Angela Matthews


NICKNAME: Jamrock
HEIGHT: 5’6”
WEIGHT: 198 LBS.

Angela Matthews

NICKNAME: Jamrock

HEIGHT: 5’6”

WEIGHT: 198 LBS.

AGE: 32

LEVER LENGTH: 17 ½  

HOMETOWN: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

FAVORITE ARM-WRESTLING TECHNIQUE: Reading the table & never giving up without a fight.  

RIVALRIES: Lizzy Sack

YEARS COMPETING IN THE SPORT: 6 ½ Months

FAMILY: I am a single mother of one awesome little boy…..who drives me bananas. Only girl out of 6 kids plus I am the baby of the family……Spoiled. Yes.

HOBBIES: Rugby, Football, Charity Events, Bowling, Learning about all types of history, traveling, hair product junkie, and boxing.  

FAVORITE TRAINING TECHNIQUE: Attacking new obstacles, learning new things.

EMPLOYMENT: Case Manager & Advocate with Milwaukee County for Welfare and Public Aid.

INTERESTING FACT OR EXPERIENCE THAT HELPED SHAPE LIFE: Going through a traumatic experience; I questioned whether my son and I would live at that moment when it happened. It helped me to be resilient, emotionally strong, and determined to succeed in everything I do in life, and to fight.  

UNIQUE FACT: I am the little cousin of a former NBA player Bob Lanier, Great Granddaughter of Burl Turner, pitcher in the Negro Baseball League in Union City, TN. I was also the first African American female Arm wrestler in the state of Wisconsin.

MOTTO: “The harder you try, the harder it is to give up.” – Vince Lombardi

BIGGEST ARM-WRESTLING ACCOMPLISHMENT: Entering my first tournament, winning and surviving.   

FAVORITE ARM-WRESTLING MEMORY: Meeting Tony Kitowski, and training with him. It was a painful yet humbling experience. Meeting Ron Bath, and experiencing his great knowledge in the sport. They both have inspired me on so many levels, and I am thankful to meet, and train with them both.

BEST ADVICE RECEIVED:  “It doesn’t matter what people think of you, it’s about what you think of yourself. At the end of the day, it’s you doing the work, and no one else.” - Steve Southworth 
“It is okay to be a little nervous sometimes, use your nervousness. Plus it is okay to be crazy sometimes.” Steve Baldwin 

BIGGEST OBSTACLE FACED AND OVERCAME: Being an African American woman in this sport. It has been somewhat difficult for me, but I have filled myself with perseverance.