Ion Oncescu

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Ion "IRON" Oncescu
Born Ion Oncescu
(1978-04-25) April 25, 1978 (age 38)
Romania Bucharest
Residence Bucharest, Romania
Occupation Arm wrestler
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 95 kg (209 lb)
Title World arm wrestling champion

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.[1] He was inducted in March 2011 in the World's Hall of Fame "The 50 Greatest Armwrestlers In History".[2]


In his youth at the age of 12 he made plans to run out of Communist Romania and started an intensive training program that included daily jogging and swimming so that he could be ready, by the age of 17, for any obstacle that could emerge during his intended flight from the country.[3] His first contact with sports took place at FC Dinamo Bucureşti where he played football at a youth level, but he soon found tennis more interesting and started to train under the guidance of Florin Segărceanu.[1]

Ion Oncescu won his first national arm wrestling title when he was 18 years old and since then has been undisputed champion despite starting specific arm wrestling training in 2005, nine years after his debut.[1] He graduated the Journalism faculty and the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies International Business and Economics profile.[3]

He became a first time world champion at the XXIXth World Armwrestling Championships held in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria in October 2007.[3] 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.[3] 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.[3]

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.[1]

In 2007 at the Nemiroff World Cup, Oncescu fulfilled his lifelong dream of winning against Polish born American arm wrestling champion John Brzenk, but eventually lost against Ukrainian Andrei Puskar.[4]

On 2009 shot down 100 opponents.

On 2010 shot down 300 opponents.

On 20 February 2011 event "Oncescu vs. 500" at Băneasa Shopping City and live on shot down 500 opponents (including: K-1 fighter Tolea Ciumac; weightlifting champion Ninel Miculescu; professional basketball player Virgil Stănescu; darts, bodybuilding and shot put national champion Daniel Racoveanu).

On February 12, 2012 at Sun Plaza Bucharest, after a contest of almost 8 hours with 1000 opponents, Oncescu set a new World Record, which was certified by Guinness World Records representative, beating all the 1000 participants (even 1024 until stop contest). The show was televised live on TV channel.

World and European arm wrestling championships[edit]

Year Placement Location Comments
2004[5] 9 and 6 South Africa Durban WCH (left and right arms)
2004[5] 4 and 5 Poland Gdynia ECH (left and right arms)
2005[5] 2 Bulgaria Sofia ECH (left and right arms)
2006[5] 2 and 3 Hungary Budapest ECH (left and right arms)
2007[5] 2 Poland Warsaw Nemiroff World Cup (left and right arms and absolute vice-champion left handed)
2007[5] 1 Bulgaria Veliko Tarnovo WCH First two titles (left and right arms)
2008[5] 1 Canada Kelowna WCH Third and fourth titles (left and right arms)
2009[5] 1 Italy Rome Vendetta IV Super Match against Normunds Tomsons best of five games (left and right arms)
2009[6] 1 Bulgaria Sofia ECH First two titles (left and right arms)
2010[7] 1 United States Mesquite WCH Fifth title (left arm)


  1. ^ a b c d "Ioan Oncescu este regele skanderbergului" (in Romanian). 2008-12-15. Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  2. ^ "THE 50 GREATEST ARMWRESTLERS IN HISTORY". 2011-03-12. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Despre Oncescu" (in Romanian). 2008-05-06. Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  4. ^ "Romanul Oncescu a blocat pariurile in America" (in Romanian). 2007-12-23. Archived from the original on 2008-08-02. Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "Ion Oncescu" (in Romanian). Romanian Armwrestling Federation. 2009-01-26. Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  6. ^ "Oncescu campion european" (in Romanian). 2009-06-05. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  7. ^ "Ion Oncescu, Campion Mondial la skandenberg!" (in Romanian). 2010-12-11. Retrieved 2010-12-13. 

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