The final wrestling quotas have been allocated as the men’s Greco-Roman events come to a close at the 2021 World Wrestling Qualification Tournament. The two finalists from each of the six events qualified a quota to compete at the games. The World Wrestling Qualification Tournament was held in Sofia, Bulgaria from May 6th to May 9th 2021.
In total 11 nations qualified the 12 available quotas. The nation to qualify two athletes was Armenia thanks to the performance of Armen Melikyan and 2020 European bronze medalist Karen Aslanyan in the -60kg and -67kg events respectively. Joining them are 2018 World Championship silver medalist Victor Ciobanu of Moldova and Ukraine’s Parviz Nasibov respectively.
In the -77kg the two qualifiers moved from a non-Olympic weight class to attempt to qualify a spot at the Olympics. 2018 World Championship silver medalist Rafig Huseynov of Azerbaijan moved down from -82kg while 2019 World Championship bronze medalist Aik Mnatsakanian of Bulgaria moved up from -72kg to qualify. The largest weight change was seen in the -130kg event where 2019 European bronze medalist in the -97kg Elias Kuosmanen of Finland qualified in the heavier weight (Finland had already qualified someone else in the -97kg event). Joining Kuosmanen in obtaining a quota for his nation is Romania’s Alin Alexuc-Ciurariu, the 2020 European Championship gold medalist.
The -87kg quotas went to 2021 European Championship gold medalist Zurab Datunashvili of Serbia and Croatia’s Ivan Huklek. The -97kg quotas went to Hungary’s Alex Szoke and the Czech Republic’s Artur Omarov.
This concludes the qualification process for wrestling. Overall, Russia will be sending the largest team with 17/18 quotas qualified, afterwards the next most prolific nations are the United States (15 quotas) while Cuba and Japan share 12 quotas each.