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FREESTYLE, GRECO CURRENT RULES

UWW POINTS OF EMPHASIS 2019

  1. UWW WILL CONTINUE TO USE A 2-DAY WEIGH-IN FORMAT FOR MOST UWW LICENSED EVENTS.  THE FIRST WEIGH-IN WILL OCCUR ON THE MORNING OF THE FIRST DAY OF COMPETITION. SCRATCH WEIGHT MUST BE ATTAINED FOR ALL ATHLETES FOR THE WEIGH-IN ON THE SECOND DAY.  THESE PROCEDURES ONLY APPLY FOR EVENTS IN THE UWW CADET, JUNIOR, U23, SENIOR, AND MASTER AGE CATEGORIES THAT HAVE MULTIPLE DAYS OF COMPETITION.

  2. FOR USA CADET REGIONAL AND NATIONAL COMPETITIONS, WRESTLERS ALL CADETS WILL WRESTLE 2-2 MINUTE PERIODS IN ALL ROUNDS OF COMPETITION.

  3. IN ALL SITUATIONS THAT INVOLVE PASSIVITY OR APPLYING A CAUTION TO A WRESTLER, THE MAT CHAIRMAN MUST CONFIRM THE CALL FOR IT TO BE VALID.

  4. NEGATIVE WRESTLING TACTICS WILL BE MORE STRICTLY APPLIED, ESPECIALLY IN G/R STYLE.

  5. ALL CAUTIONS IN FREESTYLE WILL BE WORTH ONE POINT TO THE OPPONENT, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF FLEEING THE MAT IN THE DANGER POSITION WHICH IS WORTH TWO POINTS TO THE OFFENSIVE WRESTLER.

  6. ALL CAUTIONS IN GRECO-ROMAN WILL BE WORTH TWO POINTS TO THE OPPONENT, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF OFFENSIVE LEG FOULS (AFTER A FRIENDLY ATTENTION FOR THE FIRST VIOLATION) WHICH IS WORTH ONE POINT TO THE DEFENSIVE WRESTLER.

  7. IN G/R, WRESTLERS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM THE MATCH AFTER COMMITTING THEIR SECOND DEFENSIVE LEG FOUL.  

  8. THE MAT CHAIRMAN IS NO LONGER ALLOWED TO INITIATE A VIDEO REVIEW.  THE MAT CHAIRMAN, IF HE OR SHE OBSERVES AN OBVIOUS MISTAKE OR MISAPPLICATION OF A RULE, CAN ASK FOR A CONSULTATION WITH THE REFEREE AND JUDGE TO DISCUSS THE SITUATION.  HOWEVER, IF THERE IS NO OBVIOUS MISTAKE WITH A SCORING ACTION, IT IS THE OBLIGATION OF THE MAT CHAIRMAN TO AGREE WITH EITHER THE REFEREE OR JUDGE.

  9. THERE WILL BE A CONTINUED EMPHASIS ON RECOGNIZING “HOOKING ACTIONS” IN THE G/R STYLE IN TERMS OF UNDERSTANDING WHICH WRESTLER IS THE MOST ACTIVE, ESPECIALLY IN MATCHES WHERE MINIMAL POINTS ARE BEING SCORED.  STATISTICALLY, AT THE SENIOR LEVEL, MOST SCORING ACTIONS FROM THE STANDING POSITION IN G/R INVOLVE SOME FORM OF HOOKING-- UNDERHOOKS, OVERHOOKS, ARM AND HEAD LOCKS, ARM AND BODY LOCKS AND FRONT HEADLOCKS.

UPDATED FREESTYLE & GRECO RULES 2018

As you may have heard some of Freestyle and Greco-Roman rules have changed.  There were some changes at the beginning of the year from UWW and then a few more updates this past month.  We will be using these rules at our events this coming year.

If something is not mentioned below, that means that it is still the same as last year and there wasn't a change.  I am only going to highlight the changes that were made.  --Zach Errett, USWOA Director of Officials

  1. Cautions in FS are mainly Caution + 1-point.  The only exception is fleeing the mat in the danger position which would be a Caution + 2-points.
  2. Cautions in GR are mainly Caution + 2-points.  The only exception is offensive leg fouls and the 2nd one would be a Caution + 1-point.
  3. Emphasis on Negative Wrestling in GR.  This is blocking by putting their head down, posting hands on the chest to prevent locks, grabbing the fingers, etc....  Basically this is anything that is preventing being able to hook and take a lock.  This should first be stopped and an Attention/Warning given to the wrestler.  If it continues, it would a Caution + 2-points (GR).  These situations are not such a big deal in FS.
  4. Other Negative Wrestling - Fleeing the Mat, Posting 2 hands to the face, etc... should be be a direct Caution + 1 (FS) or 2 (GR).  No warning is needed.
  5. Leg Fouls - Offensive - same process as before - 1st time = Attention/Warning, 2nd time = Caution + 1-point (only caution + 1 in GR).
  6. Leg Fouls - Defensive - 1st time = Caution + 2-points (the wrestler still has a chance to finish the action and score points) - 2nd time = Disqualification from the match - This is only with Defensive leg fouls.  You will have to indicate on the bout sheet if it was a defensive leg foul.
  7. 3 Cautions still.  This did not change.  Any combination of 3 cautions equals disqualification from a match.
  8. Mat Chairman must confirm all Falls, Passivity and Cautions.
  9. GR Passivity - this is different than Negative Wrestling and should be kept separate
    • 1st period  - only one passivity can be called - Active wrestler would receive 1-point and have choice of standing or par terre
    • 2nd period - same process as above - there can only be one ordered par terre position per period - any additional passivity would be 1-point and would not stop the match to award points (similar to last year).
    • Main point is that you can only have one ordered par terre position per period.  If it is not needed in the 1st period, that is good.  Then in the 2nd, you can only make one passivity call and that would result in the par terre position.
    • There is no time limits to when this should be called.  However, it should not be called very quickly at the start.  The wrestlers need ample time to score. If they are blocking, it is most likely Negative Wrestling and should be enforced as described above.

     10. Par Terre position - bottom guy is flat and top guy as both knees down and off to the side and hands point forward on the back.  This is for both FS and GR.

     11. Consultations/ Conferences - The mat chairman can still have a conference but cannot look at the video during that time.  The only time video can be looked at is during an official challenge.  Most events do not have video review so this is not a big issue.

This may look complicated but there really weren't too many changes and most impacted GR more than FS.  I would encourage you to watch the video that is linked on the USWOA website that covers the Updated Rule Changes.  This is probably the best tool to use to see the changes along with some video examples.  The link to the video is:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8lcmgDEu0I.