The 2017 Odd Haugen Strength Classic
North American Continental MAS Wrestling Championship
All athletes competing in MAS Wrestling ONLY must be current members of MAS Wrestling USA. NAS members
competing in Odd Haugen California Strongman Challenge are not required to join MAS Wrestling USA.
Weight Divisions are: Light Weight Women (LWW) -143lb (U65kg); Middle Weight Woman (MWW) - 181lb
(U82.5kg); Open Women (OW) 181lb and above; Light Weight Men (LWM) -176lb (U80kg); Middle Weight Men
(MWM) -231lb (U105kg); Open Men (OM) 232lb and above. Weight categories with 2 or less athletes merged with
next higher weight category; weight categories with 3-5 athletes conducted in Round Robin format; and weight
categories with 6 or more athletes conducted in a Double Elimination format to be determined based on number of
athletes competing in a weight category.
AWARDS: 1st – 3rd in each weight category
ENTRY FEES: MAS Wrestling ONLY $30.00 (or $60.00 non-member including 1 year membership)
ENTRY FORM: 2017 North American Continental MAS Wrestling Registration Form (Strongman competitors compete for FREE). MAS Wrestling USA Membership Form
Expo admission fee of $25 per day is WAIVED for registered athletes
ENTRY DEADLINE: August 10, 2017 (Tournament Seeding will be by random draw)
HOTEL: Click here
Schedule of Events:
Friday August 25, 2017
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Weigh-in and check in and Strongman Corporation/NAS Registration Odd Haugen Northern California Strongman Challenge, Visegrip Viking Armlifting Challenge and North American Continental MAS Wrestling Championship.
Saturday August 26, 2017
9:00 AM: Late weigh-in and check in and Strongman Corporation/NAS Registration Odd Haugen Northern California Strongman Challenge, Visegrip Viking Armlifting Challenge and North American Continental MAS Wrestling Championship.
9:30AM: Rules Meeting - Athletes and officials
12:30PM: Combat MAS™ - North American Continental MAS Wrestling Championship
Athletes will compete in double elimination type tournament (exact format to be determined based on number
athletes entered in each weight category). Each match is best two of three bouts, athletes are matched based on
random Lots. Trophies to top three in each weight category, and the opportunity to compete in International
Sunday August 27, 2017
9:30 AM: Rules Meeting - Athletes and officials
3:00 PM: Final Rounds - North American Continental MAS Wrestling Championship
4:00 PM: Strength Challenge, Visegrip Viking and MAS Wrestling Championship Award Ceremony
Schedule subject to refinement and change without notice.
MAS wrestling is an ancient sport from Yakutia (far northern region of the Russian Republic of Sakha). Athletes sit in front of each other, prop their feet against the board that divides the competition arena and pull on a short stick. The athlete that is assigned RED side (based on random draw) chooses the stick hold position (internal or external for the first match), and the one who chooses the external hold, shows his position (left or right) and has no right to change it. In second match the grip is reversed/switched (internal/external), and if third match is necessary, a blind draw of a ball (red or blue) is conducted (drawn by BLUE side) and the color drawn determine choice of stick position. The stick must be over the board and parallel to it, hands and fingers are not to overlap. Match starts on Referee’s signal.
An athlete wins the match if he/his:
- pulls (snatches out) the stick;
- pulls the opponent over with the stick;
- opponent releases a hand (hands);
- opponent moves one or two feet over the board higher than knee level; OR
- opponent gets second caution in single match.
Cautions are given for:
- hooking and resting the stick and/or arms against the board and/or toes;
- twisting the stick over 90 degrees vertically and horizontally;
- re-gripping and twisting the stick before start;
- disobeying the Referee’s orders before start;
- false start; OR
- setting feet, body or head against the lateral device fastening the board;
No Contest is declared if:
- the stick breaks; OR
- athletes fall together and are not able to continue the match.
Best two of three Bouts win the Match. Weight categories with 2 or less athletes merged with next higher weight
category; weight categories with 3-5 athletes conducted in Round Robin format; and weight categories with 6 or
more athletes conducted in Double Elimination A-B format. Each Match is best two of three Bouts, and carry along Points
as follows: Win 2-0 and receive 3 Points; win 2-1 and receive 2 Points; lose 1-2 and receive 1 Point; and lose
0-2 and receive NO Points.
Detailed Combat Rules found at http://maswrestlingusa.com/wp/abridged-mas-usa-combat-rules-athletes
See it in action: YouTube Video
The rules explained: YouTube Video
Disciplines order, weight and rules are subject to refinement and change without notice.