Michigan State Armwrestling Championship

Arm wrestling is increasing in popularity and is practiced mostly among young people as a recreational or professional sport. Think you got what it takes to be the Armwrestling Champion of Michigan?

Come test your strength at the annual Michigan State Armwrestling Championship!

Run by longtime director Steve Pettis, there are often up to 300 competitors.

This is a team event. 12 arms max, must train together, must return belt the next year.

Michigan State Armwrestling Championship

MI Arms is the premier Armwrestling organization in Michigan.  The MI Arms team are 3 time National Champions (2007, 2012, 2014).

They have groups of pullers in the Detroit, South West, Flint, Saginaw, Cadillac, Grand Rapids, St. Ignace, Kalamazoo areas.

Michigan State Armwrestling Championship

In the sport of armwrestling, there are 3 basic moves: the roll, hook and press. In the roll, an athlete tries to gain an advantage by rolling over an opponent’s wrist to weaken their grip. The hook is about bicep-to-bicep power with athletes using different angles to gain power. In the press, the athlete gets his or her whole shoulder into the move forward. It can be difficult for shorter competitors.

Arms do break: And when they do, it’s usually right above the elbow. If a shoulder and the arm stay on the same plane the athlete is probably going to be OK. The injury is officially called a spiral fracture of the shaft of the humerus, due to excessive torque in an arm-wrestling match.

Come check out this event!

Cleve Dean (far right)

What:          Michigan Armwrestling Championship

When:         Saturday, June 03, 2023

Where:        Kellogg Arena (1 McCamly Square, Battle Creek, MI)

Contact:      tournament director Steve Pettis (Galesburg, MI) 269-757-394 or email at [email protected] and [email protected]







Michigan State Armwrestling Championship
Michigan State Armwrestling Championship

armwrestler Cleve Dean ‘Over the Top’ action figure

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