Collegiate Wrestling

© Copyright Zac Sawyer 2017


© Copyright Zac Sawyer 2017

And this is how it all starts...
cover of an American published book for boys popularizing High School Wrestlig

'Collegiate Wrestling' is a style of amateur wrestling practiced at the college and university level in the United States.
Collegiate wrestling emerged from the wrestling styles practiced in the early history of the United States.
This style, with some slight modifications, is also practiced at the high school and middle school levels, and also among younger participants, where it is known as 'scholastic wrestling'.
These names help distinguish collegiate wrestling from other styles of wrestling that are practiced around the world such as those in the Olympic Games: freestyle wrestling and Greco-Roman wrestling.

'Scholastic Wrestling' is a style of amateur wrestling practiced at the high school and middle school levels in the United States.
This wrestling style is essentially 'Collegiate wrestling' (see above) with some slight modifications.
It is practiced in 49 of the 50 states in the United States.
When practiced by wrestling clubs of younger participants, scholastic wrestling is better known as "folkstyle".
According to an athletics participation survey taken by the National Federation of State High School Associations, boys' wrestling ranked eighth in terms of the number of schools sponsoring teams, with 9,445 schools participating in the 2006-07 school year.
Also, 257,246 boys participated in the sport during that school year, making scholastic wrestling the sixth most popular sport among high school boys.
Only Mississippi does not officially sanction scholastic wrestling for high schools and middle schools. Arkansas, the 49th state to sanction high school wrestling, began scholastic wrestling competition in the 2008-09 season with over forty schools participating.
Shortly after, Ocean Springs High School became the first school in Mississippi to have a high school team.

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'If you ever wondered what college wrestlers wore under their leotard,
well now you know !'

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