2nd European Games “Wrestling”
Session Competition Schedule:
13.00 – 15.00
Men's Greco-Roman -87kg, Men's Greco-Roman -97kg, Men's Greco-Roman -130kg - Gold Medal Match, Bronze Medal Matches
At the 2nd European Games MINSK 2019 the Wrestling competition will be held from 25 to 30 June 2019 at the Sports Palace in Minsk.
A maximum of 288 wrestlers, 96 men for Freestyle Wrestling, 96 women for Women’s Wrestling and 96 men for Greco-Roman Wrestling can take part in the Wrestling competition.
The Wrestling competition will consist of 18 Medal events summarized below:
6 in Greco-Roman, 6 in Freestyle and 6 in Women's Wrestling.
The competitions will be held at the Sports Palace, Minsk. The Sports Complex is one of the oldest sports facilities in Minsk with over 50 years of history. It is located on the picturesque embankment of the River Svisloch in the heart of the city. The Sports Palace can host competitions in as many as 22 sports as well as concerts, shows and exhibitions.
Freestyle Wrestling is a style of wrestling the object of which is to throw and pin the opponent to the mat using various techniques such as grabs, throws, sweeps and undercuts. Unlike Greco-Roman Wrestling, freestyle allows the use of the wrestler's or his opponent's legs in offense and defence.
The main aim of each wrestler is to establish full control over the opponent and achieve a clear victory by putting him / her on both shoulder blades (the position of the touche or “fall” — from the French “TOUCHE” — to touch). For the certain tricks points are awarded, and if none of the opponents can achieve a clear victory, the winner is determined by points.
In Freestyle Wrestling, in contrast to the Greco-Roman Wrestling, the capture of the opponent's legs, hooks and active use of the legs during performing any action are allowed.
Greco-Roman (classic) Wrestling is a European style of men's combat sport. The wrestler who "pins" his opponent by holding both of his opponent's shoulders on the mat simultaneously is the winner. This style of wrestling forbids hooks and trips and grabbing the opponent's legs should be avoided.
Wrestlers use only the upper part of the body for holding throws with their hands, raising the opponent's body, while taking the closest distance to each other. In this style of wrestling the wrestlers have an advantage, who can suppress an opponent by force.
Greco-Roman Wrestling requires a great strength of the torso, and it is not widely spread among women, therefore, talking about the female events, the name of this sport is omitted the word "freestyle", calling it simply Women’s Wrestling.
Women usually wrestle more fervently, and their wrestling fights are more spectacular and emotional.
Alexander Medved is the world legend of Freestyle Wrestling. Mr.Medved won three Olympic gold medals (1964, 1968, 1972) in three different weight categories (-97kg, +97kg, +100kg). He also won seven world (1962, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1969-1971), three European and nine USSR titles. In 2005 he was recognised as the best freestyle wrestler in the history of sport and inducted in the Wrestling Hall of Fame. Alexander Medved was also recognised as the best Belarusian athlete of the 20th century. He is the Star Ambassador of the 2nd European Games MINSK 2019.
Oleg Karavaev is the classic style wrestler (Greco-Roman Wrestling), Olympic champion in 1960, Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. He is a two-time world champion (1958, 1961), seven-time champion of the USSR (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962) in the individual championship and (1960) in the team championship.
Today Belarus has a galaxy of talented and titled athletes: 2018 World Championships Freestyle medallists Ivan Yankouski, Ali Shabanau, Zalina Sidakova, European Champion Irina Kurochkina, the bronze medalist of the European Championship and the champion of the 1st European Games Baku 2015 Vasilisa Marzalyuk, 2018 World Championships Greco-Roman medallist Viktar Sasunouski.
Belarus won three medals at Rio 2016 Olympics: the silver medal of Maria Mamoshuk and the bronze medals of Ibrahim Saidau and Javid Hamzatau.
Fast facts about Wrestling:
- Wrestling, like all other kind of sports, is subject to the rules that defines the "law of the game" and the practice of the bout; it’s aim is to put the opponent on the shoulder (“touche” or “fall”) or to win by points.
- At the end of each period, the winner will be announced. A clear technical superiority of 8 points for Greco-Roman Wrestling and 10 points for Freestyle Wrestling and Women's Wrestling automatically leads to victory and to the end of the bout.
- The bout takes place in two basic positions: in standing and in the “parterre” (from the French "par terre":- on the ground).
- The singlet and the wrestling shoes is the standard uniform of wrestlers which is used across all styles.
- In Greco-Roman Wrestling, grips, unlike judo and sambo, are applied on the body, which requires more physical strength.