The History of Wrestling From the Greek Legends to Steroid Addicted Lunatics
Ancient Olympics • The first Olympic wrestling match occurred at the Olympic games in 708 BC. Wrestling was highly valued as a form of military exercise. • Punches, biting, tripping, and eye gouging were not permitted. No weight classes existed but boys did not wrestle men. • Milon of Croton
Types of Early Wrestling • Orthia pale (Upright and Proper Wrestling) This is like real wrestling by today's standards (Greco Roman) • Kato pale (Ground Wrestling) Comparable to UFC by today's standards
Wrestling in the Middle Ages • Wrestling in the Middle Ages changed from its times in the Ancient Olympics. The wrestling itself turned into a barbaric sport. • The King of Britain was challenged by the King of France to a match, which he lost to his great disgust.
Modern Olympics • Scandinavians ruled the wrestling world from 1908 – 1948. In these years the matches did not have a time limit so the matches could and sometimes did go on for hours. One such match went on for six hours with the score 1-1 and finished in a draw. Both athletes were too exhausted to continue when the referee decided to call the match.
Modern Olympics Continued • 1952 – 1980 saw the Germans and Soviets dominating the world in wrestling.
In 1980 the U.S. Catches Up • Beginning in the1980 Olympics, rules for time were changed. • These rule changes made a large impact on how wrestlers trained and the teams that began to win because of the change.
In the 84’ Olympics the US dominated the competition. In the 88’ Olympics the Soviets took over at the top and in the 92’ and 96’ Olympics the US was again on the top.
College Wrestling • When talking about college wrestling, all you need to know is Dan Gable.
Professional Wrestling (Not Really) • Sorry to burst your bubble, but professional wrestling such as WWE (formerly WWF) is not real. It is overgrown former athletes that learned how to act.
SUMO • Sumo is a Japanese style of wrestling and Japan's national sport. It originated in ancient times as a performance to entertain the Shinto Gods. Many rituals with religious background are still followed today.
Types of Wrestling • Greco-Roman - In Greco-Roman, a wrestler may not attack his opponent's legs, nor use his own legs to trip, lift or execute other moves. • Points are scored by throwing your opponent to the ground.
Types of Wrestling • Freestyle and Folkstyle - Freestyle is similar to the "folkstyle" wrestling popular in American schools and universities, but with different scoring, match procedures, and strategies.
Folkstyle Wrestling Scoring Takedown – 2 points A takedown is earned when a wrestler brings his opponent to the mat, with restraining control, from the neutral position.
Folkstyle Wrestling Scoring Reversal 2 points A reversal is earned when a wrestler, from the bottom position, gains control of his opponent, placing him in the top position.
Folkstyle Wrestling Scoring Near Fall 2 or 3 points A near fall is earned by forcing your opponent's shoulders within four inches or 45° of the mat. If the shoulders are held in this position for at least 2 seconds, 2 points are earned. If held for5 or more seconds, 3 points are earned.
Folkstyle Wrestling Scoring Pin A pin ends the match. When one wrestler controls the other and holds their shoulders down on the mat for 3 seconds the match ends.
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