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The Best Olympic Athletes in Greco-Roman Wrestling

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 addedAge: 54
    Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Karelin (Russian: Александр Александрович Карелин; born 19 September 1967) is a retired Greco-Roman wrestler for the Soviet Union and Russia. Nicknamed the "Russian Bear",  ...more
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    Алпан Балкыш added

    Hamza Yerlikaya

    Age: 45
    Hamza Yerlikaya (born June 6, 1976 in Kadıköy, Istanbul) is a Turkish Graeco-Roman style wrestler. He is a two-time (in 1996 and 2000) Olympic champion, three-time World Champion (1993, 1995, and  ...more
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    Hamid Sourian

    Age: 36
    Hamid Sourian (Persian: حمید سوریان‎, born 24 August 1985) is an Iranian Greco-Roman wrestler. He is a six-time World Champion. Sourian won both the Junior World Championships and Senior World  ...more
  • 4

    Mijail Lopez

    Age: 39
    Mijaín López Núñez' (born 20 August 1982) is a Cuban Greco-Roman wrestler. He is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, five-time World Champion, and five-time Champion of Pan American Games.  ...more
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    Nazmi Avluca

    Age: 45
    Nazmi Avluca (pronounced [ˈnazmiː ˈavludʒa]; born November 14, 1976 in Kargı, Çorum Province), is a Turkish sports wrestler, who has won several titles at international competitions including four  ...more
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    István Kozma

    Dec. at 30 (1939-1970)
    István Kozma (27 November 1939 – 9 April 1970) was a Hungarian Greco-Roman wrestler. He won an Olympic gold medal in 1964 and 1968 and the World Championship in 1962, 1966, and 1967. In 1967 he was  ...more
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    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, 1974 and  ...more
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    Carl Westergren

    Dec. at 62 (1895-1958)
    Carl "Calle" Oscar Westergren (13 October 1895 – 5 August 1958) was a Swedish wrestler who competed in the 1920, 1924, 1928, and 1932 Summer Olympics. He won gold medals in Greco-Roman wrestling in  ...more
  • 9
    Tom Derr addedAge: 46
    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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    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.  ...more
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    Tom Derr addedAge: 42
    Cael Norman Sanderson ( KAYL; born June 20, 1979) is an American former folkstyle and freestyle wrestler, and is the current head coach of the Pennsylvania State University wrestling team. As a  ...more
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    Vincenzo Maenza

    Age: 59
    Vincenzo Maenza (born 2 May 1962) was an Italian Greco-Roman wrestler. He won two gold medals and a silver medal at the 1984, 1988, and 1992 Olympic Games.   ...more
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    Petar Kirov

    Age: 79
    Petar Kirov (Bulgarian: Петър Киров, born September 17, 1942) 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  ...more
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    Kristjan Palusalu

    Dec. at 79 (1908-1987)
    Kristjan Palusalu (until 1935 Kristjan Trossmann, 10 March [O.S. 26 February] 1908 – 17 July 1987) was an Estonian heavyweight wrestler and Olympic winner. Palusalu became the first and only wrestler  ...more
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    Sergei Beloglazov

    Age: 65
    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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    Johannes Kotkas

    Dec. at 83 (1915-1998)
    Johannes Kotkas (3 February 1915 – 8 May 1998) was a heavyweight Greco-Roman wrestler from Estonia who won a gold medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics. He held the European title in 1938, 1939 and 1947  ...more
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    Imre Polyák

    Dec. at 78 (1932-2010)
    Imre Polyák (16 April 1932 – 15 November 2010) was a featherweight Greco-Roman wrestler from Hungary. He competed in the 1952, 1956, 1960 and 1964 Olympics and won three silver and one gold medal. He  ...more
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    Yavor Yanakiev

    Age: 36
    Yavor Dimitrov Yanakiev (Bulgarian: Явор Димитров Янакиев; born 3 June 1985 in Stara Zagora) is a Bulgarian wrestler who won the bronze medal in the Men's Greco-Roman 74kg at the 2008 Summer Olympics  ...more
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    Kurt Angle

    Age: 52
    Kurt Steven Angle (born December 9, 1968) is an American actor, retired professional wrestler and amateur wrestler, currently signed to WWE where he works as a backstage producer. While at Clarion  ...more
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    Dan Gable

    Age: 73
    Danny Mack "Dan" Gable (born October 25, 1948) is an American former folkstyle and freestyle wrestler and coach. He is a two-time NCAA Division I national champion, a world gold medalist, and an  ...more
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    Manuchar Kvirkelia

    Age: 43
    Manuchar Kvirkvelia (Georgian: მანუჩარ კვირკველია; 12 October 1978) is a Georgian Greco-Roman wrestler who competes in the 74 kg class. Kvirkvelia was born in Ozurgeti and lives in Tbilisi. After  ...more
  • 22

    Vitaliy Rahimov

    Age: 37
    Vitaliy Medzhidovich Rahimov (Russian: Вита́лий Меджи́дович Раги́мов born 27 August 1984, Meghri, Armenian SSR) is an Azerbaijani athlete. Rahimov moved with his family to Azerbaijan in 1990. He has  ...more
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    Aslanbek Khushtov

    Age: 41
    Aslanbek Vitalievich Khushtov (Russian: Асланбек Витальевич Хуштов; born 1 July 1980 in Kabardino-Balkar ASSR) is a Circassian (Kabarday) wrestler, who has won a gold medal in the 2008 Summer  ...more
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    Khasan Baroyev

    Age: 38
    Khasan Makharbekovich Baroyev (Russian: Хасан Махарбекович Бароев, Ossetian: Бæройты Махарбеджы фырт Хасан, Bærojty Maxarbedžy fyrt Xasan) (born December 1, 1982 in Dushanbe, Tajik SSR) is a Russian  ...more
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    Tom Derr addedAge: 61
    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