Arm wrestling is taken a lot more seriously than many people might expect. There is even a collegiate tournament dedicated to the sport.
“I do it to gain experience, compete, to maintain my physical regime and to be healthy and fit,” said Nicholas Leonardis, a senior art history major. “At the same time, I wish to experience personal development as a man by using the dedication and discipline that goes into every aspect of my life here on the arm wrestling mat.”
On Nov. 17, Leonardis, along with five teammates, competed in the inaugural CAWL to Arms Tournament in Asbury Park, N.J. The event was hosted by the College Arm Wrestling League, an organization that gathers college students from around the Northeast area to arm wrestle competitively. The tournament will air on ESPN2 and ESPNU in April, May and July of 2014. The winning team gets a $10,000 grand prize.
Four schools were invited to the event: Rutgers University, the University of Connecticut, Pennsylvania State University and Syracuse University. Each team consisted of six members (three men, three women) and Syracuse faced UConn on Sunday at 1:15 p.m. Because the tournament doesn’t air until 2014, results are not yet publicly available.
“It’s been an experience of a lifetime to be able to represent Syracuse on ESPN,” Michelle Carazas, a junior entrepreneurship and marketing major, said in an email. “I learned it’s not about your size when you arm wrestle, but rather your technique.”
Technique, along with training, plays a vital role in the sport, Leonardis said.
As an aspiring Olympic weightlifter, Leonardis already had the strength — he said he hopes to be considered among bodybuilding greats like Arnold Schwarzenegger when “it’s all said and done.” But since arm wrestling is more than a simple duel between two people, he said, there was a lot he had to learn.
He first picked up the hobby when a representative from CAWL contacted him, gauging his interest in the sport. He then acquired the appropriate gear — regulation tables, pads, handles and a set of rules — and formed a practice regimen. He soon learned that the sport, in addition to attaining his own physical goals, takes up a lot of his time.
Eventually he developed a technique that catered to his upper body strength. He uses the shoulder roll, which involves flexing the shoulder and leaning sideways to decrease the surface area between the shoulder and the table.
Aside from training, he also focused on his diet to prepare for the competition. Leonardis said he uses three main supplements after he works out: creatine, multivitamins and fish oil. He said fish oil is the most important because it’s helpful for the recovery of joints. Leonardis said he took his preparation so seriously because the Syracuse team is relatively new to competition.
“We wanted to get a sense of what our team needs to do to compete and do our best against other schools,” he said. “These kids are active, have a lot of technique, and we feel our team was least experienced coming into this tournament.”
Even with little experience as a team, members were excited to be invited to the first-ever CAWL tournament. Eileen Bell, a senior finance and entrepreneurship major, said she made some great connections at the tournament with her teammates, and also with the opposing athletes.
“I never imagined I would be representing Syracuse University in an arm wrestling competition, but I have learned so much and have met some remarkable people that truly made this experience one to remember,” Bell said in an email.
Other Syracuse team members include: Steve Zavilensky, a junior health and exercise science major; Kelly Sheptock, a freshman communication and rhetorical studies major; and Kevin Mata, a senior health and exercise science major.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRLog (Press Release) – Nov. 11, 2013 – ASBURY PARK, N.J. — CineSport’s Host and Managing Editor Noah Coslov and popular sportscaster Tara Petrolino will host the inaugural season of NYC Brand Production’s new co-ed College Arm Wrestling League show, “CAWL to Arms” which pits teams of students from rival colleges in exciting and grueling matches to determine the most powerful male and female college arm wrestlers in America. “CAWL to Arms” will air on ESPNU and ESPN2 beginning in 2014.
According to “CAWL to Arms” creator, Rob “Bucky” Buchalter, “we are thrilled to have Noah Coslov and Tara Petrolino on board to host our first College Arm Wrestling League Championship series. As a new collegiate sport, we could not be in more capable hands. Noah and Tara both have a wealth of experience; they understand the competitive edge and mental conditioning it takes to win.”
As Host and Managing Editor for CineSport, Coslov serves as the face of the largest online network of original sports video content. Noah hosts and reports for over 500 sites including the Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer and Los Angeles Times, plus signature programs on Hulu. He has covered the biggest sports events in the country, from the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals and Stanley Cup to the BCS National Championship Game and Final Four.
Petrolino is a seasoned sportscaster, writer and television host covering over 100 live sporting events both in the booth and on the sidelines for Fox College Sports, MSG, MSG Varsity, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and BigEast.tv. Most recently, she covered the National High School Invitational for ESPNU and ESPN2 and the 2013 Big East Men and Women’s basketball tournaments for BigEast.tv. During the 2011 and 2012 WNBA seasons, Petrolino served as play-by-play announcer on New York Liberty broadcasts seen on NBATV, MSG+, WNBA.com and ESPN3.
The first “CAWL to Arms” arm wrestling match-ups include students from Penn State versus students from Rutgers and students from University of Connecticut versus students from Syracuse University. The winning teams from those match-ups will face each other in a final Sudden Death round to determine the 2014 “CAWL To Arms” Grand Champions. The winning team members will share a $10,000 cash prize.
Filming for the competition takes place Nov. 17-18, 2013 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, N.J.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Coed Students Wanted for New College Arm Wrestling Championship
Male and female students from Penn State, Rutgers, UConn and Syracuse University will compete for $10,000 Grand Prize in first College Arm Wrestling League Grand Championship at Asbury Park’s famed Stone Pony
NEW YORK CITY, Sept. 23, 2013 – NYC Brand Productions is pleased to announce its new, action-packed, adrenaline-inducing sports show “The College Arm Wrestling League…CAWL To Arms” in which, according to show creator Rob “Bucky” Buchalter, “teams of collegiate students from rival schools around the country face one another in exciting and grueling matches to determine the most powerful male and female college arm wrestlers in America.” Filming for the competition takes place Nov. 17-18, 2013 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, N.J.
The first “CAWL to Arms” match-ups include students from Penn State versus students from Rutgers and students from University of Connecticut versus students from Syracuse University. The winning teams from those match-ups will face each other in a final round to determine the 2014 “CAWL To Arms” Grand Champions. The winning team members will share a $10,000 cash prize.
NYC Brand Productions is currently in pre-production for “CAWL to Arms”; Buchalter explains, “We are actively recruiting students from Penn State, Rutgers, Syracuse U. and UConn. to participate in our inaugural Championship season. We are looking for men and women from all four universities who are competitive and who believe they have what it takes to be arm wrestling champions.” Students who are interested in participating can complete an online application at http://cawltoarms.com and submit a video detailing why they should be chosen as a contestant. The deadline for submission is Oct. 14, 2013.
“NYC Brand Productions is thrilled to have Asbury Park’s The Stone Pony serve as our host venue. It has been nearly a year since Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Jersey Shore, and this production reinforces that Asbury Park and the Jersey Shore are back in business and ‘Jersey Strong,’” explains Candace Straight, lifelong New Jersey resident and NYC Brand Productions’ partner. The Stone Pony, internationally famous for its rich rock-n-roll history, has been a Jersey Shore institution for nearly four decades. According to Straight, “Asbury Park’s The Stone Pony has been instrumental in the launch of many careers, and we are pleased to have them involved in the launch of our new sports show.”
The show will air on ESPNU and ESPN2 beginning in 2014.
About NYC BRAND PRODUCTIONS: NYC BRAND PRODUCTIONS is a New York-based full-service company dedicated to producing high quality, original television, Internet, video and live theatrical shows. NYC BRAND PRODUCTIONS is in post-production on its first scripted drama “Tainted Dreams.” For more information on “Tainted Dreams” visit www.tainteddreamstheseries.com. For more information on NYC BRAND PRODUCTIONS, visit http://nycbrandproductions.com.
Contact: Maree Blackston
NYC BRAND PRODUCTIONS is excited to start production on CAWL To Arms, an action-packed sports show, scheduled to take place in Asbury Park, New Jersey in November of 2013, and air in May of 2014 on ESPNU and in July of 2014 on ESPN2.
The world-renowned Stone Pony helped launch the careers of the legendary Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi, and now helps launch…ESPN’s CAWL To Arms!
Think you have what it takes to compete?
Inaugural season of CAWL To Arms
We’re very pleased to announce that the exciting inaugural season of CAWL To Arms will be airing EXCLUSIVELY on the ESPN Family of Networks at these dates & times:
Tues, May 13, 2014, 7:00pm
Tues, May 20, 2014, 7:00pm
Tues, May 27, 2014, 7:00pm
Mon, July 7, 2014, 8:00pm
(In a special 90 minute, 3-episode back-to-back marathon!)