The 2016 Odd Haugen Strength Classic CHICAGO
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Chicago
June 25-26, 2016
All athletes competing in MAS Wrestling ONLY must be current members of MAS Wrestling USA. NAS members
competing in Odd Haugen Chicago Strongman Challenge are not required to join MAS Wrestling USA.
Weight categories are: LWW -140lb; MWW – 180lb; HWW 181lb and above; LWM -176lb; WWM -198lb; MWM –
231lb; HWM 232lb and above. Weight/age categories with 2 or less athletes merged with next higher weight
category; weight categories with 3-5 athletes conducted in Round Robin format; and weight categories with 6 or
more athletes conducted in a Double Elimination format to be determined based on number of athletes competing
in a weight category.
AWARDS: 1st – 3rd in each weight category
ENTRY FEES: MAS Wrestling ONLY $50.00
(Strongman competitors compete for FREE). https://maswrestlingusa.com/membership-form
Expo Entry fee of $25 per day is WAIVED for registered athletes
ENTRY DEADLINE: May 31, 2016 (Tournament Seeding will be by random draw)
Hotel Information: http://www.thefitexpo.com/TFECH_hotel.asp
Schedule of Events
Friday June 24, 2016
12Noon –6 PM Weigh-in and check in and NAS Registration Odd Haugen Chicago Strongman Challenge and North American Continental MAS Wrestling Championship.
Saturday June 25, 2016
9:00AM: Late Weigh-in and Athletes’ MAS Wrestling
1:30PM – Combat MAS™: North American Continental MAS Wrestling Championship
Athletes will compete in double elimination type tournament (exact format to be determined based on number
athletes entered in each weight category). Each match is best two of three bouts, athletes are matched based on
random Lots. Points as follows: Win 2-0 and receive 3 Points; win 2-1 and receive 2 Points; lose 1-2 and receive 1
Point; and lose 0-2 and receive NO Points. Overall points for event based on placing in the event. Trophies to top
three in each weight category, and the opportunity to compete in International tournaments.
5:00PM – Final Rounds: North American Continental MAS Wrestling Championship
5:45PM – Strength Challenge and MAS Wrestling Championship Award Ceremony
Sunday May 22 10 AM to 2:00PM: Open Trials and Demos for audience of MAS Wrestling between Visegrip Viking Challenge disciplines.
Schedule subject to refinement and change without notice.
MAS Wrestling is an ancient sport from Yakutia (far northern region of the Russian Republic of Sakha). Athletes sit in front of each other, prop their feet against the board that divides the competition arena and pull on a short stick. The athlete that is assigned RED side (based on random draw) chooses the stick hold position (internal or external for the first match), and the one who chooses the external hold, shows his position (left or right) and has no right to change it. In second match the grip is reversed/switched (internal/external), and if third match is necessary, a blind draw of a ball (red or blue) is conducted (drawn by BLUE side) and the color drawn determine choice of stick position. The stick must be over the board, hands and fingers are not to overlapped. Match starts on Referee’s signal.
An athlete wins the match if he/his:
- pulls (snatches out) the stick;
- pulls the opponent over with the stick;
- opponent releases a hand (hands);
- opponent moves one or two feet over the board higher than knee level; or
- opponent gets second caution in single match.
Cautions are given for:
- hooking and resting the stick and/or arms against the board and/or toes;
- twisting the stick over 90 degrees vertically and horizontally;
- re-gripping and twisting the stick before start;
- disobeying the Referee’s orders before start;
- false start; or
- setting feet, body or head against the lateral device fastening the board;
No Contest is declared if:
- the stick breaks; or
- athletes fall together and are not able to continue the match.
Best two of three Bouts win the Match, and carry along Points as follows: Win 2-0 and receive 3 Points; win 2-1 and receive 2
Points; lose 1-2 and receive 1 Point; and lose 0-2 and receive NO Points.
See it in action https://www.youtube.com/user/MASWrestlingUSA
The rules are explained: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fia8W49hBNI