2016 Lightweight Championship Recap

August 23rd 2016

Pro sports are so great because there are no excuses. There are no insider connections or other ways to get to the top. Wanna be the best? It’s gonna take a lot aching, bruised, unrelenting grit. “Iron Man” Tony Kitowski hated his so-so finish in 2015. He resolved to be better in 2016.

And did he deliver.

Kitowski pulled his way through the 165 class at the World Armwrestling League’s 2016 Lightweight Championship on ESPN2, taking home a WAL Hammer of Champions on both the left and right arms. Go here for the WAL’s full TV schedule and catch up on the action!

It wasn’t even close, really. Kitowski, arguably the heaviest in the lightweight class, didn’t face much of a challenge throughout the brackets. He de-throned reigning left champion “The Assassin” Paul Talbott on the left. Talbott came back strong from a subpar Northern Regional showing and looked good until he stood face to face with the Iron Man. On the right, Craig “The Birmingham Bullet” Sanders traveled from England as part of the WAL’s first crop of international athletes to cross the pond. He showed he’s still the fastest in the game before he too ran into Kitowski.
Kitowski, a beverage distributor out of Wisconsin, received $10,000 for each of his 1st-place arms, but said “that’s just paper.” It was all about his often-lonely yearlong journey to improve, and reaping the benefits of that struggle. More importantly, it was about going back to the heartland two WAL hammers heavier.

Go here to check out entire TV schedule as the Summer of Pulling continues.