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NJ.com: ASBURY PARK – “Grip it and rip it!”

Those were the words Referee Jim Bryan shouted before college students faced off at the first-ever College Arm Wrestling League, called CAWL to Arms, held at The Stone Pony on Sunday.

Co-ed teams of six, including two alternates, were vying for a spot at the championships. Syracuse University competed against University of Connecticut, while Penn State University competed against Rutgers University. The winners from each bracket will arm wrestle on Monday for the championship title and grand prize of $10,000. The competition was taped for ESPNU and ESPN2, where the results will be announced.

Rutgers junior Miranda Previte, of Morristown, said she wanted to participate to show that women could compete at the same level as men. “I wanted to show that just because I’m little doesn’t mean that I can’t be strong,” Previte said. Although the team has only met together for about a week, Previte said her experience as a rugby player helped her feel confident going into the rounds. “Going into it I felt trained and prepared,” she said.

As for the competition being held in New Jersey, Previte said that added a sense of urgency to win. “It’s my turf I have to defend it,” Previte said. “It was really great to have a huge Rutgers family here.”

JessieGodderzJessie Godderz, also known as Mr. PEC-Tacular, co-hosted the show. Godderz is a professional wrestler for Impact Wrestling on SPIKE TV and was a two-time contestant on Big Brother. “I was so stoked to do this project,” he said. “Everything completely exceeded my expectations.” Godderz also said he was impressed by the contestants. “These college students brought it. It was a lot of fun,” he said. “Their sportsmanship is unmatched.”

While the taping sometimes had its lull moments, Godderz and another host told jokes, and at one point took off his shirt and arm-wrestled to keep the crowd going. “I’ll just ham it up no matter what,” Godderz said. “Especially if all I’ve got to do is take my shirt off, I get paid for that. It was inevitable it was going to happen.”

Show creator Rob “Bucky” Buchalter said he developed the idea after creating a separate show that never aired. That show, named Big Men on Campus, was expected to focus on strength and endurance for arch rival colleges, including an arm-wrestling event. Buchalter said instead, they decided on a spin off focusing solely on the arm wrestling element. NYC Brand Productions in association with Dutch Productions took on the project. “As a result it became even more popular as a concept,” Buchalter said, adding that it appealed to everyone, not just men.

To compete on CAWL to Arms, students had to submit a video or attend at casting calls on campus. “We picked and chose teams that we thought were equal and that would be most competitive and we brought them here,” Buchalter said. “They’ve done a phenomenal, phenomenal job.”

Buchalter said they had to keep budget in mind, which is why they chose schools in the vicinity of New York. The Stone Pony was ultimately chosen as the taping location because the producers wanted to bring a feel-good type of event to the region in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Buchalter said. “I am honored, privileged, it’s a dream come true,” he said. “Next year we’re hoping to expand it to eight schools.”

Buchalter also emphasized that CAWL to Arms was not a reality show. “This is a sports show, a sports competition show, about a brand-new sport college arm wrestling,” he said. “There are no reality show elements at all and ESPN told us specifically that’s not what they wanted.”

Harlem, N.Y. resident Marley Akonnor, who is a senior at Penn State, said he didn’t do any training beyond his normal power-lifting regime before the competition. “It’s something I’ve never done before and it’s really intricate. I really like one-on-one sports and individual sports because I feel like those are the ultimate test … the training, the success or the failure is ultimately on your shoulders,” Akonnor said. “I think it was a wonderful experience and I’m glad I took the time out to do it.”

Bryan, the referee, has been arm wrestling for roughly 15 years, won four world championships and arm wrestled on five continents for Team U.S.A. “Everyone is getting a fair shot, even if I’ve trained you before, I’m going to hold you to the same standards,” Bryan said. Before the competition, Bryan gave the students some training to learn proper techniques to prevent injuries and to help them exert more power. “It’s one-on-one when you’re up on that table,” Bryan said. “In front of everyone cheering, screaming, there’s nothing like it.”

Bryan said the students wanted to win so they wouldn’t let their team or school down. “Rivalries are great motivators that make you train harder,” Bryan said. “Regardless of the future outcome, anything that makes you train harder is a good thing, especially in today’s society.”

CAWL to Arms will air on ESPNU on May 13, 2014, and on ESPN2 on July 16, 2014, where the winners will be announced.

By Ashley Peskoe/NJ.com

The best exercise for winning an arm-wrestling contest

Men's HealthAccording to Men’s Health magazine, here is the best exercise for winning an arm-wrestling contest:

“The overgrip chinup works your forearms (which will give you a strong grip and wrist strength) as well as your biceps and back (to help you pull your opponent’s arm down).

 
Do this: Perform a regular chinup using an underhand grip, but use a bar that’s at least 2 inches in diameter. The side of a power rack works well—or simply wrap a towel around a normal-size bar. Do one to three sets of as many repetitions as you can.”

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“IMPACT WRESTLING” Superstar MR. PEC-Tacular Set to Co-Host College Arm Wrestling Championship

CAWL To Arms Hosts Announced

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Noah Coslov and Tara Petrolino

Noah Coslov and Tara Petrolino

PRLog (Press Release)Nov. 11, 2013ASBURY 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.

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