Countries - Austria



 Austria (German: Österreich)), officially the Republic of Austria  is a federal republic and a landlocked country of roughly 8.47 million people in East Central Europe. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Germany to the north, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. The territory of Austria covers 83,855 square kilometres (32,377 sq mi) and has a temperate and alpine climate. Austria's terrain is highly mountainous due to the presence of the Alps; only 32% of the country is below 500 metres (1,640 ft), and its highest point is 3,798 metres (12,461 ft). The majority of the population speak local Bavarian dialects of German as their native language,and German in its standard form is the country's official language. Other local official languages are Hungarian, Burgenland Croatian, and Slovene.
Vienna  (Wien) is the capital and largest city of Austria. Vienna is Austria's primary city, with a population of about 1.757 million[(2.4 million within the metropolitan area.[

Tourism forms an important part of Austria's economy, accounting for almost 9% of the Austrian gross domestic product. As of 2007, the total number of tourist overnight stays is roughly the same for summer and winter season, with peaks in February and July/August.
Vienna attracts a major part of tourists, both in summer and winter. Salzburg receives about a fifth of tourist overnight stays compared to Vienna, which ranks it 2nd in the summer season. In the winter season, a number of winter sport resorts in western Austria overtake Salzburg in the number of tourist overnight stays: Sölden, Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Ischgl, Sankt Anton am Arlberg, and Obertauern.


Wrestling in Austria
In the German language Wrestling is called “Ringen”
The national Wrestling Federacion is called  ÖRSV  (österreichischer Ringsportvervand) in which the divisions sumo wrestling (since January 1999) and grappling (since January.2009) are_integrated.
Before 1952, the Federation united two sports (wrestling and weightlifting). But 1952  Austrian Amateur Wrestling Federation (ÖARV) was founded. It is divided into seven regional associations with about 30 clubs. In 2007 the association was renamed ÖRSV
(österreichischer Ringsportvervand). Since there was the association provide 89 Olympians.


The Olympian Amer Hrustanovic from AC Wals.

International Situation

The Austrian Wrestling Association has too few clubs and members to compete internationally with the great wrestling nations. But within its means, Austria tries to make a good job to train the talented wrestlers. The biggest international successes could achieve Nikola Hartmann from Gotzis. In the years 1993-2000 she was five-time World and European Champion.
Since the eighties, enter the following athletes noteworthy positions on the world scene.
Franz Pitschmann, Innsbruck (2. European Champ 1986, 90 Kg – Greco); Alexander Neumüller, Salzburg (World 6. 1987, 130 Kg Greco); Anton Marchl, Salzburg (6. Olympic 1992, 74Kg Greco); Franz Marx, Innsbruck (World 5. 1993, 90 Kg Greco); Radovan Valach, Salzburg 4. (European,90Kg Freestyle)
In female Wrestling, two girls from Tyrol Marina Gastl and Martina Kuenz could win a lot of  international medals in the last years. Daniel Gastl won at the Junior World Championships 2013 in Sofia a sensational silvermedal.  Amer Hrustanovic from Salzburg is currently the only Austrian world-class among men. At the Olympic Games in London, he finished 10th Rank. At the European Championships 2014 in Vantaa Finland, Hrustanovic could win a bronce medal for Austria.

One family: Marina Gastl won a lot of international Medals and her Brother Daniel won a silver medals at World Junior Championships 2013 (96Kg - greco).


National Situation

Since 2009, Heinz Ostermann had been commited one of the most successful coaches Worldwide (over 100 medals with the German national team) to structure Wrestling more professionally in Austria.

Dr. Bruno Hartmann, (FILA-Coach) is also very experienced. Since 2013, the former German women's national coach Jörg Helmdach, is now Trainer of the Austrian National Team.

Mag. Peter Kosmata is responsible to make wrestlin mor popular in the austrian schools.

The Austrian Wrestling stronghold is undoubtedly Vorarlberg. Here are the top clubs KSV Götzis, KSK Klaus and AC Hörbranz (and several smaller clubs) are located. The Trainingscenter “Ringsportzentrum West offers the best training conditions. But the absolute top club is the AC Wals. This club won the most Bundesliga titles in Austria. Wals is a suburb of Salzburg close to the airport. For women, the Tyrolean club RSC Inzing currently dominates. The remaining clubs scattered over the whole of Austria. Only in the province of Carinthia (Kärnten), there is no wrestling club.



Team figths

Wrestling will be held in Austria as a team sport and its called Bundesliga (like Germany).  Two teams figth against each other. Each team is usually 14 starters on (one for each weight class and style). Half of the competions are fought in freestyle and in Greco-Roman wrestling. The scoring points of the individual won rounds will be added. Exception of touche, technical superiority, surrender and disqualification of a wrestler. These are ranked with 4-0 for the winners team.
In Austria there is a system of leagues. The highest league is the first Bundesliga. This league is subdivided in two groups. The two best-placed teams of the group qualify for the finals. This is the all-in System held here and the title of the Austrian team champion. To the finals usually come more than 1000 spectators. In the Austrian Bundesliga, some foreign athletes (lured by fight premiums) have contracts to fight. Below the first Bundesliga is the second Bundesliga, which is divided into two groups (East and West). The belowest level is the Nationalliga with three groups (North, Central and South).

The Team from AC Wals dominates the Austrian Bundesliga since decades.

Ranking Bundesliga 2016


 KSK Klaus


 A.C. Wals


 RSC Inzing


 KSV Götzis


 KG Wien/Burgenland


 URC Wolfurt


 A.C. Wals II

 Austrian Bundesliga History since 2009

1. AC Wals      2. KSV Götzis    3. AC Hörbranz
2010        1. AC Wals      2. KSV Götzis    3. AC Hörbranz
2011        1. AC Wals      2. KSV Götzis    3. KSK Klaus
2012        1. AC Wals      2. KSV Götzis    3. KSK Klaus
2013        1. AC Wals      2. KSK Klaus     3. KSV Götzis
1. AC Wals      2. KSK Klaus     3. KSV Götzis
1. AC Wals      2. KSV Götzis    3. RSC Inzing
2016        1. KSK Klaus    2. AC Wals       3. RSC Inzing


President Mag:. Thomas Reichenauer (Vienna).
Vice President:
Josef Schnöll  (Salzburg)
Sportdirektor: Heinz Ostermann
National Coaches: Mag. Peter Kosmata, Jeno Bodi (Greco), Lubos Cikel (Freestyle), and Jörg Helmdach (Female).

Österr. Rinsportverband (ÖRSV)

Oberst-Lepperdinger-Str. 21

LSO / Stadion Klessheim

5071 Wals

Doris Hagn, Sekretariat
Telefon: +43 (662) 243171
Telefax: +43 (662) 243171-15



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