New UWW Greco-Roman rules now used for USA Wrestling age-group divisions

By USA Wrestling | April 24, 2015, 11:31 a.m. (ET)
Action from the 2014 ASICS/Vaughan Cadet Nationals Greco-Roman finals. Photo by John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com

USA Wrestling will use new UWW international Greco-Roman rules for all of its age-group divisions below the Senior level, starting immediately.

This includes University, FILA Junior, Junior, FILA Cadet, Cadet, Schoolboy/girl, Novice, Intermediate, Bantam and other youth-level divisions.

The Senior level, in both USA Wrestling and UWW events, will continue to use the Greco-Roman rules now in place.

The USA Wrestling Junior Olympic Wrestling Committee has approved these changes.

LETTER FROM USWOA PRESIDENT RICK TUCCI

I have received the new Greco rules from UWW and I will list the changes below. These rules are to be used by all age groups below the Senior level this year.

The Senior-level wrestlers in Greco-Roman will continue to use the rules that are currently in place (2014). Freestyle rules remain as they were in 2014. If any changes take place, you will be notified.

PENALTY FOR ILLEGAL ACTIONS

Every caution should be evaluated by caution (0) + 2 points

For example, head butt, punching/slapping, all leg faults (offensive or defensive, holding the legs, bending the leg, kicking action....) grasping the singlet, twisting fingers, fleeing the mat, fleeing the hold, refusing to take the correct position in the par terre start..(Currently types of penalty depends on infraction, sometimes caution + 1pt, sometimes caution + 2 pts.)

ACTION FROM STANDING BUT NO DANGER POSITION

The wrestler who executes a regular hold from standing position but does not bring his opponent into a danger position or cannot control him by passing behind, will score 2 points (Currently 1 point, correct throw)

ACTION FROM STANDING WITH DANGER POSITION

The wrestler that executes a regular hold from standing position and places his opponent in the danger position will score 4 points.

LIFT FROM PARTERRE, BUT NO DANGER POSITION

The wrestler who executes a hold by lifting his opponent from the ground and does not place him in a danger position will score 2 points. (Currently 1 point)

LIFT FROM PAR TERRE AND PLACING THE OPPONENT IN A DANGER POSITION

The wrestler who executes a hold by lifting his opponent from the ground and placing him in a danger position will score 4 points. (Currently existing rule)
Elimination of 5 points.

GUT WRENCH

All gut wrenches regardless how they are executed in danger position or not will be scored 2 points.
(Current rule; 2 pts. for danger position, 1 pt. for hand to hand, no danger)

GOING OUT/STEPPING OUT FROM ZONE SITUATIONS

In order to encourage active wrestling, in case the attacking wrestler who steps in to protection area during his action he will not be penalized by giving 1 point to opponent.

If he can score he will receive his point(s).

If he cannot score, referee will stop the bout and restart in center.

(Current rule; the attacking wrestler will lose 1 point in case he steps out during his action.)

Pushing out will not be penalized 1 point.

1 point for step out in other cases remains the same.

When a wrestler visibly and intentionally pushes his opponent into the protection area, he will NOT score 1 point.

ELIMINATION OF ORDERED PAR TERRE

No more ordered par terre for passive wrestler.

PROCEDURE FOR ENFORCEMENT OF PENALTIES FOR INACTIVITY IN GR WRESTLING

To avoid disqualifications from a bout as a result of 3 cautions for passivity, in Greco-Roman wrestling, the wrestlers will be penalized by caution only in fleeing the hold, fleeing the mat and illegal actions. (caution + 2 points)

For passivity wrestling, penalization of passive wrestler will be without cautions as followed:

If a wrestler is blocking, interlocking fingers, thwarting his opponent or avoiding wrestling in standing position, the referee will verbally warn him by using UWW vocabulary (red/blue head up /open /contact / no block /attack...)

If the wrestler continues to be passive, the referee will ask for passivity. When either the judge or mat chairman(majority of officiating body) agrees with this decision, the referee will warn the passive wrestler officially, showing passivity with his left (red) or right (blue) hand raised high up in the air and speak in a loud and clear voice using UWW vocabulary 'attention red/blue passive' WITHOUT STOPPING THE BOUT. At the same time, one colored light (in the color of the wrestler's singlet) will be turned on at the corner of passive wrestler on the scoreboard.

In repeated cases when a wrestler again continues to be passive after a verbal warning, the referee will again ask for passivity and if the majority of the refereeing body confirms this decision, the referee will say again to the wrestler in a loud and clear voice 'attention-red/blue ! passive'.

A second light will be lit and the opponent will be awarded 1 point, which the referee will then announce to the passive wrestler, 'red/blue, attention-penalty point! WITHOUT STOPPING THE BOUT.

The two lights will turn off and the opponent will receive one technical point.

Same procedure will continue the whole bout- every two passivity lights for passive wrestler will result in one technical point to the opponent.

BASIC DEFENSE POSITION OF THE BOTTOM WRESTLER DURING PAR TERRE WRESTLING

In order to give a chance to the top wrestler to execute a hold in par terre wrestling, the bottom wrestler must defend himself with his both arms open/ away from the body.

The bottom wrestler cannot 'close' himself by having his elbows close to his body, or join his elbows and his knees or legs in order to prevent the upper wrestler from taking a hold.

Also, bottom wrestler must not prevent the top wrestler from executing a hold by breaking or holding his fingers and/or wrists. He is only allowed to push from his opponent's torso not the arms at all.

The wrestler who behaves against this rule, after a strict verbal warning will be IMMEDIATELY PENALIZED by a caution and 2 points and put back in par terre.

GRABBING AND INTERLOCKING FINGERS FORBIDDEN

To prevent/to block a wrestler from executing a hold, or to wrestle actively by grabbing and interlocking fingers, holding wrists for long time is strictly forbidden. The wrestler will be penalized by a caution and his opponent will receive 2 points.

Also the wrestlers will be encouraged / forced to wrestle chest to chest (the original standing wrestling position in Greco).

The wrestler who refuses to wrestle chest to chest will be considered passive.

These are the rules as I received them. If any changes, modifications, etc. happen,, you will be notified. You may pass them on to whomever you feel needs this update.

Thank you.
Rick Tucci
USWOA President