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Wrestling 101

  • A match is composed of three one-minute periods. There are no ties in wrestling.  Overtime periods continue until there is a winner.

  • The first period always starts with both wrestlers on their feet.  This is called the neutral position.

  • For the second and third periods, each wrestler can pick whether to start in the neutral position or on top or bottom, called the referee’s position.

  • Points are awarded for takedowns, reversals, escapes, illegal holds, or near falls (see the chart below) 

  • The referee signals to the scorekeeper by raising his arm with a red or green wristband as points are awarded to the wrestler wearing the red or green ankle band.

  • The matches end when there is a pin or are decided based on points when the clock expires.

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