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March 4, 2021

Romanian arm wrestler Ion Oncescu wins fifth world title

Romanian arm wrestler Ion Oncescu has won his fifth world title in the 100 kg category, in the championship held in Mesquite (Nevada, United States) between December 6 and 12, according to a press release by the Romanian Arm Wrestling Association.

In the finals, Oncescu defeated American Tom Nelson and Kazakh Alexander Fugarov.

In the +110 kg category, Romanian Ioan Puscasu won the bronze medal.

Around 1300 wrestlers from 40 countries took part in this year’s World Championship.

Ion Oncescu (born April 25, 1978 in Bucharest) is a professional Romanian armwrestler, a multiple time world and European champion for both the left and the right hand, according to wikipedia.com

He became a first time world champion at the XXIXth World Armwrestling Championships held in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria in October 2007. For the left arm Oncescu had to engage in 10 matches, and of his opponents five of them were past world champions. In the second round he surprisingly lost against the Bulgarian champion Stoyan Golemanov, but recovered and reached the final against Russian Dzambolat Tsoriev, who was undefeated at that time. Ion Oncescu won 2–0 and became world champion for the first time in his career. The next day he had to compete for the right arm championship, and was engaged in eight matches and reached the final where he met the same Dzambolat Tsoriev. Oncescu lost the first match but won the other two and became world champion for the right arm and for the whole tournament world undisputed champion, receiving US$23,000 in prize money.

Ion Oncescu won his third and fourth world title at the World Armwrestling Championships held in Kelowna, Canada. He had to engage in 20 matches, 10 for the left arm and 10 for the right arm on his way to his two world titles. In 2007 at the Nemiroff World Cup, Oncescu fulfilled his life long dream of winning against Polish born American arm wrestling champion John Brzenk, but eventually lost against Ukrainian Andrei Puskar.

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