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Wrestling - Greco-Roman

Wrestling - Greco-Roman

Schedule & Results: Catch Up

(Local) / 06:30 PM 16 Aug (Rio)
Men's Greco-Roman 98 kg Gold Medal

Artur Aleksanyan (ARM)
Yasmany Daniel Lugo Cabrera (CUB)

(Local) / 06:15 PM 16 Aug (Rio)
Men's Greco-Roman 98 kg Bronze

Ghasem Gholamreza Rezaei (IRI)

(Local) / 06:00 PM 16 Aug (Rio)
Men's Greco-Roman 98 kg Bronze

Cenk Ildem (TUR)

(Local) / 05:30 PM 16 Aug (Rio)
Men's Greco-Roman 66 kg Gold Medal

Davor Stefanek (SRB)
Migran Arutyunyan (ARM)

(Local) / 05:15 PM 16 Aug (Rio)
Men's Greco-Roman 66 kg Bronze

Rasul Chunayev (AZE)

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Full Wrestling - Greco-Roman Schedule & Results

Ancient art ready to rock 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: Russian-born Ivan Popov, will compete in Rio for Australia. He made history in 2010 by claiming the first Commonwealth Games wrestling gold medal for Australia in 32 years in the 120kg Greco-Roman division.

Qualification, Nomination & Selection

Australia qualified two Greco-Roman wrestlers through the African/Oceania Qualification Tournament contested in Algiers, Algeria. 

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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 - Greco-Roman

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)

Read more about wrestling at the Olympics and Australia’s history here>>>

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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

- Gold
- Silver
- Bronze

Fast Facts

Day 10 Review 16 August 2016 (AEDT)

Day 10 saw a number of great individual performances for our Aussie athletes with personal best times on the athletics track and a fantastic 15th place finish in the women's 10km water swim for 17-year-old Olympic debutant Chelsea Lea Gubecka.


Popov goes down in opening round 16 August 2016 (AEDT)

Australia's Ivan Popov has gone down in the opening round of the men's 130kg Greco-Roman wrestling event.


Watch out for our wrestlers - they're ready 15 August 2016 (AEDT)

Australia's Greco-Roman heavyweight Ivan Popov and freestyle athletes Sahit Prizreni and Talgat Ilyasov will compete across the next few days as the wrestling competition kicks off at Carioca Arena 2.


Aussie giant lights up the gym 14 August 2016 (AEDT)

Wrestler Ivan Popov has a handy man in his corner - his father Vladimir, himself an Olympic medallist.


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Rio is ready 5 August 2016 (AEDT)

Barra is buzzing


Final touches for Rio venues 31 July 2016 (AEDT)

The Olympic rings and flags hang high in Olympic Park; as high as the hopes of the 11,000 athletes from around the world competing.


Where are your Aussie athletes as final preparations continue 27 July 2016 (AEDT)

With less than 10 days until the Opening Ceremony in Rio the Australian athletes have started arriving from all around the world. Some are competing, at training camps or just touching down.


Facts and Figures on 2016 Australian Olympic Team 24 July 2016 (AEDT)

Check out all the facts and figures of the Australian Olympic Team for Rio 2016.


AOC asks for withdrawal of Vinod Kumar 15 July 2016 (AEDT)

The Australian Olympic Committee has asked Wrestling Australia to withdraw the nomination of athlete Vinod Kumar for Rio 2016.


Boxers & wrestlers selected onto 2016 Team 12 April 2016

Three boxers and four wrestlers were selected onto the 2016 Australian Olympic Team today in an exciting combat sport announcement.


Four wrestlers ready to impress in Rio 12 April 2016 (AEDT)

The 2016 Australian Olympic Team will feature a strong contingent of both Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestlers after four athletes were selected to the Team.


hello, I hope that you have great luck in wrestling and that you enjoy yourself.

- Kirralee, WA
last year

good luck mate I hope you win and crush every one else do good by the way I'm only eleven and I way almost 60

- Thomas, WA
last year

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Keep doing what your doing, I hope you get a medal but if not good try!

- Joel, WA
last year

I hope you win Ivan! Good luck and keep on trying! Never give up...

- Molly, WA
last year

You did Australia proud.You did great. You're incredible. Good Luck for future matches

- Emma, WA
last year

Hello Ivan I just want to say to never give up and keep trying. Its your destiny to compete and only you can win your medal. 😛👍🏿

- Bryn , WA
last year

Hi I am 57 years old and hope you win

- Ivan Popov , Overseas Fan
last year

Hi there I really hope you win I am routing for you to win

- Steve, NSW
last year

Hi there you are my hero I hope you win

- Jeff, WA
last year