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Wrestling The Best Olympic Athletes in Greco-Roman Wrestling  

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List of the best greco-roman wrestling Olympic athletes of all time, with photos of the athletes when available. The famous greco-roman 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 greco-roman wrestling Olympians have taken home a medal, which is why they've earned a spot on this list. Only the greatest greco-roman wrestling Olympic athletes are featured on the front page of this list, so be sure to vote for who you believe are the best greco-roman wrestling athletes and vote down the ones you disagree with.

This list has a variety of athletes in it, from Khasan Baroyev to Adam Wheeler.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Olympic greco-roman wrestling athletes?" and "Who is the best greco-roman wrestling competitor of all time?"
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Tom Derr added age 50 Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Karelin is a Hero of the Russian Federation and retired Greco-Roman wrestler for the Soviet Union and Russia. Nicknamed the "Russian Bear", "Russian King ...more

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age 35 Mijaín López Núñez is a Cuban wrestler. He is the 2007 world champion in the men's Greco-Roman 120 kg category. López has represented Cuba at the 2008 and 2012 ...more

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Алпан Балкыш added Valeri Rezantsev Valery Rezantsev is a Russian wrestler. He was Olympic gold medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling in 1972 and in 1976, competing for the Soviet Union. He won gold medals at the 1970, 1971, 1973, ...more

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Алпан Балкыш added Died at 63 (1895-1958) Carl "Calle" Oscar Westergren was a Swedish wrestler who competed in the 1920, 1924, 1928, and 1932 Summer Olympics. Born in Malmö, he won the gold medal in the Greco-Roman ...more

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Алпан Балкыш added age 55 Vincenzo Maenza was an Italian Greco-Roman wrestler. He won two gold medals and a silver medal at the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games.

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Алпан Балкыш added István Kozma Died at 31 (1939-1970) István Kozma is a Hungarian wrestler, Olympic champion and world champion in Greco-Roman wrestling.

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Алпан Балкыш added Petar Kirov age 75 Petar Kirov is a former Greco Roman wrestler from Bulgaria. He was born in Kalchevo, Yambol province. He is an Olympic gold winner from the games in Mexico 1968 and Munich 1972, three times ...more

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Алпан Балкыш added age 41 Hamza Yerlikaya is a Turkish Graeco-Roman style wrestler. He is a two-time Olympic champion, three-time World Champion, and the only Turkish wrestler to ever become European champion eight ...more

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Алпан Балкыш added Aleksandr Kolchinsky Aleksandr Kolchinsky was a wrestler from Kiev, Ukraine. He was Olympic gold medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling in 1976 and in 1980, competing for the Soviet Union.

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Алпан Балкыш added Died at 78 (1932-2010) Imre Polyák was a Hungarian wrestler and Olympic champion in Greco-Roman wrestling.

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Tom Derr added age 32 Hamid Sourian Reihanpour is an Iranian wrestler from Tehran province. He is a six-time world champion in Greco-Roman wrestling. Sourian amazingly won both the Junior World Championships and ...more

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Tom Derr added age 38 Cael Norman Sanderson is an American college wrestling coach and current head wrestling coach of Penn State University. He is considered one of the greatest American amateur wrestlers in recent ...more

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Nazmi Avluca age 42 Nazmi Avluca, is a Turkish sports wrestler, who has won several titles at international competitions including four European and two FILA Wrestling World Championships in the Men's Greco-Roman ...more

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age 32 Yavor Dimitrov Yanakiev is a Bulgarian wrestler who won the bronze medal in the Men's Greco-Roman 74kg at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Yanakiev currently competes for Slavia Litex, where ...more

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Tom Derr 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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age 39 Manuchar Kvirkvelia is a Georgian Greco-Roman wrestler who competes in the 74 kg class. Kvirkvelia was born in Ozurgeti and lives in Tbilisi. After winning the world championship in 2003 and the ...more

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Tom Derr 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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Tom Derr added age 69 Danny Mack "Dan" Gable is a retired American Olympic wrestler and head coach. He is best known for his tenure as head coach at the University of Iowa where he won 15 NCAA team titles ...more

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Tom Derr 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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age 37 Aslanbek Vitalievich Khushtov is a Circassian wrestler, who has won a gold medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Khushtov is a member of the Parliament of Kabardino-Balkarian Republic of the 4th ...more

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Tom Derr 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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Tom Derr added age 55 Arsen Suleymanovich Fadzayev is a former Soviet wrestler, world champion and Olympic champion in freestyle wrestling.

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Tom Derr added age 58 Valentin Yordanov Dimitrov, also transliterated Jordanov is a retired Bulgarian freestyle wrestler who competed in the up to 52 kg weight class. He was born in the Bulgarian village of Sandrovo ...more

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age 38 Mindaugas Mizgaitis is a Lithuanian amateur wrestler, who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

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age 32 Nurbakyt Tengizbayev is a Kazakh wrestler who won the Bronze medal in the Men's Greco-Roman 60 kg in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

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age 33 Vitaliy Rahimov is an Azerbaijani athlete. Rahimov moved with his family to Azerbaijan in 1990. He has been trained in Greco-Roman wrestling since 1994. He made the Azerbaijani Olympic teams in ...more

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age 34 Chang Yongxiang is a male Chinese Greco-Roman wrestler who competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics, where he won the silver medal. His personal best was coming 1st at the 2008 Asian Championships.

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Tom Derr added age 46 Rulon Gardner is an American Olympian who competed in the 2000 Olympic games, winning the gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling upon defeating Russian Aleksandr Karelin, who was previously ...more

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Tom Derr added 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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KristjanPress added Johannes Kotkas Died at 83 (1915-1998) Johannes Kotkas was an Estonian amateur wrestler who won the gold medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics for the Soviet Union. Kotkas was born in Tartu. He won the gold medal at the 1938, 1939 and ...more

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age 35 Khasan Baroev is an actor.

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age 30 Jalmar Leonard Sjöberg is an amateur Swedish Greco-Roman wrestler. He won a silver medal for the super heavyweight division at the 2009 European Wrestling Championships in Vilnius, ...more

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Islambek Albiev age 29 Islambek Tsilimovich Albiev is a Russian wrestler of Chechen origin who won a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Greco-Roman wrestling.

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age 42 Ara Abrahamian is an Armenian-Swedish wrestler in Greco-Roman wrestling. He has won two World Championships in the 76 kg and 84 kg weight classes and a silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics ...more

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Tom Derr added Vugar Orujov age 46 Vugar Nariman oglu Orujov is a Azerbaijani-Russian two-time freestyle wrestling world champion and an Olympic bronze medalist. He competed in both the 1992 Summer Olympics, where he competed for ...more

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Dremiel Byers age 41 Dremiel Byers is an athlete.

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Ruslan Tumenbaev age 31 Ruslan Tumenbayev is a Kyrgyz wrestler who won the bronze medal in the Men's Greco-Roman 60 kg in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

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Tom Derr added age 49 Tom Brands is a former American Olympic wrestler and is currently the head wrestling coach for the University of Iowa. He won a gold medal in the 1996 Summer Olympics. An intense competitor, ...more

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Died at 35 (1913-1948) Hans Christian Poul Hansen, simply known as Poul Hansen, was a Danish politician, who served as Defence Minister of Denmark from 1956 to 1962 and Danish Minister of Finance from 1962 to 1965. He ...more

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age 39 Christophe Guénot is a French wrestler who won the Bronze medal in the Men's Greco-Roman 74kg in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He also competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He is ...more

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age 39 Mirko Englich is a German wrestler, who won a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics. He defeated U.S.A's Adam Wheeler in the semi-finals to face Russia's Aslanbek Khushtov.

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age 38 Yury Patrikeyev is an Armenian-Russian Greco-Roman wrestler. He is a four-time European Champion and World and Olympic medalist. Patrikeyev has been awarded the Master of Sport of Russia, ...more

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age 35 Asset Mambetov is a Kazakh wrestler, who has won a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics. He is a trainer for heavy weighted wrestlres in Kazakhstan.

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KristjanPress added Died at 79 (1908-1987) Kristjan Palusalu was an Estonian heavyweight wrestler and Olympic winner. Palusalu became the first and only wrestler in Olympic history ever to win both the Greco-Roman and freestyle heavy ...more

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T.C. Dantzler age 45 Thomas Curtis "T. C." Dantzler is an amateur American Greco-Roman wrestler, who competed for the men's 74-kg category at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He is a two-time U.S ...more

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Spenser Mango age 31 Spenser Mango is an American Greco-Roman wrestler. He has represented the United States in numerous international competitions including the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. He was the top-ranked ...more

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Johannes Eriksen Died at 74 (1889-1963) Johannes Thorvald Eriksen was a Danish wrestler who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics, in the 1912 Summer Olympics, and in the 1920 Summer Olympics. He was born and died in Frederiksberg. In ...more

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Tom Derr added Kyle Dake

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age 73 Ikuei Yamamoto is a Japanese former wrestler who competed in the 1972 Summer Olympics. He is the father of Norifumi Yamamoto.

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age 40 Brad Vering is a United States Olympic athlete who competes in Greco-Roman wrestling.