MAS Wrestling returns to the Arnold Sports Festival for a fourth year and will host the 2018 ROGUE Arnold Cup. The event will take place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, March 2-4, 2018 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.
In this unique test of strength, two athletes 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. The matches as quick and explosive, demanding great strength from the hands, legs, abdominals and back.
The ROGUE Arnold Cup will have two weight categories each for each men and women. Men's weight categories are less than 100kg (less than 220 pounds) and Absolute/Open for more than 100kg (more than 220 pounds). Women's weight categories are 70kg and less (154 pound and less) and more than 70kg (more than 154 pounds).
“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.”