The roster for the men’s freestyle wrestling has been completed with the conclusion of those events 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 is currently being held in Sofia, Bulgaria from May 6th to May 9th 2021.
The twelve quotas were won by eleven nation with only Japan qualifying more than one quota. The quotas were won by 2017 World Championship gold medalist Yuki Takahashi in the -57kg event where he defeated 2017 World Championship bronze medalist Erdenebatyn Bekhbayar of Mongolia in the final. The second quota was won by Sosuke Takatani in the -86kg. Also qualifying in the event was 2017 World Championship silver medalist Boris Makojev of Slovakia.
Russia will be the second team to send a full men’s freestyle team (along with Iran) thanks to the performance of 2021 European Championships silver medalist Sergey Kozyrev whom qualified in the men’s -125kg along with India’s Sumit Malik. The qualifiers for the men’s -74kg were Belarus’ Magomedkhabib Kadimagomedov and Ukraine’s Vasyl Mykhailov.
Other former World Championships medalists to qualify a quota to the games include 2017 silver medalist Magomedmurad Gadzhiev of Poland in the men’s -65kg and 2018 bronze medalist Abraham Conyedo of Italy in the men’s -97kg. Joining them in those events are Greece’s Georgios Pilidis and Romania’s Albert Saritov respectively.
This completes the qualification process for men’s freestyle wrestling. The women’s freestyle wrestling finals are scheduled to be held tomorrow.
Update: Due to a doping violation, India was stripped of its -125kg quota. It has been reallocated to Kyrgyzstan.