By: Naabaahii Tsosie , Andrea Ruvalcaba & Tiana Vakaafi
Video by: Tiana Vakaafi, Andrea Ruvalcaba and Naabaahii Tsosie
If you are one of those people who hate wrestling, not because you just do, but because you don’t get it? Then listen up. Wrestling is easy to understand once you have the basics down.
First, the suits they wrestle in are called Singlets not bathing suits. The scoring for wrestling is pretty easy a “pin or fall”. It means that there has been a victory or a end of match.
A “takedown” is a technique that involves off-balancing an opponent and bringing him or her to the ground, typically with the attacker landing on top. In the match this is worth 2 points.
“Escape” scores the athlete one point for getting away or getting to a neutral position when the opponent has him down on the mat.
“Reversals” will score the wrestler two points, and occurs when an opponent has a wrestler down on the mat and a wrestler can come from underneath and gain control of an opponent.
Finally a “near fall” is when wrestlers almost but not quite get the opponent pinned. A near fall (near pin) is when...
- Both shoulders are held for two seconds within four inches of the mat, or...
- One shoulder touches the mat and the other shoulder is at a 45 degree angle coming down to the mat or...
- The wrestler is held in a high bridge or back on both elbows.
Wrestling takes commitment and hard work a lot of wrestlers ask that the bruins please show up.. Nick Snelson, a former wrestler, says “Just try to show-up bruins, we could use all the support that we can get.”