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2021 US OPEN: From Bad Axe Throwing in Atlanta, GA

128+ Axe Throwers Compete for $25,000 in Prizes

The World Axe Throwing League is heading back to Bad Axe Throwing in Atlanta, GA! The venue features 11 lanes and over 12,000 square feet of space. The 2021 US Open is running from April 9th to 11th and will be featuring 128 Hatchet throwers, 64 Big Axe throwers and 64 Duals teams & 64 Knife Throwers.

Thursday, April 8th

12pm- Walk-Ins

Competitor Rate: $15/hr

(Walk-ins close at 11pm)

3pm- US Open Prep Tournament

Friday, April 9th

11am- Walk-Ins

(Walk-ins close at 5:30 pm)

2pm- WKTL US Open Tournament Begins

4pm- Check in for Hatchets, Big Axe and Duals

6pm- Big Axe Tournament Begins

Saturday, April 10th

7am-8am- Final Check in Window

9am- Hatchet Tournament Begins

6pm- Duals Tournament Begins

Sunday, April 11th

2pm – US Open Championship on ESPN

Now that we have more disciplines to show at the 2021 US Open, we’ve streamlined the tournament to give each discipline a proper spotlight, in-depth interviews and more insights, improving the overall broadcast. The new tournament format is as follows:

Hatchet will be divided into 4 separate double-elimination tournament brackets. The winner of each tournament bracket will make it on ESPN for single-elimination matches to determine the US Open Champion for the hatchet discipline.

Big Axe, Duals and the WKTL will be split into two double-elimination tournament brackets. The winner of each bracket will appear on ESPN for a single-elimination match to determine the US Open Champion for that discipline.

2021 US Open Prize Pool

Standard Hatchet Big Axe Duals WKTL
1st$4000$1000$1750$1000
2nd$2,750$800$1,300$500
3rd-4th
(tied for 3rd)
$1,000$500$700$400
5th-8th
(tied for 5th)
$325$250$300$175
9th-12th
(tied for 9th)
$175$150$100
13th-16th
(tied for 13th)
$125$75


World Knife Throwing League At The WATL 2021 US OPEN

Any World Axe Throwing League Member will be eligible for entry tickets to participate in WKTL at the US Open. Tickets will be available on the WKTL website on March 1st at 3pm. There will be 64 available entries and tickets will be first come, first serve basis.

Please visit the WKTL website for more information on the knife throwing league US Open, please check out the tournament website.

Timeline for Entries for the US Open:

February 25th: Lottery Draw

March 1st: Lottery Bids Must Be Accepted by 5 PM EST

March 10th: All Entries are Confirmed and Entries are Uploaded to the Website

List of US Open Competitors

Some Qualifying Players will be added after Auditing Is Completed

Hatchet

  • Dyllan Uehlin
  • Ryan Smit
  • Mike Kump
  • Nick Rich
  • Sam Carter
  • Garrett Gneiting
  • Jonathan Morgan
  • Steven Messerschmidt
  • Miguel Tamburini
  • John Bradley
  • Vin Crescenzo
  • Colby Dean
  • Dan Ceballos
  • Ian Malpass
  • Shane Shepard
  • Mike Philabaum
  • Benjamin Gaddy
  • Jules Mondeau
  • Orion Sickels
  • Brandon Schell
  • Scott Biddle
  • Tyler Lalka
  • Shawn Carpenter
  • Lucas Johnson
  • Nate Hodges
  • Daniel Murray
  • Donk Moses
  • Joshua Russo
  • David Cycon
  • Ryan Gustin
  • Michael Barton
  • Michael Theodorou
  • Riley Dean
  • Scott Phillips
  • Nick Guthrie
  • Anna Obrecht
  • Travis Blank
  • Steffan Swart
  • Kyle “Maverick” Bower
  • Gregg “The Warden” Ward
  • Alexander Spurdens
  • Ron Crumpler
  • Dave Alviso
  • Will Gelatko
  • Michael Dolan
  • Tyler Flynn
  • Kyle Rickenbaugh
  • Michael Harris
  • Dustin Wellman
  • Jeff Morford
  • Tim Coyle
  • Corben Decker
  • Jay Bryant
  • Reid Welsh
  • Kevin Green
  • Mark Mirasol
  • Zach “Zeus” Crawford
  • Manny Kohl
  • David Kulikowski
  • Ronnie Patterson
  • Aaron Barrett
  • Jeff Schick
  • Gary Dragon Dayter
  • Logan Dean
  • Brandon Palmer
  • Kathleen Wiley
  • Chris Senior
  • Jason Yelm
  • Robert Young
  • Austin Luecke
  • Daniel Basic
  • Marshall Martin
  • Brady Trulove
  • Sean Rameika
  • Jeb “Swashbuckler” Bisset
  • JT AxeCop
  • James Waldrop
  • Jeffrey Cope
  • Brett Williamson
  • Anthony “BeardGang” Szymkowiak
  • Marcus Brown
  • Mike Coombs
  • Mac Stoughton
  • Bryce Lott
  • Stephen Marshburn
  • Scott Christensen
  • Tim McKenzie
  • Ty Ledesma
  • Matt Bradshaw
  • Jeff Melton
  • Matt Smith
  • Branon Pate
  • Hayden Brown
  • Fynnlan Ridge
  • Jesse Merritt
  • Charles Green
  • Kristyn Muller
  • John Doepke
  • Nicholas DiCredico Iii
  • Connor Willett
  • Andy Rice
  • JB Singleton
  • Dwayne Salmon
  • Jason Caldwell
  • Nick Doane
  • Michael Nanney
  • John Morton
  • Vail Cook
  • Matt Seman
  • Dustin “Perplebunny” Kerr
  • Jared Seiders
  • Brennan Wozniak
  • Matt Roper
  • Jonathan Allen
  • Nicole Guite
  • Steven Malvey
  • Jesse Dales
  • Dean Cooper
  • Seth Catron
  • Dale Fowler
  • Steve Middleton
  • Jarret Flint
  • Kacey Jennings
  • “David ” Gann
  • John Grocke
  • Pete Belanger

Big Axe

  • Zach Crawford
  • Jonathan Morgan
  • Marcus Brown
  • Vin Crescenzo
  • Corben Decker
  • Manny Kohl
  • Dustin Kerr
  • Vail Cook
  • Jave Yoshimoto
  • Davin Heilich
  • Dustin Wellman
  • Travis Blank
  • Joshua Russo
  • Nate Hodges
  • Chet Hernandez
  • Alexander Spurdens
  • Mike Kump
  • Ronnie Patterson
  • JT Malashevich
  • Shane Shepard
  • Tyler Flynn
  • John Doepke
  • Mark Mirasol
  • Daniel Murray
  • JT AxeCop
  • Dave Alviso
  • Austin Luecke
  • Jeb “Swashbuckler” Bisset
  • Michael Dolan
  • David Kulikowski
  • Charles (Cj) Green
  • Alex Martin
  • Mikel Philabaum
  • Nicholas DiCredico Iii
  • Lucas Johnson
  • Ryan “Gimli” Gibson
  • Gregg “The Warden” Ward
  • Sam Carter
  • Will Gelatko
  • Rachel House
  • Jason Yelm
  • Ian Malpass
  • Steven Malvey
  • Ryan Gustin
  • Ron Crumpler
  • Ben Paultre
  • Chris Senior
  • Eric “Famous” Enriquez
  • Jesse Merritt
  • Jonny Tran
  • Bret Hartman
  • Jeffrey Cope
  • Kyle Rickenbaugh
  • TJ Schultz
  • David Gann
  • Riley Dean
  • Ryan Chilson
  • Matt Smith
  • Matt Muti
  • Patrick Scott
  • Scott Phillips
  • Brandon Schell

Duals

  • Lucas Johnson / Hayden Brown Crocblockers
  • Joshua Russo / Zach Crawford Valkyrian Steel
  • Mark Mirasol / Gary Dayter Ditching for the Win
  • Jay Sun / Jon Morgan Herbisaurus Rex
  • Chet Hernandez / Ian Malpass Daddy Long Stroke
  • Jesse Merrit / Mac Stoughton Big Mac & Special Sauce
  • Josh Stienman / Shaun Thrush Ginger Snaps
  • Thaddius Shipley / Wesley Powell This is the Way
  • Tyler Lalka / Maggie Miker Rolling Hills
  • James Waldrop / Brady Trulove 2 DUDES
  • Nick Guthrie / Ryan Chilson 2 Dudes 1 Bull
  • Matt Muti / John Varvaro 2Drunk4This
  • Ronnie Patterson / David Gann Axe Mafia
  • Jeff Morford / Tim Coyle Back That Axe Up ATS
  • Dustin Wellman / Leslie Wellman Beers Before 8
  • Brian Rogers / Brodi Pursley Boonhawk Saints
  • Michael Dolan / Vall Cook Butcher Babes
  • Sebastian Novoa / Lane Corson Car Ramrod
  • Kyle Bower / Ashley Bower Clappin’ Cheeks
  • Jeb Bisset / Alex Martin Friends Without Benefits
  • Nick Rich / Ron Crumpler Hati & Skoll
  • Manny Kohl / Anna Obrecht His Beard Her Axe
  • Steve Middleton / Kyle Rickenbaugh Hoosier Daddy
  • John Doepke / Shane Shepard Shepke
  • Gregg Ward / Michael Engstrom Minutemen
  • Tim Fry / Donk Moses No Room for Bacon
  • Vin Crescenzo / David Cycon One Eyed Dumpster
  • Dustin Kerr / Austin Luecke Perple Lightning
  • Allison Blank / Travis Blank Princess and the Wookie
  • Dan Ceballos / Mikel Philabaum Second Breakfast
  • Corben Decker / Sam Carter SlothGhost
  • Michael Harris / JB Singleton Split yah momma
  • TJ Schultz / Tyler Schultz T&T
  • Scott Phillips / Riley Dean The goonies
  • Colby Dean / Micheal Theodorou The Kingsmen
  • Branon Pate / Jeff Melton Twisted Ts
  • Will Gelatko / Mike Kump Uncle Kump
  • Jorge Sanchez / Brian Husband Wide Set Heavy Flow
  • Randall Spillman / Catherine Kerenyl Tegrity axes by 40 whacks
  • Arron Brueske / Ken LaBrusciano The Giant Vikings
  • Benjamin Fowler / Matt Smith Main Street Mafia
  • Ernest Redmon / Le Tate Try Hards
  • Kacey Jennings / Trent Clines BULL BUSTERZ
  • JT AxeCop / Ant Man 9.5+6
  • Dan Brynlidsen / Erika Brynlidsen Beauty and the Beast
  • Jeremy Hobson / Dustin Spires Great Axe-Pectations
  • Ryan Gustin / Dave Alviso Keystone Killazz
  • Aaron Barrett / Logan Dean Suicide Squad
  • Aaron Rasor / Ryan Gibson Thor losers
  • Brent Taylor / Jim Ray Driftwood
  • Nick Doane / Amy Doane 40 whacks
  • Dwayne Salmon / Scotty Scott To Be Determined
  • Ty Ledesma / Erica Ledesma Don’t Cross Streams
  • Johnny Tran / Jason Yelm Cronic Axeterbators
  • Austin Lueke / Brad Crosby Axe Revival
  • Lee Hengescht / Shastina Smith Electric Bunnies
  • Hannah Taylor / Jenny Harris Team RBF
  • Samson Moore / Michael Barton Hurling Honkeys
  • Matthew Rowe / Thomas Williamson Party Rowe
  • Pete Herron / Mat Ball Short Circuit
  • Sam Smith / Reid Welsh Sweatbands & Vans
  • Abel Slinker / Nicole Slinker Tappin’ Dat Axe
  • Brennan Wozniak / Stacy Christiansen Steel Penguin

Jerseys

WATL jerseys are required for the US Open and you can find information on them and purchase here. Should you like to submit a sponsor for your jersey please see the guidelines and submission form here.

Hotel Information

Courtyard Atlanta Downtown

Price: from 119 USD per night for attendees of the US Open.

The last day to book a room is Friday, March 26, 2021.

Hyatt Place Atlanta / Centennial Park

Price: from 129 USD per night for attendees of the US Open.

We will continue to release more information in the coming weeks on spectators, precautions and other general information about the tournament. As always check out The World Axe Throwing League on Instagram and Facebook or join our Facebook Group for awesome discussion, posts and community stories!