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|CAWL to Arms kicked off its inaugural season Photos by Suzanne Curry|
But indeed, these are the words used to begin each exciting match at the College Arm Wrestling League, a far cry from the bar room matches in back rooms at local watering holes.
CAWL to Arms will air on ESPN beginning May 13, 2014. According to the website, it's a "unique, action packed, adrenaline-inducing co-ed sport in which teams of students from around the country face one another in exciting and grueling matches to find the most powerful". The winning team gets not just the glory of a winning title but also $10,000 in cash.
Stone Pony in Asbury Park NJ. It was a hot, foggy night but inside the message was clear: this is the ground floor of a sport ready to sweep the nation.
The excitement filled the room, but I know the people watching, and even the contestants, didn't quite know what they were in for.
|Behind the Scenes at the CAWL to Arms at the Stone Pony|
But looks don't mean everything as we were soon to find out. The muscle men did not over always overpower their svelter counterparts. And noticeable triceps on the females did not always work on their tinier pony-tailed opponents. There is skill involved in this, people, technique and skill.
|The RU Wrestlers were pumped and ready|
CAWL to Arms is produced by NYC Brand Productions, producers of the Emmy-nominated Tainted Dreams. It was created by Sonia Blangiardo and Rob Buchalter. This league is about professionalizing the sport at a new level.
"I am very excited about this sport," stated Candace Straight, one of the producers of CAWL to Arms. She said, "Not only is it action-packed and fun to watch, but it brings male and female students together on the same team. Collegiate sports, whether at the club level or varsity teach youmg people how to compete and also work together. To work as a team while competing is valuable experience... that they can bring with them as they begin their careers after college."
The first bout pits Rutgers vs Penn State... is it a hint of what's to come with these two new BIG TEN rivals? University of Connecticut and Syracuse University round out this first challenge.
Tune in to find out, and come back to www.SuzeeBehindtheScenes.com for more stats and coverage of this Jersey-grown league.
Schedule on ESPN (EST)
May 13, 2014 - 7:00-7:30pm
May 20, 2014 - 7:00-7:30pm
May 27, 2014 - 7:00-8:00pm
A two-hour marathon will be aired in July on ESPN 2. Stay here for details.
For more info on CAWL to Arms visit: http://cawltoarms.com/
For a look at at Tainted Dreams visit: http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2014/01/interview-behind-scenes-look-at-soap.html
Article by Suzanne Ordas Curry