The Rules of Freestyle Wrestling – EXPLAINED!

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The Rules of Freestyle Wrestling – EXPLAINED!

Ninh explains, the Rules of Freestyle Wrestling.
The object of the game is to wrestle the opponent and win by either pin or by points.
Freestyle Wrestling is one the most popular versions of wrestling worldwide and is contested
at the Olympic Games. Wrestling matches are contested between two
people who are of similar weight, on a rubber mat that measures 9m in diameter. Wrestlers
either wear red or blue during a contest. In Freestyle Wrestling – you can attack
all parts of the body and use all parts of the body to try and take down your opponent.
The whole body is fair game. This means that there is a lot to attack, and a lot to defend.
You must try to get your opponent onto their back, so that both shoulder blades touch the
floor simultaneously. If you successfully pin your opponent’s
shoulder blades to the floor for one second, the referee will stop the contest and you
win automatically. This is known as winning by fall, or winning
by pin. If neither wrestler can pin each other, you
can score points to win the contest instead. There are 5 main ways of scoring.
If you manage to take your opponent down onto the mat with control over them, this is a
takedown and is worth anywhere between 2 and 5 points. The amount of points depends on
the type of takedown – with throws of grand amplitude scoring the maximum 5 points. Whilst in a defensive position, if you manage
to get away from the wrestler or get yourself into the neutral position, this is an escape
and is worth 1 point. Whilst in a defensive position, if you manage
to come from the bottom and take control of your opponent on top, this is a reversal and
scores 1 point. Whilst in an offensive position, if you expose
your opponent’s back to the floor, and are in a dominant position with control, this
is known as exposure, and scores 2 or 3 points depending on the length of time you nearly
pin your opponent. And if you do commit any illegal move, the
referee may award Penalty Points to your opponent. There are numerous ways this can happen.
A Freestyle wrestling match is contested in two periods of 3 minutes each.
If someone doesn’t win by fall, the wrestler with the highest score at the end of the 2
periods, wins. If the scores are tied, the referee and judges
will make a decision based on who was the superior wrestler.
That’s the bare bones of Freestyle Wrestling, but there’s a few other things you’ll
need to know before watching or contesting a match. For example: Caution
If a wrestler commits an illegal move, violates one of the rules, or has no intention of wrestling,
the referee can award a caution and/or penalty points against them.
If a wrestler places one foot outside the circle, the match is stopped, the wrestler
cautioned and one point is awarded to his opponent. This is known as out of bounds. If a wrestler runs away, or refuses to start
or wrestle, this is passivity and results in the wrestler is cautioned and the opponent
will be awarded one point. Par Terre
The referee may order the wrestlers to start in Par Terre position. This can be issued
after a caution or if one wrestler is passive for two minutes without scoring. The offending
wrestler will be on the bottom on his hands and knees. The other wrestler grapples from
the top. In Freestyle Wrestling, the top wrestler has the advantage and when the referee whistles,
you commence wrestling in this position. Technical Superiority (Technical Fall).
In Freestyle Wrestling, if one wrestler accrues a 10 point advantage over their opponent,
the referee will end the contest immediately and that wrestler will win by technical superiority
or technical fall. Win by Injury, Forfeit or Disqualification.
If the wrestler cannot continue during the match, the opponent will be awarded a Win
by Injury. If the wrestler cannot start the contest,
the opponent will be awarded a win by Forfeit. If a wrestler accrues 3 cautions or is banned
from competing further by the referee, the opponent will Win by Disqualification. That’s a lot to take in, but once you’ve
watched Freestyle Wrestling for a while, the rules will become clear.
Check out my videos on the other forms of wrestling which you can find on my channel.
If you have found this video at all helpful, please be sure to like share and subscribe.
It takes me ages to make one of these things and good karma is much appreciated.
Follow me on Twitter also and share on Reddit, but in the meantime – enjoy Freestyle Wrestling. Ninh Ly – – @NinhLyUK


Samuel Tatar · May 26, 2018 at 7:09 pm

nice video, i appreciate that you are studing rules so hard for us and i have a tip for you. Can you make video on Rollhockey. Its like field hockey or bandy hockey indoor and on classical 4 wheeled skates. Thanks

Clench Chad Man · May 26, 2018 at 7:09 pm

first holy shiet

snake20ist · May 26, 2018 at 7:59 pm

Thank you

Nikola Kraev · May 26, 2018 at 8:07 pm

damn im early

C M · May 26, 2018 at 8:47 pm

You should do a video about the rules of arm wrestling. Great video!

Dalmain J · May 26, 2018 at 9:08 pm

This is easy, just watch the WWE…

Gary Turbo · May 26, 2018 at 9:12 pm

You can also get points for throws and rolling on the ground, the half and quarter nelson are legal but full nelson is illegal. Headlocks are only legal if you trap the arm. Both feet must be planted to lock hands (locking hands are illegal on the ground)

Source: Wrestled in high school

Thomas Gray · May 26, 2018 at 9:13 pm

Love your videos!

110P Highlights · May 26, 2018 at 9:26 pm

Idk what is scarier, wrestling in d1 college or Olympic wrestling

J.R. Stewart · May 27, 2018 at 12:35 am

Where did you get these highlights Nihn? Very good stuff here. I wish I can like this a hundred times. Great job.

narcolonarcolo · May 27, 2018 at 2:14 am

Par Terre lol

Clip Boss · May 27, 2018 at 2:15 am

Here are my Top 5 Personal Favorite Sports:
1. Aussie Rules Football (my absolute favorite!)
2. Rugby League
3. Ice Hockey
4. Box Lacrosse
5. Racquetball

Zac Bright · May 27, 2018 at 4:16 am

do cross country

Dallas Tringali · May 27, 2018 at 4:16 am

P. good video, man. Need more!

sentry athlete · May 27, 2018 at 4:17 am

Nice video like it . and what video game your going to get.

Brock Sheehan · May 27, 2018 at 7:55 pm

great video can you do 360ball please

Tyler C. · May 28, 2018 at 7:24 am

Great video but a couple of things. I noticed some of the information in this video is slightly off. In freestyle (as opposed to folkstyle) there is no escape point rewarded. Also all back exposures are only worth 2 points and does not vary based on how long someone is held on their back. Also, in the event of a tied match that does not end 0-0, the judges do not choose the superior wrestler. A system of criteria is used based on which wrestler had the most high scoring moves, who had more cautions, and who scored last. This information I just listed is all current as of now but some rules in freestyle are changed every couple of years so that's why some of the clips may show different point values.

Ninh Ly · May 28, 2018 at 8:58 pm

A lot of people have commented on the fact that certain rules in this video no longer applies.
I had to cover all my bases, as the new version of the UWA wrestling rulebook (as of April) does have these rules.

People all seem to think they know the rules, but when I check in the rulebook – it's not the case.

Thanks for your continued support, and as always like share & subscribe 🙂

sentry athlete · May 30, 2018 at 6:16 am

Didn't I mentioned that they forced me to sign the paper of early graduation.

Megan's Lesbo Gf · May 31, 2018 at 7:19 pm

Do you plan on doing a video on Tchoukball?

Luka Scepanovic · June 2, 2018 at 4:13 pm

Can you make about beach soccer

Jordan Cridland · July 6, 2018 at 7:39 pm

So whats the WWE form of wrestiling

Donovan Morgan · July 14, 2018 at 6:12 am

What are the chances getting seriously fucked up doing this? I really wanna try it out but don't wanna get paralyzed

Baconuniverse · August 4, 2018 at 7:04 am

3:15 if this isn’t proof that wrestling is the gayest sport ever, then I don’t know what is

Ryan Alexander Music · August 15, 2018 at 8:53 am

Okay but what about the rules of


Marco Pohl · September 21, 2018 at 12:17 pm

hm i don't think you mentioned the lack of striking, even though it's one of the core rules

Chris Grudge · October 12, 2018 at 5:35 am

Catch wrestling might be worth looking into for a video

TheOldRaven · November 4, 2018 at 8:14 pm

Ninh do the rules of Catch as Catch can Wrestling

Marky Marco · November 19, 2018 at 8:59 pm

Please what is kegal and illegal in freestyle wrestling?

Michael Howe · December 5, 2018 at 8:02 am

I've been competing in wrestling since I was 6 and I've been competing in rugby for almost 3 years now. Rugby and wrestling can go hand to hand real well. And for many reasons too

Luigi The Vulpix · January 11, 2019 at 4:55 am

This is what Wrestling Looks like
In WWE or professional Wrestling. Its Fake right?!. WWE is like a the Father of MMA or maybe professional Wrestling is like a western style judo with street fight styles punches and kicks or some shit?! I don't know?! I'm sorry.
I don't know much or anything about wrestling, okay!? I admit.

Bacon King106 · January 26, 2019 at 8:27 pm

Do folk style wrestling or gecko wrestling

sub zero · February 3, 2019 at 5:39 am

Can you do folkstyle

Kendia Perkins · February 7, 2019 at 6:04 pm

Thanks for sharing. Best wishes!

T H E R E A L Y W S · February 19, 2019 at 5:00 am

Professional Wrestling Is Scripted*

Tyson Clear · February 24, 2019 at 1:36 am

You kinda mixed 2012 and today's rules together

#loveyoux XXXTENTACION · March 9, 2019 at 3:41 pm

Do Folkstyle

Offbrand Man · March 12, 2019 at 5:35 pm

I like the rules collegiate and US high school wrestling better ( both are very similar). It seems a lot more controlled and in order

Roody Leger · March 24, 2019 at 8:07 pm

Thank you for taking your time out to teach me something new

Brayten Wilkerson · March 26, 2019 at 10:48 pm

Thank you for this!

Diego Antonioli · March 27, 2019 at 12:04 am

1:43 the asian man caressed his dick…

donnygiven · April 1, 2019 at 9:20 pm

Ninh Ly …….fs wrestling is the best sport of all…..

TJtheMAD · April 25, 2019 at 11:43 am

Great quality, as always. Thank you for the clarification.

Glima next?

Rockhem Jade Raclip · April 29, 2019 at 3:52 pm

This has been very helpful. God bless you

rajesh · May 12, 2019 at 12:55 pm

It's little popular in India

Israel Ferguson · May 21, 2019 at 12:33 am

What is it when they throw or score on them and the ref stops it and starts again

Богдан Найкман · May 29, 2019 at 10:27 pm

awsome break down !

Big Boss · July 10, 2019 at 4:36 pm

But did you know?

Henry Cejudo has a gold medal in this

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