Ilya Mate

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Ilya Mate
Ilya Mate 1980.jpg
Ilya Mate in 1980
Personal information
Born 6 October 1956 (1956-10-06) (age 59)
Starohnativka, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine
Alma mater Donbas National Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture
Height 187 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 100 kg (220 lb)
Sport Freestyle wrestling
Club Kolos Donetsk

Illya Fedorovych Mate (Ukrainian: Ілля Федорович Мате, born 6 October 1956) is a retired Ukrainian freestyle wrestler. He won gold medals at the 1980 Olympics and 1979 and 1982 world championships, finishing third in 1981.[1][2]

Mate was born to a Greek father and Ukrainian mother. He took up wrestling in 1970 and won the Soviet heavyweight title in 1978–80 and 1982. After retiring from competitions he worked as an entrepreneur in Donetsk, and remained involved with the Donetsk Wrestling Federation. Since 2003, an annual junior freestyle wrestling tournament has been held in Donetsk Oblast in his honor.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Ilia Mate". Sports Reference LLC. 
  2. ^ Mate, Ilja (URS).