Freestyle wrestling became a part of the Olympic program in the year 1904, at the Olympic Games in St Louis. Since then the popularity of wrestling as a sport has increased day by day.
Thomas Salzano a famous national-level wrestler says the inspiration to pursue wrestling as a career came from the popular Olympics Wrestling Champions that inspired many like him to make a career in sports. The competition is high and it takes a life-long effort to qualify for the Olympics Games, being famous is a secondary thing says, Thomas J Salzano.
The list of popular wrestlers is endless as wrestling is played at different levels but the most famous one is the Olympic Games. Other than the Olympics there are many other wrestling competitions organized at different levels.
Now let’s talk about some famous Olympic level wrestlers who are known for their backing up medals in Olympics:
- Aleksandr Medved (Soviet Union)
He is a three-time Olympic gold medalist in wrestling. He was picked as the greatest Belorussian athlete of the 20th Century in the year 2001. Aleksandr Medved was one of the first 10 inductees to the FILA International Wrestling Hall of Fame. One more interesting fact about Aleksandr is that it was difficult to defeat him as many matches that he played were declared draws or he won the match.
- Buvaisar Satiev
Buvaisar Satiev is a Russian Wrestler and is listed among the greatest freestyle wrestlers of all time. He won gold in the year 1996, 2004, and 2008 with and lost just twice in his international career.
- Bruce Baumgartner
Bruce Baumgartner won four Olympic medals in freestyle wrestling. There are a few Olympic Champions that have won more than three medals in the Olympics and Bruce is one of them. He has 2 gold medals, 1 silver, and a bronze in the years 1984, 1992 won gold, silver in the year 1988, and a bronze in the year 1996.
- Sergei Beloglazov
He is an Olympic Gold medal winner in the year 1980 and in 1988 in Seoul. His journey as a wrestler is amazing as he came a long way from where he started to where he is today.
- Ivan Yarygin
Ivan Yarygin is not just remembered as a winner but also as one of the best team players. He faced a major ribs injury in 1972 where everyone thought he might not continue his wrestling career. But he did, Ivan won the gold medal in the year 1972 and 1976 and gave up his chance to compete in the 1980 Moscow games to give a chance to a young player Ilya Mate who proved his decision right by winning gold in 1980.
- Makharbek Khadartsev
Makhrabek won two gold medals, one in the year 1988 and the other in 1992. He also won a silver medal in the year 1996.
- Arsen Fadzayev
Arsen won every world-level championship he entered at 68 kg from the year 1983 to the year 1992. He won Olympic gold in the year 1988 and 1992. He also backed the silver medal up at 74 kg in 1989.
- Yojiro Uetake
Uetake defeated four-time world champion Huseyin Akbas and won his first gold medal in the year 1964. Also after four years he won his second gold medal despite being injured and came back to earn a 2-2 tie.
These were the names of a few great Olympic wrestlers shared by Thomas J Salzano based on their achievements and ranking. Reading about the number of medals that they won might not inspire you but will surely challenge you to get back a position in the top 10 list of famous wrestlers, says Thomas.