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The casual sports fan likely knows that Greco-Roman does not allow attacks below the opponent’s waist, grabbing or blocking the opponent’s legs to defend against or thwart the opponent’s attack.

With this limitation on what is technically or tactically possible in Greco-Roman, competitors attack the body in the standing position with bodylocks, headlocks and arm throws.

Because of the difficulty of getting locked around an opponent in the standing position, wrestlers will keep pressure on the opponent, hoping to catch him leaning the wrong way or to force a passivity call.

With the second passivity call, the active wrestler has a choice to remain standing or to put his opponent in the par terre (on the ground) position. Most wrestlers will normally choose the par terre position when given the choice.

In par terre in Greco-Roman, wrestlers look to expose the opponent’s shoulders to the mat with locks around the waist or chest and then a roll-through.

Given the difficulty of scoring in Greco-Roman, a win by technical superiority – commonly referred to as a “technical fall” – is awarded when a wrestler gains an eight-point advantage over his opponent.  In freestyle and women’s wrestling, the margin needed is 10 points.


Interested in learning more about our Greco-Roman training program or how to become a member of the Columbus Wrestling Club? Contact us today to find out how you can join our community of athletes and learn to wrestle like a professional.

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Become a Champion with Greco-Roman Training

At Columbus Wrestling Club, we believe that Greco-Roman wrestling is not just a sport, it’s a way of life. Our emphasis on technique and discipline is what sets us apart from others. Our Head Coach, Yevhen Pylypenko, sets high expectations because he knows what it takes to be successful at the highest level.  Coach Pylypenko has coached wrestlers from Ukraine in the U17 World Championships and helped earn All-American results with two wrestlers in the Marine Corp Junior National Championships in Fargo ND. Our training sessions are designed to push wrestlers to their limits, both physically and mentally, to help them achieve their goals.With his guidance and our intense training programs, our wrestlers excel on and off the mat. Whether you’re a seasoned wrestler or just starting on your journey, we provide a challenging and supportive environment to help you reach your full potential.

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