Wrestling is probably one of the oldest sports having been included in the ancient Olympic Games as far back as 708BC.

When the Olympics recommenced in the Modern era, Olympics was included in the first Games in Athens.

There are two disciplines of Wrestling on the Olympic Programme;  In Greco-Roman style, it is forbidden to hold the opponent below the belt, to make trips, and to actively use the legs in the execution of any action. Recent rule changes in Greco-Roman increase opportunities for and place greater emphasis on explosive, ‘high amplitude’ throws. Pinning one’s opponent to the mat is one way of winning.

Freestyle wrestling is an international discipline and an Olympic sport, for both men and women. This style allows the use of the wrestler’s or his opponent’s legs in offense and defence. Freestyle wrestling has its origins in catch-as-catch-can wrestling and the prime victory condition in this style involves the wrestler winning by throwing and pinning his opponent on the mat.

National Federation: Wrestling Ireland

International Federation: United World Wrestling


The Irish Amateur Wrestling Association Bull Run /Walk

The Bull Run /Walk is an annual fundraising event and is suitable for all the family. The Irish Amateur Wrestling Association along with Dollymount Sea Scouts are once again delighted to announce our St Stephen’s Day Annual Fun Run/ Walk 26th December 2021 on the Bull Island Dollymount, Dublin. This event is suitable for all […]

European Games 2023 – List of Sports Agreed

EOC, Krakow-Małopolska agree on preliminary list of sports for European Games The European Olympic Committees (EOC) this weekend welcomed a delegation from Poland to the CONI headquarters in Rome for discussions on the 3rd edition of the European Games (EG), which are scheduled to take place in Krakow-Małopolska in summer 2023. The meeting was led […]

Alex Dolly loses to Naskidaeva of Spain

Team Ireland’s Alex Dolly lost to Spain’s Taimuraz Naskidaeva in the Men’s Wrestling 86kg Freestyle this morning in Baku. Naskidaeva is a former Junior World and European Champion and 5th in the Senior World Championships last year . Unfortunately Dolly will not have an opportunity to compete again in the repercharge as Naskidaeva was defeated in […]

Inaugural European Games – Baku 2015 Selections

At the Olympic Council of Ireland Executive Committee Meeting on Monday 20th October 2014 the first ever selections were made for the Inaugural European Games in Baku 2015. The honour of being the first five athletes selected goes to the sports of Boxing and Wrestling.     The five athletes selected are: Women’s Boxing Katie […]

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