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    I wonder because most wrestlers start in Folkstyle not Freestyle or GrecoRoman.We are suffering in gold medals so we need to have that added or switch middle and high school wrestling to Freestyle or GrecoRoman.I want to hear your takes on this.

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    The change has to be made at the collegiate level prior to changing HS or MS.

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    Folkstyle is the American version of the sport, and I couldn't agree with you more that we need to get youth wrestling more involved in international wrestling styles. As it stands, kids are wrestling folkstyle in the winter months and not very interested in competing freestyle/greco in the summer when there is swimming and vacations to be had. I'd like to see kids start off in free style and then learn greco about 4th grade (The throws are too much for most 5 year olds IMO)

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    In my opinion the real american wrestling style is Catch Wrestling.
    Folkstyle is the HS - university sport.

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    That's easy. Folkstyle is collegiate wrestling. No one else does folkstyle outside of the US. I've seen plenty of exchange student wrestlers come through my area and they all have to relearn wrestling from the folkstyle POV just as American wrestlers have to relearn wrestling from the FS/GR POV. But as you stated, it would be a great idea for America in an Olympic standpoint to change over collegiate wrestling to FS/GR followed by high school and so on. The only problem with this is that there would then be two styles that each meet, tournament, team, club, etc. would have to focus on rather than one. Think about it.
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    I'm wondering. I don't mean to be rude, sarcastic, or otherwise arrogant, but what great improvements would be made if we switch scholastic and collegiate wrestling completely over to FS/GR?

    For my part, I'm convinced that we need to keep Folkstyle at some level, even though I like FS, and to a lesser extent GR. Folkstyle is our nation's contribution to the worldwide sport of wrestling, just like other nations have their own folk styles and wrestle in their own styles in their own respective countries. I don't think we should have to give up our own style completely in order to conform to the rest of the world.

    Besides, I think our American wrestling medalists at the Olympics learn FS and GR at an early age anyway. Am I right?

    I do agree that the two international wrestling styles should be introduced to more wrestlers however. Could freestyle and Greco be introduced for instance at P.E. classes at an early age without shelving folkstyle? That would be my suggestion.

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    Either completely change folkstyle wrestling in America to FS/GR, or start training in GR or FS full time after highschool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleGrapevine View Post
    I'm wondering. I don't mean to be rude, sarcastic, or otherwise arrogant, but what great improvements would be made if we switch scholastic and collegiate wrestling completely over to FS/GR?

    For my part, I'm convinced that we need to keep Folkstyle at some level, even though I like FS, and to a lesser extent GR. Folkstyle is our nation's contribution to the worldwide sport of wrestling, just like other nations have their own folk styles and wrestle in their own styles in their own respective countries. I don't think we should have to give up our own style completely in order to conform to the rest of the world.

    Besides, I think our American wrestling medalists at the Olympics learn FS and GR at an early age anyway. Am I right?

    I do agree that the two international wrestling styles should be introduced to more wrestlers however. Could freestyle and Greco be introduced for instance at P.E. classes at an early age without shelving folkstyle? That would be my suggestion.
    That's exactly the point.
    If you replace folk with FS/GR, everyone learns those 2 styles at an early
    age and, in theory, more Olympic wrestling medalists are produced.
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    Another point... a lot of wrestlers have a limited shelf life. Be it injuries, burn out, lack of money, or the desire to have families and lead a "normal" life a lot of guys just don't have it in them to wrestle into their 30's. This doesn't just apply to American wrestlers. However, when most American wrestlers start to compete seriously in freestyle (or greco) in their mid-20's, well, you're going to have a few productive years at best from most of them at the international level.

    If American wrestlers wrestled freestyle (or greco) in high-school and college, perhaps with a shortened NCAA season, they would get a lot more international tournaments in during their "prime" before they feel the need to retire.

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