The Freestyle wrestling is the primary style of wrestling that is coached and practiced at the San Diego Wrestling Club. Freestyle wrestling is practiced around the world, and along with Greco-Roman is one of the two styles of wrestling athletes compete in at the Olympic Games. Freestyle wrestling is the also the style of wrestling most post-college age athletes practice.
Unlike its Folkstyle (collegiate, high school) wrestling counterpart, freestyle wrestling encourages explosive non-stop action. Freestyle wrestling matches are structured into two three minute periods. A freestyle wrestler wins the match if he has higher total points of both periods or pins his opponent at any point during the match.
Points are awarded for takedowns, throws, and exposing ones opponent's back to the mat. If a wrestler forces both his opponent's shoulder blades to the mat, a match is won by fall (pin). A pin only needs to be held long enough for the referee to observe total control of the fall.
Points awarded in Freestyle Wrestling are by revised UWW rules (January 2014):
Takedowns/Throws = 1 to 4 points
Back Exposure = 2 points
Penalty = 1 point
Out of Bounds (border points) = 1 point
Technical superiority is awarded to a wrestler who achieves a point difference of 10 points or greater.
Wrestlers competing in a freestyle wrestling tournament must wear a competition singlet. In freestyle wrestling one opponent wrestles in a red singlet, the other in a blue singlet.
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