Wrestling weight classes

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In many styles of wrestling, opponents are matched based on weight.

Olympic and International weight classes[edit]

Currently, men's freestyle and Greco-Roman as well as female wrestling have the following weights on the international level:[1]

Men's freestyle[edit]

  • 57 kg (126 lb)
  • 61 kg (134 lb) (non-Olympic class)
  • 65 kg (143 lb)
  • 70 kg (154 lb) (non-Olympic class)
  • 74 kg (163 lb)
  • 86 kg (190 lb)
  • 97 kg (214 lb)
  • 97 to 125 kg (214 to 276 lb)

Men's Greco Roman[edit]

  • 59 kg (130 lb)
  • 66 kg (145.5 lb)
  • 71 kg (156 lb) (non-Olympic class)
  • 75 kg (165 lb)
  • 80 kg (176 lb) (non-Olympic class)
  • 85 kg (187 lb)
  • 98 kg (216 lb)
  • 98 to 130 kg (216 to 286.5 lb)

Female wrestling[edit]

  • 48 kg (106 lb)
  • 53 kg (117 lb)
  • 55 kg (121 lb) (non-Olympic class)
  • 58 kg (128 lb)
  • 60 kg (132 lb) (non-Olympic class)
  • 63 kg (138 lb)
  • 69 kg (152 lb)
  • 69 to 75 kg (152 to 165 lb)

International youth weight classes[edit]

For men's freestyle and Greco-Roman[edit]

Currently, men's freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling is divided into three youth age categories internationally: schoolboys, cadets, and juniors.[2]

Schoolboys (young men ages 13–14; or age 12 with a medical certificate and parental authorization) competing in freestyle and Greco-Roman do so in one of the following 10 weight classes:[3]

  • 29 to 32 kg (64 to 70 lb)
  • 35 kg (77 lb)
  • 38 kg (84 lb)
  • 42 kg (93 lb)
  • 47 kg (104 lb)
  • 53 kg (117 lb)
  • 59 kg (130 lb)
  • 66 kg (146 lb)
  • 73 kg (161 lb)
  • 73 to 85 kg (161 to 187 lb)

Cadets (young men ages 15–16; or age 14 with a medical certificate and parental authorization) competing in freestyle and Greco-Roman do so in one of the following 10 weight classes:[3]

  • 39 to 42 kg (86 to 92 lb)
  • 46 kg (101 lb)
  • 50 kg (110 lb)
  • 54 kg (119 lb)
  • 58 kg (128 lb)
  • 63 kg (139 lb)
  • 69 kg (152 lb)
  • 76 kg (167 lb)
  • 85 kg (187 lb)
  • 85 to 100 kg (187 to 220 lb)

Juniors (young men ages 18 to 20; or age 17 with a medical certificate and parental authorization) competing in freestyle and Greco-Roman do so in one of the following eight weight classes:[3]

  • 46 to 50 kg (101 to 110 lb)
  • 55 kg (121 lb)
  • 60 kg (132 lb)
  • 66 kg (145 lb)
  • 74 kg (163 lb)
  • 84 kg (185 lb)
  • 96 kg (211 lb)
  • 96 to 120 kg (211 to 264 lb)

For men, there is also a special category for some freestyle and Greco-Roman competitions, "Veterans", for men ages 35 and older, that presumably wrestle in the same weight classes as seniors.[2]

For women's freestyle[edit]

Women currently compete in freestyle wrestling in one of four age categories on an international level: schoolgirls, cadets, juniors, and seniors.[4]

Schoolgirls (young women ages 14–15; or age 13 with a medical certificate and parental authorization) competing in freestyle wrestling do so in one of the following 10 weight classes:[4]

  • 28 to 30 kg
  • 32 kg
  • 34 kg
  • 37 kg
  • 40 kg
  • 44 kg
  • 48 kg
  • 52 kg
  • 57 kg
  • 57 to 62 kg

Cadets (young women ages 16–17; or age 15 with a medical certificate and parental authorization) competing in freestyle wrestling do so in one of the following 10 weight classes:[4]

  • 36 to 38 kg
  • 40 kg
  • 43 kg
  • 46 kg
  • 49 kg
  • 52 kg
  • 56 kg
  • 60 kg
  • 65 kg
  • 65 to 70 kg

Juniors (young women ages 18 to 20; or age 17 with a medical certificate and parental authorization) competing in freestyle wrestling do so in one of the following eight weight classes:[4]

  • 40 to 44 kg
  • 48 kg
  • 51 kg
  • 55 kg
  • 59 kg
  • 63 kg
  • 67 kg
  • 67 to 72 kg

Different nations may have different weight classes and different age categories for their levels of men's and women's freestyle and men's Greco-Roman competition.

Collegiate (scholastic) weight classes[edit]

Elementary school[edit]

Elementary school students competing in wrestling have multiple ways weight classes are determined.

  1. "Madison system" - This is a popular tournament format where there is no weight classes and the tournament director pairs wrestlers into brackets (usually 8 or 16 man) based on weight at weigh-ins. This is a popular method because it discourages "weight cutting" in young athletes.
  2. Division-based system - In this system, the tournament director separates athletes by age (ex: Grade 2 and under, Grade 4 and under, and Grade 6 and under), and by weight class. Weight class and division is at the tournament director's discretion.
  3. Pure-weight based system - In this system, the athletes are not divided by age but rather just by weight class. This is rarely used because it pairs younger, less experienced athletes with older, more experienced athletes.

Middle school[edit]

Wrestling weight classes for Middle (junior high) school in the United States vary from state to state and are not regulated by the NFHS. Students may compete in scholastic wrestling in one of the following weight classes:

  • 78 lb
  • 86 lb
  • 93 lb
  • 103 lb
  • 110 lb
  • 117 lb
  • 124 lb
  • 134 lb
  • 142 lb
  • 152 lb
  • 165 lb
  • 185 lb
  • 275 lb

Some states use these weight classes for middle school:

  • 70 lb
  • 75 lb
  • 80 lb
  • 86 lb
  • 92 lb
  • 98 lb
  • 104 lb
  • 110 lb
  • 116 lb
  • 122 lb
  • 128 lb
  • 134 lb
  • 142 lb
  • 150 lb
  • 160 lb
  • 172 lb
  • 205 lb
  • Heavyweight (up to 245 lb)

Also in some states:

  • 75 lb
  • 80 lb
  • 85 lb
  • 90 lb
  • 95 lb
  • 100 lb
  • 105 lb
  • 110 lb
  • 115 lb
  • 122 lb
  • 130 lb
  • 138 lb
  • 145 lb
  • 155 lb
  • 165 lb
  • 185 lb
  • 210 lb
  • Heavyweight (up to 250 lb)

High school[edit]

High school students in the United States competing in scholastic wrestling do so in one of the following 14 weight classes set by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)[5]

  • 106 Ib
  • 113 lb
  • 120 lb
  • 126 lb
  • 132 lb
  • 138 lb
  • 145 lb
  • 152 lb
  • 160 lb
  • 170 lb
  • 182 lb
  • 195 lb
  • 220 lb
  • Heavyweight (up to 285 pounds; up to 275 pounds from 1988-89 through 2005-06; unlimited before 1988-89).

The AAU has their own weight classes for their tournaments.

  • 103
  • 108
  • 117
  • 124
  • 130
  • 135
  • 140
  • 145
  • 150
  • 157
  • 165
  • 176
  • 194
  • 220
  • 300

These weights are only for their Freshman/Sophomore State Tournament.

Other states have additional or modified weight classes such as:

The state of Michigan has different weight classes than the standard classes listed above. The classes include:

  • 103
  • 112
  • 119
  • 125
  • 130
  • 135
  • 140
  • 145
  • 152
  • 160
  • 171
  • 189
  • 215
  • HWT (285)

Rankings for these classes in Michigan can be found on Michigan Grappler. [9]

College[edit]

College and university students in the United States competing in collegiate wrestling do so in one of the following 10 weight classes set by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA):[10]

  • 125 lb
  • 133 lb
  • 141 lb
  • 149 lb
  • 157 lb
  • 165 lb
  • 174 lb
  • 184 lb
  • 197 lb
  • Heavyweight (183 lb to 285 lb)[11]

Also:

The National Collegiate Wrestling Association has also approved the following eight weight classes for its women's division:[12]

  • 105 lb
  • 112 lb
  • 121 lb
  • 130 lb
  • 139 lb
  • 148 lb
  • 159 lb
  • 200 lb

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2013/December/17/FILA-announces-new-weight-classes
  2. ^ a b International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (2006-12-01). "International Wrestling Rules: Greco-Roman Wrestling, Freestyle Wrestling, Women's Wrestling". p. 11. FILA. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  3. ^ a b c International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (2006-12-01). "International Wrestling Rules: Greco-Roman Wrestling, Freestyle Wrestling, Women's Wrestling". pp. 11, 12. FILA. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  4. ^ a b c d International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (2006-12-01). "International Wrestling Rules: Greco-Roman Wrestling, Freestyle Wrestling, Women's Wrestling". p. 55. FILA. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  5. ^ "Weight classes changed in high school wrestling," National Wrestling Coaches Association, April 27, 2011. Accessed 4-28-2011. [1]
  6. ^ New York State Public High School Athletic Association (2010-08-01). "2010-2012 NYSPHSAA Handbook". pp. 122-23. NYSPHSAA. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  7. ^ a b Montana High School Association (2010-08-01). "2010-11 Montana High School Association Handbook". p. 205. MHSA. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  8. ^ University Interscholastic League (2010-08-01). "2010-11 Wrestling Manual". p. 18. UIL. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  9. ^ Division II final rankings entering the 2014 state tournament http://www.michigangrappler.com/news_article/show/350881?referrer_id=1025325
  10. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (2008-08-01). "2009 NCAA Wrestling Rules and Interpretations". p. WR-10. NCAA. Retrieved 2008-10-30. [dead link]
  11. ^ The minimum allowed weight for the Heavyweight class is 184 lb for the NCWA. "2008-09 NCWA Wrestling Plan". p. 14. NCWA. 2008-09-01. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  12. ^ a b National Collegiate Wrestling Association (2008-09-01). "2008-09 NCWA Wrestling Plan". p. 14. NCWA. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 

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