Wrestling’s origins are deeply entrenched through history as perhaps the most ancient sport to be continuously competed in. The discipline can be traced back approximately 5000 years to hieroglyphs of wrestlers and some say even further still about 15,000 years to cave drawings found in France. Today, wrestling has evolved into different styles all around the world, featuring some of the world’s most physically and mentally conditioned athletes.
A widely contested sport in ancient Greece, wrestling served a particular purpose in the training of soldiers in the art of hand to hand combat. It was a focal point of the ancient Olympic Games, and has been included in the modern Olympics since 1896.
Freestyle wrestling is the style of competition at the Canada Summer Games. The objective of the wrestler is to score on his opponent using almost any means he would like. Athletes are permitted to take down his or her opponent using attacks to both to the lower and upper body. A freestyle match consists of three two-minute rounds and the first to win two rounds or achieve a pin is declared the winner. Rounds can be won by achieving two - three point manoeuvres in one round, technical superiority (leading opponent by six+ points), or executing a five point manoeuvre, or leading the opponent at end of period.