MAS Wrestling returns to the Arnold Sports Festival for a third year and will again host the 2017 IMWF World Absolute Championship. The event will take place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, March 3-5, 2017 on the ROGUE Strength Stage at the Arnold Fitness EXPO.
“MAS Wrestling, or stick pulling, is an ancient sport from Russia”, said Odd Haugen, event director. Two wrestlers sit opposite each other and try to pull the stick out of their opponent’s hands or drag their opponent over the wooden divider. The feet rest against this divider, but other part of the body must not make contact with the board. Haugen described the matches as quick and explosive, demanding great strength from the hands, legs, abdominals and back.
The Absolute World Championship has no weight categories but divisions for men and women. “These 50 athletes (32 men and 16 women) will be the biggest and the strongest in the world.” said Haugen, “The tournament will be conducted in Olympic style format with single eliminations and consolation rounds.”