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Mas Wrestling (Stick Pulling)

Mas Wrestling is a wrestling sport derived from a traditional Russian stick pulling game from Yakutia. There are similar sports from around the world, such as the Eskimo stick pull and kjevletrekk from Norway.

In Mas Wrestling, participants sit and face each other with the feet braced against a board and each person with both hands on a stick. The aim is to pull the other player over to your side.

The stick can be held in either the internal (both hands in the middle) or external position (hands on the outside of the stick). The hand position is determined by a coin toss, then alternated in subsequent matches. The hands and fingers are not allowed to overlap. At the start the match, the stick is held over the board and parallel to it. The athletes start pulling on the command of the referee. The contestant wins if they can pull their opponent over the board and keep the stick in their hands.

A stick pulling event has been held at the World Strongman Competition since 2011. Stick pulling is also part of the Eskimo-Indian Games.

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