13 Most Popular Sweden Wrestling Players of All Time

Liam Rooney

Sweden is home to some of the best wrestling players in the world. From Greco-Roman to Freestyle to Mixed Martial Arts, Sweden has produced some of the greatest wrestlers of all time.

With a strong culture and tradition of wrestling, Sweden has produced Olympic and World Champions, as well as national and international champions.

From the early days of the sport to the present day, these wrestlers have made a lasting impact on the sport and have helped to shape the future of wrestling. This article will take a look at some of the greatest wrestlers in Sweden’s history.

1. Claes Johanson

Claes Edvin Johansson was a Swedish wrestler who had an impressive Olympic career. He competed in the 1912, 1920 and 1924 Summer Olympics and managed to win two gold medals in the process; one in 1912 and the other in 1920.

His success was not limited to the Olympics either, as he also won the unofficial European Championships in the 75 kg division in 1913. This shows that he was a formidable athlete who was more than capable of performing on the biggest stage.

His achievements have since stood the test of time, and his legacy as one of the greatest Swedish wrestlers in history remains intact.

2. Olle Anderberg

Olle Henrik Martin Anderberg was a Swedish wrestler who represented his country in the 1948, 1952, and 1956 Summer Olympics. He competed in both freestyle and Greco-Roman events, and he achieved impressive success in both.

In the 1948 Olympics, Anderberg won a silver medal in the Greco-Roman featherweight division. He then went on to win the gold medal in the freestyle lightweight division in the 1952 Olympics.

This was a great achievement for Anderberg, and it cemented his place in the history of Swedish wrestling.

3. Ivar Johansson

Ivar Valentin Johansson was a Swedish wrestler who represented his country in three Summer Olympics: 1928, 1932, and 1936. At the 1932 Olympics he achieved a remarkable double victory, becoming the champion in both the Greco-Roman welterweight and freestyle middleweight events.

This feat was even more impressive as it was done in the same Olympic Games. In 1936, he was able to repeat his success, this time winning gold in the Greco-Roman middleweight competition.

His Olympic career was incredibly successful, with three gold medals won in three consecutive Olympic Games. His performances have gone down in Olympic history as one of the most impressive accomplishments by any athlete.

4. Axel Cadier

Axel Vilhelm Teodor Cadier was a Swedish wrestler who made his mark in Greco-Roman events at the 1932 and 1936 Summer Olympics.

He earned a bronze medal at the 1932 Olympics and a gold medal at the 1936 Olympics. Before taking up wrestling at the age of 21, Cadier had trained in swimming and boxing.

These skills undoubtedly helped him to become an accomplished wrestler later in life. Cadier’s success at the Olympics is a testament to his dedication and hard work.

Even though he started training later than most other wrestlers, he was able to make up for lost time and achieve great heights.

He is an inspiration to all aspiring wrestlers and athletes who may have started late in their chosen sport. Cadier’s achievements in Greco-Roman wrestling will be remembered for years to come. His success serves as a reminder of the power of resilience and determination.

His story is a prime example of how, no matter one’s age or background, it is possible to achieve great things through hard work and dedication.

5. Johan Richthoff

Johan Cornelius Richthoff, more commonly known as “Snövit”, was a Swedish wrestler. He had an impressive career, competing in the freestyle heavyweight division at the 1924, 1928 and 1932 Summer Olympics.

Richthoff won gold medals at the 1928 and 1932 Olympics and shared fourth place in 1924. Richthoff was a symbol of strength and resilience in the Swedish wrestling community.

He began his career in 1924 and competed for nearly a decade, eventually winning gold medals in 1928 and 1932.

His performance in 1924 was also noteworthy, as he achieved the impressive accomplishment of sharing fourth place with his opponents. Richthoff’s success was a source of pride for the Swedish wrestling community.

His hard work and dedication to the sport was an inspiration to others, and his gold medals were a testament to his skill and talent. His Olympic accomplishments are a reminder that with dedication and hard work, success is achievable.

6. Erik Malmberg

Erik Malmberg was an esteemed Swedish wrestler who competed in three Summer Olympics in Greco-Roman events. His impressive run started in 1924 when he won a bronze medal, followed by a silver medal in 1928. Finally, he achieved the highest honor of all, a gold medal, in 1932.

His younger brother, Algost, also competed in the 1928 Summer Olympics, but as a freestyle wrestler instead. When he wasn’t competing, Erik Malmberg worked as a businessman. This shows his dedication to his craft, and how he balanced the two important aspects of his life.

He was able to maintain a successful business career while still achieving excellence in the world of wrestling.

7. Rudolf Svensson

Johan Rudolf Svensson, otherwise known as “Starke Rudolf”, was a Swedish wrestler with an impressive Olympic record. He competed in four different freestyle and Greco-Roman events at the 1924, 1928, and 1932 Summer Olympics, and won a gold or silver medal in each of them.

This is an extraordinary feat, as it is rare for an athlete to win a medal in every event they compete in. Svensson’s success speaks to his dedication to the sport and to his remarkable athletic ability.

Svensson was undoubtedly an exceptional athlete, and his Olympic record is a testament to that. He was able to excel in both freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, two different styles of sport that require different techniques.

His ability to adapt and perform well in both styles is a true testament to his skill as a wrestler. Svensson’s accomplishments are a source of great pride for the Swedish people, as he represented his country in the most prestigious of sporting events.

His Olympic medals stand as a reminder of the strength, tenacity, and skill of Swedish athletes, and will serve as an inspiration to future generations of athletes.

8. Carl Westergren

Carl “Calle” Oscar Westergren was a highly accomplished Swedish wrestler. He competed in the Summer Olympics in 1920, 1924, 1928, and 1932, where he achieved remarkable success.

Westergren won gold medals in Greco-Roman wrestling in 1920, 1924, and 1932; in 1924 he also finished sixth in freestyle wrestling. For the 1920 Olympics, held in Antwerp, Belgium, Westergren won the gold medal in the Greco-Roman style of wrestling in the lightweight division.

He also competed in the freestyle event but did not place. Four years later, in 1924, Westergren returned to the Olympics, held in Paris, France.

This time, he achieved a double victory, winning another gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling, and also taking sixth place in the freestyle event. At the 1928 Olympics, held in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Westergren competed in both Greco-Roman and freestyle events, but he was unable to medal in either. Finally, at the 1932 Olympics, held in Los Angeles, California, Westergren made a triumphant return, winning gold again in the Greco-Roman lightweight event.

This made him the first person to win three gold medals in wrestling at the Olympics. Carl “Calle” Oscar Westergren was an incredibly talented wrestler who will long be remembered for his remarkable achievements in the Olympic Games.

9. Kurt Pettersén

Kurt Arne Pettersén was a remarkable wrestler from Sweden who accomplished great feats in his sporting career. He specialized in bantamweight Greco-Roman wrestling and won a gold medal at the 1948 Summer Olympics.

His success extended to the European Championships, where he earned two silver medals in 1938 and 1939, as well as in 1949. Kurt was born into a large family, with eleven siblings and Norwegian ancestry.

His family was an important part of his life and undoubtedly played a role in his success. He was likely surrounded by people who encouraged him to pursue his dreams and to never give up. Kurt Arne Pettersén was a true example of the power of hard work and determination.

He persevered against all odds to achieve his goals and to make a name for himself in the world of Greco-Roman wrestling. His accomplishments serve as an inspiration to all of us, reminding us that anything is possible if we put in the effort and never give up.

10. Pelle Svensson

Per Oskar “Pelle” Svensson was a highly accomplished Swedish Greco-Roman wrestler and lawyer. He achieved great success in the sport of wrestling, reaching the pinnacle of success with a silver medal at the 1964 Summer Olympics in the light heavyweight class.

After that remarkable achievement, he went on to win two gold medals at the World Championships in 1970 and 1971.

His incredible success in the sport of wrestling is a testament to his dedication and hard work. Aside from his success in wrestling, Pelle was also a successful lawyer. He had a law degree from Uppsala University in Sweden and worked as a lawyer in the private sector.

His law career was no doubt greatly informed by the discipline and passion that he brought to his wrestling career, which enabled him to work hard and stay focused on achieving his goals. Pelle was an inspiration to many and a role model for young people.

His success in wrestling and law is a testament to the fact that hard work and dedication can pay off. His legacy will live on for many years to come.

11. Johan Eurén

Johan Eurén is a Swedish wrestler who achieved remarkable success in his sport. In 2012, he competed in the Greco-Roman 120 kg category at the Summer Olympics and won a bronze medal.

His win was a major accomplishment for Sweden, as it was the first medal won in the Greco-Roman wrestling event since 1952. Eurén has been wrestling since the age of eight and has competed in numerous international tournaments, including the European and World Championships.

He has been consistently ranked among the top Greco-Roman wrestlers in the world and is a two-time European champion. His dedication to the sport has been recognized with several awards, including the Dagbladet Sport Medal and the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal.

Eurén is an inspiring figure for young wrestlers, serving as a role model for aspiring athletes around the world.

12. Frank Andersson


Frank Öivind Stefan Andersson was an accomplished athlete and entertainer from Sweden. He began his career in amateur wrestling and went on to become a world champion multiple times.

His greatest achievement was winning a bronze medal in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, the pinnacle of athletic excellence. Afterward, he decided to switch to professional wrestling, where he had a mixed degree of success.

He was able to show off his athleticism and charisma in the squared circle but wasn’t able to replicate his amateur success. His legacy, however, remains in amateur wrestling, and his accomplishments in the Olympics will continue to inspire many athletes for years to come.

13. Jalmar Sjöberg

Jalmar Leonard Sjöberg is a Swedish Greco-Roman wrestler of amateur status. He is well known for his impressive achievements at the European Wrestling Championships, which take place annually in Vilnius, Lithuania.

In 2009, Sjöberg won silver in the super heavyweight division, showcasing his impressive strength and skill. He followed up on this success in subsequent years, claiming two gold medals at the 2012 European Wrestling Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.

These gold medals were awarded in both the super heavyweight and heavyweight divisions, demonstrating Sjöberg’s versatility and dominance in a number of weight classes. Sjöberg has achieved further success in the European Championships in recent years, claiming bronze in the super heavyweight division in 2013, and silver in the same division in 2014.

He also won gold in the super heavyweight division in 2016.

These results demonstrate not only Sjöberg’s incredible skill and strength but also his longevity and dedication to the sport. In addition to his stellar performances at the European Wrestling Championships, Sjöberg has also achieved success at other events.

In 2015, he won bronze in the super heavyweight division at the World Wrestling Championships in Las Vegas, USA. Despite his amateur status, Jalmar Leonard Sjöberg is one of the most successful Greco-Roman wrestlers in recent years.

His impressive list of achievements is a testament to his dedication and skill. He is a true champion of the sport.


Sweden has some of the best wrestlers in the world. From the Olympic medalists to the world-renowned grapplers, Sweden has a long history of producing some of the most successful and talented wrestlers in the world.

With the continued success of Swedish wrestlers, the country will continue to be a powerhouse in the world of wrestling for many years to come.

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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.