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After fielding a few phone calls from officials and coaches, we feel the need to address the new rule change pertaining to the potentially dangerous situation that occurs when the defensive wrestler stands and has one or both arms trapped by the offensive wrestler and the editorial change on securing the wrestling shoes.

With this discussion, I want to make sure that coaches and officials are all getting the same message. Therefore, this email is being sent to all KSHSAA registered officials and head wrestling coaches.

  1. Rule 7-2-2g: A potentially dangerous hold occurs when a defensive wrestler is in a standing position with one or both arms trapped by the offensive wrestler: This becomes potentially dangerous because the defensive wrestler is unable to use his arm(s) to break the fall. (This situation is not new to wrestling and might even happen frequently but the intent of the rule is not to drastically change the match. However, it is designed to protect the defensive wrestler).

    This call of potentially dangerous is ultimately the official’s judgement but if BOTH arms are trapped, there is little that the defensive wrestler can do to protect themselves, so the official CAN stop the match immediately and call potentially dangerous and SHOULD be stopped immediately if the defensive wrestler is lifted off the mat. If one arm is trapped, which includes cross wrist control by the offensive wrestler where the defensive wrestler has one only arm free, wrestling can continue and the following should be the protocol for officials:
    • The referee should get in position to stop this situation if he or she feels there is a possibility of an injury occurring. The match does not have to be stopped, like any potentially dangerous situation, unless the referee feels that the controlling wrestler might not be able to return the opponent safely and wants to prevent an injury.
    • Referees should use their best judgement as to deciding whether to stop action or not. It IS a potentially dangerous situation, so it can be stopped, but it can also be “officiated” through, if the controlling wrestler appears to be returning the defensive wrestler safely.
    • Preventing injury in this situation is the emphasis!
    • Just a reminder to coaches and officials that it is ultimately the offensive wrestler’s responsibility to return his opponent to the mat safely.
  2. Rule 4-1-3: Wrestlers shall wear light heelless wrestling shoes, reaching above the ankles. If laces are visible, they shall be secured in an acceptable fashion. If the shoelaces come undone, the penalty would be an automatic stalling call.

Have a great rest of the December and I hope your season has started well.


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