Post by Eric Roussin on Apr 11, 2014 15:16:21 GMT -5
By "any weight class" do you mean overall best in an open weight class? For example, I would consider Dave Patton to best one of the top 10 of all time when I think of his dominance within his weight class over an extended period of time, but I don't think he's one of the top 10 overall if we're talking about an open class.
Post by John Wilson on Apr 11, 2014 16:24:30 GMT -5
I think you have to consider weight.
Engin and Patton are great examples. They could win every weight class the same day at non-world class events but they aren't going to dominate Cyplinkov, Bagent, Brzenk. All of a sudden THE BEST means the best Heavyweight.
Post by David Owens on Apr 11, 2014 19:31:45 GMT -5
Yes I am mostly saying most dominant or influential. And even more fun is why?
Keep in mind my scope is 1996 and beyond I really don't know enough about some of the greats before that time #1 John #2 Ron Bath #3 Travis Bagent #4 Cobra #5 Fisher #6 Engin #7 Richard Lupkes #8 Devon #9 Rustam #10 Dot Jones
Post by Josh Handeland on Apr 15, 2014 16:59:58 GMT -5
Brzenk, Terzi, Bath, Cobra, Patton, Rustam Babayev, Allen Fisher, Walker, hard to pick only 2 more. I say Bagent, then Lupkes, Cleve Dean or Pushkar or Goodridge maybe. Zoloev and Crazy George too. Idk
Post by Derek Smith on Apr 15, 2014 22:26:37 GMT -5
Brzenk, Larratt, Bagent, Goodridge, Terzi, Bath, Zoloev, Voevoda, Dean, not sure about last one IMO either Hutchings/Liliev/Rustam/Patton or i really think Prudnyk is going to be a legend! These are just my opinion.
Post by Eric Roussin on Apr 15, 2014 22:34:36 GMT -5
One thing that impresses me about the legends of the '80s, i.e. Brzenk, Patton, Dean, Walker, was that they competed much more often throughout the year than most of today's top pullers. They competed at least once per month, and consistently placed at the very top -- almost always. I doubt any of today's pullers will ever build up the long resumes that these guys did.
Post by David Owens on Apr 16, 2014 3:49:08 GMT -5
#1 I saw Brzenk in person the first time in USAA Nationals in Lake Tahoe, he mowed over like 6 classes having never had a good match. Even not knowing much about armwrestling I knew this guy was something legandary. I didn't realize at the time he would for more than 25 years he would do just that. #1 is easily the Perfect Storm John Brzenk