What is wrestling?
A: Wrestling is a combat sports involving grappling-type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedowns, joint locks, pins and other grappling holds.
Wrestling techniques have been incorporated into what?
A: Martial arts, combat sports and military systems.
The sport can either be genuinely competitive or what?
A: Sportive entertainment (professional wrestling).
Wrestling comes in different forms such as what?
A: Freestyle, Greco-Roman, judo, sambo, folkstyle, catch, submission, sumo, pehlwani, shuai jiao and others.
A wrestling bout is a physical competition, between two
(sometimes more) competitors or sparring partners, who attempt to do what?
A: Gain and maintain a superior position.
Wrestling represents one of the oldest forms of what?
The origins of wrestling go back how many years,
through cave drawings?
A: 15,000 years.
Babylonian and Egyptian reliefs show what?
A: Wrestlers using most of the holds known in the present-day sport.
Literary references to it occur as early as when?
A: The Old Testament and the ancient Indian Vedas.
In the Book of Genesis, the Patriarch
Jacob is said to
A: Wrestled with God or an angel.
The Iliad, in which Homer recounts the Trojan War of
the 13th or 12th century BC, also contains what?
A: Mentions of wrestling.
In Ancient Greece wrestling occupied a prominent place
A: Legend, literature and philosophy.
Wrestling competition, brutal in many aspects, served
as the focal sport of the ancient what?
A: Olympic Games.
Ancient Romans borrowed heavily from Greek wrestling
but eliminated much of its what?
Many of Plato's dialogues are set in what?
A: Wrestling schools.
Early British settlers in America brought what with
A: A strong wrestling tradition.
The settlers also found wrestling to be popular among
A: Native Americans.
Amateur wrestling flourished throughout the early years
of the North American colonies and served as a popular activity at what?
A: Country fairs, holiday celebrations, and in military exercises.
Where did the first organized national wrestling
tournament take place?
A: In New York City in 1888.
Wrestling has also been an event at every modern what?
A: Olympic Games.
In Ancient Egypt, wrestling has been evidenced by what?
A: Documentation on tombs (circa 2300 BC) and Egyptian artwork (circa 2000–1085 BC).
Oil wrestling is the national sport of what country?
A: Turkey and can be traced back to Central Asia.
Arabic literature depicted
Muhammad as a skilled
wrestler who did what?
A: Defeated a skeptic in a match at one point.
The Byzantine emperor Basil I, according to court
historians, won in wrestling against whom?
A: A boastful wrestler from Bulgaria in the eighth century.
In 1520 at the Field of the Cloth of Gold pageant, what
did Francis I of France do?
A: He threw fellow king Henry VIII of England in a wrestling match.