Wrestling BY: Reese CArpenter

Definition: Greek wrestling was a grappling combat sport practiced by the Ancient Greeks.

Rules: The wrestler's objective (aim, goal) was to throw his opponent to the ground from a standing position. A point (or fall) was scored when a wrestlers back or shoulders touched the ground. Three points were needed to win a match.

Interesting fact: Wrestling has been dating back to 15,000 years as shown on cave drawings found in France.

How is it similar today: Back in the day there were two types of wrestling, the first one was upright wrestling. During the competition the to people competing against each other would stand upright and the winner was the man who would throw the other to the earth.This was a sport of skill and grace rather than brute force. . It was also part of the ancient Greek Pentathlon. The judges declared a looser if knees or the man's hips, back or shoulders touched the ground. It was held in a sandpit unlike the mats used today. That which is the same is that there can be no illegal moves such as hitting, gouging or twisting of hands, feet, arms or legs during the event.

Ground wrestling was very different as well. During this event hitting and kicking were allowed. This event was part of the Pankration, an event that is no longer a part of the modern Olympics.

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