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

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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.

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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!

What Muscles Should You Train in Preparation for Arm Wrestling?


The consensus of opinion varies quite a bit, and we have included some of the most popular views.

CAWLToArms_JimBryanW_UConnTeamIt won’t take long for one to learn from an online search that there are two major camps when it comes to which muscles to train in order to be a superior arm wrestler.

One camp stresses the obvious: hands, forearms, biceps & triceps and deltoid muscles. The other camp advocates the best training for arm wrestling is to focus on the entire upper body muscles, including chest and stomach muscles. Some go further and talk about strengthening leg muscles as well.

Official CAWL To Arms Referee, Jim Bryan, recently worked with each of the CAWL To Arms teams to prepare them for the inaugural tournament. During their sessions, Jim emphasized “Arm wrestling is a combination of strength, leverage and technique. Competitors are only as strong as their weakest link. If their hand and wrist cannot support their

arm strength, applying too much power will cause the competitor to lose any hand and wrist advantage. Conversely, if the hand and wrist are superior, but the bicep and shoulder strength are lacking, you will probably be pinned while maintaining your strong hand position. It takes a combination of strength throughout the entire upper body to become successful. You can only apply as much pressure as your shoulder, arm, wrist and hand can support. Once the strength limit is exceeded, the form and technique fail and usually the competitor will be defeated.

There’s one thing, however, they all agree on. Not doing any training at all will most likely result in not only a loss, but a possible injury as well. Like all sports, the best conditioning is necessary to provide satisfactory results, especially a victory!


Students compete in inaugural CAWL to Arms arm wrestling tournament


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.

by Ian Romaker – Contributing Writer, DailyOrange.com

College students compete in arm wrestling contest at The Stone Pony


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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

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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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