|2012 Olympic Games - London
Single Elimination with Repechage Bracketing
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|If you are new to watching Olympic Wrestling, you are likely to be confused about the type of bracket used to
determine the Olympic Champion.
Included on this page are links to two brackets from the 2008 Olympic Games. The 55kg Freestyle, shows
Henry Cejudo’s path to the Gold Medal, and the 96kg Greco-Roman, showing Adam Wheeler’s road to the
It is important to know that brackets are drawn and not seeded, making it entirely possible that two top athletes
will meet early in the competition.
Single Elimination and Repechage (a practice that allows participants who lose, prior to the finals, to be
brought back into the tournament) are used at the Olympic Games. Repechage (a bracketing system which
literally means “re-fishing”), addresses the possibility of two top competitors meeting in an early round,
allowing the loser a chance to compete for a bronze medal.
The single-elimination section of the bracket is used to determine the two athletes who will compete in the final
match for first and second place.
The repechage section of the bracket is built by selecting all of the athletes who were knocked out by the
finalists and building brackets to determine third place. Anyone who loses to the first or second place
competitors will be moved to the lower bracket in the order that they lost.
The Semi-Final losers drop directly into the Bronze Medal Matches.
|2008 Olympic Bracket
55kg Freestyle - Henry Cejudo
|2008 Olympic Bracket Bronze
96kg Greco - Adam Wheeler
|Wrestling Brackets for the 2012 London Olympic Games