Be the Referee: Wrestling Start Position
By Brent Rice
MHSAA Assistant Director
February 24, 2022
Be The Referee is a series of short messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.
Below is this week's segment – Wrestling Start Position - Listen
Today we’re on the mat, ready for the next wrestling match.
We’ve got a wrestler ready to get into the offensive starting position. Which of these should he or she do?
► Place their head on or above the mid-line of the opponent’s back
► Place their arm loosely around the opponent’s body with the palm of the hand placed loosely over the defensive wrestler’s navel
► Not have their legs or feet in contact with the defensive wrestler.
If you said yes to all of these things – you are correct. The wrestler in the offensive position should do all three of those things.
Do that – and you are ready to wrestle.
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