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  • Wrestling freestyle

    In freestyle wrestling, wrestlers may use their arms and legs and may hold opponents above or below the waist.

THE OLDEST SPORT
With the possible exception of athletics, wrestling is recognised as the world’s oldest competitive sport. Indeed cave drawings of wrestlers have been found dating as far back as 3000 BC. The sport was introduced into the ancient Olympics in 708 BC, shortly after the Games' recorded history began.

POPULAR NEWCOMER
In 1904, Olympic officials added freestyle wrestling, commonly known as "catch as catch can", to the programme. This style had far less history and tradition than Greco-Roman but did possess great popularity, having developed into a form of professional entertainment performed at fairs and festivals across Great Britain and the United States.

Wrestling freestyle

In freestyle wrestling, wrestlers may use their arms and legs and may hold opponents above or below the waist.
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