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Olympic Team Scores, If They Were Kept

Olympic Team Scores, If They Were Kept
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There is no team score officially kept at the Olympics, because no team medal is awarded. But thanks to United World Wrestling, we know what the team scores would have been if team scoring was formally implemented.

But first, a quick explanation on how score is determined, using 57kg MFS as an example.


Unlike American folkstyle scoring, individual match results do not necessarily contribute to team score--only final placing. If you win with all criteria victories, you are still guaranteed to score more team points than if your finals opponent pins his way through. As you can see, both bronze medals get eight points, and the bronze losers get six points. Match results then determine places seventh though 10th.

First criteria is classification points. You get five for a pin, four a tech, three for a win, and one for a loss in which you score points. The seventh and eighth placer both had five classification points, so it next goes to pins (VT), of which neither had any pins. It then goes to techs (ST), and since Lachinau had one, he finished ahead of Yang.

The next criteria is total points scored in your matches. Lebedev scored eight points while Diatta scored seven, so the Russian finished ahead. Points are not awarded for anything below 10th.

Men's Freestyle

When we found out Haji Aliyev and Sharif Sharifov would drop weight classes for Rio, it became apparent that they might have the best team in men's freestyle. That bore out as the Azeris ended up with five medals, which would lead this particular style's medal count. Iran got a big help out of Ghasemi making the finals, and were able to scrounge up the equivalent of a bronze medal between Reza Yazdani and Alireza Karimi.

Even without Jordan Burroughs getting a medal, the Americans still finished ahead of the Russians, partly due to Makhov and Boltukaev going 0-1. Unsurprisingly, the top six teams also qualified all six weights for Rio.


Half the Cubans showed up ready to go, and it showed in their final team placing. They won the medal count over Russia (two golds and a silver versus two golds and a bronze), but two Russians snuck into the top 10. Russia also won the 2015 team title at Worlds, Azerbaijan was last year's World Cup champion, and Iran won this year's World Cup, so it those teams should all be in the top four.

Ukraine fell off from their third place finish in Vegas. Armenia is a a great example of the parity in Greco. With only two medals, they came in fifth, because 24 medals were split between 16 countries.

Women's Freestyle

Japan runs game. Their women's program is the most dominant of any country in any of the three styles. Four golds and a silver will pretty much guarantee you the team title.

Kazakhstan wasn't even in top 10 at Worlds last year, but all four girls they qualified wrestled for a medal. The United States had their worst performance in years, but also came home with the first gold medal in the program's history. Mongolia landed without a medal after having a world champion and finishing seventh in Vegas.
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