Junior & Senior National ChampionshipsMarch 22 - 24, 2019 in Saskatoon
The ultimate goal of freestyle wrestling is to demonstrate control over your opponent. There are 3 ways to win…
- Win by a FALL – You pin your opponents shoulders to the mat simultaneously and controlled for a one count. The mat referee seeks confirmation from the judge.
- Win by POINTS – Wrestler is ahead on points at the end of the match.
- Win by TECHNICAL SUPERIORITY – Wrestler who establishes a point lead of 10 or more points in freestyle and 8 or more points in greco roman, wins the match.
- There is FREESTYLE – wrestlers are allowed to attack the whole body.
- There is GRECO ROMAN – wrestlers cannot attack below the hips.
Points are awarded for a variety of takedowns and holds on the ground.
- One point is scored when there is a reversal on the ground – wrestlers switch top and bottom positions.
- One point is awarded if a wrestler steps out of bounds. You must always wrestle in bounds.
- Two points are scored when a wrestler does a takedown from feet to stomach(no back exposure).
- Two points are awarded when wrestlers are ground wrestling and the wrestler on top exposes the opponents shoulders to the mat.
- Four points are scored when a wrestler performs a takedown or throw from feet to back.
- Five points are awarded for a grand amplitude throw from feet to back. This is only seen in greco roman.
A wrestling match consists of 2 periods that are 3 minutes in length. There is a 30 second interval between periods.
Cautions are at the discretion of the referee and are given for things like fleeing a hold, performing an illegal hold, and maintaing an incorrect ‘Par Terre’ starting position. Each caution is 1 point and if a wrestler accumulates 3 cautions they will lose the match. Also, if a wrestler injures their opponent with an illegal move they will forfeit the match.
- Referee – this is the official on the mat responsible for starting and ending the match, and awarding points in the match.
- Judge – this is the official who verifies the points being awarded by the referee.
- Chairman – this official will step in when the referee and judge disagree on the points awarded.
- Neutral Position – starting position with wrestlers standing and facing each other in their stance.
- Danger Position – a wrestler has their back exposed to the mat.
- Out of Bounds – any body part that is outside the outside edge of the ring.
- Hold – a wrestler is controlling opponent’s movement.
- Reversal – when a dominated wrestler switches control with their opponent.
- Par Terre – this is a starting position with both wrestlers on their hands and knees.