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Buvaisar Saitiev


Buvaisar Saitiev is widely regarded as the greatest freestyle wrestler of all time. Saitiev massively influenced wrestling and its technique as a whole during his time.

Saitiev was a 9x World and Olympic Gold Medalist. His style was something that had never really been seen before, the way he moved, the way he converted on positions, and how effortless he made all of this look.

Saitiev competed on the senior level from 1995 until 2008 where he announced his retirement from the sport after winning his 3rd Olympic gold medal in Beijing.



1995 World Champion (74kg)

1997 World Champion (76kg)

1998 World Champion (76kg)

2001 World Champion (76kg)

2003 World Champion (74kg)

2005 World Champion (74kg)


1996 European Champion (74kg)

1997 European Champion (76kg)

1998 European Champion (85kg)

2000 European Champion (76kg)

2001 European Champion (76kg)

2006 European Champion (74kg)

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Akil Murugan
Akil Murugan
Senior Editor for Heavyweight Nation
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