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Wrestling is a form of fighting, also playfully, and often as a sport, between two opponents without weapons who grab each other's body and/or clothing (grappling, as opposed to punching, striking, kicking and pinching). The term "wrestling" is also used figuratively, like wrestling with a problem.

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1 Wrestling as a sport
2 Famous Wrestlers
3 External Links

Wrestling as a sport

It is often categorized as one of the martial arts. It is one of the oldest types of sport; there are wall-paintings more than 15000 years old depicting people wrestling.

There are almost as many wrestling styles as there are nations. Some samples are sumo in Japan and yagli gures (oiled wrestling) in Turkey. In the example of oiled wrestling, the wrestlers wear tight short leather trousers and cover themselves with diluted olive oil.

There are two internationally recognized wrestling styles performed in the Olympic Games under the supervision of FILA (Federation Internationale de Lutte Amateur or International Amateur Wrestling Federation): Freestyle and Greco-Roman. Freestyle is possibly derived from the English Lancashire style. A similar style, commonly called Folkstyle, is practiced in secondary schools and colleges in the United States.

Freestyle and Greco-Roman differ in what holds are permitted; in Greco-Roman style, the wrestlers are permitted to hold only above the waist. In both Greco-Roman and Freestyle, points can be scored the following ways:

A match can be won in the following ways:

The countries with the leading wrestlers in the Olympic Games are United States, Russia (and some of the former Soviet Union republics), Bulgaria, Hungary, Sweden, Finland and Turkey.

In some countries, people engage in simulated wrestling matches as performance. See professional wrestling.

Weight classes

Famous Wrestlers

External Links