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Updated on September 24, 2011

So You Want To Learn Wrestling!

Discover High School Wrestling , Double AA , Triple AAA, Junior Olympic and College Scholarships, through to the State Champs.

I have been inspired to write this hub as my husband has often talked about his high school's chosen sport with many fond memories and even now after many years I might add ,what he learned has remained with him all this time , and it seemed timely to share his knowledge with someone else who may be interested or know someone who is.

So far I can find Wrestling is a very old sport and its History goes back as far back as Biblical Times , however the most well known history would be that the sport was invented by the Romans and Greeks, primarily for sport ,education,conditioning and battle training.

Some Important Basics

Whats It All Mean?

There are three two minute periods.

1st Period To start both opponents will be standing facing each other inside a circle ( see photo)

2nd Period A referee will flip a coin deciding who has the up position and who has the opposite ,down position. This is called the 'Referee's Position'.

3rd Period Positions are reversed.

The object is to put your opponent on his back-called pinning your opponent.

A pin is when you put your opponent on his back ,with any part of both shoulder blades,coming in contact with the mat for two seconds.

When you pin your opponent, the match is declared over, and you are the winner. Of course that's the objective and more often than not it will usually involve a takedown ( more further down) to achieve this goal.

Since pinning is a definate win, 6pts are automatically awarded.


High School Wrestling And Summer Camps


Standing up, you take control of your opponent and in the dominant position-2pts


Getting away,escaping ,from your opponent, so you are both standing ready to start again.-1pt


Almost but not quite, getting your opponent pinned-2 0r 3pts


When a position is reversed and the person who had the original dominant position loses it, control is reversed and goes to the other person.

Those are some of the very basics to a beginners guide to wrestling. The links that I have provided will explain and go into much more depth than I can ever hope to tell you.

Check your state for availability.

I have learned so much from my husband first hand ,and also more recently through various official websites. As an amateur sport I believe it offers young and old alike, techniques and skills, that will last them a lifetime . Training and sportsmanship is respected as much as winning competitions on an Individual or on a Team level.

It should not be confused with the hype and glitter of Professional Wrestling( although some amatuers have gone on to Professional wrestling) wheres its focus is mainly on Entertainment

Technical Violations

Forcing your opponent off the mat or leaving the mat yourself to avoid wrestling wil incur a violation.

Grabbing any part of opponents clothing ,headgear , or the mat.

Aggressive roughness that violates fair play.

Unsportsmanlike Conduct gestures or comments which are deemed offensive or unnecessary.


Safety with style !

Wrestling singlets ,main garment and these have improved alot ( they needed too ) along with some very cool and safety conscious wrestling shoes ( see link) on latest styles available.

Ankle supports , highly recommended for support to important joints.

Knee pads ,just remember when buying these to find some that will be comfortable and go through the motions to get the right feel thats right for you.

Wrestling head gear , another important and compulsory item ,to protect the head and ears.

Many major department stores and specialty well known sports store will carry a selection ,if in doubt check below links.


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    • Eaglekiwi profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from -Oceania

      Thank you for the feedback. It is appreciated.

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for Sports Safety information

    • Eaglekiwi profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from -Oceania

      Hey welcome to Hubpages ,I appreciate the feedback. I enjoy hearing of my husbands achievements , he loves the sport and was headed for the state champs (Pa),until he broke his leg.

      Anyway hes not a hubber but hes looking forward to reading your blogs-

    • curtclapier profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks for this. It's amazing to me how many people don't understand what is happening in a wrestling match.

    • Eaglekiwi profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from -Oceania

      Hey Drew, Thats really interesting ,and I guess you never really do forget huh! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.Appreciate it.

    • Drew Breezzy profile image

      Drew Breezzy 

      9 years ago from somewhere in my mind

      I wrestled in high school

      Still comes in handy ;)

      nice nub

    • Eaglekiwi profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from -Oceania

      Hi wrestling ,thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. I never relised just how challengeing it was until I read up a little on it. I know my husband loved it and did well competing during his high school years ( truth is im sure he misses it)....

    • wrestling74 profile image


      9 years ago

      Great hub i recently got out of high school where i to had wrestled its a great sport very very challengeing, and my heart goies out to those who put forth the effort to understand and or compete in wrestling. thanks

    • Eaglekiwi profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from -Oceania

      Hi ralwus ,thankyou for your comments, I certainly have a greater appreciation of the sport now that I have become more aware of it. Hubby was on his way to becoming state champ when an accident changed all of that , but yep long time ago now.

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      9 years ago

      Neat hub. I was a fanatic of this sport as a young lad and had several family friends that were pro wrestlers back then, The highlight of my youth was getting to watch and meet the notorious Sma Sheppard. My facsination with it waned as I matured and it evolved into what we have today. thanks

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      Neat hub. I was a fanatic of this sport as a young lad and had several family friends that were pro wrestlers back then, The highlight of my youth was getting to watch and meet the notorious Sma Sheppard. My facsination with it waned as I matured and it evolved into what we have today. thanks

    • Eaglekiwi profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from -Oceania

      Thankyou for your comments TK, I am glad you enjoyed it.

    • tksensei profile image


      9 years ago

      Good hub on the world's greatest combat sport!

    • Eaglekiwi profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from -Oceania

      Nice one BC , must check out NY sometime lol

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      When I was stranded in New York loads of the WWF wrestlers were stranded in our hotel, really polite guys as well.

    • Eaglekiwi profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from -Oceania

      Hey Kea ,thanks for visiting and making a comment. Lol @ sleeping naked beside open windows, I know ,apparently my hubby used to wear some kinda suit and would sweat it out. I guess they would get even more serious training for the Olympics too. Us girls could try with summer ahead lol

    • kea profile image


      9 years ago

      My roommate in college used to wrestle and he said when he was in Maine in High School he would sleep naked with the windows open and no sheets in an effort to burn calories by trying to keep himself warm. All to make weight. Vision Quest is a favorite movie of mine too! Oh, so is The Wrestler, but that's about Pro Wrestling!

    • Eaglekiwi profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from -Oceania

      HI guys thanks for your comments ,appreciate you heaps!

    • thelesleyshow profile image


      9 years ago from US

      Very cool! Thanks for sharing! Thumbs up.

    • Candie V profile image

      Candie V 

      9 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      There's very little uglier than "cauliflower ear"!! I do love thoes outfits!! Great hub, thanks Eagle!


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