Greco-Roman wrestling


Greco-Roman wrestling
Style of wrestling that prohibits the legs from being used to obtain a fall and in which no holds may be taken below the waist.

It originated in France in the early 19th century in imitation of Classical Greek and Roman representations of the sport. It eventually came to be favoured by most other countries and was, until the acceptance of freestyle wrestling in the late 20th century, the style practiced exclusively in Olympic and international amateur competition.

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sport
 style of wrestling practiced in Olympic (Olympic Games) and international amateur competition. In Greco-Roman wrestling the legs may not be used in any way to obtain a fall, and no holds may be taken below the waist. Other rules and procedures for Greco-Roman wrestling are the same as those for freestyle wrestling (q.v.), the other international amateur style.

      Greco-Roman wrestling originated in France in the early 19th century, in imitation of classical Greek and Roman representations of the sport. It became favoured in Scandinavian countries, and Swedish and Finnish wrestlers won many Olympic titles from 1912 to 1948, after which the Soviet Union and other countries came to the fore.

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