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Title: The History of Wrestling

The History of Wrestling
  • From the Greek Legends to Steroid Addicted

Ancient Olympics
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
  • (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

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

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 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.

Thats all for now
  • Thank you for your time! I hope that some time
    you will go and support your schools team.
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