Folkstyle Wrestling

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Collegiate-style wrestling, also known as folkstyle or scholastic, is a form of wrestling native to the United States.

Collegiate-style wrestling, also known as folkstyle or scholastic, is a form of wrestling native to the United States. This style of wrestling is practiced in U.S. secondary schools, colleges and universities, and in many wrestling clubs. One feature that makes collegiate-style wrestling different from freestyle is that a wrestler must hold the opponent’s shoulders to the mat for one second to earn a fall. Collegiate-style wrestling rewards wrestlers with “near falls,” worth two or three points, for holding an opponent close to his or her back. Collegiate wrestlers earn credit for “riding time,” or time during which they control their opponent on the mat. “Riding time” points are unique to college wrestling and do not play a factor in the high school sport.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) supervises college wrestling, while the National Federation of State High School Athletic Associations (NFSHSAA) governs high school wrestling. The NCAA collegiate-style bout is 7 minutes long, with a 3-minute first period followed by two 2-minute periods. Bouts that are tied at the end of regulation go into an overtime period. High school matches are 6 minutes long, with three 2-minute periods.

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