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2019 Rules Question of the Day

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21 FEB 19. Rules Question of the Day.

When evaluating the active/passive wrestler in Greco Roman, what three things should you be evaluating?

21 FEB 19.


1. CONTACT.  Who’s making contact?

2. HOOKING.  Who’s trying to “hook”; under-hook, over-hook, body hook/lock, or arm hooking? 

3. SETTING UP ATTACKS.  Who’s using a hook to set up an attack?

Joel Sturtevant · 

1. Which wrestler is setting up and making attacks
2. Which Wrestler is creating hooking action, (under/over hooks, front headlocks, body locks)
3. Which wrestler is maintaining contact and which is trying to break contact.

Joseph Kasten · 

whose is controlling the center of mat / action
whose is aggressive / backing up
listening to verbal commands

20 FEB 19. Rules Question of the Day.

You are the JUDGE.  Red has executed a duck under and is behind Blue.  Blue is in a quadpod position (On his hands and feet).  The Referee offers R2. What is your call?

20 FEB 19

ANSWER:  Article 39. No points. Quadpod does not meet takedown criteria.  Three points of contact must be on the mat.  Hands are not points of contact.

Joel Sturtevant · White Paddle - Quad pod does not meet takedown criteria- quadpod is only two points of contact, a takedown requires three. Until the head, a knee, torso etc makes contact with the mat; no takedown has occured yet.

Joseph Kasten white paddle,same reasons

19 FEB 19. Rules Question of the Day.

You are the JUDGE.  Red has secured a Merkel on Blue and is in a dominant position. The Referee offers R2. What is your call?

19 FEB 19

ANSWER: Article 39. White Paddle.  The Merkel does not meet takedown criteria as the Offensive wrestler is not behind the hips.

Joseph Kasten · white paddle for the same reasons

Joel Sturtevant White Paddle - The Merkel Position does not meet the criteria for a takedown. Red must be behind or on top of Blues hips with 3 points of contact to score a takedown.

18 FEB 19. Rules Question of the Day.

You are the CHAIRMAN.  Red just scored a takedown (R2).  Red is now on top working for a turn.  Blue is underneath and stands up establishing a standing position.  Red trips Blue forward back to the mat.  The Referee offers R2.  The Judge White Paddles the action.  What is your call?


ANSWER: Article 39 = R2. Takedown. If the offensive wrestler secures a takedown and the defensive wrestler, under his/her own power, stands up (establishes a standing position) and attempts to escape or turn to face the offensive wrestler and the offensive wrestler returns the defensive wrestler back to the mat; this could be another takedown. Within international styles of wrestling, a wrestler is either Standing or in Parterre.  “Neutral” is a specific folkstyle situation and does not apply to Freestyle & Greco-Roman