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

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International (Olympic) weight classes

For men's freestyle and Greco-Roman

Currently, men's freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling is divided into four main age categories internationally: schoolboys, cadets, juniors, and seniors.[1]

Schoolboys (young men ages 14–15; or age 13 with a medical certificate and parental authorization) competing in freestyle and Greco-Roman do so in one of the following 10 weight classes[2]:

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

Cadets (young men ages 16–17; or age 15 with a medical certificate and parental authorization) competing in freestyle and Greco-Roman do so in one of the following 10 weight classes[2]:

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

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[2]:

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

Seniors (men ages 20 and up) competing in freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling do so in one of the following seven weight classes[2]:

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

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 and seniors.[1]

For women's freestyle

Women currently compete in freestyle wrestling in one of four age categories on an international level: schoolgirls, cadets, juniors, and seniors.[3]

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[3]:

  • 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[3]:

  • 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[3]:

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

Seniors (women ages 20 and up) competing in freestyle wrestling do so in one of the following seven weight classes[3]:

  • 44 to 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

Elementary

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 by rather just by weight class. This is rarely used because it pairs younger, less experienced athletes with older, more experienced athletes.

Middle school

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
  • 94 lb
  • 102 lb
  • 110 lb
  • 118 lb
  • 126 lb
  • 134 lb
  • 142 lb
  • 152 lb
  • 165 lb
  • 185 lb
  • 275 lb

Some states use these weight classes for middle school:

  • 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

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)[4]:

  • 103 lb
  • 112 lb
  • 119 lb
  • 125 lb
  • 130 lb
  • 135 lb
  • 140 lb
  • 145 lb
  • 152 lb
  • 160 lb
  • 171 lb
  • 189 lb
  • 215 lb
  • Heavyweight (up to 285 pounds; up to 275 pounds from 1988-89 through 2005-06; unlimited before 1988-89).

Also some tournaments have a 95 lb weight class.

The AAU has their own weight classes for their tournaments.

  • 103
  • 108
  • 117
  • 124
  • 130
  • 135
  • 140
  • 145
  • 150
  • 157
  • 165
  • 176
  • 194
  • 220
  • 290

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

Other states have additional or modified weight classes such as:

College

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)[8]:

  • 125 lb
  • 133 lb
  • 141 lb
  • 149 lb
  • 157 lb
  • 165 lb
  • 174 lb
  • 184 lb
  • 197 lb
  • Heavyweight (that is, from 198 lb to 285 lb)[9]

Also:

The National Collegiate Wrestling Association has also approved the following eight weight classes for its women's division[10]:

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

Professional wrestling

In professional wrestling, weight classes are not as strict or as organized. Cruiserweights can compete against Heavyweight wrestlers, etc.:

  • Welterweight: weight limit of 172 lb (78 kg)[citation needed]
  • Middleweight: weight limit of 192 lb (87 kg)[citation needed]
  • Light heavyweight: weight limit of 214 lb (97 kg)[citation needed]
  • Junior heavyweight: older term for cruiserweight, used mainly in Japan[citation needed]
  • Cruiserweight: The weight limit varies from promotion and time period, but generally includes all wrestlers under a certain weight limit. The lowest weight limit ever used for cruiserweights is 215 lb (98 kg) and the highest is believed to be 235 lb (107 kg). However, 220 lb (100 kg) is usually the most common weight limit for cruiserweights.
  • Heavyweight: all athletes weighing more than 220 lb (100 kg)[citation needed]
  • Super Heavyweight: Not an official weight class and not so much coined unless an athlete is extremely large, but any athlete weighing 300 lb (140 kg) or more is considered a super heavyweight.
  • Ultra Heavyweight: Like Super Heavyweight, it is not an official weight class and not used very often. It usually means that the athlete is over the weight limit of 500 pounds. Notable wrestlers are: Andre the Giant and Yokozuna.

References

  1. ^ 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. http://www.fila-wrestling.com/images/documents/lutte/wr230107.pdf. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  2. ^ a b c d International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (2006-12-01). "International Wrestling Rules: Greco-Roman Wrestling, Freestyle Wrestling, Women's Wrestling". pp. 11, 12. FILA. http://www.fila-wrestling.com/images/documents/lutte/wr230107.pdf. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  3. ^ a b c d e International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (2006-12-01). "International Wrestling Rules: Greco-Roman Wrestling, Freestyle Wrestling, Women's Wrestling". p. 55. FILA. http://www.fila-wrestling.com/images/documents/lutte/wr230107.pdf. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  4. ^ National Federation of State High School Associations (2008-08-01). 2008-09 NFHS Wrestling Rules Book. NFHS. pp. 19. 
  5. ^ New York State Public High School Athletic Association (2008-08-01). "2008-2010 NYSPHSAA Handbook". pp. 118-19. NYSPHSAA. http://www.nysphsaa.org/handbook/pdf/Handbook_0810.pdf. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  6. ^ a b Montana High School Association (2008-08-01). "2008-09 Montana High School Association Handbook". p. 201. MHSA. http://www.mhsa.org/Handbook/2008-09Handbook/2008-09-Wrestling.pdf. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  7. ^ University Interscholastic League (2008-08-01). "2008-09 Wrestling Manual". p. 34. UIL. http://www.uil.utexas.edu/athletics/manuals/wrestling/pg24_51reg_season.pdf. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  8. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (2008-08-01). "2009 NCAA Wrestling Rules and Interpretations". p. WR-10. NCAA. http://www.ncaapublications.com/Uploads/PDF/Wrestling_9_9_2008bf011438-719d-4418-ba9b-975c7b60f84c.pdf. Retrieved 2008-10-30. 
  9. ^ 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. http://www.ncwa.net/files/Wrestling_Plan.pdf. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  10. ^ a b National Collegiate Wrestling Association (2008-09-01). "2008-09 NCWA Wrestling Plan". p. 14. NCWA. http://www.ncwa.net/files/Wrestling_Plan.pdf. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 

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