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Wrestling Rules, Procedures Explained by Coach EDITOR'S NOTE -- This is the third of a scries of articles on the sport of high school wrestling written by Neil W. Hart, assistant wres- Hing coach at Flathcad County High School, to better acquaint FlatHcad fans with the background of the high school sport. By NEIL W. HART Assistant Wrestling Coach l-'lathcad County High School This article will attempt to explain the way a high school wvastling match is conducted, both as to an individual sport and as a team sport. the utarting position in the second period. At the end of the third period, if no fall has occurred, the referee awards the bout to the wrestler who has scored the greater number of points. SCORING SYSTEM If the contestants go off the mat, the referee stops the bout and brings them back to the center of the mat. If neither man had control as they left the mat, they are started on their feet in a neutral position just as the tirst period was begun. If either man has control as they go off the mat, action is ; tl O.J " ^ *-Â«.*Â» I I *JÂ£fV M- Â»t : Lilt. V ft^ *-*Â·* ^ VllC I11U bf fctt-VAVli Â·*Â·-' In high .school wrestling, t h e j resum ed with the wrestlers in following 12 weight divisions lhe re f e ree's position on the arc used: 95. 103, 112, 120, 127, mat j ugt as the second and 133, 138, 145, 165, 177, and third pel -i 0 d s are started. Na- heuvyweight or unlimited. The Aurally, the man having con- fact 'that there are eight di- trol as they leave the mat is visions from 145 pounds down- gj ven the top (advantage) post- ward makes it possible for t h e j t j p n _ Except for a few rather small boys in high school toi r a r e situations, the wrestlers compete on even terms. In or- J are cons idered off the mat der to wrestle in a given weight class, a boy must weigh no more than that specified weight Â· one hour before the meet. A team consists of 12 men, one man in each of the weight classes. A boy competes as an individual but also as a member of a team. Team spirit is usually an important factor in team "and individual success, and team work, possibly onlyj in practice, is of the utmost importance. The boys learn to help and coach each other. I Competition is held on a mat 24 by 24 feet covered with a plastic material to prevent mat burns and infections. The object of the sport, is to hold the shoulders of your opponent on the mat for two full seconds. This constitutes a pin or fall and terminates the bout. TWO CONDITIONS EXIST K no fall occurs, the winner is decided on a point system discussed later in this article. In a dual meet between two schools, a fall gives the winning team five points. In case of a decision where no fall occurs, the winning team scores three points regardless of how large the bout score may have been. In case of a tie or draw bout, each team scores two points. In tournaments a more complicated system of team scoring is used. In a bout only two conditions can exist -- either the men are in such a position that neither has- control of his Vp- ponent, or one has* control of the other. In the latter situation, the man having control of his opponent is "in the position of advantage." If neifher has the position of advantage, they are in a neutral position regardless of how entangled they may become. Control is the determining issue. A referee determines when control is established and indicates the points as they are scored during the bout. The referee starts and stops the ac tion with a whistle. A running score is kept on each bout as well as on team scoring. SIX MINUTE BOUTS A bout is six minutes in length unless a fall ends the bout befsre the six minutes have elapsed. The bout is divided into three two-minute periods. There is no rest period allowed at any time during the bout. The first period is startec with the wrestlers in a neutra 1 position on their feet. At the end of two minutes, if no fal has occurred, the timekeeper indicates the end of the period and the referee stops the bout and the wrestlers are brought to the center of the mat. One wrestler is given his choice of the "top" or "bottom" position to start the' second period. A flip of a coin by captains before the first bout determines which wrestler is to have his choice in the second period of each of the 12 bouts. The bottom man assumes a position on his hands and knees in the center of the mat. The top man, who will now start in the position of advantage, kneels on either side of the bottom man, places one arm loosely around his waist, and the other just above his near elbow. These two positions are called the "referee's position on the mat." The referee starts action with his whistle when both boys are ready. At the end of two more minutes, action is again stopped and the wrestlers are again brought back to the center of the mat. The third period is begun with the boys in the referee's position on the mat. But in the third period, the man who had the top position, or position of advantage as the second period began, starts in the bottom position. The start- ill* mutton u reversed from when the supporting parts of either man are off the mat. The scoring system for a bout is as follows: 1. Takedown -- two points. Gaining control from a neutral position whether the wrestlers are standing or are wrestling down on the mat is called a takedown. To score a take^ down, the opponent must be a ken to the mat and control established. 2. Keversal -- two points. A eversal is scored when the underneath man gains the position of advantage (goes from disadvantage to advantage) in one, continuous move. 3. Escape--one point. Break- ng to a neutral position from he underneath position gives ,he successful wrestler one point. He need not be completely free from his opponent ;o score an escape. Here again, control is the determining factor. The referee decides whether or not control has been maintained. 4. Near Fall -- three points. If a wrestler places his opponent's shoulders close to the mat mt does not actually pin him, le is awarded three points de- ing upon fcow close he act*.ally came to pinning him. The official indicates the number of points scored by the near fal^ mly after the situation has ended. If the fall is secured, naturally no near fall points are scored. Illegal Holds -- two points for the offended wrestler. In amateur wrestling, any hold that endangers life or limb is illegal. No submission holds are permitted. The use of illegal holds such as choke holds, full nelson, slams,-kicking, elbowing, slugging, etc., can disqualify a competitor. If the illegal hold does not injured the man so that he cannot continue, the offended wrestler is awarded points and the bout continues. Any . advantage gained by illegal holds must be forfeited. If a wrestler is injured by an illegal hold so that he cannol continue, he wins the bout and his team is given five point: just as if he had scorerd a fall Three illegal holds in on bout disqualifies the offender. 6. Riding time -- one point During each bout, in addition to the main bout, timers kept by the head timer. Two other timers are used. One watch is kept running during any time one of the wrestlers has the position of advantage. The other is kept running While his opponent is in the position of ad- vtanage. At the end of the bout, if either wrestler has one minute or more riding time than his opponent, he is awarded one point. From the above discussion, it should be obvious that there is no comparison between amateur wrestling and the b u r - lesque called professional wrestling. Whereas amateur wrestling is a legitimate sport, the professional counterpart is a pre-planned exhibtion staged by two actors. Amateur wrestling is a fast, rough but clean sport, the values of which are too numerous to list. The next article will present a preview of wrestling at Flathead County High School for 1959-60. The first matches of the season will be held tomor- rom in the high school gymnasium against the defending -6 THE INTER LAKE, January 7, 1960 state champion Bisons. Great Falls Flathead Wrestlers themselves as some of the mostj MONTAHA STATE COttECE 1959-60 Â·BASXJETBAtt SCHEDOtE JANUARY jj 3 _ Washington State, there. Sat., 9 -- Idaho U., there. Fri., 15 -- Gonzaga at Bozeman. Sat, 16 -- Air Force Academy .a Bozeman. Thurs.. 21 ~~ Portland, there. Sat.. 23 -- Seattle U.., there. Thurs.. 28 -- MSU at Bozeman. Sat., 30'-- Idaho. IT. at Bozerrian. FEBRUARY Mon..-1 '--- MSU, there. Wed., 3 --Regis at Bozeman. Sat., 6 -- Idaho St. at Bozeman. Thurs.. 11 -- Gonzaga. there. Sat 13 -- Portland at Bozeman. -. 20 -- Idaho St.. there. man. Sat 27 Â· Seattle U. at Bozeman. BOWL'NG LADIES INDEPENDENT LEAGUE High single game, Betty Brcndon, 198; high single series, Marge Littlefield. 520: high team game. Great Falls Select, 813; high team series. Glacier Wholesalers, 2.254. Besults. Rexall Drug 1. White Star Cafe 3: Stockman's Bar 4, Timber State Electric 0; Bud's Texaco 3, Eagles Auxiliary 1; Kcgler's Club 1, Eel's Bar 3; Great Falls Select 2, Glacier Wholesalers 2; Jack's Sport Shop 3. Evergreen Fuel 1. Standings, Great Falls Select 4820; Timber State Electric 42'/2-25'A, Kegler's Club 41-27, Stockman's Bar 4127, White Star Cafe 40-27, Jack's Sport Shop 35-33, Glacier Wholesalers 34' 34. Eagles Auxiliary 31Mi-36(/2, Bud's Tovjiro 2fi-42 F.vergreeri Fuel 24'/i- 43Ms. Rexalfbrug 24V4-43W, Del's Bai 20-48. Skyline Clubs Have Good Little Players SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) --' A shorty in collegiate basket- jail may be a vanishing species, but a glance at the rosters of this season's Skyline Conference teams proves otherwise. While the Skyline abounds MEMBERS of ^g 196 Q Flathead wrestling team are (top row, left with good big men, several; to right) Doug Robinson, Don Mclntyre, Bill Olson, Terry Mero, players considered small by to-; Jim Mi |] er _ chuck Manning, Wayne Heggen, Byron Cronk, Bob day's standards are stamping' o)sor ^ s tu ' art Rasmussen, Steve Opheim, Jerry Hanson and Victor Green. In the second row are Larry Floren,^Bob^ McQuirk, EAGLES LEAGUE High single game, Mike Toth. 221; high single series, Mike Toth, 643; high team game, Joes Boys. 1.005; high team series. Joes Boys 2.904. Results, Joes Boys 4. Walbon Plumbing 0: Hutcheson Cleaners 4. Jystad'! Union 0: Koford Jewelry 4, Lucky Lager 0; Eagles Club 3, Ranier Beei 1: Five Aces 2. BSiB Foods 2; Syke! Market 2. Montana Evergreen 2. Standings. Hutcheson Cleaners 4325. Sykos Market 41-27. Joes Boys 3!)23. Montana Evergreen 37-31, Five Aces 3G-32. Ranier Beer 35-33, Eagle; Club 34-34, Koford Jewelry 33-3S ; Lucky Lager 32-3C, Jystad's Union 3236. B'B Foods 2S-43, Walbon Plumbing 21-47. MIXED LEAGUE NO. TWO High single game. Cathi Clark. 211: high single series. Bud Gage. 558: high team game-. Strangers C32; hi?h icair, series, Strangers and GooÂ£ Balls, t.676. Results. Goof Balls 2%, Strangers .- Dudes 4. Fumblin 1 Four 0. no listing for the Nite Owls and Duds. Standings. Nite O w l s STH-lOrt, Strangers 34-14, Goof Balls 31V's-16Vj. Dudes 19-29, Duds l!Vi-36te, Fumblin" Four 10'i-37/4. Bob Kaufman, Dan Leighty, Sam Leighty, Tom Dailey, Bob Lee,( Ray Olson, Dave Lang. In the bottom row are Weldon Plympton, Bob Hellman, Dennis Halden, John Lee, Allen Johnson, Ted Bergsieker, Allen Peenstra, Owen Rumley and Jim Vidal. SERVICE LEAGUE High single game. Jackman. 223; high single series, Mundhenk. 582: hieli I wii game. Jet Oil. 886: high team series. Jet Oil. 2,483. Results. Evergreen Fuel 3, TTSK !Â· Knights of Columbus 3. Wagon Wheel 1; Vista Club 3. Forty and Eight 1: Taylor and Roe 3. Daley Tire Service 1; Bicfork Texaco 3. Northwestern Life Insurance 1; Jet 4. Olympia Beer 0. Standings. Jet Oil 4-0. Bigfork Tex- HCO 3-1. Vista Club 3-1, Knights of Columbus 3-1. Taylor and Roe 3-1, Kvergreen Fuel 3-1.TTS4-K 1-3. Wagon Wheel 1-3. Daley Tire Service 1-3, Northwestern Life Insurance 1-3, Forty and Eight 1-3. Olympia Beer 0-4. able performers in the league. In fact, all eight teams in the Skyline seem to have come up with that "quarterback", take- :harge guy in their hoop defenses. Two of the league's most versatile and reliable players, both returnees from last year, are Montana's Dan Balko of Great Falls and Utah State's Max Perry. Balko, a United Press International ".Little All-America" last year, has taken up where he left, off last season and is Montana's top offensive player. His great variety of shots makes aim one of the toughest players in the league to guard. Balko is 5-10. Much of Utah State's early Reason success can be attributed to fire-ball Max Perry. Perry, a 5-10 senior ffom Columbus Ind., is ranked by his coach as the best player "inch for inch" in the league. Coach Cec Baker says Perry's greatest attribute is his determination. Baker says Perry plays every game as if it's a championship contest. Montana Colleges Start League Play By United Press ^International League play starts this weekend in the Montana Collegiate Conference with two for-keeps games scheduled in the state's small college group. Western Montana, defending conference champion, takes on tfie Montana Mines at Butte Friday. ,The league's big opener comes tonight in Billings when the 'intra-city rivals, Eastern Montana ariS Rocky Mountain, lock horn*. 'The game Jradition- ajly has been a Donnybrpok. 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