Wrestling, the only sport mentioned in the Old Testament, has always been a cornerstone of the Olympics. It was in the ancient games, though those wrestlers competed without clothing. I am quite happy that wrestling has evolved to the required uniform.
Olympic wrestling is different than folkstyle, the style that you would see in high school or college. There are two styles of wrestling: Greco-Roman and freestyle. Greco-Roman wrestlers may only use holds and throws above the waist, while freestyle wrestlers may use their legs. In both styles, wrestlers aim to have control of their opponent with throws, and ideally, pin their opponent. Wrestlers earn points by throwing, turning, taking down and pushing their opponent out of bounds. Something to watch for this year is that choice of position, which was previously awarded by a coinflip, will now be chosen by the referee pulling one of two balls out of a bag. Go ahead, make that mental image.
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