There are two types of modern Olympic wrestling,
freestyle and Greco-Roman. In Greco-Roman bouts, the
wrestlers may not use their legs and no holds may be put on below the waist. In free style, the only holds
disallowed are strangleholds. Greco-Roman wrestling was an event in the first modern Olympics in 1896.
Freestyle wrestling became an Olympic event for men in 1904. Wrestlers compete in one of ten weight
Wrestlers compete on a 9-meter circular mat. The
bout begins with both wrestlers standing up. They
attempt to wrestle their opponent to the ground and pin his shoulder blades to the mat for 1/2 a second. A pin
automatically ends the match, but matches are usually won by the referee awarding points to the wrestler who
performs moves and techniques within the wrestling rules.
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