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Schedule & Results: Catch Up

(Local) / 03:15 PM 21 Aug (Rio)
Men's Freestyle 97 kg Gold Medal

Kyle Frederick Snyder (USA)
Khetag Goziumov (AZE)

(Local) / 03:00 PM 21 Aug (Rio)
Men's Freestyle 97 kg Bronze

Magomed Idrisovitch Ibragimov (UZB)

(Local) / 02:45 PM 21 Aug (Rio)
Men's Freestyle 97 kg Bronze

Albert Saritov (ROU)

(Local) / 02:15 PM 21 Aug (Rio)
Men's Freestyle 65 kg Gold Medal

Soslan Ramonov (RUS)
Toghrul Asgarov (AZE)

(Local) / 02:00 PM 21 Aug (Rio)
Men's Freestyle 65 kg Bronze

Ikhtiyor Navruzov (UZB)

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Full Wrestling - Freestyle Schedule & Results

Freestlye wrestlers ready to take to the mats at Rio 

Recognised as one of the world’s oldest sports, wrestling was one of the first sports held at the ancient Olympics in 708 BC, and has been included in some form at every Modern Olympic Games. 

Iran dominated the men's events at the London 2012 Olympic Games, winning three gold, one silver and a bronze medal while Japan secured top spot on the podium for three of out four women's events.

Athletes to watch: Sahit Prezreni will make history in Rio becoming the first Australian to have carried another country’s flag at the Olympic Games.

With numerous international titles to his name, Prezreni was the pride of Albanian wrestling, competing at the Athens 2004 Olympics and being selected to carry his country's flag at the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Games.

Prezreni will be joined by Victorian Talgat Ilyasov, who booked his ticket to the Rio Games when took home the silver medal in the -74kg division at the African/Oceania Olympic qualifiers in Algiers, Algeria.

The 35-year-old qualified for his first Games in 2004 being labelled as Australia’s best hope of a wrestling medal in over 68 years.

Qualification, Nomination & Selection

The first place Australia can qualify quota places will be at the 2015 World Championships in Las Vegas in September.

The first six wrestlers in each of the 18 Olympic weight categories at the 2015 World Championship will each qualify one quota place for their NOC for the 2016 Olympic Games.

If quota places are not secured at World Championships, Australia’s next chance will be at the 2016 Continental Qualification Tournament. The first two wrestlers at each Continental Qualification tournament in each of the 18 Olympic weight categories will qualify one quota place each for their NOC for the 2016 Olympic Games.

There will be two more International Qualification Tournaments, where more qualification places will be allocated to NOCs who have not already secured place. At the first tournament, the first three male and two female wrestlers in each gender-specific Olympic weight categories ranked will qualify one quota place each for their NOC.

At the second tournament the first two wrestlers in each of the 18 Olympic weight categories will qualify one quota place each for their NOC for the 2016 Olympic Games.

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Nomination to the AOC

Following the confirmation of quota places to Australia following the Oceania and African Continental Qualification Tournament and two UWW International Qualification Tournaments, Wrestling Australia (WA) will nominate these athletes to the AOC for selection. WA will send the athletes that win the 2016 Senior Australian National Championships (20-21 February 2016) in their respective weight category to contest the Oceania and African Continental Qualification Tournament. 

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Selection by the AOC

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Key dates

  • 22–24 April 2016 - 1st World Qualification Tournament (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)
  • 6–8 May 2016 - 2nd World Qualification Tournament (Istanbul, Turkey)

Competition Format & Events

There are two wrestling disciplines at the Olympic Games - freestyle (men and women) and Greco-Roman (men only). It is a body-to-body combat sport where athletes aim to force the back of the opponent’s shoulders on to the ground. A wrestling bout comprises two three-minute periods, with a 30 second break. Wrestlers are awarded points from officials for technical manoeuvres against their opponent. The person who wins 2 out of 3 periods wins the bout.

Greco-Roman wrestling allows competitors to use only their arms to “attack” the upper bodies of their opponents.

Freestyle wrestling allows competitors to use their arms and legs to perform holds on the whole body of their opponents.

The 18 events that make up the Olympic competition program are:

Men’s Freestyle (7 events): 55, 60, 66, 74, 84, 96, 120kg
Men’s Greco-Roman (7 events): 55, 60, 66, 74, 84, 96, 120kg
Women’s Freestyle (4 events): 48, 55, 63, 72kg

In September 2013, a new change to the rules and guidelines of the sport had been instituted and overhauled by the International Olympic Committee and FILA (now known as the United World Wrestling). A single Olympic weight class was removed each from the men's freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling to add two more weights for the women, spurring a gender and sporting parity among the three disciplines with six each.

Australia and Olympic Wrestling - Freestyle

Australia’s first wrestler was Harry Morris in the welterweight division at the Amsterdam Games in 1928. Australia has been represented by at least one wrestler at every Games since then.

Three Australians have won Olympic medals in freestyle events, but never in Greco-Roman. In Los Angeles 1932, Eddie Scarf was third in the light-heavyweight division. Twelve years later in London, Dick Garrard won a silver medal as a welterweight and Jim Armstrong won a bronze medal in the heavyweight division.

Women competed in wrestling for the first time at the 2004 Athens Olympics, in four freestyle weight categories. Australia was first represented in women's wrestling at Beijing 2008 by Kyla Bremner. 

At the 2012 London Olympic Games, Farzad Tarash was Australia's only wrestler to qualify a quota spot for Australia to London after securing a silver medal at the African and Oceania Qualifying Tournament. At the games, Tarash competed in the U/60kg division where he had a bye through to the quarterfinals where he went down to North Korea’s Jong Myong Ri 3-0.

Australia's Olympic wrestling medal tally is: 3 (0 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)

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Did you know

  • The rules for men and women are generally the same with a few key variations such as double headlocks not being allowed for women.
  • The United States, the Soviet Union and Turkey are the top three nations on the all-time Olympic medal table for freestyle with the Soviet Union, Sweden and Finland being the top three nations for Greco-Roman.
  • Wrestling suits must be blue and red.
  • The central circle is the small inner circle of the wrestling mat. The central wrestling area is the circle on a wrestling mat between the central circle and the passivity zone.

Pre-Rio AUS Tally

0 Gold
1 Silver
2 Bronze

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