No, this is not the fake WWE wrestling that a lot of people have become familiar with over the years.
This is the real deal.
Olympic wrestling is split into two disciplines—Freestyle and Greco-Roman.
The difference between the two disciplines is pretty simple.
In Greco-Roman wrestling, competitors can’t use their legs to attack or defend. Whereas in Freestyle wrestling, also known as collegiate wrestling in America, the legs can be used.
Aside from being split into two disciplines, wrestling is also split into different weight classes.
There are seven different men's weight classes in Freestyle wrestling, and four different men's weight classes in Greco-Roman wrestling.
The women have four different Freestyle wrestling weight classes, and three different Greco-Roman wrestling weight classes.
Although wrestling was the favorite event of the ancient Olympic games, the modern Olympic wrestling was not introduced until 1904.
According to SI.com, there are two gold medal favorites for Americans to watch in 2012—Jordan Burroughs and Henry Cejudo, who won a gold medal in 2008.
There is no reason for Olympic fans not to check out both men's and women's wrestling. These are some of the best, most conditioned athletes in the world.