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Competition Format

Competition System

The competitions take place by direct elimination system with an ideal number of wrestlers, i.e. 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, etc. If there is no ideal number of wrestlers in a category, qualification matches will take place.

Pairing is made in the order of the numbers drawn at random. All wrestlers who lost against both finalists will have repechage matches. There are two separated groups of repechage: one group of wrestlers who lost against the first finalist, and another group 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 weight category begins and ends in a day. Each category weigh-in takes place one day before the beginning of the category concerned.

The competition takes place in the following manner:

Qualification round (if required)

Elimination rounds




The weigh-in for the wrestling competition will be conducted at the China Agricultural University Gymnasium under the supervision of the officials appointed by FILA, one day before the beginning of each category. The draw will take place at the same time as the weigh-in.

Medical Examination: 14:00-15:00

Weigh-in: 15:00-15:30

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