The Next Big College Sport: Arm Wrestling


Photo Credits: Mark Kolbe


Yes folks, the year is 2014 and you can now watch college arm wrestling on national television.

Last week, collegiate sports history was made.

On Tuesday, May 13th, students from Penn State University faced a nefarious bunch from Rutgers in a battle of athleticism, wit and brute strength. In front of the entire country, or on ESPNU at least, the College Arm Wrestling League held it’s first match and our country’s next great college sport was born.

The team from Rutgers prevailed, 80-30. Rutgers, winners of the first intercollegiate football game, finally has some news from it’s athletic department that it can be proud of- probably for the first time since that college football game in 1869.

The College Arm Wrestling League’s inaugural season will be played in the form of a four-team, single-elimination tournament. Rutgers beat Penn State on one side of the bracket and on the other side…

UConn versus Syracuse! A rivalry renewed! Tonight, at 7pm on ESPNU, Connecticut takes on Syracuse with everything on the line: continued national exposure, pride and a chance to publicly humiliate Rutgers. What else could you ask for?

Reasons why the CAWL is a virtual lock to succeed:

It’s a 1-on-1 battle of brute strength- people love watching that kind of stuff. Like boxing but without the blood, sweat and tears. Or with it, who knows!
It’s Co-ed! That makes it Title IX friendly and promotes gender equality. Because who cares whether just your men or just your school’s women are good at a sport, right! It’s all about balance.
The potential storylines are endless- with interest for both male and female segments, CAWL is a crossover sports entertainment hit! Corporate sponsors will be all over this.
UConn’s prestigious position as a founding member of the CAWL will only further our national profile and is sure to help us gain entry into the Power 5. My sources are telling me that the next TV deal is expected to break records.

You can check out the league’s official website for more information including a little bit more about the honorable young men and women representing the University of Connecticut on the… table? We’ll have an open thread for it later tonight featuring an interview with the team captain!



Jaclyn Paride vs. WPIX Channel 11 NYC host Kori Chambers Friday 7/18 – 8:15am!

TeamJaclyn-JaclynParideTUNE IN to WPIX Channel 11 NYC Morning News Friday, July 18 in the 8:15 AM segment to see undefeated, coed college arm wrestler Jaclyn Paride from UConn arm wrestle the hosts!

Can she beat #PIX11NEWS
buff & burly Kori Chambers?!

He’s going to be a tough challenger! #TeamJackie

If you live outside the WPIX NYC viewing area, you can watch the live stream at – the live link will be in red at the upper left when the show is on. Jackie’s in the 8:15 AM segment.

UConn and Rutgers Students “Grip It and Rip It” in Coed Arm Wrestling Championship Finals

(L) Notorious ARM from Rutgers vs. (R) Connecticut Wrecking Crew from UConn (R)

(L) Notorious ARM from Rutgers vs. (R) Connecticut Wrecking Crew from UConn (R)

Syracuse University News Reports on CAWL to Arms

Kathleen Haley of Syracuse University News  reported on the face off between students from Syracuse University and UConn during the semifinals of the College Arm Wrestling League on May 20, 2014 on ESPNU.

NY Crushers from SyracuseThe New York Crushers brought their Orange spirit and strength but it wasn’t enough to defeat the Connecticut Wrecking Crew.

A team of Syracuse University students were matched against former long-time rivals the University of Connecticut in the first-ever coed Collegiate Arm Wrestling League Championship, “CAWL to Arms,” which aired this week on ESPNU, the network’s college channel.

One of the team members, Steve Zavilensky ’15, who was new to the fast-paced sport, weight trains and is active in sports, but he saw how arm wrestling requires strategy as well as muscle. READ MORE


UConn Students Defeat Syracuse Students in Coed Arm Wrestling Championships Semifinals

Big Frog 104 Radio Talks College Arm Wrestling with Mr. PEC-Tacular

Check out popular Country Music station Big Frog 104  in Utica, New York chatting with Jessie Godderz (Mr. PEC-Tacular) about the upcoming Semifinal match between coeds from Syracuse University and coeds from UConn. The students from UConn and Syracuse will face-off on Tuesday May 20 at 7PM ET on ESPNU to determine who will face the coeds from Rutgers in the Final Championship Round on May 27.

Read more from Big Frog 104 Syracuse University Team Featured on College Arm Westling Competition on ESPNU

Hear the interview:

Rutgers’ Students Defeat Penn State Students in Coed Arm Wrestling Semifinals

James Warta (left) of Penn State takes on Marinos Pylarinos from Rutgers

James Warta (left) of Penn State takes on Marinos Pylarinos from Rutgers

PRLog (Press Release) – May 16, 2014 – NEW YORK — In the first ever coed Collegiate Arm Wrestling League Championships, students from Rutgers defeated students from Penn State 80-30 in fast-paced, exciting matches televised on ESPNU. James Warta from Penn State won three of his four matches as did Marinos Pylarinos, a junior at Rutgers University. Rutgers’ students Miranda Previte and Elizabeth Osborne piled up the points for their team known as Jersey Notorious ARM with Miranda winning all four of her matches and Elizabeth winning 3 out of 4 matches. Each match is worth five points.

Daniela Pazmino (left) of Penn State holds on against Miranda Previte of Rutgers

Daniela Pazmino (left) of Penn State holds on against Miranda Previte of Rutgers

Going into the triple bonus round where the teams can win 30 points, Rutgers students were leading 50-30. In the bonus round each team selects its best male and female arm wrestler to represent them. Jersey Notorious ARM selected Marino’s Pylarinos and Miranda Previte while the Penn State (Penn Pride) students selected James Warta and Mary Haskins. In an exciting finish both Marino’s and Miranda won their bonus-round matches, and the students from Rutgers moved on to the finals to be aired on ESPN U May 27 at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT. Rutgers students will play the winner of the match between the students of UConn (The Connecticut Wrecking Crew) and Syracuse Students (New York Crush) to be aired 7 p.m. ET Tuesday, May 20 on ESPNU.

Read more here:  Rutgers’ Students Defeat Penn State Students in Coed Arm Wrestling Semifinals 

TRANSCRIPT: Sports Nation Chat with “CAWL to Arms” Jessie Godderz


Pro wrestler Jessie Godderz serves as co-host of ESPNU’s new “CAWL to Arms.”
Welcome to SportsNation! On Tuesday, professional wrestler and former reality TV star Jessie Godderz stops by to chat about hosting ESPNU’s new arm wrestling show “CAWL to Arms.”
The new College Arm Wrestling League debuts on ESPNU Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET. In the first season, teams from Rutgers, Penn State, UConn and Syracuse compete with four-member teams (two men, two women) in a bracket-style tournament.

Godderz, @MrPEC_Tacular, appears on Spike TV’s “Impact Wrestling” as Mr. PEC-Tacular. He also starred on the reality TV show “Big Brother” during seasons 10 and 11.
Send your questions now and join Godderz Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET!
More Special Guests: Previous chats | SportsNation

Buzzmaster (2:51 PM)

Mr. PEC-Tacular himself, Jessie Godderz, will be here at the top of the hour to take your questions!

Buzzmaster (3:01 PM)

We’ve got Mr. PEC-Tacular!

Damiano (Hartford)

How much of arm wrestling is technique versus strength and size. You are obviously huge, could a much smaller person beat a bigger person with better technique?

Jessie Godderz (3:02 PM)

I would say it’s 80 percent skill and technique and I would easily venture to say that someone who is smaller than me with good technique could beat me, even though I have 20-inch arms.

Jordie (New York)

Did you get to hang out with these students off camera? How was that?

Jessie Godderz (3:03 PM)

Yes I did. They were energetic, outgoing college students. There was a lot of joking around.

Barry (Mauldin)

We see everyone from celebrities like Jimmy Fallon or politicians like Rob Ford to just regular folks arm-wrestling all the time. What do you think it is that people enjoy most about arm-wrestling? Is it a primal thing?

Jessie Godderz (3:04 PM)

I would say it’s a competition that can happen anywhere at any time. Things can be settled by just pulling up a table and duking it out with an old fashioned arm wrestling match.

Jonathan (New York)

How soon into the show do you take off your shirt?

Jessie Godderz (3:04 PM)

I did it immediately…but do they air it? That’s up to them.

Candy Straight (Bloomfield)

Jessie,What surprised you the most about the students and their arm wrestling skill.

Jessie Godderz (3:05 PM)

How quickly they actually picked up on different tips that the referee gave them. Because they are division I athletes, they are smart. They picked up on it and used it even quicker in the matches. It’s a huge chess match in some of the contests.

Rob (New York)

I know that you’re a Professional Bodybuilder and a Professional Wrestler. Is the training in the gym similar for those sports as it is for Arm Wrestling?

Jessie Godderz (3:06 PM)

I don’t think so. They have to do a lot more forearm and rotator cuff exercises. For me, it’s just muscle building to complete my physique and keep it symmetrical.

Maree (Greenville)

Do you think it changes the team dynamic to have men and women working cooperatively on the same arm wrestling team? If so, how?

Jessie Godderz (3:07 PM)

I think everybody played off each other very well and upped the stakes, for the guys trying to impress the girls and vise versa. They became a close knit group and as competitors. Just like any other team. But having this co-ed college sport, other than mixed doubles in tennis, I can’t think of anything else that has co-ed competitors on the same team. That in itself was awesome for the sport and the show.

Dale Money (Canada)

Hey Jessie would you come back for a Big Brother All Stars 2Thanks!

Jessie Godderz (3:08 PM)

If asked, I would definitely like to come back for All Stars 2, but right now I’m focused on my wrestling career.
Jessie Godderz (3:08 PM)
But, yeah, I’d love to.

John (New Providence, NJ)

How would professional wrestling experience help in an arm wrestling competition?

Jessie Godderz (3:08 PM)
I would be able to trash talk all the way up until they say grip it and rip it.
Jessie Godderz (3:09 PM)
Then I would hope that my 20-inch arms would take care of the rest.
Jessie Godderz (3:09 PM)
Then after that, if I don’t win, I’d throw a mean knuckle sandwich.

Russ (Philadelphia)

I’ve seen Noah Coslov broadcast basketball games before, how was he with arm wrestling? I’d imagine it’s pretty different!

Jessie Godderz (3:09 PM)
Nothing but utmost professionalism. He did awesome. I was happy to be alongside him.

Nanny (Boston)

How do you think you would do against these college students?

Jessie Godderz (3:10 PM)
I would beat every single one of them.
Jessie Godderz (3:10 PM)
You meant the girls, right?

Ryan Indiana University [via mobile]
Jessie, what’s the last arm wrestling match you had? Who won?

Jessie Godderz (3:11 PM)
This is a true story. I beat a nine year old. FACT! I told him I can’t lose to you.

Horace (Tampa, Florida)
What was it like working with “Tara”? She’s so talented and beautiful.

Jessie Godderz (3:12 PM)
She is just as outstanding as Noah. I had to step my game up and try to keep professional as they were, even though I’m a goofball. I know they fed off the energy the kids had. It made our jobs that much easier.

JamaBJamaica (Minnesota) [via mobile]
What in your opinion has been your biggest accomplish? ~Stay Pectacular~

Jessie Godderz (3:14 PM)
This had to be up there. But I’m so blessed. Every project I have ever worked on just keeps getting better and better. I’ve worked on so many great things.

Mark Costello (Rochester NY)
How did the women arm wrestlers do?

Jessie Godderz (3:14 PM)
I would say they were more fierce and competitive than some of the guys, hands down.

Jessie Godderz (3:14 PM)
Not one of the girls didn’t give 110 percent.

Kayla (New Jersey)
When trying to win an arm wrestling match, which is more important: strength or strategy?

Jessie Godderz (3:15 PM)
Coming from the tips that Jim gave, you have to know your competitor, because some may go for a flash, a quick pin. You need to be able to absorb that and then counter it by dipping your shoulder. Depending on who you’re going against would determine your strategy for each match.

Chris (DC)
how was it hosting versus starring?

Jessie Godderz (3:16 PM)
Sometimes the host still stars in the show.

Jamaica (Minnesota) [via mobile]
Is there anything you don’t do?? Seriously, it seems like MrPEC_Tacular does everything!!

Jessie Godderz (3:17 PM)
Truer words have never been spoken.

Jessie Godderz (3:17 PM)
The money is in the mail.

Jessie Godderz (3:18 PM)
Definitely watch the show tonight. The kids are what make the show exciting. Their natural, raw competitiveness takes a normal show to the next level. Seeing the stands and the fans, give so much energy. Those are the kids that have the same amount of energy as if it were a big time college football, basketball game. It’s because of the kids, that makes the show. I had such an awesome time. Everything they did in those couple of days.

Jessie Godderz (3:21 PM)
And Noah, Tara, everyone, from top to bottom. There was no other show like it that I’ve done.

Buzzmaster (3:21 PM)
Thanks for chatting Jessie!

Chat with Mr. PEC-Tacular Jessie Godderz on ESPN’s SportsNation




ESPN’s SportsNation has announced professional wrestler and former reality TV star Jessie Godderz will be stopping by SportsNation on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 3 pm ET to chat about hosting ESPNU’s new arm wrestling show CAWL to Arms.

You may send your questions now and join Jessie on Tuesday, May 13  as he tells everyone all about the College Arm Wrestling League Championships which air Tuesday evening, May 13, 2014 at 7 pm ET on ESPNU!


Guys & Girls Grip It & Rip it for College Arm Wrestling Championship

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