10 Best Wrestling Players Argentina in History

Liam Rooney

Argentina is known for its rich wrestling culture and has produced some of the best wrestlers in the world. From Olympic medalists to world champions, Argentine wrestlers have achieved remarkable success in the ring.

The country boasts an impressive list of wrestlers who have made a significant impact on the sport, both domestically and internationally.

We will take a look at some of the greatest wrestlers to ever grace the ring in Argentina, including their accomplishments and accolades.

1. Yuri Maier

Yuri Maier is an elite Argentine Olympic wrestler who has achieved great success in his sport.

Representing his country, he has won numerous international titles, including the gold medal at the Pan American Championships in 2015, the gold medal at the 2015 World Cup, and the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics.

He has also won several individual titles, such as the South American Senior Championship in 2015 and the 2017 Pan American Silver Medal.

Maier is a true international athlete, having competed in countries all over the world, including the United States, Canada, Colombia, and Mexico. He is a highly respected athlete, having won the admiration of both his peers and fans alike.

His success in the international wrestling arena has earned him a special place in the hearts of Argentines, who are proud of his accomplishments.

2. Patricia Alejandra Bermudez

Patricia Alejandra Bermúdez is an accomplished freestyle wrestler from Argentina. She represented her country at the 2012 Summer Olympics with the goal of earning a medal in the 48 kg event.

Although she put forth her best effort, Patricia was unfortunately eliminated in the qualifications by Iwona Matkowska. Despite this setback, Patricia was able to pick herself back up and achieve success in the Pan American Games the following year.

She demonstrated her skill and tenacity by winning the bronze medal in the 2011 Pan American Games. This accomplishment was a testament to her resilience and determination in the face of adversity.

Through her hard work and dedication, Patricia has proven to be a formidable competitor in the world of freestyle wrestling.

3. Jorge González


Jorge González was a multi-talented athlete who achieved success in three different sports. He was an Argentine professional wrestler, actor and basketball player.

He was best known as a professional wrestler, having competed in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) from 1989 to 1992, and in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1993, where he was known by the ring name Giant Gonzalez.

González was an imposing figure in the wrestling world, standing at 7 feet and 7 inches tall. He was known for his physique and power, becoming one of the most iconic wrestlers of his era.

His powerful stature and impressive physical presence made him a fan favorite in WCW, where he was known as El Gigante. He had a number of memorable feuds with some of WCW’s top stars, including Sting and Ric Flair.

In 1993, González signed with the WWF and was given the new ring name Giant Gonzalez. During his brief stint in the WWF, he had a memorable feud with The Undertaker which culminated at WrestleMania IX.

After his time in the WWF, González retired from wrestling and devoted himself to acting. He appeared in several films, including the 1996 action movie The Substitute. Tragically, he passed away in 2010 due to complications from diabetes.

Jorge González was an impressive athlete who left an indelible mark on the world of professional wrestling. He was an impressive figure in the ring and a beloved figure among fans. His legacy will live on in the hearts of wrestling fans everywhere.

4. Agustín Destribats

Agustín Alejandro Destribats is an accomplished Argentinian freestyle wrestler. He is currently competing in the 65 kilogram weight class. Destribats began his career in wrestling at a young age and has competed in many international tournaments.

He has won numerous medals throughout his career, including gold medals at the Pan American Championships and the South American Championships. Destribats is one of the most decorated freestyle wrestlers in Argentina and he is highly respected in the sport.

He is known for his exceptional technique and agility, which have helped him to be successful in the international arena. Destribats is an example of determination and dedication, and his accomplishments are an inspiration for aspiring wrestlers.

5. Linda Machuca

Linda Marilina Machuca is an accomplished Argentine freestyle wrestler. She has achieved much success in the sport with her most recent accomplishment being the silver medal in the girls’ freestyle 73 kg event at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics.

This competition was held in her home country of Argentina, in Buenos Aires. Machuca’s impressive performance at such a prestigious event earned her the silver medal, a testament to her dedication and hard work to become one of the best freestyle wrestlers in the world.

She has continued to push herself to become even better and to represent her country proudly on the international stage. Her success in the sport has made her a role model for aspiring wrestlers in Argentina and beyond.

6. Antonino Rocca


Antonino Rocca was an accomplished professional wrestler. He was born in Italy and later became a naturalized citizen of Argentina. He was best known for his tag team partnership with Miguel Pérez. The duo was very successful and they won several championships together.

Rocca was highly respected within the wrestling community and was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1995, as well as the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 1996.

This is a testament to his success in the ring and how highly he was regarded by his peers. His legacy as a wrestler is one that will live on for generations to come.

7. Pampero Firpo


Juan Kachmanian was a unique figure in the world of professional wrestling. Born in Argentina, he became one of the most well-known and beloved wrestlers of his era. His given name was Juan Kachmanian, but he was better known by his ring name, Pampero Firpo.

He was one of the first professional wrestlers to have a successful international career, competing in countries throughout Latin America, Europe, and the United States.

He was known for his athleticism, agility, and showmanship in the ring, and also for his larger-than-life persona outside of it.

His flamboyant style and enthusiasm for the sport made him a fan favorite and earned him the nickname “The Wild Bull of the Pampas.” He was active in the wrestling business for over five decades and was inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2003 for his remarkable career.

Despite being born and raised in Argentina, he was also an American citizen due to his father’s heritage, and he proudly represented both countries in the ring.

8. Argentina Apollo


Vincent Denigris was an Argentine professional wrestler who gained fame under the ring name Vicente Denigris or Argentina Apollo. He was popular in the 1960s and had a strong presence in the wrestling scene.

Denigris’ career was highlighted by his teaming with Antonino Rocca at the Chicago Comiskey Park shows in 1961. It was during this time that he gained much of his fame and notoriety. He was also a star on the popular Studio Wrestling program during this decade.

He was well known for his strong technical skill and his ability to captivate audiences. Denigris’ fame reached far beyond just the wrestling world, as he was featured in magazines and newspapers as well.

His contributions to the sport of professional wrestling were invaluable and he will always be remembered as one of the greats.

9. Martín Karadagian


Martín Karadagián was a celebrated professional wrestler and actor from Argentina. He was born in Buenos Aires and made his professional wrestling debut in 1983.

During his long career, he competed in various championships and won several titles, including the World Heavyweight Championship and the International Heavyweight Championship.

He was also a successful actor, appearing in shows such as El Cholo, El Profe, and La Otra. Karadagián was a highly talented athlete, with a combination of strength, speed, and agility that made him a formidable competitor.

He was known for his signature wrestling move, the Karadagián Drop, which was a move he used to finish off opponents. His matches were always exciting and he was beloved by fans. Martín Karadagián was an icon of Argentine professional wrestling.

He was an inspiration to many and will be remembered as one of the best wrestlers to ever compete in the sport. His legacy will live on, and his influence will continue to be felt in the world of professional wrestling.

10. Hoshitango Imachi


Hoshitango Imachi is a unique athlete. Born in Argentina to Japanese parents, he had the distinction of competing in two different sports at the highest levels. In sumo, he achieved the rank of jūryō 3, the third highest level, and competed professionally for several years.

After retiring from sumo, Imachi became a professional wrestler, competing in various promotions throughout the world. His success in both sports is a testament to his athleticism and determination.

Imachi is an example of how hard work and dedication can help an athlete reach their goals, no matter their background.


Argentina has some of the best wrestling players in the world. They have competed in all levels of competition and have won numerous medals at the Olympic and World Championships.

From individual wrestlers to entire teams, Argentina has proved time and time again that they can compete with the best of them.

As the sport of wrestling continues to grow in Argentina, it is likely that the nation will continue to produce some of the best wrestlers in the world.

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Liam Rooney

Recent Florida International University graduate with a passion for journalism and a focus on sports, especially in wrestling. Recognized with a 3rd place award in the Society of Professional Journalist's Green Eyeshade awards for outstanding coverage of FIU men's soccer. Experienced in local news, breaking stories, and community reporting from an internship at the Palm Beach Post. Hosted and produced a radio show, adept at creating video packages. Eager to embrace diverse journalistic opportunities beyond sports, bringing a versatile skill set and a relentless drive for excellence to the field.