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    1) which style do you like to wrestle more?
    Both. I liked the "culture" of freestyle because it was all about having fun, and going with your teammates to tournaments. No weight cutting, 2 practices a week, chugging Vanilla Coke between periods at the Ft. Madison tournament. On the other hand, I liked folkstyle because it was more structured and we actually had coaches. You have set goals, district champ, state champ, whatever you want. And folkstyle gets the ladies. Or it could...for some people... I guess.

    2) which one do you think is a tougher style?
    I don't know, all I know is I was a lot better at freestyle a lot quicker, but I'm sure that changes from person to person. Well, I guess I was better with respect to the competition I wrestled, I never had any huge studs in my brackets. Let's say I got better results quicker.

    3) which do you think is more exciting to watch?
    For me, folkstyle because I know the guys and the rules, the last time I wrestled or actively watched freestyle was about 5 years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerbomb56 View Post
    Apologies for not knowing any better. But what significant differences are there in rules in technique, from freestyle and folkstyle.
    1 pt takedowns. 1 pt for pushing your opponet off the mat.You have to only break 90 degrees to score back points which is one pt. If you can hold him with the back exposed for a five count you score 1 pt. If you get a takedown and have made no offensive advantage after 15 seconds or so the ref will stop the match and you will start in a neutral position again.The scoring is not carried over to the next period. If you win or lose the first period you start the second period 0-0. You can end the period by scoreing 6 pts no matter how much time is left in the period. If you have a tie the last person who scored will win the period also who had the biggest throw will be rewarded with the period. If you win two periods you win the match. If you split than you will wrestle a third period. Freestyle wrestling rewards the person who initiates the moves. Pins end the match. The best way to figure out freestyle is to watch a tournament. I am a novice but I learned alot the first tournament my kids wrestled in.
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    I love wrestling, but I prefer freestyle to folkstyle and Greco to freestyle.

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    I agree with all those who said that Greco is toughest. As a lifetime freestyler with limited greco experience, some of my scariest moments in wrestling involve going up against world-level wrestlers in Greco.

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    With greco you have to be willing to bang heads and not back down. You take a lot of punishment in Greco, which I think is why a lot of guys shy away from it. You can't duck away from the contact. You have to grin and bear it.
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    Ya, the banging and the friggin' lifts. I remember the first time I really tried out the clinch was in a tournament. "Get down on my hands and knees and WHAT?"

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    my little guys will wait a year or two for greco because of the physical and scary demands.. Greco Wrestlers are real men for sure

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    Quote Originally Posted by tooldude View Post
    1 pt takedowns. 1 pt for pushing your opponet off the mat.You have to only break 90 degrees to score back points which is one pt. If you can hold him with the back exposed for a five count you score 1 pt. If you get a takedown and have made no offensive advantage after 15 seconds or so the ref will stop the match and you will start in a neutral position again.The scoring is not carried over to the next period. If you win or lose the first period you start the second period 0-0. You can end the period by scoreing 6 pts no matter how much time is left in the period. If you have a tie the last person who scored will win the period also who had the biggest throw will be rewarded with the period. If you win two periods you win the match. If you split than you will wrestle a third period. Freestyle wrestling rewards the person who initiates the moves. Pins end the match. The best way to figure out freestyle is to watch a tournament. I am a novice but I learned alot the first tournament my kids wrestled in.
    Good summary though. I haven't done it for some time and was struggling with some of the changes since I had actually wrestled freestyle in highschool.
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    I prefer to watch folkstyle now that I have spent so much time getting to know the wrestlers and watching the sport again.

    I always ENJOYED wrestling freestyle the most because I hated top and bottom and liked knowing that generally I was going to be able to get back on my feet again without having to give up an escape point.

    I was probably best at Greco of the three as I didn't train very often or long in it but it seemed the best style for my build and my wrestling strengths. I agree with arm-spin and wrastler though that Greco gave your back a pounding and I actually disliked training Greco, just liked the matches and I somehow felt more comfortable tying up then in open space on a mat.
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