before 1100;Middle Englishwrestlen, wrastlen (v.), Old English*wrǣstlian (compare Old Englishwrǣstlere wrestler), frequentative of wrǣstan to wrest; cognate with Middle Dutch,Middle Low Germanworstelen
outwrestle, verb (used with object), outwrestled, outwrestling.
O.E. *wræstlian, frequentative of wræstan "to wrest" (see wrest). Cf. N.Fris. wrassele, M.L.G. worstelen. Fig. sense is recorded from early 13c. Wrestling is attested by c.1100; meaning "sport of grappling and throwing" is attested by early 13c.