World Axe Throwing Championship VII and Annual Award Winners – 2023

April 25th, 2024

The 7th World Axe Throwing Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma is officially wrapped! Congratulations to everyone who was there to make it as special as it was, especially the winners.

It was a weekend showcasing the very best of the best, in all disciplines, and as for the champions, they truly earned their spots in this sport’s history. These individuals, and so many more, have put thousands of hours, and millions of throws, into achieving what they did this weekend. Their dedication to excellence is something to be admired and recognized.

We cannot WAIT to see what next year brings, and in the meantime, congratulations, and well earned. The eyes of the world are on you, and you deserve it!

Hatchet World Champion – Garrett Gneiting

Big Axe World Champion – Dylan Teets

Duals World Champions

Tyler Flynn & John Doepke

It would be a mistake not to recognize those individuals that may not have won this time, but have in the past and will in the future. This sport comes down to the closest margins, and the win could have easily gone to any of these individuals, and so many more. A huge congrats for their accomplishments and stellar performances!


Neil Rust
Dave Alviso
Lucas Johnson

Big Axe

Jonathan Morgan
Lucas Johnson
Dustin Wellman


Tyler Hunt + Brett Jariabek
Lucas Johnson+ Hayden Brown
Jake Pidgeon + Nicolis Alexander

Be on the lookout to see how you too can compete and earn your spot in the World Axe Throwing Championship VIII! For now, you can get started in your local league but check out all of our affiliated venues! Is there an axe house nearby that isn’t affiliated yet? Let them know we’d love to have them!

While not an official discipline at this year’s worlds, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the amazing showing of the Big Axe Duals competition as well!

Big Axe Duals Winners

Dustin and Leslie Wellman

World Axe Throwing League Community Awards

Congratulations to all the incredibly talented throwers, craftsman, and venue owners who took home awards this year, at the WATC 2024 Gala.

Recognizing excellence in our sport is important, not only for the highest performance achieving athletes but the venues and individuals who give to the community without a second thought. Our awards only capture a small fraction of our vast and giving community in that regard.

Rookie of the Year (Hatchet)Lucas Nichols
Most Improved (Big Axe)Aidan Kent
Largest Tournament Player AttendanceRiverbend Open
Largest League Attendance (Single Season)Unleashed Camden
Community AmbassadorRyan Gustin
Youth Ambassador Anna Brynildsen
Youth Ambassador Emma Brynildsen

And a special shoutout to Shane Funke as our newest WATL Community Ambassador! Shane was highly nominated and voted and we recognize the qualities of a great ambassador in him and are excited to welcome him to the program.

Jack of All Blades

These awards are for the best of the best in all categories of throwing between the World Axe Throwing League AND the World Knife Throwing League. They competed consistently at the highest level all year long in all official throwing disciplines and because of that, they were awarded the Jack of All Blades award for 2023.

Bronze – Dylan Teets

Silver – Tyler Flynn

Gold – Lucas Johnson

Crafstman Awards

Hatchet – Community Vote and Panel Best

Philly Axe Co – Vin Crescenzo

Big Axe – Community Vote and Panel Best

Rain Axe Company – David Carroll

Sheath – Community Vote and Panel Best

Samurai Ty Leather Craft – Ty Ledesma

Laserwork/Engraving – Community Vote and Panel Best

Titanium Designs – Jessica Renner

Congratulations to all the winners this year! To see who won awards and placements in the World Knife Throwing Championship check out their website here.