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Returning Olympic champions, new Olympic wrestling stars.

Three years ago, the wrestling community was forced to contemplate life without the Olympics. Now back on the program, the world’s oldest sport is hoping that the Rio Games can be a showcase for everything that’s changed since then. The IOC’s surprising decision to leave wrestling out of the Olympics after one final appearance in […]

Rio 2016 – Olympic Wrestling Logo

Here’s the official logo for wrestling at the Rio 2016 olympic games.

Olympic wrestling trials return to Iowa City in 2016

The road to the Summer Olympics for the country’s wrestlers will again go through Iowa City. USA Wrestling announced Wednesday via social media that the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials will be held at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on April 8-10. The event returns after being held at CHA in 2012. The announcement was a chance for […]

Goodbye FILA. Hello United World Wrestling.

Not sure I’m a big fan of the name, but I’m sure it’ll grow on me. The FILA Bureau voted on the name change as the sport’s world governing body gets set to undergo a significant rebranding exercise which also includes a new logo. FILA President Nenad Lalovic says the proposed rebranding is both distinct […]

Olympic Wrestling’s New Rules Keep the Sport on a Positive Path

FILA, the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles, Olympic wrestling’s sanctioning body, just released its rule changes for the coming Olympic cycle. Shockingly, the rules largely institute changes which should improve the sport. I say “shockingly” because, for many years, FILA rule changes signaled a new nadir for the sport as it spiraled inexorably towards its […]

Ex-Olympians Herbert, Hrovat to serve as co-directors of Michigan USA Wrestling

Jake Herbert and Andy Hrovat, former Big Ten matmen and past U.S. Olympic freestyle team members, have been named co-executive directors of Michigan USA Wrestling, the national governing body for the sport announced Saturday. Herbert and Hrovat will be directly involved in youth wrestling in the state of Michigan, according to the USA Wrestling announcement. […]

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World’s Wrestlers In Olympia To Save Sport

A decision by the International Olympic Committee “which is located in Switzerland and not Greece, home of the Olympics “to strike one of he most ancient and revered original sports “wrestling “from the games as of 2020 in favor of more modern events isn’t sitting well with practitioners and devotees who are going to the […]

Wrestling federation returns to roots

World amateur wrestling body FILA has brought its campaign to save the sport in the Olympics to its birthplace, Greece. FILA, with the help of the Greek wrestling federation, has organised a senior international tournament in Olympia this weekend to help publicise their fight to keep the sport in the Olympic Games in 2020. The […]

Olympics uncertainty galvanizes wrestling community at home, worldwide

From the very infancy of the ancient Olympic Games, as early as 708 B.C. on the plains of Olympia, wrestling was there. Described by the International Olympic Committee as being “highly valued as a form of military exercise without weapons,” matches ended only when one competitor admitted defeat. Multiple millennia later, that same committee looked at […]

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