Ranking Series

Wrestling to Debut Ranking Series in 2018

By Tim Foley

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY (December 6) -- United World Wrestling, the international governing body for the sport of wrestling, has announced details behind the launch of an annual ranking series.

The 2018 series will be a soft launch with full implementation expected in 2019.

“The wrestling community deserves a clear ranking system for the sport’s top athletes,” said United World Wrestling president Nenad Lalovic. “Rankings makes it easier for our fans, athletes and coaches to understand the impact of each tournament and match. That’s brand new for our sport.”

In addition to the continental and world championships, the 2018 series will feature four specialty ranking tournaments for each of the three Olympic styles: Greco-Roman, women’s wrestling and freestyle. Points in all tournaments will be awarded based on finish plus the number of competitors present in each weight category. Nations may only enter three athletes in any single weight class.

For example, if at the 2018 world championships at 70 kg, sees 40 participants the world champion will receive 25 + 40 pts = 65 points.

Points are only retained by individual athletes, not nations. Also, points can NOT be carried across weight categories. The rankings will be used to determine seeding at the Senior World Championships in Budapest.

The first rankings will be posted March 1, 2018 on the United World Wrestling homepage

*If a weight category only has one bronze medal (by example Nordic System), the athlete ranked in the fourth place will get 12 points in the Senior World Championships or Olympic Games, 7 points in the Continental Championships and 3 points in the UWW Select Ranking Events.

**If a weight category only has one fifth place (by example after a doping case), the athlete ranked in the sixth place will get 9 points in the Senior World Championships or Olympic Games, 5 points in the Continental Championships and 1 point in the UWW Select Ranking Event.

Ranking Events

Freestyle Wrestling

Ivan Yariguin (RUS), January
Tbilisi GP (GEO), June                          
South Africa Open (RSA), July            
Medved (BLR), September                            

Women’s Wrestling

Klippan Lady Open (SWE), February             
Mongolia Open (MGL), June           
China Open (CHN), June                  
Poland Open (POL), September                 

Greco-Roman Wrestling

Takhti Cup (IRI), January                             
Granma y Cerro Pelado (CUB), February        
Hungarian GP (HUN), June                    
Vehbi Emre (TUR), July                           

Ranking Series

Rome, Warsaw Tapped to Host 2020 Ranking Series Events

By United World Wrestling Press

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY (October 10) – United World Wrestling has announced Rome and Warsaw as hosts of the 2020 Ranking Series. Both events will include all three wrestling styles: freestyle, women’s wrestling, and Greco-Roman and will influence seeding for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Rome will host its competition January 15-18, while Warsaw will welcome wrestlers June 4-7 – one month after the final Olympic qualification tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria.

“We are pleased to announce our host cities for the 2020 Ranking Series,” said United World Wrestling president Nenad Lalovic. “There was outstanding participation at the 2019 events, which helped create excitement around our wrestlers and the World Championships in Nur-Sultan. We thank the local organizing committees in Rome and Warsaw for hosting these events.”

The 2020 Ranking Series will influence the top four seeds at the Tokyo Olympic Games, which will mark the first-time wrestling has used the Ranking Series to seed at the Olympics. With weight classes limited to 16 entries per weight, 25-percent of each category will be seeded, ensuring fans will enjoy several premier matchups in the semifinals and finals.

Ranking Series points are collected from finishes from the World Championships, Continental Championships, and Ranking Series events. Current rankings are posted on the United World Wrestling homepage and are updated after each relevant tournament.

The remaining Olympic qualification tournaments will also utilize seeding for the top two positions, drawing from the 2019 World Championships, first Ranking Series event, and the Continental championships.

Currently all NOC’s who earned Olympic qualification at the 2019 World Championships have confirmed their nation’s participation at the 2020 Olympic Games.

Wrestling at Tokyo 2020 will run from August 2-8 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba.