A match is competition between two individual wrestlers who are of as nearly equal weight as possible. A series of matches, one in each of the 14 weight classifications, constitutes a dual meet. The 14 weight classes for high school are: (in lbs.) 103, 112, 119, 125, 130, 135, 140, 145, 152, 160, 171, 189, 215, 275.

For Junior High there are 18 weight classes. They are 75, 80, 85. 90, 95, 100, 105, 110, 115, 120, 127. 134, 141, 148, 155, 165, 180, 265.

The wrestling area of the mat shall be at least 24 feet square or circular area of 28 feet in diameter.

The Referee shall be in complete control of the match!!!

Each contestant shall wear protective headgear.


1. Neutral Position-- is one in which neither wrestler has control.

2. Contestants are considered to be in-bounds if the supporting parts of either wrestler are inside the boundary lines. (Usual points of support are the knees, side of the thigh, and buttocks.)

3. POSITION OF ADVANTAGE is a situation in which a wrestler is in control and maintaining restraining power over his opponent. Control is the determining factor.

4. Defensive wrestler's starting position requires the wrestler to be stationary on his hands and knees, so that both knees are on the mat in contact with the rear starting line and the heels of both hands on the mat in front of the forward starting line.

5. Offensive wrestler's starting position is one in which he is at the right or left side of is opponent with at least one knee on the mat on the near side of his opponent. The offensive wrestler places the palm of one hand on the back of the elbow. The other arm is placed loosely around the other person body, hand on the navel.

Note: The offensive wrestler may also choose a rear-standing position with both hands on the opponent's back.

The length of a high school match is 6 minutes, consisting of 3 periods of 2 minutes each. The 1st period, the wrestlers start standing in a neutral position. The 2nd & 3rd periods a wrestler has the choice of Defensive, Offensive, Neutral, or rear-standing. In the 2nd period, the wrestler with the choice may defer his choice until the 3rd period.

For Junior High, the Match is usually 3 minutes: each period lasting one minute.


1. It is a TAKEDOWN when, from a neutral position, a wrestler gains control over his opponent down on the mat while the supporting points of either wrestler are in-bounds. When the majority of the defensive wrestler's weight is borne on his hands, the hands are considered supporting parts.

2. It is an ESCAPE when the defensive wrestler gains a neutral position and his opponent has lost control.

3. There is a REVERSAL when the defensive wrestler comes from underneath and gains control of his opponent, either on the mat or in a rear-standing position.
Last modified: Thursday, 17 July 2014, 2:38 PM