Wrestling is broken into four different types based on rules and style; Free style, Professional, Greko Roman, and Collegiant. Free style is usually started after school is let out for the summer. The rules of Free style wrestling are pretty simple. Both wrestlers start in the standing position for all three rounds.
In 1904, freestyle wrestling was first establish during the St. Louis Games and was only disputed by American wrestlers. It was only during the fourth Olympic Games held in London in 1908 that competitions were organized for both styles. At the Stockholm Olympic Games in 1912, freestyle wrestling was again absent from the program and glima competitions (Icelandic wrestling) were organized. Wrestling matches took place on three mats in the open air. They lasted one hour, but finalists wrestled without limit of time.
Wrestling was always popular in ancient Greece, wrestling was held in a prominent place in the Olympic games. It was created by ancient Greeks as a way to train soldiers to use hand-to-hand combat. After, the Greeks were defeated, the Roman Empire borrowed from the Greeks was wrestling. The Greeks feared that the sport of wrestling would be lost, so the Greco-Roman wrestling was born.
During the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, the Greco-Roman wrestling programme was modified. Only eight weight classes were represented in each style of wrestling, as opposed to the 10 that had been included since the 1972 Games in Munich. The reduction in the number of categories from 10 to seven in freestyle wrestling allowed for the introduction of women’s wrestling in 2004, at the Athens Games, where there were four women’s events on the programme. The Japanese women won medals in each category, while the USA and France won two medals each. The first medal was won by Ukraine’s Irini Merlini, who dominated her four opponents in the 105 weight class and went off to win the final by breaking the tie.