2018 Philadelphia OPEN and NOVICE MAS Wrestling Tournaments

April 28-29, 2018
SATURDAY: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM • SUNDAY: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The 2018 Odd Haugen Strength Classic Philadelphia

2018 Philadelphia OPEN and NOVICE MAS Wrestling Tournaments

All athletes competing in OPEN tournament must be current members of MAS Wrestling USA.  NOVICE and first time

competitors are not required to join MAS Wrestling USA.  Weight Divisions are:  Light Weight Women (LWW) -143lb

(U65kg); Middle Weight Woman (MWW) – 187lb (U85kg); Open Women (OW) 188lb and above; Light Weight Men

(LWM) -176lb (U80kg); Middle Weight Men (MWM) -231lb (U105kg); Open Men (OM) 232lb and above. 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 a Double Elimination

format to be determined based on number of athletes competing in a weight category.

AWARDS:              1st – 3rd in each weight category NOVICE and OPEN

ENTRY FEES:         MAS Wrestling OPEN $40.00 and NOVICE $30.00

ENTRY FORM:       https://maswrestlingusa.com/2018-philadelphia-mas-wrestling-tournament-registration

 OPEN competitors require MAS Wrestling USA membership: https://maswrestlingusa.com/membership-form

                              Expo admission fee of $25 per day is WAIVED for all registered athletes

ENTRY DEADLINE:              April 15, 2018 (Tournament Seeding will be by random draw)

Hotel Information: https://www.thefitexpo.com/TFEPH_hotels.shtml Deadline April 4th

Schedule of Events

Saturday April 27, 2018

9:00AM – Late weigh-in and check in Visegrip Viking Armlifting Challenge and MAS Wrestling Tournaments.

10:00AM         – Rules meeting

10:30AM         – MAS Wrestling Workshop featuring World Champion Martins Licis

Learn how to train and compete in MAS wrestling – open and FREE to all FitExpo attendees

12:55PM         – Combat MAS™:  MAS Wrestling NOVICE Tournament

 Sunday April 29, 2018

9:00AM – Late weigh-in and check in Visegrip Viking Armlifting Challenge and MAS Wrestling Tournaments.

12:15PM         – The Philadelphia OPEN MAS Wrestling Tournament Preliminary Rounds

3:30PM           – Final Rounds:  The Philadelphia OPEN MAS Wrestling Tournament

4:00PM           –Award Ceremony (on Stage)

 MAS Wrestling Championship 1st – 3rd   Medals each weight category

 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