History

Wrestling is the oldest recorded Sport. There are now over 1000 various forms of wrestling throughout the world: the concept of all is the same even today, only the rules vary. It is one of the biggest sports in the world today and has recently included female wrestling at the Athens Olympics.

The first Olympic Games was comprised of eight sports, with every athlete competing in all eight. Wrestling was the final and ultimate sport, as a true test of strength and skill.

While Wrestling clubs are known to have been in existence in New Zealand since early last century, it was 1931 before the first New Zealand Amateur Wrestling Championships were staged. With the exception of World War II, the championships have been held annually ever since.




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