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The Best Olympic Athletes in Greco-Roman Wrestling

Updated June 14, 2019 2.4k votes 484 voters 11.8k views

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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    Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Karelin (Russian: Александр Александрович Карелин; born 19 September... more on Wikipedia
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    Hamza Yerlikaya (born June 6, 1976 in Kadıköy, Istanbul) is a Turkish Graeco-Roman style... more on Wikipedia
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    Mijail Lopez

    Age: 36
    Mijaín López Núñez' (born 20 August 1982) is a Cuban Greco-Roman wrestler. He is a three-time... more on Wikipedia
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    Hamid Sourian (Persian: حمید سوریان‎, born 24 August 1985) is an Iranian Greco-Roman... more on Wikipedia
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    Valeri Rezantsev

    Valery Rezantsev is a Russian wrestler. He was Olympic gold medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling... more on Wikipedia
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    István Kozma

    Dec. at 31 (1939-1970)
    István Kozma (27 November 1939 – 9 April 1970) was a Hungarian Greco-Roman wrestler. He won an... more on Wikipedia
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    Buvaisar Hamidovich Saitiev, also spelled Buvaysar Hamidovich Saytiev, (Russian: Бувайсар... more on Wikipedia
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    Carl Westergren

    Dec. at 63 (1895-1958)
    Carl "Calle" Oscar Westergren (13 October 1895 – 5 August 1958) was a Swedish wrestler who... more on Wikipedia
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    Aleksandr Kolchinsky

    Aleksandr Kolchinsky was a wrestler from Kiev, Ukraine. He was Olympic gold medalist in... more on Wikipedia
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    Vincenzo Maenza (born 2 May 1962) was an Italian Greco-Roman wrestler. He won two gold medals... more on Wikipedia
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    Nazmi Avluca

    Age: 43
    Nazmi Avluca (pronounced [ˈnazmiː ˈavludʒa]; born November 14, 1976 in Kargı, Çorum Province),... more on Wikipedia
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    Sergei Alekseevich Beloglazov (Russian: Серге́й Алексеевич Белоглазов, born September 16, 1956... more on Wikipedia
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    Islambek Albiev

    Age: 30
    Islambek Tsilimovich Albiev (Russian: Исламбек Цилимович Альбиев, Chechen: СаӀид-Цилиман кӀант... more on Wikipedia
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    Cael Norman Sanderson ( KAYL; born June 20, 1979) is an American former folkstyle and... more on Wikipedia
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    Petar Kirov

    Age: 76
    Petar Kirov (Bulgarian: Петър Киров, born September 17, 1942) is a former Greco Roman... more on Wikipedia
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Yavor Dimitrov Yanakiev (Bulgarian: Явор Димитров Янакиев; born 3 June 1985 in Stara Zagora)... more on Wikipedia
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Manuchar Kvirkvelia (Georgian: მანუჩარ კვირკველია; 12 October 1978) is a Georgian Greco-Roman... more on Wikipedia
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    Armen Vardanyan (Armenian: Արմեն Վարդանյան, Ukrainian: Армен Фрунзікович Варданян, born 30... more on Wikipedia
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    Kurt Angle

    Age: 50
    Kurt Steven Angle (born December 9, 1968) is an American actor, retired professional wrestler... more on Wikipedia
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    Dremiel Byers

    Age: 41
    Dremiel Byers is an athlete.
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    Dan Gable

    Age: 71
    Danny Mack "Dan" Gable (born October 25, 1948) is an American former folkstyle and freestyle... more on Wikipedia
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    T.C. Dantzler

    Age: 45
    Thomas Curtis "T. C." Dantzler is an amateur American Greco-Roman wrestler, who competed for... more on Wikipedia
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    Johannes Eriksen

    Dec. at 74 (1889-1963)
    Johannes Thorvald Eriksen (12 June 1889 – 25 June 1963) was a Danish wrestler who competed in... more on Wikipedia