Eric Wiebe in red pins her opponent in blue to the wrestling matCOC/Jason Ransom
COC/Jason Ransom


Team Canada Medal Count

Gold medal icon 3
Silver medal icon 7
Bronze medal icon 7

Sport Overview

Wrestling at Paris 2024

Venue: Champ-de-Mars Arena

Competition Dates: August 5-11 (Days 10-16)

Events: 18 (12 men, 6 women)

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There are six men’s freestyle events (57kg, 65kg, 74kg, 86kg, 97kg, 125kg), six women’s freestyle events (50kg, 53kg, 57kg, 62kg, 68kg, 76kg) and six men’s Greco-Roman events (60kg, 67kg, 77kg, 87kg, 97kg, 130kg).

Carol Huynh in blue pins her opponent in red to the wrestling mat

Freestyle wrestling allows for the grasping of an opponent’s legs, for an opponent to be tripped, and for the legs and the upper body to be used in any action. Greco-Roman wrestling prohibits grasping below the hips, the tripping of an opponent, and the use of legs in any action.

Matches consist of two three-minute periods, separated by a 30-second break. The winner is the wrestler with the most total points after the completion of both periods. Depending on the skill displayed, one, two, four, or five points can be awarded for various actions. A match can end early if a wrestler shows technical superiority (eight points in Greco-Roman, 10 points in freestyle) or by fall or pin.

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Each wrestling event is contested in the form of an elimination bracket, which progresses from the round of 16 to quarterfinals to semifinals with the semifinal winners meeting in the gold medal match. Wrestlers who lose to one of the eventual finalists (including losing semifinalists) are given a second chance to advance through the repechage. The winners of the two repechage groups each receive a bronze medal.

Canada’s Olympic Wrestling History (Pre-Paris 2024)

Canada’s recent history in Olympic wrestling is quite impressive, with 11 of the country’s 17 medals coming since Los Angeles 1984. Canada’s first wrestling medal was a bronze by Aubert Côté at London 1908, with three more at Amsterdam 1928 and then one each at Los Angeles 1932 and Berlin 1936.

CP PHOTO/COC-Mike Ridewood

At Sydney 2000Daniel Igali became the first Canadian wrestler to win Olympic gold, taking the men’s 69kg weight class. At Beijing 2008Carol Huynh won Canada’s second wrestling gold, but first by a woman, in the 48kg weight class. Huynh also won bronze at London 2012. At Rio 2016Erica Wiebe became Canada’s third Olympic champion in wrestling, winning 75kg gold.

Tonya Verbeek is Canada’s most decorated wrestler, reaching the podium at three different Olympic Games. Verbeek won silver in the debut of women’s wrestling at Athens 2004, bronze at Beijing 2008 and another silver at London 2012, all in the 55kg weight class.

Olympic Wrestling History

Wrestling has been included at every edition of the modern Olympic Games with the exception of Paris 1900. At London 1908, the two current forms of wrestling – Greco-Roman and freestyle – were both included for the first time (in 1896 it was just Greco-Roman and in 1904 it was just freestyle). After only Greco-Roman events were featured at Stockholm 1912, both forms have been consistently included since Antwerp 1920.

CP PHOTO/COC-Mike Ridewood

Women first competed in Olympic wrestling at Athens 2004 when four events were added. It wasn’t until Rio 2016 that the number of women’s events increased to six, bringing gender balance to the freestyle side of the Olympic program.

Canadian Medallists

Event Athlete Finish Games
69kg - MenDaniel IgaliGold2000 Sydney
48kg - WomenCarol HuynhGold2008 Beijing
75kg - WomenErica WiebeGold2016 Rio
79kg - MenDonald StocktonSilver1928 Amsterdam
72kg - MenDaniel MacDonaldSilver1932 Los Angeles
+100kg - MenBob MolleSilver1984 Los Angeles
130kg - MenJeffrey ThueSilver1992 Barcelona
57kg - MenGuivi SissaouriSilver1996 Atlanta
55kg - WomenTonya VerbeekSilver2004 Athens
55kg - WomenTonya VerbeekSilver2012 London
54kg - MenAubert CôtéBronze1908 London
56kg - MenJames TrifunovBronze1928 Amsterdam
72kg - MenMaurice LetchfordBronze1928 Amsterdam
72kg - MenJoseph SchleimerBronze1936 Berlin
82kg - MenChris RinkeBronze1984 Los Angeles
55kg - WomenTonya VerbeekBronze2008 Beijing
48kg - WomenCarol HuynhBronze2012 London