Tokyo 2020 Olympic Wrestling Qualifying Procedures

All eyes are on Tokyo. We're less than two years away from the 2020 Olympic games, and United World Wrestling has already released preliminary qualifying procedures.

With USA Wrestling working on the process of how to make the 2019 world team in all three styles, we know one thing for sure: making the team next year at an Olympic weight is paramount. The way a wrestler qualifies for Tokyo will not be much different than the process for Rio, but there will be some differences.

First, let's go over how a nation becomes eligible to compete in Tokyo. It is important to remember that in this qualification process, an athlete qualifies the weight for his or her nation, but does not necessarily guarantee they have a spot locked up. For example, in 2016 Tony Ramos qualified 57kg for Team USA by making the Pan Am finals, but lost in the Olympic Trials to Dan Dennis, who ultimately was America's representative in Rio.

Second, we'll get into the number of tries an athlete gets at qualifying the spot for their country. There are three opportunities: the 2019 world championships, the 2020 Continental qualifiers, and one "last chance qualifier" or World Qualification Tournament.

Tokyo Olympic Qualifying Tournaments

  • 2019 World Championships
  • 2020 Continental Tournament
  • 2020 Last Chance Qualifier

For each of the past three Olympics, if you wrestled for a medal at the world championships in the year before the Games, you qualified your country. That means, your gold, silver, and bronze medalists at the six Olympic weights, plus the two wrestlers who lose in the bronze medal match and place fifth.

Similarly, the finalists at the 2020 Continental Qualifier earn a spot for their nation. This is not the same as the Continental championships, which we see every year. In order to compete at the Continental qualifier, the nation has to send an equal or greater number of wrestlers to the 2020 Continental championships. So if say Brazil sends four Greco wrestlers to the 2020 Pan Am championships, they can send the same number to the 2020 Pan Am Olympic qualifier.

Lastly, there was a change for 2020 from the procedures in 2012 and 2016. For London and Rio, there were two last chance qualifiers. Now, there will be just one. We don't know where it will be, but that will be the final opportunity to earn your way into the Games.

Below are the full procedures, which can still be modified.

Way Too Early Lineup Look: 2020-21 Ohio State Buckeyes

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Another week removed from the NCAA tournament that never happened, another week of way too early lineup looks. Let’s head to Columbus, where the roster is young and full of options for starters.

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

NCAA Extends Eligibility Of Spring, Denies Winter Sports

The NCAA announced tonight, that winter sports athletes will not receive another year of eligibility while spring sport athletes will. Below you can read the full release from the NCAA.

Mike Evans, Blaize Cabell Join Navy Coaching Staff

From Navy Athletics

Matt Stencel & Central Michigan Lead The 2019-20 All-MAC Team

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

With 50 NCAA qualifiers, including 34 who appear in the final national rankings, the expanded Mid-American Conference left its mark on an abbreviated collegiate wrestling season.

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Bader Show: Kayla Miracle, Bryan Snyder, & Jason Borrelli

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

On this episode of the Bader Show, Bader and Bray talk to Kayla Miracle, Bryan Snyder, and Jason Borrelli.

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Spencer Lee Wins The 2020 Hodge Trophy

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Iowa junior Spencer Lee has won the 2020 Hodge Trophy, becoming the third Hawkeye and first 125-pounder to win the award.

Oregon State Hires Chris Pendleton

Oregon State has their next head coach. The university announced today that former Arizona State assistant Chris Pendleton will be the next head man in Corvallis. On March 9, Oregon State announced that Jim Zalesky would not be returning after spending 13 seasons as the head wrestling coach. 

IOC Sets New Dates For The 2021 Olympics

Bill Zadick After Pan Am Qualifier

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

New dates have officially been set for the postponed Olympics. The 2021 Games will be held July 23-August 8, 2021.

Mark Ironside Uniting Community During Pandemic

null

Two-time NCAA champion Mark Ironside is doing his part during the COVID-19 pandemic to help bring people together by selling UNITE Wrestling shirts. 

Are You Shooting High Crotches Or Head-Outside-Singles?

I like to make a distinction between a high crotch and a head-outside-single. One thing that you should probably understand is that this is less of a rule and more of a coaching preference. I started making the distinction when I was teaching kids in order to separate the ideas in my athletes' heads. If you have any insight into how you teach the difference between these two specific techniques, please get a hold of me. I'd love to hear it.