wrestler

An athlete whose sport involves strategically grabbing and pinning opponents to a mat is a wrestler. If you become a wrestler, you'll learn techniques including stances, holds, and take-downs.

A high school or college wrestler uses very different moves than a professional wrestler does. So-called "collegiate" or "amateur" wrestlers are trained athletes who follow strict protocols and standards for how they can grapple with and pin each other. Many professional wrestlers are also serious athletes, but the wrestling they do is more entertainment than sport, featuring dramatic backstories and dramatically choreographed moves.

Definitions of wrestler
  1. noun
    combatant who tries to throw opponent to the ground
    synonyms: grappler, matman
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    bantamweight
    weighs 115-126 pounds
    featherweight
    weighs 126-139 pounds
    flyweight
    weighs no more than 115 pounds
    heavyweight
    a wrestler who weighs more than 214 pounds
    light heavyweight
    a wrestler who weighs 192-214 pounds
    lightweight
    a wrestler who weighs 139-154 pounds
    middleweight
    a wrestler who weighs 172-192 pounds
    sumo wrestler
    a wrestler who participates in sumo (a Japanese form of wrestling)
    welterweight
    a wrestler who weighs 154-172 pounds
    type of:
    battler, belligerent, combatant, fighter, scrapper
    someone who fights (or is fighting)
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