Lima 2019 is getting ready to welcome the best wrestlers from Latin America and the Americas during the XVIII edition of the Pan American Games.
Wrestling is a combat sport with three modalities: women’s wrestling, men’s wrestling, and Greco-Roman wrestling. Each participant must defeat his opponent with the use of holds and techniques without hitting him. The objective is to force the back of the opponent’s shoulders to the mat. This sport has its roots in the modern Olympic Games, in virtue of its antiquity and tradition.
At the last Pan Am Games held in Toronto in 2015, this sport awarded a total of 71 medals to the following countries: the United States, Cuba, Canada, Venezuela, Ecuador, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Honduras, Panama, Colombia, Puerto Rico, and Republic Dominican. Our wrestling team obtained great results, adding up three medals to our standing in those Games: the women’s freestyle bronze medal went to Yanet Sovero in the 58 kg category, while Mario Molina claimed the men’s Greco-Roman wrestling bronze in the 66 kg category and Thalia Mallqui bagged the women’s freestyle silver in the 48 kg category.
Contested at the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and at the ancient Olympic Games in 776 BC, Greco-Roman wrestling is considered the oldest competitive sport in the world since wrestlers were even depicted in cave drawings dating from 3000 BC. Freestyle wrestling, on the other hand, is said to have originated in Great Britain and the United States in the early 19th century.
Bridge: A wrestler’s arched position to avoid having his/her back touching the mat.
Pin (or fall): When an opponent’s shoulders are forced to the mat.
Bout: Made up of a maximum of two periods. Points are awarded based on the degree of technical difficulty of the hold. The first wrestler to win two rounds wins the bout. Wrestlers can also use their legs and hold their opponents above or below the waist.