Hi. I am 2nd year coach for a rec wrestling league. This past weekend my 7 year old son was put in a choke hold simmular to a "merkle". ***LET ME JUST BRAG AND SAY MY SON GOT OUT OF IT AND PINNED THE KID*** But I was very disturbed by this move. I understand that is considered "legal" because the kid had an arm in it, but after doing some research I learned that it is supposed to be used as a pinning combination and that a leg needs to be incorporated. I am still very new to wrestling but even my head coaches were pissed! Any advise? Can anyone explain the rules to the move to me? Keep in mind these are 7 and 8 year old ( novice )wrestlers...