Style of wrestling practiced
in Olympic 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
are the same as those for freestyle
wrestling, the other international amateur style.
In the Olympic Games of ancient
Greece, wrestling was an integral part of the Pentathlon, a form
of all around athletic championship featuring running, jumping,
wrestling, and throwing the discus and javelin. In imitation
of classical Greek and Roman representations of the sport, modern
Greco-Roman wrestling was created in France in the early 19th
century. It became favoured in Scandinavian countries, from 1912
to 1948, after which the Soviet Union and other countries came
to the fore.
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