Vazgen, tell, please, about the American Nationals.
– The USA National Championship was held in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Tahoe is a magnificent place, one of the highest mountain lakes in the world. It is also a winter sports resort and a popular tourist center. Athletes from almost every state arrived to compete at Nationals. Many of them were chasing a spot in the Team USA. The number of participants is not so big (250 entries), many American armwrestlers compete in pro leagues are engaged in those tournaments.
What fight as for you was the most entertaining?
– One of the most entertaining fights to my mind were Herman Stevens vs Michael Vaz in absolute championship and Robert Baxter vs Scot Mendelson in Masters 100+kg.
There were also many breathtaking fights, many armwrestlers deserved props! I believe Herman Stevens had the best performance at this National Championship. He tried to cut down to 90 kg, but could not make weight, then asked him to put in 110 kg class. Then he could win 1st place. He also won absolute championship right handed.
You are the absolute champion of your category. How do you feel during the fights?
– I won 1st place in 70 kg right and left. Of course, I'll compete at the World Championship right arm only. I had no serious competition at the Nationals, I reserved my place in the Team USA. This means a great honor and responsibility, I'll put more and more efforts to represent the United States well at the World Championship in Budapest, Hungary.
See you in Hungary!