Definition of wrestling - to twist or turn; pull, jerk, or force by a violent twist.
- Rules of Ancient Greek Wrestling
- No intentional hitting or kicking
- No gouging the eyes or biting
- No holds intended to persuade the opponent to concede defeat through pain or fear.
- Three points must be scored to win the match
- A point can be scored in any of three ways: the opponent’s back touching the ground at any time, by the opponent tapping or in some other way making clear that he accepts defeat through pain or fear or by the opponent making contact with ground outside the wrestling-match ground with any part or his body, or by being lifted and carried out of the ground.
- After scoring a point, the opponent must be given time to rise on his feet and a few moments more before the wrestling may continue
- The match is both started and ended at the signal of the referee
- Rule breaking will be punished by immediate whipping by the referee until the undesirable behaviour is stopped
Fun Fact: Wrestling was the first competition to be added to the Olympic Games that was not a footrace.
How is it similar to the modern day Olympic sport? Like the modern sport, an athlete needed to throw his opponent on the ground, landing on a hip, shoulder, or back for a fair fall.