Before going onto the field, the an oil man (Yağcı) would come with cans of oil and the wrestlers would help each other coat themselves in oil, from head to toe.
The wrestlers went out in groups. Starting in this line, they'd walk out into the field, slapping their knees as they walked, before beginning a match with one of the others in their group.
Each wrestler would walk out and present himself to each side of the stadium, raising his arms to slap his knees while he walked.
To win a match, you have to flip your opponent.
After wrestling, they would find whatever shade they could to cool down.
Wrestlers also poured cans of cold water over themselves after a match to cool down. The temperatures during these games were brutal.
The musicians are a central part of the oil wrestling tradition, and one of the main points of interest for Danielle.
For the championship match, the crowd jumped the fence from the seating area to watch from the fence.
The championship match lasted for more than 45 minutes, and people began to get bored. Throughout most of the matches, the wrestlers would simply hold on to each other, legs as far away as their opponent as possible, and hit or swipe at the other to try to take their balance. Wrestlers would do what they could to get a grip on their opponent, reaching down the other guys pants or trying to throw them off balance, but this required little movement. Most of the activity in the match came in the final three to four seconds. While the matches from the first day went quickly (three to 10 minutes, usually), the championship was long, as the opponents were really equally matched. As a result, it could get a little boring staring at these guys as they tried to find an advantage.
Once one of them gets an advantage, the action happens fast and the match is over in seconds. This is the final throw of the championship match.
Press taking pictures of the champion.