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freestyle wrestling

one of three styles of wrestling used in international amateur competition (the others are Greco-Roman wrestling and sambo) under supervision of the Federation Internationale de Lutte Amateur (International Amateur Wrestling Federation). It was derived from the English Lancashire, or catch-as-catch-can, style, in which nearly all holds were permitted. Freestyle wrestling is also an Olympic event. Women's competition was added to the Olympic program in 2004.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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