The biggest Irish Olympic freestyle wrestling championships ever to take place this weekend

The Olympic freestyle wrestling championships take place on Saturday at the National Sports Arena in Blanchardstown.

This is the 70th Irish Open hosted by the Irish Amateur Wrestling Association which says it will be their biggest event since their inception in 1947.

IAWA will welcome talent from around the world to the competition: “Wrestlers travel from Canada, Poland, Czech Republic, England, Scotland and Wales, to name a few .

“These teams come to Ireland to compete against our own local wrestling clubs and athletes.

“From the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, on both sides of the community.

“This competition is open to all ages, from 8 years old to senior level (over 20 years old) in the male and female categories.

“They will all compete in spectacular competitions on Olympic-sized wrestling mats with the goal of winning a trophy to take home to their club or country.

“Some of these competitors even have the hope and dream of becoming the first Irish wrestler to win a medal at the World Championships or the Olympics.”

We would like to invite you to participate in our event and see for yourself what the real struggle is!

The IAWA is affiliated and supported by Sport Ireland and the Olympic Council of Ireland

Robert J. King