30 Apr 2014

This Day in Armwrestling History... APRIL DATES

On April 1st, 2014, a new daily feature began on the Armwrestlers Only Facebook page. Each day, information relating to the history of armwrestling is posted. The posts may relate to tournaments, pullers, organizations, etc. but they always relate to the calendar date. Each month, the information will be archived on the Armwrestlers Only website. Below are the posts related to the month of April.

April 1st, 1995

The sixth edition of the Golden Bear International Tournament is held in Moscow. Though the U.S. and Canada had been dominating this competition since the inaugural event in 1990, it was clear that the tide was beginning to turn. Pullers from Russia and other former members of the Soviet Republic were catching up to their North American counterparts, having had a few years to learn the sport and train for it correctly. In subsequent years (1996-1999), Eastern Europeans won the majority of weight classes.

April 2nd, 2005

The Battle of the Giants IV is held in Albany, Georgia. The Battle of the Giants had quickly become one of the biggest annual tournaments in the southeastern U.S. since it was first run in 2002. The fourth edition of the event has a large turnout with 195 total entries. Legendary puller Ron Bath wins four classes. Only Dave Randall was able to stop him from winning a fifth!

April 3rd, 1999

A young Travis Bagent shows signs of a promising future, winning both the novice and open super-heavyweight divisions of the Virginia State Armwrestling Championships.