2017 American MAS Wrestling Championship

The 2017 Odd Haugen Strength Classic at the LA Fit Expo

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2017 American MAS Wrestling Championship

All US athletes must be members of MAS Wrestling USA:  MEN’s weight categories are -60kg, 70 kg, 80kg, 90kg,

105kg, 125kg, and 125kg+; WOMEN’s weight categories are -55kg, 65kg, 75kg, and 75kg+.  Weight 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 Double Elimination format.   https://maswrestlingusa.com/membership-form



Men’s Absolute Tournament is part of the Odd Haugen Decathlon Challenge with $3,000.00 in

Prize Money (top 3 will get direct invite to 2017 Absolute World Championship at Arnolds):

1st Place $1,500 Plus, Trophy
2nd Place $900 Plus, Trophy
3rd Place $600 Plus, Trophy


AWARDS:              1st – 3rd in each weight category (Top performers will get direct invite International Tournaments)


ENTRY FEES:         $50.00

ENTRY FORM:       https://maswrestlingusa.com/2017-american-mas-wrestling-championship-registration-form


ELIGIBLITY:         Must be a current member of MAS Wrestling USA




ENTRY DEADLINE:              January 1, 2017 (Tournament Seeding will be by random draw)


HOTEL:                  See website https://www.thefitexpo.com/TFELA_hotel.asp


Schedule of Events:


Saturday January 7, 2017

5:00PM – Early Weigh-In and Registration American MAS Wrestling Championship


Sunday January 8, 2017

9:00AM:  Late Weigh-in and Athletes’ Rules Meeting MAS Wrestling


10:10 AM: MAS Wrestling in weight classes other than Absolute Preliminary Rounds


2:45 PM:  MAS Wrestling Finals of Weight Class Competition


4:15 PM: Award Ceremony

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 and parallel to it, hands and fingers are not to overlap.  Match starts on Referee’s signal.

An athlete wins the match if he/his:

o    pulls (snatches out) the stick;

o    pulls the opponent over with the stick;

o    opponent releases a hand (hands);

o    opponent moves one or two feet over the board higher than knee level; or

o    opponent gets second caution in single match.

Cautions are given for:

o    hooking and resting the stick and/or arms against the board and/or toes;

o    twisting the stick over 90 degrees vertically and horizontally;

o    re-gripping and twisting the stick before start;

o    disobeying the Referee’s orders before start;

o    false start; or

o    setting feet, body or head against the lateral device fastening the board;

No Contest is declared if:

o    the stick breaks; or

o    athletes fall together and are not able to continue the match.

Each Match is best two of three Bouts, 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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYHiWjChLJA The rules are explained:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fia8W49hBNI


Worth noting, the Scottish SWINGLE TREE is a traditional Highland Shepherd strength test that dates back hundreds of years.  A shepherd’s crook would be used. Two competitors will grab either side of the crook go into a seated position with their feet against a wooden beam. Competitors will attempt to pull one another to their side, the loser being the competitor going over to the opposite side.  The Norse Men (Vikings) had a similar type challenge, KJEVLETREKK, and it dates back more than a thousand years, wherein the competitors were sitting feet to feet, attempting to pull the opponent to standing position.