Wrestling is one of the world’s oldest sports as the origins of wrestling in cave drawings in France from more than 15,000 years ago. Ancient Babylonian and Egyptian reliefs also show wrestlers using most of the holds known in the present-day sport. At the original Greek Olympics wrestling was one of the most popular sports and competition only ended when one of the contestants admitted defeat. The circumpolar world also has a storied history of wrestling with the unique variation of Inuit Wrestling included in the Arctic Winter Games.
Wrestling events include a team competition consisting of a dual meet round-robin tournament, as well as individual competition and optional Inuit wrestling competition in each weight class. Wrestling has only one age category: Junior (Born 2001-2004) for both male and female competitors and a team consists of up to 12 athletes (7 male and 5 female) in different weight categories and two coaches for each participating contingent.
In 2018 the wrestling events will be held at the Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre in Hay River.
Note: Sports venues and location are subject to change.