Rule Modifications

Rule Modifications Announced for Greco-Roman

By United World Wrestling Press

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY (January 22) -- United World Wrestling has announced detailed rule modifications for Greco-Roman wrestling. The modifications were enacted in August in Paris, France and took effect on January 1, 2018.

The intent of the rule modifications is to make the sport of Greco-Roman wrestling more active, more offensive and more dynamic, with an emphasis placed on scoring from the standing position.

Negative wrestling, which includes things such as blocking, pushing, and interlocking fingers, will penalized much stricter. 

Key points with Greco-Roman rule modifications:

•    All cautions are worth 1 point.
•    Standing wrestling is principle element in Greco-Roman wrestling.
•    Interruption due to passivity is limited.
•    Ordered bottom wrestling only if wrestlers are nearly equal in standing.
•    Only one ordered bottom wrestling per period.
•    New way of ordered bottom wrestling (lying on the stomach).
•    Negative wrestling is prevented immediately.
•    Passivity is confirmed by the mat chairman, along with falls and cautions.

For a closer look at these rules and others, please consult the 2018 United World Wrestling Rules and Regulations Handbook posted on the UWW homepage.