NCAA Panel approves new stalling rules, four-point nearfall

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved Monday the drop-down rule and the neutral-position stalling rule in wrestling, starting with the 2015-16 season.

Both rules were used on an experimental basis last season. Both are now permanent rules, though the panel made a few tweaks before approving so referees will have a clearer understanding of how both should be applied. Continue reading

United World Wrestling Modifies Greco-Roman Rules, Reinstates the Five-Point Throw

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland – United World Wrestling has announced several rule modifications for Greco-Roman wrestling. The decision to implement the reforms comes after several months of testing at the international level. The changes will take effect immediately.

The recent rule revisions are highlighted by increased penalties for illegal actions, clarifications on awarding of points for “push-outs,” the elimination of one-point exposure, and the return of the popular five-point throw. Continue reading at

Experimental Rules Designed To Limit Stalling Tactics Approved

Two Of The Rules Will Be Applied For The 2014-15 Season, While Two Others Will Be Used At Only One Wrestling Event.

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on Wednesday approved four experimental rules in wrestling, including two that will be exclusively used at the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Classic Nov. 1 at the University of Pennsylvania.

The first experimental rule that will be implemented for the 2014-15 season focuses on a wrestler who is in an offensive position and locks or holds an opponent’s leg or legs and does not breakdown the opponent, execute an offensive move or work back up to the upper body for five seconds. That offensive wrestler will be called for stalling. Continue reading

NCAA proposes new team scoring component to determine wrestling team title

The NCAA has proposed a new method for determining team titles at Division I Wrestling Championships that would add a new team component in addition to the present method using points scored by individual wrestlers.

In its recommendation put forward earlier this month, as of the 2016 NCAAs, the team champion will be determined by a combination of points earned by individuals during the NCAA championships (what the NCAA refers to as “the individual component”) as well as team points earned through what is called a “team component” or a “dual team competition component.” Continue reading at

NCAA Wrestling Rules Committee proposes three new experimental rules pending approval

The NCAA Wrestling Rules Committee recommended three experimental rules, including two that involve stalling, be implemented at the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Classic Nov. 1 at the University of Pennsylvania.

The committee met this month in Indianapolis. All rules proposals, including rules used on an experimental basis, must be approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which is scheduled to discuss wrestling recommendations during a conference call June 25. Continue reading

Mat-side video option approval among wrestling rules changes for 2013-14

INDIANAPOLIS — The Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which met via conference call Monday, approved making the mat-side video review rule an option for use beginning in the 2013-14 season.

There will be no mat-side video review in open tournaments.

Wrestlers will be allowed to go to their respective corner while the review is taking place. Continue reading at