Local target-blade throwers competing at world championships this weekend

Seven Twin Cities axe- and knife-throwers are in Tulsa, Okla., this weekend, seeking to become world champions in their target-blade specialties.

Brandon Bohn, Randy Hempel, Dustin Kerr, Josh Kramer, Olaf Lee, David Lewis and Austin Luecke each qualified through World Axe Throwing Leagues and will compete in the 2024 world championships. In 2022, Luecke finished third in the United States championships in Minneapolis in the big-axe competition, in which contestants throw based weapons at wooden targets.

Preliminary matches will be held Friday morning in knife throwing, with hatchet matches in the afternoon. On Saturday, big axe and two-thrower team events will be held, with the championship round in each event being held Sunday.

All matches take place at the WeStreet Ice Center arena in downtown Tulsa, and ESPN will televise the finals later in the week.



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