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The sport of Wrestling involves a classic contest between two athletes seeking ascendancy through a range of grapples, holds, throws and pins.

A sport with an ancient tradition, Wrestling is a competition of strength, suppleness and raw power. Athletes need excellent focus to outwit their opponent.

About Wrestling

Wrestling is a simple concept. Two men or women wrestle until one is declared the winner. Over the years, Wrestling techniques have become more sophisticated and generally speaking the winner of any Wrestling bout is the person who has the better technique, strength and overall fitness.

Matches are between two individual wrestlers of the same weight class, and consist of three two-minute periods.

The following weight categories will be contested at the 2014 Commonwealth Games:

Male freestyle: 50-55kg, 60kg, 66kg, 74kg, 84kg, 96kg, 120kg
Female wrestling: 44-48kg, 51kg, 55kg, 59kg, 63kg, 69kg, 72kg

Each Commonwealth Games Association can enter two athletes in any weight category but they cannot exceed seven male and seven female athletes in total.

Governing body

The Scottish Wrestling Association (SWA) is the national body for amateur Wrestling in Scotland. The aim of the SWA is to promote, develop and control all forms of Wrestling in Scotland. It abides by the regulations of FILA concerning wrestlers' qualifications and the use of drugs by athletes in the sport of Wrestling. The SWA is affiliated to the British Wrestling Association.


Wrestling is split into Greco-Roman and Freestyle disciplines. Greco-Roman Wrestling was contested at the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. The British never really enjoyed Greco-Roman Wrestling in comparison to its more unrestrictive counterpart, Freestyle, and this entered the Olympics in 1904 at St Louis.


  • SECC Precinct

    Information about the SECC Precinct as a venue for the 2014 Games.

Other websites

  • Scottish Wrestling Association

    Scottish Wrestling Association, the national governing body for amateur wrestling in Scotland, aims to promote, develop and control all forms of wrestling in Scotland.