There are two types of wrestling in the Olympics: Greco-Roman and Freestyle. Greco-Roman wrestling is believed to be one of the oldest (if not the oldest) competitive sports in the world.

Wrestling at the Olympics

There are two types of wrestling in the Olympics: Greco-Roman and Freestyle. Greco-Roman wrestling is believed to be one of the oldest (if not the oldest) competitive sports in the world. In this sport wrestlers use only their arms and upper bodies in attack. Freestyle wrestling allows for the use of arms or legs and opponents can be held above or below the waist. The 1900 Olympic Games were the only Olympics that did not include some form of wrestling. Greco-Roman has been included every Games since 1908, and both styles have been included since 1920.

Wrestling Practice Dummy

In the 2012 London Games, both men’s Greco-Roman events and men’s freestyle events will be held for the following weight classes: -55kg; 55-60kg; 60-66kg; 66-74kg; 74-84kg; 84-96kg; and 96-120kg. Women’s freestyle wrestling events will be held in the following weight classes: -48kg; 48-55kg; 55-63kg; 63-72kg. Wrestling events will be held August 5-12, with a total of eighteen gold medals.

Wrestling at Michigan State

Men’s wrestling is recognized as an NCAA intercollegiate sport, and MSU has a men’s wrestling team. Home wrestling meets are held at Jenison Field House. Steve Andrus, MSU junior, was invited as a wild card to compete at the 2012 Olympic Team Trials, where he competed in the Greco-Roman style. The 2012-13 season will open November 3 at Eastern Michigan University for the Eastern Michigan Open.

You can make a gift in support of the team and its facilities at the MSU Giving Website.

Here’s a Beneath the Pines peek at the MSU Wrestling Team’s practice facilities:

Practice facility in IM West

Photo Credits: All photos taken by Katie Kelly, Communications Manager, University Scholarships & Fellowships

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