AGE GROUP BOYS AND GIRLS 5-COLLEGE
There are two
"international" wrestling styles performed in the Olympic games under
the supervision of FILA:
Freestyle and Greco-Roman. These two
styles are practiced internationally.
similar style commonly known as Collegiate or Folkstyle is the
predominate form of scholastic wrestling in the United States and is
found in high schools, colleges and clubs. This type of wrestling
is unique to the United States and is regulated by the NCAA (National
Collegiate Athletic Association) and the National Federation of State
High School Associations.
What are the
objectives of each style?
Folkstyle wrestling places greater
emphasis on establishing and maintaining control and involves more mat
wrestling. The primary objective in Folkstyle
wrestling is to gain control of your opponent and to pin your opponent
by holding them with their back on the mat for a period of at least 2
In Freestyle and Greco-Roman
the primary objective is
much the same as with Folkstyle, except that other factors are taken
into account such as what holds are permitted and the skill with which
moves are executed. Both Greco and Freestyle focus more on
wrestling from the feet and Greco is limited to upper body holds.
The differences in the
styles are subtle to the novice but significant to the wrestler.
There are differences in scoring, rules and strategy.
When can my
child start wrestling?
Many schools in the
United States do not offer wrestling until High School but clubs can
provide opportunity for younger children to participate from the age of
5 years old.
Age groups for
Most wrestling clubs will divide children into different
age groups and weights. For example they will have a 5-6, 7-8,
9-10 etc. league. Weight classes will usually have a 4-6 pound
difference, for example 70,75 80 etc...
Most clubs have classes
that include teaching techniques and wrestling rules as well as
nutrition and conditioning maintenance. Group as well as private
lessons are available. At young age levels children do not have to "cut
weight" to wrestle. however, it is true that weight cutting does
exist at the High School and College levels.
In the past, wrestling
has been a male dominated sport but in recent years female participation
in youth and high school programs has greatly increased. However,
there are still far fewer girls than boys that are participating in this
sport. At a young age the difference in strength between a boy and
girl will be minimal but once puberty is reached boys typically gain a
significant strength advantage. A girl must work twice as hard to
overcome these challenges.