UWW launches Beach Wrestling World Series

United World Wrestling (UWW), the international wrestling governing body, has announced the launch of Beach Wrestling World Series, which it says will help structure and promote Beach Wrestling for inclusion in the major global multisport events.

The 2018 Beach Wrestling World Championships in Sarıgerme-Ortaca (Mugla), Turkey on October 6-7 will be the first event of the Beach Wrestling World Series and will serve as a qualifying tournament for the ANOC Beach World Games 2019 which will be held in San Diego. Mission Beach from October 12 to 14.

Senior level competitions will consist of eight weight categories split equally between men and women. The four weight categories for men are 70 kg, 80 kg, 90 kg and +90 kg, and the four weight categories for women are 50 kg, 60 kg, 70 kg and +70 kg.

Beach Wrestling matches will consist of a single three-minute period and will only practice the standing position where use of the legs is permitted in all actions.

Each fight will start with the two wrestlers standing face to face in the neutral position in the center of the 7-meter circle, waiting for the referee’s whistle to start wrestling. If the match is interrupted for any reason, the action will resume in a neutral position in the center of the circle.

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Wrestlers will be awarded one (1) or three (3) points depending on the techniques and criteria defined. A point will be awarded if the wrestler manages to bring a part of his opponent’s body to the ground, with the exception of the hands; manages to get any part of his opponent’s body out of the competition area; or if the wrestler whose opponent has received a warning for illegal action.

The attacker (and only the attacker) can drop a knee to the ground when performing an action if that action is completed by the opponent on the ground. Three points will be awarded to the wrestler who manages to expose his opponent’s back to the ground during a takedown or throw.

Warnings for illegal actions award the opponent one point up to a total of three points in the same match, resulting in the end of the match. The first three-point athlete wins the match. In the event of a tie at the end of the match, the following criteria will be used to declare the winner:

The highest value of the catch

Last point marked

Athlete weight *

The smallest number drawn during the draw / ranking

* Their weights (at the official weigh-in) will be verified and the lightest (light) will be declared the winner.

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Robert J. King