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Freestyle wrestling was an event contested at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, where Team England secured three bronze medals, won by Georgina Nelthorpe, Syerus Eslami and Charlie Bowling and placed third on the medal table. 

The sport will return once again to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022.

In a head to head face off, contenders grapple, throw and pin their opponents in a battle of strength, technique and strategy.

The freestyle wrestling event will take place at Coventry Stadium and Indoor Arena where competitors will compete across a range of different weight categories. Watch as these powerful athletes will go toe-to-toe on the mats in an attempt to dominate the opposition.

Can Charlie Bowling win bronze for Team England? Fighting against Mauritius, putting pressure on, leaving no time for his opponent to defend, exposing the back and manages to lead with a leg lace, securing the final two points of the match - Charlie Bowling wins bronze in the men's 65kg class.

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Wrestling is a straight knockout competition with repechage events for those athletes who lose to the eventual finalists
All wrestlers who lose against both finalists will have repechage matches split into two groups: one of wrestlers who lost against the first finalist, and another of wrestlers who lost against the second finalist
The repechage matches begin with wrestlers who lost in the first round (including in matches to obtain the ideal number) against one of the two finalists (up to the losers in the semi-finals) by direct elimination. The winners of the two repechage groups will each receive the bronze medal
Each match has two periods of three minutes with a 30 second break and a fall automatically stops the match in any period
The winner is declared by the addition of the points scored in both periods and in freestyle, technical superiority of ten points automatically leads to victory

Wrestling was first introduced to the Commonwealth Games as a men's only sport at the first Games in Hamilton 1930. The sport has now grown from 3 countries, to 17, and this progression isn't ending anytime soon, hoping for this participation rate to develop each cycle. 

Freestyle wrestling was an event contested at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, where Team England secured three bronze medals, won by Georgina Nelthorpe, Syerus Eslami and Charlie Bowling and placed third on the medal table. 

Team England previous wrestling medals

5
Gold
22
Silver
39
Bronze
66
Total

Wrestling will be held at Coventry Stadium at Birmingham 2022 where Team England hope to come fighting, and secure a place on the medal table. 

Team Leader

Jatinder Singh Rakhra

Jatinder Singh Rakhra

In May 2021, British Talent Lead Jatinder Singh Rakhra was appointed to lead the English wrestling squad for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Jit was part of the management team that led a successful team of wrestlers to the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast where three of the five athletes returned with a bronze medal. He also led the wrestling team as part of the Team GB delegation at the European Olympic Youth Festival in 2019. 

Speaking about his appointment, Jit said

“British Wrestling is a strong and diverse community that I have been part of for 28 years. Wrestling has paid a huge part in my life and I am extremely proud and honoured to be Leading Team England Wrestling to this home games in Birmingham. ”

Jatinder Singh Rakhra
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