Egyptian burial chamber mural, ca. 4000 years old
"Wrestler" redirects here. For other uses, see The Wrestler (disambiguation). For the films of this name, see Wrestling (film). For the dramatized athletic spectacle, see professional wrestling.
The term wrestling is attested in late Old English, as wræstlunge (glossing palestram).
Wrestling is a form of combat sport involving grappling type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedowns, joint locks, pins and other grappling holds. A wrestling bout is a physical competition, between two (occasionally more) competitors or sparring partners, who attempt to gain and maintain a superior position. There are a wide range of styles with varying rules with both traditional historic and modern styles. Wrestling techniques have been incorporated into other martial arts as well as military hand-to-hand combat systems.