Salt Lake City to Host 2008 US Armwrestling National Championships


The United States Armwrestling Federation’s (USAF) 2008 Unified National Championship will be held in Salt Lake City on August 1-3, 2008 at the Red Lion Hotel, hosted by BTB Armwrestling. This is the only qualifying tournament and will bring armwrestlers from all over the country.

First and second place finishers in each division will earn a spot on the U.S. team at the World Armwrestling Federation (WAF) World Championships being held later this year. The divisions for both men and women are Senior (Open), Junior (under 18), Disabled, Master (over 40), Grand Master (over 50), and for the first time Sub-Junior (under 12) will compete in Salt Lake City.

“Utah has always been admired by the armwrestling world because the greatest armwrestler in the world John Brzenk lives in Utah,” said Bill Collins, United States Armwrestling Federation. “John is a Delta Air Lines mechanic from Sandy, and is known throughout the world as the Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods of armwrestling because he’s currently in the Guinness World Book of Records as the most successful armwrestler in history.”

Other armwrestling world champions living in Utah are Bob Brown and Kevin Bongard. Brown moved from New Jersey in 1993 just to train with Brzenk and now owns the bar “Cheers to You” in Salt Lake City. Bongard lives in Liberty and is a hunting guide for large game animals.

“I am very much honored to host this event. I love the sport and the people in it,” Brown said. “I only hope I can help send the best armwrestlers the U.S. has to offer to the 2008 World Championships.”

This sport has the best athletes in the world because they all compete for the love of the sport. Armwrestling has had its difficulty getting the interest of major sponsors and therefore the prize money that can be won cannot support one’s life, so all the athletes travel with little to no sponsorship and train everyday just for the love of armwrestling.

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Watch local armwrestlers training for nationals.