List of amateur wrestlers

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A number of wrestlers competing in the freestyle, Greco-Roman, and collegiate styles, and non-profit acting Pro are famous for their amateur wrestling success.

Armenia Armenia[edit]

Azerbaijan Azerbaijan[edit]

Australia Australia[edit]

Austria Austria[edit]

  • Nikolaus Hirschl – 1932 Olympic 2x Bronze Medalist, European Heavyweight Wrestling Champion, 10x Austrian Heavyweight Wrestling Champion

Belarus Belarus[edit]

Belgium Belgium[edit]

Bulgaria Bulgaria[edit]

  • Armen Nazarian – 2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist, 1996&2000 Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Valentin Yordanov – 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist in up to 52 kg weight class, seven times World Champion (1983, '85, '87, '89, '93, '94, and '95), seven times European Champion (1982, '83, '85, '86, '87, '88, and '89), and is the only wrestler to hold 10 World Championship medals (7 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze).
  • Ivan Radnev – 1994 World Silver Medalist
  • Dimitar Dobrev – 1960 Olympic Gold Medalist (73 – 79 kg), 1956 Olympic Silver Medalist (73 – 79 kg)
  • Petko Sirakov – 1956 Olympic Silver Medalist (79 – 87 kg)
  • Nikola Stanchev – 1956 Olympic Gold Medalist (73 – 79 kg)
  • Hussein Mehmedov – 1956 Olympic Silver Medalist (+ 87 kg)
  • Dinko Petrov – 1960 Olympic Bronze Medalist (52 – 57 kg)
  • Krali Bimbalov – 1960 Olympic Silver Medalist (79 – 87 kg)
  • Nezhdet Zalev – 1960 Olympic Silver Medalist (52 – 57 kg)
  • Stancho Ivanov – 1960 Olympic Silver Medalist (57 – 62 kg)
  • Enyu Valchev – 1960 Olympic Bronze Medalist (62 – 67 kg), 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist (62 – 67 kg), 1968 Olympic Silver Medalist (63 – 70 kg), 1962 World Gold Medalist (62 – 67 kg)
  • Angel Kerezov – 1964 Olympic Silver Medalist (- 52 kg)
  • Kiril Todorov – 1964 Olympic Silver Medalist (70 – 78 kg)
  • Boyan Radev – 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist (87 – 97 kg), 1968 Olympic Gold Medalist (87 – 97 kg)
  • Stancho Kolev – 1964 Olympic Silver Medalist (57 – 63 kg)
  • Prodan Gardzhev – 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist (78 – 87 kg), 1968 Olympic Bronze Medalist (78 – 87 kg)
  • Said Mustafov – 1964 Olympic Bronze Medalist (87 – 97 kg)
  • Lyutvi Akhmedov – 1964 Olympic Silver Medalist (+ 97 kg)
  • Enyu Todorov – 1968 Olympic Silver Medalist (57 – 63 kg)
  • Osman Duraliev – 1968 Olympic Silver Medalist (+ 97 kg)
  • Petar Kirov – 1968 Olympic Gold Medalist (- 52 kg), 1972 Olympic Gold Medalist (48 – 52 kg)
  • Ognyan Nikolov – 1972 Olympic Silver Medalist (- 48 kg)
  • Ivan Krastev – 1972 Olympic Bronze Medalist (57 – 62 kg)
  • Osman Duraliev – 1972 Olympic Silver Medalist (+ 100)
  • Stefan Angelov – 1972 Olympic Bronze Medalist (- 48 kg), 1976 Olympic Bronze Medalist (- 48 kg)
  • Georgi Markov – 1972 Olympic Gold Medalist (57 – 62 kg)
  • Stoyan Apostolov – 1972 Olympic Silver Medalist (62 – 68 kg)
  • Aleksandar Tomov – 1972 Olympic Silver Medalist (+ 100), 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist (+ 100), 1980 Olympic Silver Medalist (+ 100)
  • Khasan Isaev – 1976 Olympic Gold Medalist (- 48 kg)
  • Dimo Kostov – 1976 Olympic Bronze Medalist (90 – 100 kg)
  • Ivan Kolev – 1976 Olympic Bronze Medalist (74 – 82 kg)
  • Stoyan Ivanov – 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist (82 – 90 kg)
  • Kamen Goranov – 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist (90 – 100 kg)
  • Nermedin Selimov – 1980 Olympic Bronze Medalist (48 – 52 kg)
  • Miho Dukov – 1980 Olympic Silver Medalist (57 – 62 kg)
  • Ivan Yankov – 1980 Olympic Silver Medalist (62 – 68 kg)
  • Valentin Raychev – 1980 Olympic Gold Medalist (68 – 74 kg)
  • Ismail Abilov – 1980 Olympic Gold Medalist (74 – 82 kg)
  • Slavcho Chervenkov – 1980 Olympic Silver Medalist (90 – 100 kg)
  • Mladen Mladenov – 1980 Olympic Bronze Medalist (48 – 52 kg)
  • Pavel Pavlov – 1980 Olympic Bronze Medalist (74 – 82 kg)
  • Georgi Raikov – 1980 Olympic Gold Medalist (90 – 100 kg)
  • Ivan Tzonov – 1988 Olympic Silver Medalist (- 48 kg)
  • Simeon Shterev – 1988 Olympic Bronze Medalist (57 – 62 kg)
  • Rahmat Sukra – 1988 Olympic Bronze Medalist (68 – 74 kg)
  • Bratan Tzenov – 1988 Olympic Bronze Medalist (- 48 kg)
  • Stoyan Balov – 1988 Olympic Silver Medalist (52 – 57 kg)
  • Zhivko Vangelov – 1988 Olympic Silver Medalist (57 – 62 kg)
  • Atanas Komchev – 1988 Olympic Gold Medalist (82 – 90 kg)
  • Rangel Gerovski – 1988 Olympic Silver Medalist (+ 130 kg)
  • Valentin Yordanov – 1992 Olympic Bronze Medalist (48 – 52 kg), 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist (48 – 52 kg)
  • Valentin Getzov – 1992 Olympic Silver Medalist (62 – 68 kg)
  • Serafim Barzakov – 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist (58 – 63 kg)
  • Radoslav Velikov – 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist (- 54 kg)
  • Kiril Terziev – 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist (66 – 74 kg)
  • Yavor Yanakiev – 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist (66 – 74 kg)

Canada Canada[edit]

  • Tonya Verbeek – 2004 & 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist, 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist
  • Daniel Igali – 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist, 1X World Champion
  • Guivi Sissaouri – 1996 Olympic Silver Medalist, 1X World Champion, 1X World Silver, 2X World Bronze
  • Gary Bohay – 1989 World Silver Medalist, Canada Cup Champion and Canada Hall of Fame Recipient
  • Christine Nordhagen – 2004 Olympic Fifth, 6X World Champion, 3X World Silver, 1X World Bronze
  • David Zilberman - Canadian Olympic heavyweight wrestler
  • Carol Huynh - 2008 Olympic Champion, 2012 Olympic Bronze,

China China[edit]

Cuba Cuba[edit]

Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia[edit]

Denmark Denmark[edit]

Egypt Egypt[edit]

  • Ibrahim Moustafa – 1928 Olympic Gold Medalist, Egypt's first Olympic Medal
  • Karam Ibrahim – 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist ((Greco-Roman)) was offered to work for WWE but turned down the offer as he's currently interested in Mixed Martial Arts competition
  • Mohamed Abdelfatah - 2006 World Gold Medalist ((Greco-Roman)) The most decorated wrestler in Africa.

Estonia Estonia[edit]

  • August Neo – 1936 Olympic Silver Medalist in Freestyle and Bronze in Greco-Roman
  • Kristjan Palusalu – 1936 Olympic Gold Medalist Greco-Roman, 1936 Olympic Gold Medalist Freestyle.
  • Voldemar Väli – 1928 Olympic Gold Medalist, 1932 Olympic Bronze Medalist
  • Johannes Kotkas – 1952 Olympic Gold Medalist Greco-Roman, 1953 World Championships Silver Medalist Greco-Roman
  • Heiki Nabi – 1996 World Champion Greco-Roman wrestling, 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist, 2013 World Championships Silver Medalist Greco-Roman
  • Eduard Pütsep – 1924 Olympic Gold Medalist Greco-Roman wrestling
  • Osvald Käpp – 1928 Olympic Gold Medalist Greco-Roman wrestling
  • August Englas – 1953 World Champion Greco-Roman wrestling, 1954 World Champion Freestyle wrestling
  • Albert Kusnets – 1928 Olympic Bronze Medalist Greco-Roman wrestling
  • Roman Steinberg – 1924 Olympic Bronze Medalist Greco-Roman wrestling
  • August Kippasto – 1912 Olympian
  • Martin Klein - 1912 Olympic Silver Medalist

France France[edit]

Finland Finland[edit]

Georgia Georgia (country)[edit]

Germany Germany[edit]

Great Britain United Kingdom[edit]

Greece Greece[edit]

Hungary Hungary[edit]

India India[edit]

Iran Iran[edit]

Italy Italy[edit]

Japan Japan[edit]

Kazakhstan Kazakhstan[edit]

Korea, North North Korea[edit]

Korea, South South Korea[edit]

Lebanon Lebanon[edit]

Republic of Macedonia Republic of Macedonia[edit]

Moldova Moldova[edit]

Mongolia Mongolia[edit]

Norway Norway[edit]

Pakistan Pakistan[edit]

Poland Poland[edit]

Romania Romania[edit]

Russia Russia[edit]

Sweden Sweden[edit]

  • Edvin Matiasson – 1908 Olympic Bronze Medalist
  • Erik Lindén – 1948 Olympic Bronze Medalist
  • Frank Andersson – 1984 Olympic Bronze Medalist
  • Mikael Ljungberg – 1996 Olympic Bronze Medalist, 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Ara Abrahamian – 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist, later became known for his antics during 2008 Olympics where he was stripped of his bronze
  • Sofia Mattsson – 2007 European Bronze Medalist, 2008 European Silver Medalist

Switzerland Switzerland[edit]

Turkey Turkey[edit]

USSR Soviet Union[edit]

Uzbekistan Uzbekistan[edit]

  • Artur Taymazov – 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist
  • Magomed Ibragimov – 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist, 2000 Olympic Bronze Medalist
  • Alexandr Dokturishvili – 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist

Ukraine Ukraine[edit]

United Arab Republic United Arab Republic[edit]

USA United States[edit]