By Laman Ismayilova
Azerbaijani Greco-Roman wrestlers have grabbed three medals at an international tournament in Turkey, Azertac reported.
The tournament was organized in memory of Turkish wrestlers Vehbi Emre and Hamit Kaplan.
Islam Abbasov won a silver medal in the 85kg weight category. Murad Mammadov and Hasan Aliyev claimed the bronze medals for Azerbaijan in the 59kg and 75kg classes respectively.
Turkey topped the medal table followed by Georgia and Azerbaijan.
Wrestling remains the most popular sport in the county and is overseen by the National Wrestling Federation, which was established in 1993.
The Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling have rich history and unique traditions.
Freestyle wrestling that represents most of the elements, techniques and fighting methods of our national wrestling, and has come a long way of development has been accepted as American wrestling in the world, which means that the present day wrestling originated in the United States of America.
However, the ‘national wrestling’ has a more ancient history. The elements of this national wrestling can be encountered on the Qobustan rocks, in folk and classical literature, and sagas.