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Rules

Changes made into the Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling rules

Note: These rules are being applied at present. However, more changes may be made before the senior world championship to be held in September.

1. Duration of the bouts:

- The senior and junior (both male and female) matches consist of 2 3-minute periods and a 30-second break between the two periods.

- The winner is declared by the addition of the points in both periods.

- The schoolboy and cadet matches (both male and female) consist of 2 2-minute periods and a 30-second break between the two periods.

- The winner is declared by the addition of the points in both periods.

Note: The wrestlers may drink water or use a wet towel during the break between the periods.

 

2. Premature end of the bout:

A bout may finish prematurely before the end of the regular time in following situations:

- If one of the wrestlers has been pinned;

- If the opponent fails to appear, is injured, or disqualified (receiving 3 warnings or a serious infraction);

- By technical superiority (only if there is a 7 point difference);

- After the execution of a 5-point hold or two 3-point holds (only if after the points are included in his/her score the wrestler is winning).

For example: If the blue wrestler executes a 5-point hold, while the red wrestler is leading 6:0, the score will be 6:5 and the bout will continue. If the blue wrestler executes a 5-point hold, while the red wrestler is leading 6:1, the score will be 6:6 and the bout will continue (in both cases it is considered a counter attack). If the blue wrestler executes a 5-point hold, while the red wrestler is leading 6:2, the score will be 6:7 and the bout will end by technical superiority. The same rules apply when two 3-point holds are executed.

 

3. Challenge:

The coach has 5 seconds from the time the questioned score is posted on the official scoreboard to request a challenge. The coach cannot request a challenge after the end of the regular time of a period, however he can request a challenge if the points haven’t been added on the scoreboard after the end of the regular time of the bout. The challenge is accepted if the wrestler agrees with the coach’s decision. The coach requesting the challenge must do so from his designated seat. If the coach’s challenge is proven to be true after the video is projected on the screen the “challenge ball” (the soft ball thrown on the mat) is returned to the coach. If after the final decision the coach disagrees with the referee, the coach is presented with a “yellow card”. If the coach persists to disagree, he will be presented with a “red card”, eliminated from the competition and penalized. 

 

4. The winner in a tie after end of the regular time of the bout:

If a bout has finished with a tie (1:1, 5:5, 7:7, 9:9, etc.), the winner of the bout is defined according to the following:

1. The wrestler with more technical points.

2. The wrestler with fewer warnings.

3. The wrestler who scored the last point

 

Red

3 0 1 1

2 0 2

9

Winner

Blue

   1 1 0

3 1 1 2

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red

2 0

0 1 1 3

7

 

Blue

3 1 1

   0 2

7

Winner

 

 

 

 

 

Red

2 1 0

3 0 1 1

8

 

Blue

3 0 1

2 1 0 1

8

Winner

Red – the wrester in the red singlet

Blue – the wrestler in the blue singlet

O – official warning

 

5. Evaluation of the holds:

In order to encourage risk-taking during bouts, when a wrestler tries unsuccessfully to execute a hold and finds himself underneath in a “parterre” position, the referee will stop the bout and both wrestlers will be brought back to their feet (the wrestler above will not be awarded a technical point).

2 points are given to the wrestler who brings his opponent to the ground in a “parterre” position by passing behind him and while in this position holding him down with control (three points of contact: two arms and one knee or two knees and one arm or two knees and the head).

2 points are given to the wrestler who executes a hold from the standing position and controls his opponent on the ground in a “parterre” position without a position of danger.

1 point is given to the wrestler who applies a hold from the standing position without placing his opponent in a position of danger and stands back without managing to control the position.

1 point is given to the wrestler who applies a counter attack on the ground and controls his opponent in a “parterre” position by passing behind him.

 

6. Procedure for elimination of inactivity in Greco-Roman wrestling:

- The passive wrestler is given a verbal warning.

- After a second violation and receiving a warning, the referee stops the bout and issues a caution to the passive wrestler.

- The opponent of the cautioned wrestler (the active wrestler) chooses between “parterre” and “standing” position.

- 3rd violation results in technical point for the opponent of the warned wrestler. In addition, the active wrestler has the choice of either “parterre” or “standing” position.

- 4th violation by a wrestler is resulted in the termination of the bout. The active wrestler wins by fall. If neither of the wrestlers has managed to receive a technical point within 1 minute, the referees define one of the wrestlers as inactive.

- The active wrestler who chooses parterre position has the choice of the side position and lift or the back position, standing or one knee to the mat, with his hands resting on the opponent’s back.

 

7. Procedure for elimination of inactivity in freestyle wrestling:

- If a wrestler is blocking, interlocking fingers, thwarting his opponent and/or generally avoiding wrestling, the guilty wrestler is given a verbal warning. After a second offence the action is stopped briefly to designate the guilty wrestler and a 30-second mandatory-score period begins. If neither wrestler scores during these mandatory 30 seconds, the opponent of the designated passive-wrestler is awarded a technical point and the passive wrestler receives a “caution”.

- If after 2:00 minutes into the first period (1:00 minute for cadets) neither wrestler has scored, the referees must mandatorily designate one of the wrestlers as inactive. The passive wrestler is given 30 seconds. If neither wrestler scores during these mandatory 30 seconds, the opponent of the designated passive-wrestler is awarded a technical point and the passive wrestler receives a “caution”.

 

8. Fleeing the mat:

When a wrestler flees the mat, the opponent is given 1 technical point (without any cautions). The wrestlers cannot push their opponents from the mat. In such cases the referee stops the action and issues a warning. If this persists, the referee stops the action again and issues 1 technical point to the opponent of the wrestler at fault. The guilty wrestler receives a warning (caution 0) and the bout continues. If during action one of the wrestlers pushes his opponent outside the mat border, the wrestler is given 1 point.


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While competitions within the framework of the wrestling Olympic Games of the test nature held in London there have been revealed some amendments made to the wrestling rules.

So, in the case if the athletes gain no point in the free style wrestling competitions, the blue or red ball taken from the box while casting lots will not be thrown to the box, but will be arranged aside. We have to remember that there have 4 balls in the box (2 red and 2 blue) while casting lots. After the first casting, there are remained 3 balls in the box that 2 of them have the same colours. And this gives a chance to the other athlete while the next casting lots.

As to the other amendments, they are related to the Greco-Roman style. Hereupon, before starting the competition, one of hands of the wrestler will be under arm of the other wrestler and the other hand on the rival’s arm. As well as, if one of the athletes gains a point as a result of in passing state within 1 minute 30 seconds, then there will not be any parterre situation. This situation will be applied only in the case if the athletes doesn’t gain any point within 1 minute 30 seconds in a passing situation.

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Significant changes have recently taken place in the wrestling rules. If previously Greco-Roman wrestlers competed for 1 minute in a standing position and then sequentially remained in 30-second par terre position, now, according to the new rules, the competing in a standing position continues for 1 minute and 30 seconds. If neither wrestler has any points, then the red clothed wrestler in the 1st period and the blue clothed wrestler in the 2nd period will try to execute a move against his opponent in a par terre position. If the wrestler defending himself prevents the opponent from executing a move then he will be awarded a point and become the winner of that period. If during 1 minute and 30 seconds the scores are equal then the wrestler executing the last active move is in the attacking position with respect to his opponent in a par terre position irrespective of the ongoing period and his opponent will not be awarded any points even if he fails to execute a move, because the attacking wrestler has already gained advantage in the standing position. However, if during 1 minute and 30 seconds of the 3rd period neither wrestler has any points then the points scored during the first 2 periods will be considered and the wrestler who has scored more points will determine who will be in a par terre position.

If the points are equal, then it is important which moves were executed. For example, after the first 2 periods the score may be 4:4. However if one of the wrestlers was awarded 3 points for one move, and the other scored these points for 1-point moves, then the preference will be surely given to the wrestler who has executed a 3-point move. If all the indicators are equal then the referee will decide by a draw who will go into a par terre position.

No changes have been made to the freestyle and female wrestling rules. However, certain additions have been incorporated for each of the three styles. The athlete avoiding active wrestling will be penalised by caution without stopping the bout, that is 1 point will be awarded to the opponent. During the disputable situations the referees may not wilfully stop the bout and watch the video replay. Each wrestler is provided an opportunity to raise an objection to the referee’s decision, and of course, the objection is raised by his coach. There is no need to approach the referees to raise an objection, it is sufficient to raise the white coloured pallet placed next to the coaches. If a bout is in a neutral situation then the referee will stop the bout and using a video replay clarifies the episode to which an objection is raised. Now not only referees, but everyone present on the arena can watch the video replay on a big screen. A decision related to the disputed episode is taken with the participation of a jury. If the objection is justified then of course the point will be awarded to the wrestler and the coach will have another opportunity to raise an objection. If the objection is not satisfied then the opponent wrestler will be awarded 1 point and the coach whose objection has not been satisfied will be deprived of his right to raise an objection next time.

Changes made into the Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling rules

 

Note: These rules are being applied at present. However, more changes may be made before the senior world championship to be held in September.

 

1. Duration of the bouts:

- The senior and junior (both male and female) matches consist of 2 3-minute periods and a 30-second break between the two periods.

- The winner is declared by the addition of the points in both periods.

- The schoolboy and cadet matches (both male and female) consist of 2 2-minute periods and a 30-second break between the two periods.

- The winner is declared by the addition of the points in both periods.

 

Note: The wrestlers may drink water or use a wet towel during the break between the periods.

 

2. Premature end of the bout:

 

A bout may finish prematurely before the end of the regular time in following situations:

- If one of the wrestlers has been pinned;

- If the opponent fails to appear, is injured, or disqualified (receiving 3 warnings or a serious infraction);

- By technical superiority (only if there is a 7 point difference);

- After the execution of a 5-point hold or two 3-point holds (only if after the points are included in his/her score the wrestler is winning).

 

For example: If the blue wrestler executes a 5-point hold, while the red wrestler is leading 6:0, the score will be 6:5 and the bout will continue. If the blue wrestler executes a 5-point hold, while the red wrestler is leading 6:1, the score will be 6:6 and the bout will continue (in both cases it is considered a counter attack). If the blue wrestler executes a 5-point hold, while the red wrestler is leading 6:2, the score will be 6:7 and the bout will end by technical superiority. The same rules apply when two 3-point holds are executed.

 

3. Challenge:

 

The coach has 5 seconds from the time the questioned score is posted on the official scoreboard to request a challenge. The coach cannot request a challenge after the end of the regular time of a period, however he can request a challenge if the points haven’t been added on the scoreboard after the end of the regular time of the bout. The challenge is accepted if the wrestler agrees with the coach’s decision. The coach requesting the challenge must do so from his designated seat. If the coach’s challenge is proven to be true after the video is projected on the screen the “challenge ball” (the soft ball thrown on the mat) is returned to the coach. If after the final decision the coach disagrees with the referee, the coach is presented with a “yellow card”. If the coach persists to disagree, he will be presented with a “red card”, eliminated from the competition and penalized. 

 

4. The winner in a tie after end of the regular time of the bout:

 

If a bout has finished with a tie (1:1, 5:5, 7:7, 9:9, etc.), the winner of the bout is defined according to the following:

 

1. The wrestler with more technical points.

2. The wrestler with fewer warnings.

3. The wrestler who scored the last point

 

Red

3 0 1 1

2 0 2

9

Winner

Blue

   1 1 0

3 1 1 2

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red

2 0

0 1 1 3

7

 

Blue

3 1 1

   0 2

7

Winner

 

 

 

 

 

Red

2 1 0

3 0 1 1

8

 

Blue

3 0 1

2 1 0 1

8

Winner

 

Red – the wrester in the red singlet

Blue – the wrestler in the blue singlet

O – official warning

 

5. Evaluation of the holds:

 

In order to encourage risk-taking during bouts, when a wrestler tries unsuccessfully to execute a hold and finds himself underneath in a “parterre” position, the referee will stop the bout and both wrestlers will be brought back to their feet (the wrestler above will not be awarded a technical point).

2 points are given to the wrestler who brings his opponent to the ground in a “parterre” position by passing behind him and while in this position holding him down with control (three points of contact: two arms and one knee or two knees and one arm or two knees and the head).

2 points are given to the wrestler who executes a hold from the standing position and controls his opponent on the ground in a “parterre” position without a position of danger.

1 point is given to the wrestler who applies a hold from the standing position without placing his opponent in a position of danger and stands back without managing to control the position.

1 point is given to the wrestler who applies a counter attack on the ground and controls his opponent in a “parterre” position by passing behind him.

 

6. Procedure for elimination of inactivity in Greco-Roman wrestling:

 

- The passive wrestler is given a verbal warning.

- After a second violation and receiving a warning, the referee stops the bout and issues a caution to the passive wrestler.

- The opponent of the cautioned wrestler (the active wrestler) chooses between “parterre” and “standing” position.

- 3rd violation results in technical point for the opponent of the warned wrestler. In addition, the active wrestler has the choice of either “parterre” or “standing” position.

- 4th violation by a wrestler is resulted in the termination of the bout. The active wrestler wins by fall. If neither of the wrestlers has managed to receive a technical point within 1 minute, the referees define one of the wrestlers as inactive.

- The active wrestler who chooses parterre position has the choice of the side position and lift or the back position, standing or one knee to the mat, with his hands resting on the opponent’s back.

 

7. Procedure for elimination of inactivity in freestyle wrestling:

 

- If a wrestler is blocking, interlocking fingers, thwarting his opponent and/or generally avoiding wrestling, the guilty wrestler is given a verbal warning. After a second offence the action is stopped briefly to designate the guilty wrestler and a 30-second mandatory-score period begins. If neither wrestler scores during these mandatory 30 seconds, the opponent of the designated passive-wrestler is awarded a technical point and the passive wrestler receives a “caution”.

- If after 2:00 minutes into the first period (1:00 minute for cadets) neither wrestler has scored, the referees must mandatorily designate one of the wrestlers as inactive. The passive wrestler is given 30 seconds. If neither wrestler scores during these mandatory 30 seconds, the opponent of the designated passive-wrestler is awarded a technical point and the passive wrestler receives a “caution”.

 

8. Fleeing the mat:

 

When a wrestler flees the mat, the opponent is given 1 technical point (without any cautions). The wrestlers cannot push their opponents from the mat. In such cases the referee stops the action and issues a warning. If this persists, the referee stops the action again and issues 1 technical point to the opponent of the wrestler at fault. The guilty wrestler receives a warning (caution 0) and the bout continues. If during action one of the wrestlers pushes his opponent outside the mat border, the wrestler is given 1 point.

 

Ministry of Youth and Sport
of Azerbaijan Republic

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National Olympic Committee
of Azerbaijan Republic

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Fédération Internationale
des Luttes Associées

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