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Wrestling sport in which two contestants try to force each others shoulders to the floor for scoring a fall and winning the match Points are awarded for various holds and techniques during the match and if neither wrestler can score a fall within the time limit the competitor with the most points wins Wrestlers compete in weight classes which ensure that opponents are about the same size and weight All wrestling matches are supervised by officials who enforce the rules Now wrestling has been popular throughout recorded history Origins of the sport can be traced back 15000 years to cave drawings in France Early Egyptian and Babylonian reliefs depict wrestlers using most of the holds known to the present-day sport Early American settlers brought a strong wrestling tradition with them from England The colonists also found wrestling quite popular among the Native Americans Amateur wrestling flourished throughout the early years of the nation and served as a popular activity at country fairs holiday celebrations and in military exercises Of the early American styles only the catch-as-catch-can style survives and it has evolved into the modern form of collegiate wrestling The first organized national wrestling tournament was held in New York City in 1888 while the first wrestling competition in the modern Olympic Games was held in 1904 in Saint Louis Missouri FILA was founded in 1912 in Antwerp Belgium The first NCAA Wrestling Championships were also held in 1912 in Ames Iowa USA Wrestling became the national governing body of amateur wrestling in 1983 and conducts competitions for all age levels Since the start wrestling is popular throughout the world There are three basic styles of amateur wrestling Freestyle and Greco-Roman are contested on the international level Collegiate-style is specific to North America where competitions take place at colleges and universities high schools and athletic clubs International Wrestling At the Olympic Games and world championships wrestling competitions are held in
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