The Most Famous

WRESTLERS from Georgia

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This page contains a list of the greatest Georgian Wrestlers. The pantheon dataset contains 703 Wrestlers, 18 of which were born in Georgia. This makes Georgia the birth place of the 5th most number of Wrestlers behind Canada and Russia.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Georgian Wrestlers of all time. This list of famous Georgian Wrestlers is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Georgian Wrestlers.

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1. Shota Chochishvili (1950 - 2009)

With an HPI of 57.57, Shota Chochishvili is the most famous Georgian Wrestler.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages on wikipedia.

Shota Samsonovich Chochishvili (Georgian: შოთა ჩოჩიშვილი, Russian: Шота Самсонович Чочишвили; 10 July 1950 – 27 August 2009) was a Georgian professional wrestler and judoka.

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2. Ilias Iliadis (1986 - )

With an HPI of 52.44, Ilias Iliadis is the 2nd most famous Georgian Wrestler.  His biography has been translated into 25 different languages.

Ilias Iliadis (Greek: Ηλίας Ηλιάδης, born Jarji Zviadauri, Georgian: ჯარჯი ზვიადაური, on 10 November 1986) is a Georgian–Greek judoka who has been competing for Greece since the start of his international career. He was named the 2014 Greek Male Athlete of the Year. He won a gold medal in the half-middleweight (81 kg) division at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens at age 17. Illiadis also won a gold medal 6 years later at the 2010 World Judo Championships in Tokyo in the −90 kg category. As Greece's flagbearer, he had the honour of being the first athlete to march into the Bird's Nest Stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Iliadis is a cousin of another Olympic champion, Georgian judoka Zurab Zviadauri, who also won gold at the 2004 Summer Olympic games. Iliadis's family moved to Greece in 2003. He was adopted by Nikos Iliadis.

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3. David Khakhaleishvili (1971 - 2021)

With an HPI of 49.81, David Khakhaleishvili is the 3rd most famous Georgian Wrestler.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

David Rostomovich Khakhaleishvili (Georgian: დავით როსტომის ძე ხახალეიშვილი, 28 February 1971 – 11 January 2021) was a heavyweight Georgian judoka, mixed martial artist and Olympic gold medalist. He was born in Kutaisi.

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4. Zurab Zviadauri (1981 - )

With an HPI of 48.84, Zurab Zviadauri is the 4th most famous Georgian Wrestler.  His biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Zurab Zviadauri (born July 2, 1981) is a Georgian judoka who competed in the Men's 90 kg at the 2004 Summer Olympics and won the gold medal. He is a scholarship holder with the Olympic Solidarity program. He also won two silver medals on world championships (in 2001 and in 2003) and a bronze on European championship in 2002.Zvidauri is also signed to mixed martial arts-promotion World Victory Road, but has yet to make his MMA-debut. In 2012, he was elected to the Parliament of Georgia for the Akhmeta Municipality on a Georgian Dream coalition ticket.Zviadauri is a cousin of another olympic champion, Georgian-born Greek Judoka Ilias Iliadis (born Jarji Zviadauri), who also won gold at the 2004 Summer Olympic games.

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5. Irakli Tsirekidze (1982 - )

With an HPI of 48.10, Irakli Tsirekidze is the 5th most famous Georgian Wrestler.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

Irakli Tsirekidze (Georgian: ირაკლი ცირეკიძე) (born 3 May 1982) is a Georgian judoka. On September 15, 2007, he won a gold medal at world judo championship beating Greek Ilias Iliadis by yuko.At 2008 Summer Olympics, he won a gold medal with beating Algerian Amar Benikhlef in the final. He became head coach of the Georgian National Judo Team after the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.

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6. Farid Mansurov (1982 - )

With an HPI of 46.88, Farid Mansurov is the 6th most famous Georgian Wrestler.  His biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Farid Mansurov (Azerbaijani: Fərid Mansurov) (born May 10, 1982 in Dmanisi, Georgia) is an Azerbaijani wrestler, gold medalist of the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Greco-Roman wrestling at 66 kg. He retired in 2010, after conceding jaw injury during 2010 European Wrestling Championship. In 2010—2011, he coached the Azerbaijani national wrestling team. He is the head of the sport department in The Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan since 2016. He is also Vice President of Youth Wrestling Federation of Azerbaijan.

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7. Giorgi Gogshelidze (1979 - )

With an HPI of 46.78, Giorgi Gogshelidze is the 7th most famous Georgian Wrestler.  His biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Giorgi Gogshelidze (born 7 November 1979 in Gori) is a Georgian wrestler, who has won a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics and a bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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8. Nestor Khergiani (1975 - )

With an HPI of 46.32, Nestor Khergiani is the 8th most famous Georgian Wrestler.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Nestor Khergiani (Georgian: ნესტორ ხერგიანი, born July 20, 1975) is a Georgian judoka. He obtained silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in the -60 kg event where he lost in the final to Tadahiro Nomura. Khergiani won silver in 2007 World Judo Championships and bronze in 1999 World Judo Championships. At the European Judo Championships he won gold in 1998 and 2003, bronze in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008 and 2009.Khergiani has been a scholarship holder with the Olympic Solidarity program since August 2001.

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9. Manuchar Kvirkvelia (1978 - )

With an HPI of 46.17, Manuchar Kvirkvelia is the 9th most famous Georgian Wrestler.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Manuchar Kvirkvelia (Georgian: მანუჩარ კვირკველია; 12 October 1978) is a Georgian Greco-Roman wrestler who competes in the 74 kg class. Kvirkvelia was born in Ozurgeti and lives in Tbilisi. After winning the world championship in 2003 (66 kg) and the European championship in 2007 (74 kg), he won the gold medal in the 74 kg competition in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

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10. Vladimer Khinchegashvili (1991 - )

With an HPI of 46.06, Vladimer Khinchegashvili is the 10th most famous Georgian Wrestler.  His biography has been translated into 23 different languages.

Vladimer Khinchegashvili (Georgian: ვლადიმერ ხინჩეგაშვილი; born April 18, 1991) is a Georgian freestyle wrestler who competes in 55–61 kg categories. He won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics and a gold at the 2016 Olympics. He also won a world title in 2015 and European titles in 2014, 2016 and 2017. In 2015, he was selected as Male Georgian Athlete of the Year by the Georgian Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs.

Pantheon has 18 people classified as wrestlers born between 1950 and 1994. Of these 18, 16 (88.89%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living wrestlers include Ilias Iliadis, Zurab Zviadauri, and Irakli Tsirekidze. The most famous deceased wrestlers include Shota Chochishvili and David Khakhaleishvili. As of October 2020, 3 new wrestlers have been added to Pantheon including Shota Chochishvili, David Khakhaleishvili, and Aleksandr Dokturishvili.

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Newly Added Wrestlers (2020)

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