Fall, Near-Fall and Supporting Points

Fall

Rule 5-11-1

  • A fall occurs when any part of both shoulder or both scapula of either wrestler are in contact with the mat for two seconds.

Near-Fall

Rule 5-11-2

  • A near fall occurs when the offensive wrestler has control of the opponent in a pinning situation and near-fall criteria are met for a period of two seconds or longer

Near-Fall Criteria

Rule 5-11-2A

  • When any part of both shoulder or both scapulae of the defensive wrestler are held within 4 inches of the mat or less.
  • When one shoulder or scapula of the defensive wrestler is touching the mat and the other shoulder or scapula is held at an angel of 45 degrees or less.
  • When the defensive wrestler is held in a high bridge or on both elbows.

Rule 5-11-5

  • A fall or near fall shall not be awarded if the wrestler being pinned is handicapped by having any portion of the wrestler’s body off mat.

Rule 5-15-2C

  • Near-fall points or a fall shall be earned only while the supporting points of either wrestler are inbounds.

Inbounds Rule 5-15-2A

When down on the mat usual points of support are:

  • The knees
  • The side of the thigh
  • The buttocks
  • The hand(s)
  • The head

Rule 5-18

  • Out of bounds occurs when a supporting point of both wrestlers is beyond the boundary line.

Rule 5-25-3

  • In awarding a takedown at the edge of the mat, control must be established while all the supporting points of either wrestler are inbounds or while at least the feet of the scoring contestant finish down on the mat inbounds.

5-22-2

  • In awarding a reversal at the edge of the mat, control must be established while all the supporting points of either wrestler are inbounds or while at least the feet of the scoring contestant finish down on the mat inbounds.

TAKEDOWN

A takedown can be scored. Match stopped.

REVERSAL

A reversal can be scored. Match stopped. No near-fall can be awarded.

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