Wrestlers practice Greco-Roman wrestling during the offseason – the Simpsonian

INDIANOLA, Iowa – During wrestling season, wrestlers face off in a folk-style wrestling for the NCAA-sanctioned Simpson’s team, but outside of the season, wrestlers practice freestyle and Greco wrestling. romaine during club wrestling.

“It’s not something that people know a lot about, they just see us training all the time, but we have an Olympic style club team here where we can wrestle all year round,” said senior Jason. Clark. “This allows us to have structured training all year round with a coach. “

Clark said freestyle and Greco helped wrestlers fight with their hands and put their heads in the right positions to get strikeouts. He said the freestyle helped him learn to score from any position.

Greco is a style focused on superior strength and throwing without being allowed to touch the opponent’s legs during throws and eliminations.

Freestyle is noted differently from folk style. In folk, a takedown is worth two points each time, but in free, takedowns can be worth up to five points if they are flashy enough.

In freestyle as in Greco, the rules are more flexible. Wrestlers can lock their handy throws, can grow facial hair, and don’t have to wear a head covering.

“Having a beard can hurt a little sometimes, but it’s definitely worth it looking 10 years older than you actually are,” said Sam Mathis, 197-pound freshman. . “I won’t be wearing headgear for tournaments. Wearing a headgear is probably the part I like the least about wrestling.

The first joint freestyle and greco tournament takes place in mid-April and is optional for wrestlers. Clark said he participated in two such tournaments while at Simpson.

“They are different, for sure. There’s a 17 to 20-year-old split, ”Clark said. “Once you’re over 20, you’re in the top-level division. I wrestled several National Division I champions when I was in a tournament. It was hard. I struggled really well, but there were some quality guys there.

Clark said freestyle is all about rewarding the aggressive wrestler and rewarding the tenacity wrestlers are known for. In freestyle, a wrestler may be awarded points for exposing his opponent’s back. There are no points for breakouts, so if a wrestler is downed they will try to stay down and clinch. After approximately 15 seconds, the referees will lift the two wrestlers.

Mathis said he’s better at folk, while Clark said he’s better at freestyle.

“I bring a lot of funk,” said Clark. “I try to make this my mantra of wrestling in any position I find myself in. Even though I’m sitting on my butt with one foot in the air, I want to look for a way to score points. It really increases the level of creativity. Once you are relaxed you realize that you can score from anywhere. You just gotta get creative and get funky with it.

Robert J. King