You've come to the right place! As a new wrestling parent, it's easy to become a bit overwhelmed. We've created these informational pages to help prepare you and your wrestler(s) to excel this season. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to any coach or board member if you have any questions at any point. We are all here to support you!
For practice, your wrestler will need a t-shirt, shorts/pants, wrestling shoes, headgear and mouth guard (if they have braces). To compete in tournaments, your wrestler will need a singlet or compression shirt and fight shorts, and wrestling shoes. Headgear and mouth guard are recommended by our coaches and required for some tournaments.
Optional gear recommended by veterans includes:
Folkstyle wrestling is where your wrestler will learn the fundamentals of wrestling, and is the most widely practiced style of wrestling in Alabama. For the AYWO organization, folkstyle season typically runs from October through the end of February.
Freestyle wrestling is similar to folkstyle, but focuses on exposure points from the bottom position rather than escapes and control. Greco Roman, commonly referred to as simply Greco, wrestling involves upper body moves and throws only. AYWO does not currently offer a freestyle or Greco tournament series, but there are tournament options in neighboring states for advanced wrestlers who wish to pursue a more year-round schedule. Freestyle/Greco season typically begins in April and runs through the end of summer. Please talk with the coaches if your wrestler is interested.
Here is an excellent scoring comparison between the three styles, and also details referee hand signals. Understanding the hand signals and points awarded in each situation will help you immensely during matches!