Another first for South African Wrestlilng

It has been quite a year for SAWF official Charles Villet. Earlier this year Charles Villet had the honor of joining a very exclusive group of officials when he was selected to referee at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. His hard work did not go unnoticed and a few months later he was nominated […]

Koue Bokkeveld’s Rising Star – Jason Beukes

I met Jason Juwayne Beukes in 2010 as an impeccable rugby player playing for the Boland u/13 team. Jason hails from a farm in Koue Bokkeveld also the birth place of Springbok legend Breyton Paulse. I was the strength and conditioning coach for the Boland teams playing at the Craven Week. Jason weighed in at […]

Mpho Madi selected for the iSR Academy 2016/2017

It’s the 7th of September 2016, , Mpho Madi will be waiting to board her flight to South Korea, Mpho is the only South African wrestler who has been given an opportunity to go and study in South Korea. The academic program that she will be joining aims to provide retired or retiring athletes with the […]

Cadet’s Excels in Algeria at Continental Championships

This year’s Cadet and Junior Continental Championships took place in Algeria after the withdrawal of Cameroon as host country. The teams departed on the 11th of July on a 21 hour Journey to Algiers. The Junior and Cadet Teams wrestled over 3 days and managed to secure 23 medals, placing 1st in the FS Cadet […]

Charles Villet Clears the Final Hurdle

With all the check boxes ticked and three years of sweat and very hard work and a solid performance at the 2nd OG Qualifying Event held last week in Turkey, South African Wrestling Federation’s number one referee, secured his ticket to Rio 2016 last night, when United World Wrestling published their final list of Referees […]

Erasmus eliminated at Olympic qualifier in Turkey

By Mark Etheridge For the second consecutive Olympic Games, South Africa will have no wrestling representation in Rio de Janeiro later this year. That’s after Martin Erasmus was beaten at the qualifying event in Istanbul, Turkey at the weekend. The Brakpan grappler needed to win gold or silver in his 86-97kg division at the qualifying […]


Due to its vast reach, unparalleled popularity and foundation of positive values, sport is ideally positioned to contribute towards the United Nations’ objectives for development and peace. To raise awareness of this potential, 6 April was declared as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) by the UN General Assembly. The adoption […]

Carnival City to Host SA Presidents and Master Championships

The South African Wrestling Federation, in partnership with Carnival City Events, is proud to announce the hosting of the 2016 Presidents and Veteran’s South African Wrestling Championships at the Big Top Arena, Carnival City. The championship will take place from the 28th till the 30th of April 2016 and promises to attract the best wrestlers […]

Martin Erasmus Keeping SA Wreslting’s Olimpic Dream Alive!

Our Senior Wrestlers took part at the Continental Championships in Alexandria, Egypt from the 4th to the 6th of March 2016.   Marin Erasmus, made every South African Wrestling fan extremely proud when he managed to win silver in the 86-97kg Freestyl Senior division, in what can only be described as a battle of the […]

SAWF Mourn the Death of Eshwin Klaasen

ESHWIN ELMIRO KLAASEN BORN: 4 JANUARY 1993 DIED: 6 FEBRUARY 2016 Eshwin started wrestling for Olympians in 2005 while he was still in Primary School.  He lived with his mother and 3 brothers in Fisantekraal.  He was the second eldest son.  When finishing Primary School he moved on to Scottsdene High School. He had a […]