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    Quote Originally Posted by legridder155 View Post
    Personally I am for it. I was taught to use the edge of the mat, wether on my feet, top or bottom. I would stay about three feet from the edge and if they got in to deep I could scramble and make it look like I wasn't fleeing.
    You wouldn't have gotten away with it with a good official. I can't blame you for how you were coached, but I don't have much respect for someone who would teach that.

    Quote Originally Posted by legridder155 View Post
    I am with ground and pound. I would like to see 2nd and 3rd periods be top and bottom. I was a mat wrestler and when they went to the neutral possition it hurt me some. I was decent on my feet, but was best on the mat.
    Same with me. I always felt that the change to top-bottom-neutral or defer was an effort to move folkstyle more toward freestyle, but I never competed under that rule.
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    If they'd enforce some sort of out-of-bounds rule, or even the rule that Spider cited, I'd be willing to watch folkstyle on youtube again. Right now the out-of-bounds crap drives me crazy. It works but it's annoying as hell.

    On a slightly different note, I once heard Matt Gentry say that folkstyle wrestlers nowadays are using "folkstyle-only" defensive techniques (I guess playing the edge would fit into that category) instead of old fashioned defence lie a good sprawl. This then hurts them when trying to wrestle freestyle.

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    I think it is an OK strategy to go to if the situation calls for it.
    I don't think it should be a main strategy that is used every match.
    Kind of like stalling. If you are up a point in a big match with time running out, the put on the roller skates, otherwise wreste aggressively.

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    I was at a coaches clinic when the lecturer-some old guy from OK STATE-I was 23 at the time-actually bragged about how he was the ONE who came up with using the edge -itwas a 2 day clinic -I left after 2 hours . It was suposed to have been on takedowns and set-ups -didn't know t was going to be an Arthur Murray studio .

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    To me it is mat awareness. Wrestling towards the edge is smart wrestling. gives you the oportunity to score using the whole mat and defend if you get caught in a bad situation.

    Boxers use the ropes in the same way, Football uses the sidelines. Like said in other post win win win using anyway legal and the edge is legal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by legridder155 View Post
    To me it is mat awareness. Wrestling towards the edge is smart wrestling. gives you the oportunity to score using the whole mat and defend if you get caught in a bad situation.

    Boxers use the ropes in the same way, Football uses the sidelines. Like said in other post win win win using anyway legal and the edge is legal.
    In boxing and football it isn't spelled out in the rule book as being an infraction of the rules.
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    I used to do it. Not proud of it. But was really good at it.

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