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Freestyle, Beach Wrestling to highlight 2022 Youth Olympic Games in Dakar, Senegal

By United World Wrestling and USA Wrestling | Dec. 31, 2019, 6:09 p.m. (ET)

Photo of 2018 Youth Olympic Games champion Robert Howard of the United States courtesy of United World Wrestling.

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (December 20) – United World Wrestling and the International Olympic Committee have announced that men’s freestyle, women’s wrestling and beach wrestling will be featured at the 2022 Youth Olympic Games to be held in Dakar, Senegal.

The new styles and the additional allocations per weight class (10) gives the sport of wrestling considerably more allocations versus its 2018 numbers. Also, with 18 weight categories wrestling has the most events of any combat sport, and the third most overall behind Athletics and Aquatics.

“We are excited to offer Beach Wrestling at the Youth Olympic Games,” said UWW president and IOC executive board member Nenad Lalovic. “African wrestling is very popular in Senegal and we know that adding beach wrestling will mean incredible local crowds.”

The Youth Olympic Games are often used as a testing ground for the viability of future sports (i.e. 3x3 basketball) and are not reflective of the Olympic schedules in 2024 and 2028. Greco-Roman and a yet to-be-determined style will be on tap for the 2026 Youth Olympic Games.

More information of Dakar 2022 will be available in the coming months.

Editor's Note: Beach Wrestling has already been featured in a past Youth Olympic Games (YOG). Jenna Burkert won a bronze medal in women's Beach Wrestling at the YOG Singapore 2010. In the three past Youth Olympic Games, the USA has won seven medals)


Youth Olympic Games, Buenos Aires 2018

Emily Shilson, Maple Grove, Minn. (women's freestyle, gold medal, 43 kg)
Robert Howard, Cranford, N.J. (men's freestyle, gold medal, 55 kg)
Carson Manville, Kingston, Pa. (men's freestyle, 4th place, 65 kg)
Tiare Ikei, Honolulu, Hawaii (women's freestyle, 6th place, 43 kg)

Youth Olympic Games, Nanjing 2014
Mason Manville, Blairstown, N.J. (Greco-Roman, silver medal, 69 kg)
Cade Olivas, Fontana, Calif. (men’s freestyle, silver medal 46 kg)
Daton Fix, Sand Springs, Okla. (men’s freestyle, silver medal 54 kg)

Youth Olympic Games, Singapore 2010
Jordan Rogers, Spokane, Wash. (men’s freestyle, silver medal, 76 kg)
Lucas Sheridan, Concord, Calif. (Greco-Roman, 4th place at 85 kg)
Quinton Murphy, Holley, N.Y. (men’s freestyle, 4th place at 63 kg)
Jenna Burkert, Middle Island, N.Y. (women’s freestyle, 5th place at 60 kg; bronze medal in Beach Wrestling)