World Greco Roman Rankings and Why We Use Them

In our reporting, we try to include the current Greco Roman rankings assigned to each competitor by United World Wrestling. We do not do this because of a consensus that the rankings handed down by the global sanctioning body are infallible. If anything, they are constantly up for debate. The overwhelming majority of the time, Greco Roman rankings are decided by a wrestler’s most recent achievements and rate of activity. Worthwhile parameters to consider, certainly. But there are also plenty of cases when an athlete from a particular country may not have entered into competition either because of injury, scheduling conflicts, or simply due to not needing to get those matches in. In other words, while somewhat reliable, these rankings are also weighed on a sliding scale.

However, they are a valuable tool when it comes to illustrating reference points. In other words, including the Greco Roman ranking next to a wrestler’s name in the context of a competition taking place at that point in time serves as an indication of an athlete’s status during that period. For instance, a summary about the Granma Cup may help a reader understand the prowess of a specific wrestler (i.e., John Doe (USA, world no. 7). It doesn’t mean that the greater wrestling community as a whole actually believes in or agrees with how high or low a wrestler is ranked, but it is the recognized standard the sport uses to measure competitive success during a given time-frame.

Our reporting style is such that we do abide by the UWW’s Greco Roman rankings because they help paint a picture for our readers as well as those new to Greco wrestling altogether.

How We Display Greco Roman Rankings

Inside of reports and summaries:


*Only wrestlers ranked in the top-20 by United World Wrestling receive a ranking designation next to their name on Five Point Move.

Non-Olympic Weights

Five Point Move does include the UWW Greco Roman ranking assigned to each wrestler if they compete in a non-Olympic weight class. When it is an Olympic year and an athlete from a non-Olympic weight moves to a different class, we will still include that ranking with the note that it at the other weight (e.g., John Doe, USA, world no. 7 at 71 kg).

Weight Class Changes

If an athlete competes at a different weight other than the one they are ranked in, that ranking will be included similar to the example presented above.

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