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The Best Olympic Athletes in Freestyle Wrestling

Updated July 13, 2020 3.6k votes 610 voters 19.5k views

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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    Olympic CountryRussia

    Date Of Birth1975-03-11

    Place Of BirthKhasavyurt,Russia,Europe,Asia,North Eurasia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWrestling at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's Freestyle Welterweight,Wrestling at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's Freestyle Welterweight,Wrestling at the 1996 Summer Olympics - Men's Freestyle Welterweight

    Weight74.0

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Freestyle Wrestling, Welterweight 66-74kg,Men's freestyle Wrestling, Welterweight 68-74 kg

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics,1996 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals Won3 Gold medals

    Buvaisar Hamidovich Saitiev, also spelled Buvaysar Hamidovich Saytiev, (Russian: Бувайсар Хамидович Сайтиев, Chechen: Сайт КIант Бувайса) (born March 11, 1975 in Khasavyurt, Dagestan ASSR) is a...  more
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    Alexander Medved

    Age: 83

    Olympic CountrySoviet Union

    Date Of Birth1937-09-16

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWrestling at the 1972 Summer Olympics - Men's freestyle Super Heavyweight,Wrestling at the 1964 Summer Olympics - Men's Freestyle Light Heavyweight,Wrestling at the 1968 Summer Olympics - Men's Freestyle Heavyweight

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Wrestling, Freestyle Super Heavyweight + 100kg,Men's Freestyle Wrestling, Light Heavyweight 87-97 kg,Men's Freestyle Wrestling

    Olympic Medalist Games1972 Summer Olympics,1964 Summer Olympics,1968 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Aleksandr Vasiliyevich Medved (born 16 September 1937) is a retired freestyle wrestler who competed for the Soviet Union and was named by the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles...  more
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    Date Of Birth1960-11-02

    Place Of BirthHaledon,New Jersey,Passaic County,United States of America,United States

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWrestling at the 1988 Summer Olympics - Men's freestyle Super Heavyweight,Wrestling at the 1984 Summer Olympics - Men's freestyle Super Heavyweight,Wrestling at the 1992 Summer Olympics - Men's freestyle Super Heavyweight,Wrestling at the 1996 Summer Olympics - Men's freestyle Super Heavyweight

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Freestyle Wrestling, Super Heavyweight 100-130 kg,Men's Wrestling, Freestyle Super Heavyweight + 100kg

    Olympic Medalist Games1988 Summer Olympics,1984 Summer Olympics,1992 Summer Olympics,1996 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal,Gold medal,Bronze medal

    Bruce Robert Baumgartner (born November 2, 1960) is a retired American amateur wrestler and current assistant vice president for university advancement and former athletic director at the Edinboro...  more
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    Yaşar Doğu

    Dec. at 48 (1913-1961)

    Date Of Birth1913

    Place Of BirthSamsun,Turkey,Black Sea Region,Europe,Asia

    Yaşar Doğu (1913 – 8 January 1961), 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...  more
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    John Smith

    Age: 53

    Date Of Birth1965-08-09

    Place Of BirthOklahoma City,United States of America,Oklahoma,Canadian County,Oklahoma County

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWrestling at the 1988 Summer Olympics - Men's Freestyle Featherweight,Wrestling at the 1992 Summer Olympics - Men's Freestyle Featherweight

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Freestyle Wrestling, Featherweight 57-62kg

    Olympic Medalist Games1988 Summer Olympics,1992 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    John William Smith (born August 9, 1965) is an American folkstyle and freestyle wrestler and coach. He is a two-time NCAA Division I national champion, and a six-time world and Olympic champion. As...  more
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    Date Of Birth1938-03-31

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWrestling at the 1964 Summer Olympics - Men's Freestyle Light Heavyweight,Wrestling at the 1968 Summer Olympics - Men's Freestyle Light Heavyweight

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Freestyle Wrestling, Light Heavyweight 87-97 kg

    Olympic Medalist Games1964 Summer Olympics,1968 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal,Gold medal

    Ahmet Ayık (born March 31, 1938), is a former Turkish World champion and Olympic medalist sports wrestler in the Light heavyweight class (97 kg) and a sports executive. He won the silver medal at the...  more
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    Ivan Yarygin

    Dec. at 49 (1948-1997)

    Date Of Birth1948-11-07

    Place Of BirthKemerovo,Russia,Kemerovo Oblast,Europe,Asia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWrestling at the 1976 Summer Olympics - Men's Freestyle Heavyweight,Wrestling at the 1972 Summer Olympics - Men's Freestyle Heavyweight

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Freestyle Wrestling, Heavyweight 90-100kg

    Olympic Medalist Games1976 Summer Olympics,1972 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Ivan Sergeyevich Yarygin (7 November 1948 – 11 October 1997) was a Soviet and Russian heavyweight freestyle wrestler. Between 1970 and 1980 he won all his international competitions, except for the...  more
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    Levan Tediashvili

    Age: 70

    Date Of Birth1948-03-15

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWrestling at the 1976 Summer Olympics - Men's freestyle Light Heavyweight,Wrestling at the 1972 Summer Olympics - Men's freestyle Middleweight

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's freestyle wrestling, light heavyweight 90kg,Men's freestyle wrestling, Middleweight 74-82 kg

    Olympic Medalist Games1976 Summer Olympics,1972 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Levan Tediashvili (Georgian: ლევან თედიაშვილი; born 15 March 1948 in Gegmoubani, Georgian SSR) is a former Soviet (Georgian) wrestler and Olympic champion in Freestyle wrestling in 1972 and 1976. He...  more
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    Date Of Birth1956-09-16

    Place Of BirthKaliningrad,Russia,Kaliningrad Oblast,Europe,Asia

    NationalityRussia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWrestling at the 1980 Summer Olympics - Men's Freestyle Bantamweight,Wrestling at the 1988 Summer Olympics - Men's Freestyle Bantamweight

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Freestyle Wrestling, Bantamweight 52-57 kg

    Olympic Medalist Games1980 Summer Olympics,1988 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Sergei Alekseevich Beloglazov (Russian: Серге́й Алексеевич Белоглазов, born September 16, 1956 in Kaliningrad) is a former Olympic wrestler and World Champion. He trained at the Armed Forces sports...  more
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    Abdulrashid Sadulaev

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    Kaori Icho

    Age: 34

    Date Of Birth1984-06-13

    NationalityJapan

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWrestling at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's Freestyle Middleweight,Wrestling at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's Freestyle Middleweight

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's Freestyle Wrestling, Middleweight 55 - 63 kg

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Kaori Icho (Japanese: 伊調 馨, Hepburn: Icho Kaori, born 13 June 1984) is a Japanese freestyle wrestler. She is a ten-time World Champion and four-time Olympic Champion, winning gold in 2004, 2008, 2012...  more
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    Date Of Birth1943-01-12

    Place Of BirthTatebayashi,Japan,Kantō region,Gunma Prefecture,Earth

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWrestling at the 1964 summer Olympics - Men's Freestyle Bantamweight,Wrestling at the 1968 Summer Olympics - Men's freestyle bantamweight

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Freestyle Wrestling, Bantamweight 52-57 kg

    Olympic Medalist Games1964 Summer Olympics,1968 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Yojiro Uetake (上武 洋次郎, Uetake Yōjirō, born January 12, 1943) is a Japanese wrestler and Olympic champion in Freestyle wrestling. He is considered the greatest wrestler in history of Oklahoma State...  more
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    Olympic CountryRussia

    Date Of Birth1983-12-12

    Olympic SportFreestyle wrestling

    NationalityRussia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWrestling at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's Freestyle Featherweight,Wrestling at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's Freestyle Bantamweight

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Freestyle Wrestling, Featherweight 55 - 60 kg,Men's Freestyle Wrestling, Bantamweight 55kg

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Mavlet Alavdinovich Batirov (Russian: Мавлет Алавдинович Батиров, born December 12, 1983) is a Russian freestyle wrestler, world and 2-time Olympic champion, who competed in the men's freestyle 55 kg...  more
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    Ramazan Şahin

    Age: 35

    Date Of Birth1983-07-08

    Place Of BirthMakhachkala,Russia,Europe,Asia,North Eurasia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWrestling at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's Freestyle Lightweight

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Freestyle Wrestling, Lightweight 60-66 kg

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Ramazan Şahin (born Ramzan Irbaikhanov, Russian: Рамзан Ирбайханов, on 8 July 1983) is a Russian-Turkish freestyle wrestler of Chechen descent. He won gold medals at the 2007 World Championships,...  more
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    Date Of Birth1964-10-02

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWrestling at the 1988 Summer Olympics - Men's freestyle Light Heavyweight,Wrestling at the 1996 Summer Olympics - Men's Freestyle Light Heavyweight,Wrestling at the 1992 Summer Olympics - Men's freestyle Light Heavyweight

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's freestyle wrestling, light heavyweight 90kg

    Olympic Medalist Games1988 Summer Olympics,1996 Summer Olympics,1992 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Silver medal

    Makharbek Khasbiyevich Khadartsev (Russian: Махарбек Хазбиевич Хадарцев) (born 2 October 1964 in Suadag, Alagirsky District, North Ossetia) is a former Soviet wrestler who later competed for Russia,...  more
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    Helen Louise Maroulis

    Age: 27

    Date Of Birth1991-09-19

    Place Of BirthRockville, Maryland, United States of America

    Weight57.15

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    Valeria Koblova

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    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 medals at the...  more
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    Olympic CountryJapan

    Date Of Birth1982-10-05

    Place Of BirthTsu,Japan,Kansai,Mie Prefecture,Earth

    Olympic SportFreestyle wrestling

    NationalityJapan

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWrestling at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's Freestyle Lightweight,Wrestling at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's Freestyle Lightweight

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's Freestyle Wrestling, Lightweight 48 - 55kg

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Saori Yoshida (吉田 沙保里, Yoshida Saori, born 5 October 1982) is a former Japanese freestyle wrestler. Starting in 1998 she won almost every major competition, including three Olympic Games, four Asian...  more
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    Date Of Birth1979-07-20

    Place Of BirthVladikavkaz,Russia,Europe,Asia,North Eurasia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWrestling at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's Freestyle Super Heavyweight,Wrestling at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Men's freestyle Super Heavyweight,Wrestling at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's freestyle Super Heavyweight

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Freestyle Wrestling, Super Heavyweight 96-120 kg,Freestyle Super Heavyweight 97-130 kg

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Silver medal

    Artur Taymazov (Ossetian: Таймазты Барисы фырт Артур; Russian: Артур Борисович Таймазов; born 20 July 1979) is an Ossetian-Uzbek-Russian wrestler and politician. He was Uzbekistan's most decorated...  more
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    Date Of Birth1962-09-05

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWrestling at the 1988 Summer Olympics - Men's Freestyle Lightweight,Wrestling at the 1992 Summer Olympics - Men's Freestyle Lightweight

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Freestyle, Lightweight 62-68kg

    Olympic Medalist Games1988 Summer Olympics,1992 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Arsen Suleymanovich Fadzayev (Russian: Арсен Сулейманович Фадзаев; born 5 September 1962, in Chikola, North Ossetia–Alania, Russia) is a former Soviet wrestler, world champion and Olympic champion in...  more
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    Date Of Birth1977-12-12

    Place Of BirthKhasavyurt,Russia,Europe,Asia,North Eurasia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWrestling at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Men's freestyle Middleweight

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Freestyle Wrestling, Middleweight 76-85 kg

    Olympic Medalist Games2000 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Adam Hamidovich Saitiev, also spelled Saytiev, (Chechen: Адам Хамидович Сайтиев, born December 12, 1977) is a Russian wrestler of Chechen heritage, who won gold at the 2000 Summer Olympics for the...  more
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    Olympic CountrySweden

    Date Of Birth1989-11-11

    Olympic SportFreestyle wrestling

    NationalitySweden

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Sofia Magdalena Mattsson (born 11 November 1989) is a Swedish wrestler, who has won a World Championship, four European championships and an Olympic bronze medal....  more
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    Olympic CountryUkraine

    Date Of Birth1981-03-31

    Olympic SportFreestyle wrestling

    NationalityUkraine

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWrestling at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's Freestyle Featherweight

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Freestyle Wrestling, Featherweight 55 - 60 kg

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Vasyl Petrovych Fedoryshyn (Ukrainian: Васи́ль Петро́вич Федори́шин; born March 31, 1981) is a male wrestler from Ukraine, who competes in the men's -60 kg freestyle division. ...  more
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    Dzhamal Otarsultanov

    Age: 31

    Olympic CountryRussia

    Date Of Birth1987-04-14

    Place Of BirthDagestan, Russia

    Olympic SportFreestyle wrestling

    NationalityRussia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWrestling at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's freestyle 55 kg

    Weight55

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Freestyle Wrestling, Bantamweight 55kg

    Olympic Medalist GamesThe London 2012 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games ParticipantThe London 2012 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    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....  more