Greco-Roman wrestling is a combat sport which confronts two male competitors who try to gain control over their opponent through the use of throws, locks, and clinching techniques. The holds can only be execuded by means of the upper body, with the ultimate goal of pinning the opponent’s shoulders to the mat. If a wrestler manages to do so, victory by “fall” is proclaimed, otherwise, the match pursues until the end of the regular time and the winner is decided according to the technical points scored.
Wrestling was introduced to the programme of the ancient Olympic Games in 708 BC.
Except from the Paris Olympic in 1900, Greco-Roman has been part of the programme of all modern Olypmic Games since its introduction in 1896.