Live stream info and how to watch Olympics freestyle wrestling online on August 19.
Men’s freestyle wrestling finally gets underway at the Olympics, but if the last two days have been any indication, it’ll take a lot for them to beat the women as far as entertainment value goes.
After five days of Olympics wrestling, America finally got its gold medal when Helen Maroulis beat three-time Olympic champion Saori Yoshida. It was an inspired win for her country, and hopefully a momentum boost that they’ll look to carry for the rest of the Games. But today is as good a chance for the Americans to win gold as any when they send Jordan Burroughs, arguably the biggest star in wrestling, to the mat.
Burroughs, whose online moniker is “All I See is Gold,” has a chance to make that a reality and defend his Olympic gold from London. If you want a good primer on him before the tournament starts, check out his free documentary “My Name is Jordan.” He is considered the best pound-for-pound wrestler right now, and is a star in the wrestling community, but a dominant performance in the 74 kg tournament could see his mainstream stock boost significantly.
There’s another American competing in the field in Daniel Dennis, who will hope to at least escape from Burroughs’ shadow. He can do that if he wins his respective tournament, but it won’t come easy against the likes of Hassan Rahimi or Viktor Lebedev. However, if both men pull it off, then all Burroughs will see from now on is double gold.
Details on how to watch the men’s 57 kg and 74 kg freestyle tournaments are below:
Date: Friday, August 19
Start Time: 9 a.m. ET
Location: Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Arena: Carioca Arena 2
TV Info: NBCSN, CNBC
Live Stream: NBCOlympics.com
The action starts at 9 a.m. from the preliminary round up until the semifinals. That is followed by the repechage round and medal matches, which starts at 3 p.m. NBCSN will dedicate parts of their coverage to airing the first part of the tournament at 11:20 a.m. while CNBC will pick up coverage of the medal round at 5:00 p.m. Barring a shocking upset, that’s roughly when Burroughs will be competing for either bronze or gold.
If you want to watch the entire tournament, NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app are the way to go. The coverage is commercial free, and they will also have a live feed of every mat during the preliminary round. If you’re only tuning in for Burroughs, he’ll likely start at around 10, then compete intermittently from there. But given how great the competition has been so far, you won’t want to miss a single match.