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Wrestling starts at Rio in less than a week. Everything you need to know about the event is right here!

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The world’s oldest and greatest sport will soon begin competition at the Rio Olympics. 68 nations will send 350 of their toughest athletes to the Olympic Training Center’s Hall 3, to compete in the 2016 Summer Games. Bookmark this page and use it as your guide to the tournaments.

WHO IS WRESTLING

The 350 wrestlers will be divided into 3 styles: Greco-Roman (Men’s only) and Men’s & Women’s Freestyle. Each style is broken into six weight divisions. A maximum of 1 wrestler per country per weight division is allowed, and there are between 18-21 wrestlers per division.

Wrestlers are randomly drawn into brackets for a single elimination tournament. Wrestlers who lose to finalists can wrestler back for the bronze, of which there are two, one for each side of the bracket (and set of finalist-losers).

Here’s everything you need to know about Team USA, and a whole lot more about the Games.

And here is a link to a listing every wrestler that will be competing (baring any last minute scratches).

The easily navigable Wikipedia page regarding the Olympic qualification process can be found here.

And a nifty global heat map by total number of qualifier can be seen below:

Russia leads the world with 17 wrestlers at Rio. Azerbaijan, Turkey, and the US of A are tied for 2nd with 14 competitors a piece.

WHAT ABOUT THE RUSSIANS AND PEDS?

We will skip the sordid details, of which there are innumerable, and just let you know that it doesn’t look like the PED scandal will have any affect on the wrestling competitions. Any wrestling related PED issues will have to be resolved at some other time (or, y’know, maybe never).

WHEN IT IS ON

Greco-Roman

Sunday, Aug 14: 59kg, 75kg; Monday Aug 15: 85kg, 130kg; Tuesday Aug 16: 66kg, 98kg

All days: 9:00 am EST tournament start; 4:00 pm EST for start of medal matches

Women’s Freestyle

Wednesday, Aug 17: 48kg, 58kg, 69kg; Thursday Aug 18: 53kg, 63kg, 75kg

All days: 9:00 am EST tournament start; 3:45 pm EST for start of medal matches

Men’s Freestyle

Friday Aug 19: 57kg 74kg; Saturday Aug 20: 86kg, 125kg

9:00 am EST tournament start; 4:00 pm EST for start of medal matches

Sunday Aug 21: 66kg, 97kg

7:30 am EST tournament start; 11:45 am EST for start of medal matches

HOW TO WATCH

CNBC will be showing the prelims and NBCSN will be showing the medal rounds. To make sure you are able to catch all the action, NBC will be streaming everything on their website (nbcsports.com/olympic-sports) and NBC Sports app.

Unfortunately for cord cutters, you must have a cable subscription to watch online, so if you want to see more than a few ‘in-studio’ highlights, you’re going to have to either become reacquainted with your cable company, or, if you have high speed internet and a Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, XBox One et al, you can give Sling TV a try. I’ve used it before, and it’s not great, but it’s (probably) better than dealing with the cable company.

I’ve also heard PSP Vue has similar functionality.

United World Wrestling will be hosting results and replays (but full replays will probably not be available for at least little while, until NBC grants their release).

If you live in countries other than the USA, please share in the comments what you plan on doing, because I have no idea (although I’m told this UWW link may help).

PREVIEWS

We’ll have previews for each day of competition here on the Bloody Elbow, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, we’ve compiled a few from other sources. If you know of previews we’ve omitted, let us know in the comments!

The Open Mat has a plethora of articles in their international section

Flo Wrestling has a special section devoted to the Olympic Games chock full of goodness

If mainstream media is your thing, there’s also Sports Illustrated

What did we miss?

RANKINGS

UWW releases Top 20 rankings for each weight class. Many of the ranked wrestlers will be battling on the mats in Rio. The rankings are far from perfect, but in any event, I matched up all the entrants to their corresponding ranking and listed them below, in order.

GRECO-ROMAN

59 KG/130 LBS

CUB Ismael BORRERO 1

AZE Rovshan BAYRAMOV 2

KAZ Almat KEBISPAYEV 3

PRK Won-Chol YUN 5

BLR Soslan DAUROV 6

KGZ Arsen ERALIEV 7

NOR Stig-Andre BERGE 8

UZB Elmurat TASMURADOV 9

EGY Haithem MAHMOUD 10

JPN Shinobu OTA 12

IRI Hamid SORYAN 14

RUS Stepan MARYANYAN 15

ECU Andres MONTANO 16

SRB Kristian FRIS 18

USA Jesse THIELKE 19

CHN Lumin WANG

KOR Jungbaik LEE

MAR El-Mahadi MESSAOUDI

VEN Raiber RODRIGUEZ

66 KG/146 LBS

GER Frank STAEBLER 1

HUN Tamas LORINCZ 2

KOR Hansu RYU 3

RUS Islam-Beka ALBIEV 4

SRB Davor STEFANEK 6

ARM Migran ARUTYUNYAN 8

CUB Miguel MARTINEZ 9

GEO Shmagi BOLKVADZE 10

ALG Tarek BENAISSA 11

ROU Ion PANAIT 14

LTU Edgaras VENCKAITIS 16

IRI Omid NOROOZI 18

AZE Rasul CHUNAYEV

EGY Adham KAHK

FIN Tero VAELIMAEKI

JPN Tomohiro INOUE

KGZ Ruslan TSAREV

NZL Craig MILLER

VEN Alexander TORRES

75 KG/165 LBS

RUS Roman VLASOV 1

KAZ Doszhan KARTIKOV 2

DEN Mark MADSEN 3

KOR Hyeonwoo KIM 4

USA Andrew BISEK 5

GEO Zurabi DATUNASHVILI 6

SRB Viktor NEMES 7

HUN Peter BACSI 8

ARM Arsen JULFALAKYAN 9

IRI Saeid ABDVALI 10

CHN Bin YANG 11

AZE Elvin MURSALIYEV 13

CRO Bozo STARCEVIC 17

MAR Zied AIT-OUAGRAM 18

EGY Mahmoud SEBIE 20

BUL Daniel ALEKSANDROV

COL Carlos MUNOZ

CUB Yurisandy HERNANDEZ

TUR Selcuk CEBI

UZB Dilshodjon TURDIEV

85 KG/187 LBS

UKR Zhan BELENIUK 1

HUN Viktor LORINCZ 2

RUS Davit CHAKVETADZE 3

UZB Rustam ASSAKALOV 4

AZE Saman TAHMASEBI 5

GER Denis KUDLA 6

GEO Roberti KOBLIASHVILI 8

IRI Habibollah AKHLAGHI 9

BLR Javid HAMZATAU 13

BUL Nikolay BAYRYAKOV 14

ARM Maksim MANUKYAN 16

SWE Kristoffer BERG 19

EGY Ahmed SAAD 20

ALG Adem BOUDJEMLINE

AUT Amer HRUSTANOVIC

CHN Fei PENG

FIN Rami HIETANIEMI

IND Ravinder KHATRI

KGZ Zhanarbek KENZHEEV

MEX Alfonso LEYVA

USA Benjamin PROVISOR

98 KG/216 LBS

ARM Artur ALEKSANYAN 2

IRI Ghasem REZAEI 3

RUS Islam MAGOMEDOV 4

TUR Cenk ILDEM 6

CUB Yasmany LUGO 8

UKR Dimitriy TIMCHENKO 9

ITA Daigoro TIMONCINI 10

CHN Di XIAO 11

BLR Tsimafei DZEINICHENKA 14

HUN Balazs KISS 15

EST Ardo ARUSAAR 16

SWE Carl SCHOEN 17

ROU Alin ALEXUC-CIURARIU 19

VEN Luillys PEREZ 20

ALG Hemza HALOUI

BUL Elis GURI

EGY Hamdy ABDELWAHAB

GEO Revazi NADAREISHVILI

IND Hardeep HARDEEP

130 KG/287 LBS

TUR Riza KAYAALP 1

CUB Mijain LOPEZ 2

UKR Oleksandr CHERNETSKYY 3

GER Eduard POPP 4

SWE Johan EUREN 5

RUS Sergey SEMENOV 6

KAZ Nurmakhan TINALIYEV 9

EST Heiki NABI 12

CHN Qiang MENG 13

IRI Bashir BABAJANZADEH-DARZI 14

AZE Sabah SHARIATI 15

KGZ Murat RAMONOV 16

UZB Muminjon ABDULLAEV 18

BRA Eduard SOGHOMONYAN 20

AUS Ivan POPOV

EGY Abdellatif MOHAMED

GEO Iakobi KAJAIA

USA Robert SMITH

VEN Erwin CARABALLO

MENS FREESTYLE

57 KG/126 LBS

GEO Vladimer KHINCHEGASHVILI 1

IRI Hassan RAHIMI 2

CUB Yowlys BONNE 3

MGL Bekhbayar ERDENEBAT 4

RUS Vikto LEBEDEV 7

KAZ Nurislam SANAYEV 8

JPN Rei HIGUCHI 10

IND Sandeep TOMAR 11

TUR Suleyman ATLI 13

USA Daniel DENNIS 15

ROU Ivan GUIDEA 16

ARM Garnik MNATSAKANYAN 18

SEN Adama DIATTA 19

UZB Abbos RAKHMONOV 20

AZE Haji ALIYEV

BLR Asadulla LACHINAU

BUL Vladimir DUBOV

KOR Junsik YUN

MAR Chakir ANSARI

PRK Kyong-Il YANG

65 KG/143 LBS

ITA Frank CHAMIZO 1

RUS Soslan RAMONOV 2

AZE Toghrul ASGAROV 3

IRI Meisam NASIRI 6

UZB Ikhtiyor NAVRUZOV​ 7

BUL Borislav NOVACHKOV 8

MGL Mandakhnaran GANZORIG 9

PUR Franklin GOMEZ 10

CUB Alejandro VALDES 11

IND Yogeshwar DUTT 12

USA Frank MOLINARO 13

GEO Zurabi IAKOBISHVILI 14

CHN Katai YEERLANBIEKE 15

ARM Devid SAFARYAN 17

TUR Mustafa KAYA 20

AUS Sahit PRIZRENI

BRN Adam BATIROV

CAN Haislan GARCIA

NGR Amas DANIEL

POL Magomedmurad GADZHIEV

UKR Andriy KVYATKOVSKYY

74 KG/163 LBS

USA Jordan BURROUGHS 1

RUS Aniuar GEDUEV 2

MGL Unurbat PUREVJAV 3

IRI Hassan YAZDANICHARATI 4

CUB Livan LOPEZ 5

TUR Soner DEMIRTAS 7

AZE Jabrayil HASANOV 8

IND Narsingh YADAV 9

UZB Bekzod ABDURAKHMONOV 10

FRA Zelimkhan KHADJIEV 11

GEO Jakob MAKARASHVILI 12

JPN Sohsuke TAKATANI 14

MDA Evgheni NEDEALCO 17

ESP Taimuraz FRIEV 19

BUL Georgi IVANOV 20

AUS Talgat ILYASOV

COL Carlos IZQUIERDO

GBS Augusto MIDANA

HAI Asnage CASTELLY

KAZ Galymzhan USSERBAYEV

86 KG/190 LBS

RUS Abdulrashid SADULAEV 1

CUB Reineris SALAS 2

TUR Selim YASAR 4

MGL Uitumen ORGODOL 6

USA J'den COX 9

GEO Sandro AMINASHVILI 10

IRI Alireza KARIMI 13

POL Zbigniew BARANOWSKI 14

AZE Sharif SHARIFOV 15

HUN Istvan VEREB 16

BLR Amarhajy MAHAMEDAU 17

KAZ Aslan KAKHIDZE 18

CHN Shengfeng BI 19

KOR Gwanuk KIM 20

BUL Mihail GANEV

EGY Mohamed MOHAMED

PUR Jamie ESPINAL

TUN Mohamed SAADAOUI

VEN Pedro CEBALLOS

97 KG/214 LBS

RUS Anzor BOLTUKAEV 1

AZE Khetag GAZYUMOV 3

USA Kyle SNYDER 4

GEO Elizbar ODIKADZE 6

POL Radoslaw BARAN 7

UKR Valerii ANDRIITSEV 8

IRI Reza YAZDANI 10

MDA Nicolai CEBAN 11

ARM Georgii KETOEV 12

MGL Khuderbulga DORJKHAND 13

TUR Ibrahim BOLUKBASI 14

ROU Albert SARITOV 15

KAZ Mamed IBRAGIMOV 16

KGZ Magomed MUSAEV 17

VEN Jose DIAZ 18

CUB Javier CORTINA 19

GBS Bedopassa BUASSAT DJONDE

NGR Soso TAMARAU

UZB Magomed IBRAGIMOV

125 KG/276 LBS

GEO Geno PETRIASHVILI 1

RUS Bilyal MAKHOV 2

TUR Taha AKGUL 4

AZE Jamaladdin MAGOMEDOV 5

IRI Komeil GHASEMI 6

CHN Zhiwei DENG 7

ARM Levan BERIANIDZE 8

KAZ Daulet SHABANBAY 9

MGL Chuluunbat JARGALSAIKHAN 10

POL Robert BARAN 11

HUN Daniel LIGETI 12

USA Tervel DLAGNEV​ 14

KGZ Aiaal LAZAREV 17

EGY Diaaeldin ABDELMOTTALEB 20

BLR Ibrahim SAIDAU

BUL Dimitar KUMCHEV

CAN Korey JARVIS

PLW Florian TEMENGIL

TUN Radhouane CHEBBI

UKR Alen ZASIEIEV

WOMENS FREESTYLE

48 KG/106 LBS

Mariya STADNIK AZE 1

Yanan SUN CHN 2

Eri TOSAKA JPN 3

Zhuldyz ESHIMOVA KAZ 4

Patricia BERMUDEZ ARG 6

Emilia VUC ROU 7

Elitsa YANKOVA BUL 8

Carolina CASTILLO COL 9

Jasmine MIAN CAN 10

Jessica BLASZKA NED 12

HyonGyong KIM PRK 13

Vinesh VINESH IND 14

Haley AUGELLO USA 17

Thi VU VIE 19

Rebecca MUAMBO CMR 20

Sotheara CHOV CAM

Brenda BAILEY HON

Miesinnei GENESIS NGR

Iwona MATKOWSKA POL

Milana DADASHEVA RUS

53 KG/117 LBS

Saori YOSHIDA JPN 1

Sofia MATTSON SWE 2

Odunayo ADEKUOROYE NGR 3

Xuechun ZHONG CHN 4

MyongSuk JONG PRK 5

Nina HEMMER GER 6

Yuliia KHAVALDZHY-BLAHINYA UKR 8

Betzabeth ARGUELLO VEN 9

Katarzyna KRAWCZYK POL 10

Bediha GUN TUR 11

Maria PREVOLARAKI GRE 15

Isabelle SAMBOU SEN 17

Jillian GALLAYS CAN 18

Thi NGUYEN​ VIE 19

Natalya SINISHIN AZE

Joseph ESSOMBE-TIAKO CMR

Kumari BABITA IND

Sumiya ERDENECHIMEG MGL

Helen MAROULIS USA

58 KG/128 LBS

Kaori ICHO JPN 1

Valeriia KOBLOVA-ZHOLOBOVA RUS 2

Malin MATTSSON SWE 3

Elif YESILIRMAK TUR 4

Jackeline RENTERIA COL 5

Aisuluu TYNYBEKOVA KGZ 6

Orkhon PUREVDORJ MGL 7

Yuliya RATKEVICH AZE 8

Mimi HRISTOVA BUL 10

Luisa NIEMESCH GER 11

Marwa AMRI TUN 12

Aminat ADENIYI NGR 13

Michelle FAZZARI CAN 16

Mariana CHERDIVARA-ESANU MDA 17

Lissette ANTES ECU 18

Joice SOUZA-DASILVA BRA 20

Oksana HERHEL UKR ​

Petra OLLI FIN

Sakshi MALIK IND

Yanet SOVERO PER

63 KG/139 LBS

Yuliia TKACH-OSTAPCHUK UKR 1

Battsetseg SORONZONBOLD MGL 2

Risako KAWAI JPN 3

Maryia MAMASHUK BLR 4

Anastasija GRIGORJEVA LAT 5

Danielle LAPPAGE CAN 6

Rui XU CHN 7

Taybe YUSEIN BUL 8

Blessing OBORUDUDU NGR 9

Marianna SASTIN HUN 10

Hafize SAHIN TUR 11

Inna TRAZHUKOVA RUS 12

Yekaterina LARIONOVA KAZ 13

Henna JOHANSSON SWE 14

Lais NUNES-DEOLIVEIRA BRA 16

Monika MICHALIK POL 18

Adela HANZLICKOVA CZE

Hela RIABI TUN

Elena PIROZHKOVA USA

69 KG/152 LBS

Feng ZHOU CHN 1

Aline FOCKEN GER 2

Anna FRANSSON SWE 3

Natalia VOROBEVA RUS 4

Sara DOSHO JPN 5

Buse TOSUN TUR 6

Alina STADNIK-MAKHYNIA UKR 7

Agnieszka WIESZCZEK-KORDUS POL 8

Elmira SYZDYKOVA KAZ 9

Ilana KRATYSH ISR 10

Dorothy YEATS CAN 12

Nasanburmaa OCHIRBAT MGL 13

Maria ACOSTA VEN 16

Signe STORE NOR 17

Gilda DEOLIVEIRA BRA

Enas AHMED EGY

Hannah RUEBEN NGR

Wen-Ling CHEN TPE

75 KG/165 LBS

Adeline GRAY USA 1

Erica WIEBE CAN 2

Vasilisa MARZALIUK BLR 3

Aline DASILVA-FERREIRA BRA 4

Ekaterina BUKINA RUS 5

Yasemin ADAR TUR 6

Andrea OLAYA COL 7

Epp MAE EST 8

Alla CHERKASOVA UKR 9

Cynthia VESCAN FRA 10

Fengliu ZHANG CHN 11

Zsanett NEMETH HUN 12

Guzel MANYUROVA KAZ 14

Maria SELMAIER GER 15

Jarimit WEFFER VEN 16

Rio WATARI JPN 19

Annabe ALI CMR

Samar HAMZA EGY

That’s all I for now. Don’t forget to hashtag (#Rio2016 #wrestling and #RioWrestle) and check back when the tournaments start. See you then!