Paris 2017 World Wrestling Championships - TV Schedule & Predictions

This page provides TV schedule and predictions for the 2017 World Wrestling Championships. The premier amateur competition includes Greco-Roman, men's freestyle and women's freestyle. The 2017 World Wrestling Championships are scheduled for August 21-27 in Paris, France.

U.S. TV Schedule
*Subject to change, error

August 21 - Olympic Channel (1 PM ET) *Encore at 10 PM ET
August 22 - Olympic Channel (1 PM ET) *Encore at 10 PM ET
August 23 - Olympic Channel (1 PM ET) | NBCSN (3:30 PM to 5 PM ET)
August 24 - Olympic Channel (1 PM ET) | NBCSN (4 PM to 5 PM ET)
August 25 - Olympic Channel (1 PM ET) | NBCSN (7 PM to 9 PM ET)
August 26 - Olympic Channel (1 PM ET)
August 27 - NBCSN (3 PM to 5 PM ET)

Trends / Predictions

Greco-Roman events were previously dominated by Russian/Soviet wrestlers. In recent years, wrestlers from other eastern European countries and Asia have put a serious dent in Russian dominance. At the last full world championships (2015), non-Russian wrestlers won seven of the eight Greco-Roman events. Russia did improve at the 2016 Olympics, winning two of the six available events. We expect a similar performance at this year's worlds because the two gold-winning Russians from Rio, Roman Vlasov and Davit Chakvetadze, have kept their form in 2017 winning their divisions at the recent World Cup.

Predicted Greco-Roman (Russia): 2 gold medals

Men's freestyle is where American wrestlers typically make their mark. The country's best hopes for a gold medal are Kyle Snyder, who is an Olympic and world champion in the 97kg, and Jordan Burroughs, who was a 74kg titlist at the Olympics and worlds. They will face stiff competition from the Russians who have been a powerhouse in freestyle wrestling. Although Snyder is almost a lock for a gold medal, Burroughs has been shaky and will need to improve to win a second world title.

Predicted men's freestyle (USA): 2 medals (1 gold)

Japanese wrestlers have dominated women's freestyle for the last two decades. However, Japan will be without its legendary wrestlers, Saori Yoshida and Kaori Icho, who opted to skip this year’s worlds. Still, the country enjoys a robust talent pool in women’s wrestling; this becomes a good opportunity for younger wrestlers to step up and make a name for them. Moreover, the other Japanese gold medalists from Rio (Eri Tosaka, Sara Dosho and Risako Kawai) will participate and are expected to win gold in their divisions.

Predicted women's freestyle (Japan): 3-4 gold medals