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FREESTYLE AND GRECO-ROMAN WRESTLING ARE THE INTERNATIONAL/OLYMPIC WRESTLING STYLES

  • Freestyle is different to Greco-Roman simply because Greco-Roman does not allow type of scoring below the waist (no leg attacks or trips).
  • The main difference between Freestyle and Folkstyle is that in Freestyle competition (and Greco) you do not do anything while you’re on the bottom besides trying not to get turned. This is called par terre.

Here are some of the general rules to Freestyle and Greco:

  • Like in all styles of wrestling you want to pin your opponent. To do so in Freestyle or Greco wrestling you must hold your opponent to their back for one second.
  • You may lock your hands at any point in time during the match (clasping doesn't exist).
  • An alternative way to end your period early would be being a Technical Superiority. To do so in Freestyle or Greco competition you must be beating your opponent by 6 points.

Folkstyle (Collegiate) is the more traditional form of wrestling in the United States.

The main difference between Folkstyle and Freestyle wrestling is that in Folkstyle competition, there are moves from the bottom position.


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