In wrestling, referees will say ?set? to the defensive and offensive starting positions before the whistle sounds for the participants to begin competing. Previously, officials were instructed only to ensure a pause before blowing the whistle to start the competition. Adding the verbal command should decrease false starts and enhance the competitive equity of the match.
Weigh-ins will also be conducted differently next season. All contestants will be required to wear a suitable undergarment such as briefs, boxers, shorts or a competition singlet when they step on the scale.
Overtime rules have also been tweaked. In the event a wrestler takes a second injury timeout at the beginning or during overtime, the non-injured wrestler will get the choice of position after the opponent?s second injury timeout.
This change gives the non-injured wrestler the opportunity to win in overtime by riding the opponent for one minute in any sudden-victory period, or for at least one minute in the tiebreaker periods.