He was picked as the greatest Belorussian athlete of the 20th century in 2001 and was one of the first 10 inductees to the FILA International Wrestling Hall of Fame. Those Olympics have come and gone so the rankings must be adjusted! He retired after the 1992 Olympics, but made a comeback to wrestle for Uzebekistan in Atlanta in 1996, but he was not the same wrestler, going 1-2. So compiling a list of the Top 50 Wrestlers of All Time is no easy endeavor. The Open Mat ® (TOM) is dedicated to covering the sport of Amateur Wrestling. He was never defeated in Olympic competition, though he did have a draw against Ahmet Ayik of Turkey in 1964. Only two men have claimed medals of any color in the event across four Olympic Games. No one has ever won four Olympic gold medals in freestyle. A very young group of wrestlers won gold medals in Rio so they could all be back to defend in Tokyo. The 1984 communist boycott of the Los Angeles Olympics probably cost Fadzayev a third gold medal. The wrestler whose namesake tournament has become one of the toughest in the world was the ultimate team player. Sergei won gold in 1980, starting a run of eight consecutive world level titles with the glaring exception of 1984 in Los Angeles. Jordan Burroughs (USA) chances to finish his career in the top 10 took a big hit when he missed the podium. TOM provides news, analysis, opinions and coverage of College, High School, and International wrestling. 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After his victory in 1976, Tediashvili was awarded the highest honor bestowed by the Soviet Union, the Order of Lenin.eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'theopenmat_com-medrectangle-4','ezslot_0',129,'0','0'])); So remarkable were Smith’s on the mat exploits that he was voted one of the 100 Greatest Olympians of All-Time, in any sport, at the 1996 Olympics and was the first American to ever win the Master of Technique and Wrestler of the Year award from FILA. All of the other champions, Soslan Ramonov (Russia), Hassan Yazdanicharati (Iran), Abdulrashid Sadulaev (Russia), Kyle Snyder (USA) and Taha Akgul (TUR) won gold in their first attempt. His gold in 1992 must have been particularly satisfying as he got revenge on David Gobejishvili (Soviet Union) who had defeated him in the 1988 final.eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'theopenmat_com-large-mobile-banner-1','ezslot_7',131,'0','0'])); Certainly one of the greatest freestyle wrestlers of all time, Satiev lost just twice in his international career. Odds are that at least one, and possibly more, of the 2016 Olympic champions makes this list after 2020. Ric Flair has been emulated by many of the men here on our list, which will happen when you are “The Man.” Ric Flair is not a “sports entertainer,” but the greatest wrestler of all time. Image via Lionsgate Levan defeated John Peterson (USA) in the 1972 Olympics at 82 kg while Ben Peterson (USA) won gold at 90 kg. Khadem had bested Khadartsev in the finals at both the 1994 and 1995 world championships. In addition, one of our #1s was stripped of his medal for drug use. How can some body of Eddie Guerrero wrestling ability be 28 on the list he is the best wrestler of all time he had a great gimmick and was a great high flyer his match vs rey mastrio at Halloween havoc is one of the best wrestling matches of all time. Another gold in 2020 would almost certainly put him on this list. Mate went on to win the gold in 1980. As it stands, he won gold in Moscow (1980) and Seoul (1988) and checks in at number five on our list. No one has ever won four Olympic gold medals in freestyle. Ayik would win gold himself in 1968 when Medved moved up to a higher weight class. Baumgartner is one of those men having won gold in 1984 and 1992 to go with silver in 1988 and a bronze in Atlanta in 1996. His gold in 1992 must have been particularly satisfying as he got revenge on David Gobejishvili (Soviet Union) who had defeated him in the 1988 final. As with the prior rankings, these focus on Olympic achievements with other considerations only used as tie-breakers. If it weren’t for Tediashvili, the Peterson brothers, John and Ben, might have been on this list. He now stood between Khadartsev and a third Olympic gold. It will be four long years before these rankings change again, unless more legends lose their medals, so enjoy! His second gold medal, in 1992, capped a run of six consecutive world level titles. Four years later in Mexico City, Uetake separated his shoulder in his final match while trailing 2-0. That loss, in the round robin, eliminated Satiev from the tournament. However, I’m removing him from this list. His last name means “bear” in Russian and Medved mauled his opponents on his way to three Olympic gold medals.