A Fan’s Guide to: Wrestling

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It’s not a secret that wrestling is not the most highly attended sport at McNick. The fan base at every home event is meager and it is nearly non-existent at away events. It is a sport that has a complicated scoring system and can be misunderstood. In the second installment of the fan guide series, The Milestone will inform the casual fan and give him or her enough understanding of the sport to become the fan of the match!

Wrestling has two basic event formats: tournament and dual. A dual is a match-up of two teams. The teams go down the weight classes and wrestle each match against each other. The outcome of the match results in points for the team, and the value of the win is gauged by how many points a wrestler won by, and if the wrestler was pinned or not. A pin is when a wrestler has both of their shoulder blades put on the mat at the same time. After all the matches have been wrestled, the team score is calculated and the winner is announced. The other style of event is a tournament. These are more individual competitions, where one is placed into a bracket with other wrestlers in their weight class. There are usually many teams at these events, giving a wrestler many match opportunities. Often at these events there is a team score being kept, but it is not central the focus of the meet.

“In a dual meet you try to rack up team points, but in a tournament you’re just a lone wolf out there,” junior Ronnie Ehemann said.

There are a few basic forms of scoring that a fan should understand to attend a wrestling event:
• The Takedown- it is the most common way to score. When a wrestler is taken to the mat from the standing position, it is worth two points.
• Escape- when a wrestler is down, if they stand up and get away from their opponent then it is worth one point.
• Reversal- in the same down position, if a wrestler is able to switch positions into putting their opponent on the bottom, then that it is worth two points.

The last few ways to score are back points and penalties, and while they are both important to the match, they are confusing and would be easier to pick up by attending a match and seeing in person.
With these basics down, the casual spectator should be able to attend a wrestling event with plenty of understanding to cheer on their fellow Rockets. Tournaments can last all day, and a dual will only take an hour or two and will involve a lot more excitement and crowd enthusiasm. The King of the Hill tri-dual is being hosted by McNick this season, with Anderson and Turpin coming into McNick this year, so with this new understanding it should be a lot more comfortable for the McNick to come out and support. Ehemann says that his suggestion would be attending dual style matches, at least to start out with.
“[Dual meets] are faster based and more exciting, and they don’t last as long.”

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