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Greco-Roman Wrestling Rules

Posted in Wrestling Rules with tags on October 10, 2009 by wrestlingtips

Basic Rules

  • Can’t touch your opponent below the waist- so this style is all about using your upper body
  • Plus you can’t use your legs to trip, or execute other moves
  • You still have 3 two minute periods but to win you have to win 2 of the 3 rounds
  • Each period is broken up into 60 seconds for neutral position and two 30 second rounds for ground wrestling
  • Who ever scores the most points in the first 60 seconds is the first to be on top for the first 30 second round. If the person on top fails to score any points within that time period then the person on bottom is awarded 1 point. Then the person on bottom gets to wrestle on top to get the chance to score some points
  • If nobody scores in the first 60 seconds then a coin is flipped to see who is on top first
  • Period is decided by who accumulated the most points during both the standing and ground phases


  • Takedown = 1-5 points: One for just taking him to his stomach or side on the mat, three for a takdeown taking him to his stomach, or side then to his back or for a throw, then five for a “grand amplitude” throw that brought your opponents feet above his head. By the way if you do a “grand amplitude” throw and are awarded five points the match automatically ends and you win.
  • Reversal = 1 point
  • Exposure or when your opponents back faces the mat  = 2-3 points
  • Penalty = 1-2 points
  • Pushing/knocking opponent out of bounds = 1 point

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Freestyle Wrestling Rules and Terms

Posted in Wrestling Rules with tags on October 8, 2009 by wrestlingtips

The differences between collegiate and freestyle wrestling

  • Are allowed to lock around your opponents waist without one of his arms when you both are on the ground
  • Pushing your opponent out of the ring will award you one point
  • Also if you throw someone (like with a souplex) then you automatically win the match if his legs go above his head
  • If your on bottom and your opponent is on top of you  then you can stall because if 15 seconds go by and your opponent can not get any points on you then the match is stopped and started back in neutral position
  • Lastly if you want to get back points on someone (like if your doing a half nelson) then in freestyle wrestling his back only has to break a 90 degree angle to start recieving points where in collegiate wrestling his back has to break a 45 degree angle.

      -If you dont know what (his back breaking 90 degree or 45 degree is) well say your on the mat and laying on your side. Then your back and the mat are making a 90 degree angle. So if someone pushes you over a little or a lot so your back is more facing the mat then if you break one of those degrees depending on what type of wrestling your doing then your opponent will start getting awarded points


  • Fall or Pin: Both shoulders held on mat, match ends
  • Technical Fall: 10-point margin and the match ends-but dont confuse this with collegiate wrestling because then you need a 15 point margin
  • Injury default: Athlete can not continue, match ends
  • Decision: The athlete who scores the most points in a bout and wins

How to recieve points

  • 1 point: takedown, reversal, hand-to-hand exposure, escape
  • 1 extra point: high amplitude throw from mat or holding opponent on back for five seconds
  • 2 points: for exposing opponents back to the mat
  • 3 points: takedown; high amplitude throw without danger
  • 5 points: high amplitude throw

Penalty Calls

  • Illegal hold = 1 point plus caution
  • 2nd Illegal hold = 2 points plus caution
  • Fleeing the mat = 1 or 2 points plus caution
  • Fleeing the hold = 1 point plus caution

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Collegiate Wrestling Rules and Terms

Posted in Wrestling Rules with tags on October 8, 2009 by wrestlingtips

Basic Rules

  • You have 3 two minute periods
  • The first period starts in neutral position
  • The second period the ref flips a coin and whoever wins gets to choose to go neutral, top, or bottom for the next period. Or you can defer and your opponent gets to choose
  • The third round the wrestler who hasn’t chosen yet gets to choose neutral, top, or bottom
  • You can lock around someones waist only if you and your opponent are in a standing position. When your on the ground if your going to lock around someones waist you have to lock around one of his arms as well
  • Just like the waist if you want to lock around someones neck you have to lock around one of their arms also
  • No slamming
  • Before and after the match you shake your opponents hand and after the match you go and shake your opponents coaches hands

Scoring Points

  • Takedown = 2 points
  • Escape = 1 point
  • Reversal = 2 points
  • Near Fall for 2 continuous seconds = 2 points
  • Near Fall for 3 continuous seconds = 3 points
  • Penalty 1st violation = 1 point to other wrestler
  • Penalty 2nd violation = 1 point to other wrestler
  • Penalty 3rd violation = 2 points
  • Penalty 4th violation = disqualification

Other Terms

  • Pin = holding opponents shoulder blades to mat for 2 continuous seconds
  • Tech Fall = having 15 points more than your opponent which means you automatically win

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