Hi Ryan - how long have you been armwrestling?
My first tournament was in June of 1997.
How did you get started?
I entered a small tournament in a bar in my hometown. After I won my right arm I returned to that little bar two weeks later for the finals which I had qualified for. Miles Wolko was running these tournaments and talked me into pulling with both arms and I won... Miles got me training with him and talked me into going to my first nationals in September of 1997 where I placed dead last. I guess he wanted to see if I could handle losing.
What happened next?
I kept training and entered tournaments whenever possible. I won my first armwrestling trophy at the 1998 Northwestern Ontario Armwrestling Championships where I placed 2nd with the right arm. What a feeling that was. It was a long road until I won anything that any accomplished puller would be proud of.
What have you done since then?
Since then I have trained hard and continually set new goals for myself. The first tournament I won was a small circuit tournament in Saskatchewan where I won both arms after bringing ALL of my much more experienced opponents back from a losing position. Now the wins are coming a lot more frequently than the losses... and the room I keep my trophies in is starting to fill up.
Well what exactly
have you won all over the world?
& State Titles:
1999 Manitoba Provincial Championships - 1st right & left
1999 North Dakota State Armwrestling Championships - 1st left
2000 Manitoba Provincial Championships - 1st left
North Dakota State Armwrestling Championships - 1st right & left
Manitoba Provincial Championships - 1st right & left
2001 - World Police & Fire Games, Wrist Wrestling - lst right (no left
offered) (Indianapolis, Indiana).
(It took me four years of attending nationals to achieve this.)
2000 Bucks Roadhouse Pro-Am - 1st left pro
2000 First Nations Winter Celebration Pro-Am - 1st left pro
2001 Bucks Roadhouse Pro-Am - 1st right & left pro
2001 First Nations Winter Celebration Pro-Am - 1st right & left pro
2001 Fort Randall Hotel & Casino, Wagner, SD. "Armwrestle 3"
Pro-Am - 1st left pro
days a week in the gym, one or two days a week at home with specialized
equipment for Armwrestling. I get as much table time as I possibly can and try
to hit at least one tournament a month.
someone with some experience to practice with, enter a tournament whether you
think you are ready or not, and stick with it.
experience with armwrestling:
Making new friends across Canada and the USA. I recently have been attending more US tournaments and have always been welcomed. I love pulling down there and I love seeing my friends at nationals every year.
Thank you Ryan,
President - Manitoba Armwrestling Association and
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