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List of the best freestyle wrestling Olympic athletes of all time, with photos of the athletes when available. The famous freestyle wrestling event Olympians on this list are all regarded as some of the toughest athletes to have ever competed at the Olympics. Almost every one of these historic freestyle wrestling Olympians have taken home a medal, which is why they've earned a spot on this list.

Only the greatest freestyle wrestling Olympic athletes are featured on the front page of this list, so be sure to vote for who you believe are the best freestyle wrestling athletes and vote down the ones you disagree with. This list below has a variety of Olympians on it, including legends such as Henry Cejudo and WWE superstar Kurt Angle.

If you enjoyed this list of the best Olympic freestyle wrestlers, head on over and check out this list of popular Russian Olympians.

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Buvaisar Saitiev is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
BaruchLalaev added age 43 Buvaisar Hamidovich Saitiev, also spelled Buvaysar Hamidovich Saytiev, is a Russian wrestler of Chechen heritage, who has won nine world-level gold medals in freestyle wrestling.

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Alexander Medved is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
BaruchLalaev added age 80 Aleksandr Vasiliyevich Medved' is a famous Soviet/Belarussian wrestler. Medved was the first wrestler to win three Olympic gold medals, and also won seven FILA World Championships. FILA ...more

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Ivan Yarygin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
Алпан Балкыш added Ivan Yarygin Died at 49 (1948-1997) Ivan Yarygin was a former Soviet - Russian wrestler and Olympic champion in Freestyle wrestling. He became a coach following his competitive career and later he was the President of the Russian ...more

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John Smith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
Алпан Балкыш added age 52 John William Smith is a winner of the AAU Sullivan Award which honors the outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. He is a 4-time World Champion, 2-time Olympic Games champion, and is ...more

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Ahmet Ayık is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
Алпан Балкыш added age 80 Ahmet Ayık, is a former Turkish World champion and Olympic medalist sports wrestler in the Light heavyweight class and a sports executive. He won the silver medal at the 1964 Olympics in Men's ...more

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Bruce Baumgartner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
Алпан Балкыш added age 57 Bruce Robert Baumgartner is a retired American amateur wrestler and current Director of Athletics for the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania near Erie, Pennsylvania.

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Yaşar Doğu is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
Алпан Балкыш added Yaşar Doğu Died at 48 (1913-1961) Yaşar Doğu, was a renowned Turkish World and Olympic champion sports wrestler in Greco-Roman and Freestyle. He was born in the village Karlı of Kavak district in Samsun province to a family of ...more

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Levan Tediashvili is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
Алпан Балкыш added Levan Tediashvili age 70 Levan Tediashvili is a former Soviet wrestler and Olympic champion in Freestyle wrestling in 1972 and 1976. He remained undefeated between 1971 and 1976. Besides freestyle wresting, he was also ...more

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Sergei Beloglazov is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
Алпан Балкыш added age 61 Sergei Alekseevich Beloglazov is a former Olympic wrestler and World Champion. He trained at the Armed Forces sports society in Kaliningrad in 1976-77 and at Dynamo in Kiev since 1979. He was a ...more

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Makharbek Khadartsev is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
Алпан Балкыш added age 53 Makharbek Khasbiyevich Khadartsev is a former Soviet wrestler who later competed for Russia, two times Olympic champion and five times world champion in Freestyle wrestling.

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Arsen Fadzayev is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
BaruchLalaev added age 55 Arsen Suleymanovich Fadzayev is a former Soviet wrestler, world champion and Olympic champion in freestyle wrestling.

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Yojiro Uetake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
Алпан Балкыш added age 75 Yojiro Uetake is a Japanese wrestler and Olympic champion in Freestyle wrestling.

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Hüseyin Akbaş is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
Алпан Балкыш added Hüseyin Akbaş Hüseyin Akbaş was a Turkish wrestler. He was born in Almus in the Tokat Province. He was Olympic bronze medalist in Freestyle wrestling in 1956, and silver medalist in 1964. He won gold ...more

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Kaori Icho is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
Алпан Балкыш added age 33 Kaori Icho is a Japanese freestyle wrestler. She is a nine time world champion and three time Olympic champion, winning gold in 2004, 2008 and 2012. She is currently on a 153 winning streak. ...more

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Adam Saitiev is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
BaruchLalaev added age 40 Adam Hamidovich Saitiev, also spelled Saytiev, is a Russian wrestler of Chechen heritage, who won gold at the 2000 Summer Olympics for the Russian Federation at 85 kg cat. His elder brother ...more

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Kurt Angle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
age 49 Kurt Steven Angle is an American professional wrestler, amateur wrestler and actor currently signed with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where he is the current TNA World Heavyweight Champion in ...more

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Artur Taymazov is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
jared-diehl added age 38 Artur Taymazov is an Ossetian-Uzbek wrestler and Uzbekistan's most decorated Olympian. Taymazov lives in Tashkent.

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Mavlet Batirov is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
age 34 Mavlet Alavdinovich Batirov is a Russian freestyle wrestler, world and 2-time Olympic champion, who competed in the men's freestyle 55 kg category at the 2004 Summer Olympics and won the gold ...more

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Ramazan Şahin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
BaruchLalaev added Ramazan Şahin age 34 Ramazan Şahin is Turkish freestyle wrestler of Chechen origin, who has won a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Member of the Istanbul-based club Tekelspor, he is 1.70 m tall and weighs 66 ...more

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Dzhamal Otarsultanov is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
BaruchLalaev added Dzhamal Otarsultanov age 30 Dzhamal Sultanovich Otarsultanov is a male Russian wrestler of Chechen heritage, who won the gold medal in men's freestyle 55 kg at the 2012 London Olympics.

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Natalia Vorobieva is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
Алпан Балкыш added Natalia Vorobieva age 26 Natalia Vorobieva is a Russian wrestler, who competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Vorobieva reached the finals in the 72 kg category where she beat Stanka Zlateva of Bulgaria to win the gold ...more

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Helen Louise Maroulis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
Алпан Балкыш added Helen Louise Maroulis age 26

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Kenny Monday is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
age 56 Kenny Dale Monday is an Olympic gold medalist and three-time All-American wrestler from Oklahoma State University. He began wrestling at age six at a YMCA after-school program and grew up ...more

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Saori Yoshida is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
age 35 Saori Yoshida is a Japanese wrestler. Starting from 1998 she won every major competition, including three Olympic Games, four Asian Games, and 12 world championships, and became the most ...more

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Morad Mohammadi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
Morad Mohammadi age 37 Seyed Morad Mohammadi Pahnehkalaei is an Iranian wrestler and an Olympic bronze medalist who competed in the 2006 Asian Games in the 60 kg division and won the gold medal.

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Daniel Cormier is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
age 39 Daniel Ryan Cormier is an American mixed martial artist and former Olympic wrestler. He is signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, currently competing in the Light Heavyweight division. ...more

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Henry Cejudo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
age 31 Henry Carlos Cejudo is an American freestyle wrestler, Olympic gold medalist, mixed martial artist and author. He became an Olympic gold medalist at 21 years old, the youngest American wrestler ...more

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Ben Askren is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
age 33 Ben Askren is an American former amateur wrestler for the University of Missouri and U.S. Olympic team. He is now a grappler, mixed martial artist and the former Bellator Welterweight Champion ...more

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Mariya Stadnik is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
age 29 Mariya Vasilyevna Stadnik is an Ukrainian and Azerbaijani female wrestler.

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Tonya Verbeek is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
age 40 Tonya Lynn Verbeek is a Canadian freestyle wrestler. Verbeek was the first woman to win a wrestling medal for Canada when she took silver in 2004, she added to that with a bronze at the 2008 ...more

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Haislan Garcia is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
Haislan Garcia age 35 Haislan Garcia Veranes is a male freestyle wrestler from Canada. He participated in the Men's freestyle 66 kg at 2008 Summer Olympics. He was eliminated in the Round of 8, losing to Mehdi ...more

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Kenichi Yumoto is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
age 33 Kenichi Yumoto is a Japanese freestyle wrestler. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, he won the bronze medal in his category.

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Carol Huynh is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
age 37 Carol Huynh is a Canadian freestyle wrestler. Huynh was the first gold medalist for Canada in women's wrestling and was the first gold medalist for Canada at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She is ...more

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Martine Dugrenier is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
Martine Dugrenier age 38 Martine Dugrenier is a Canadian wrestler. She was born in Montreal, Quebec. A three time world champion, she has also competed twice at the Olympics, finishing in 5th place both times. At the ...more

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Ali Bernard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
age 31 Ali Bernard is a female wrestler who earned a bye in women's freestyle wrestling qualifying her to compete against 2004 bronze medal-winner Katie Downing, whom she defeated in two matches at the ...more

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Charles Courant is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
Died at 86 (1896-1982) Charles Courant was a Swiss freestyle wrestler and Olympic medalist. He competed at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp where he won a silver medal. He won a bronze medal at the 1924 Summer ...more

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Sahit Prizreni is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
Sahit Prizreni age 35 Sahit Prizreni is a male freestyle wrestler from Albania. He participated in Men's freestyle 60 kg at 2008 Summer Olympics. He was eliminated in 1/8 of final losing with Bazar Bazarguruev from ...more

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Iryna Merleni is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
age 36 Irini Merleni-Mykulchyn is a Ukrainian wrestler, who competed in the – 48 kg weight class at the 2004 Summer Olympics and claimed the gold medal. In the same event at the 2008 Summer Olympics, ...more

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Matt Gentry is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
Matt Gentry age 35 Matthew Judah Gentry is a male freestyle wrestler. Although Gentry was born in the United States, he represented Canada in the Olympics due to holding dual citizenship. He participated in the ...more

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Augusto Midana is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
Augusto Midana age 33 Augusto Midana is a competition wrestler from Guinea-Bissau. He represented Guinea-Bissau in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, and was the flag-bearer for his nation during the opening ...more

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Jackeline Rentería is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
Jackeline Rentería age 32 Jaqueline Rentería Castillo is a female wrestler from Colombia. She won a bronze medal in the women's freestyle 55 kg at the 2008 Summer Olympics and repeated the feat at the women's ...more

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David Zilberman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
David Zilberman age 35 David Zilberman is a Canadian Olympic freestyle wrestler.

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Travis Cross is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
Travis Cross age 37 Travis Cross is an amateur Canadian freestyle wrestler, who played for the men's light heavyweight category. He qualified for the 84 kg class in men's freestyle wrestling at the 2008 Summer ...more

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Sofia Mattsson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
age 28 Sofia Magdalena Mattsson is a Swedish wrestler.

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Clarissa Chun is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
age 36 Clarissa Kyoko Mei Ling Chun is an American Olympic Women's freestyle 48 kg wrestler. She is the first woman wrestler from Hawaii to win a medal at the Olympics.

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Glen Brand is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
Died at 85 (1923-2008) Glen Brand was an American wrestler and Olympic champion in Freestyle wrestling. He was a graduate of Clarion, Iowa and Iowa State University. He was a three-time All-American for the Cyclones ...more

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Andy Hrovat is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
age 38 Andy Hrovat is an American wrestler who specializes in freestyle wrestling. He was a 3-time NCAA All-American and wrestled in the 2008 Olympic Games.

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Steve Mocco is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
Steve Mocco age 36 Steve Mocco is an American amateur wrestler and mixed martial artist originally from North Bergen, New Jersey. Starting his collegiate wrestling career at the University of Iowa, Mocco was the ...more

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Doug Schwab is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
Doug Schwab age 38 Doug Schwab is a male freestyle wrestler and NCAA wrestling coach from USA. He participated in Men's freestyle 66 kg at 2008 Summer Olympics. He lost a match in the 1/16 of final against Andriy ...more

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Ida-Theres Karlsson-Nerell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling
Ida-Theres Karlsson-Nerell age 34 Ida-Theres Karlsson-Nerell is a Swedish freestyle wrestler. She was born in Boden. At the World Championships she won a bronze medal in 2002, finished nineteenth in 2003, won a bronze medal in ...more