioning Coach for West Virginia University
Jerry Handley is the founder and head coach of Viking Performance Training LLC, which opened its doors in June 2014. Jerry was a strength and conditioning coach for West Virginia University for over 10 years, where he was directly responsible for the strength and conditioning of some of WVU’s most successful athletic programs in that time. While at WVU, Handley worked with every varsity sports program through his career.
Handley has coached multiple Olympians and an Olympic gold and silver medalist, and his athletes have found success on the international level, with multiple athletes winning Gold at the prestigious Pan-American Games. Handley-trained teams have totaled 11 conference championships while at West Virginia University in various sports, and the rifle team returned to dominant form with back-to-back national. Handley was also involved in an assistant role for WVU football’s 2007 Gator Bowl and 2006 Sugar Bowl title, as well as WVU basketball’s 2005 Elite Eight run.
Jerry’s coaching has also extended into strength sports including strongman National Championship qualifiers and powerlifting record holders.
Handley has Master’s Degrees in Exercise Physiology as well as Athletic Coaching Education. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, as well as a Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.
As well as training athletes, Handley spent years competing in mixed martial arts, boxing, kickboxing, and submission grappling tournaments.