This week, MHSAA officials coordinator Sam Davis explains new clarifications to the takedown rule for high school wrestling.
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Below is this week's segment - Clarifying Takedowns - Listen
One of the rules changes in high school wrestling this year clarifies the definition of a takedown. This rule change eliminates some confusion from last year.
The high school rule is not the college rule that if the hands touch the mat, you immediately score a takedown. To be consistent in high school, whenever the hand touches the mat they are considered supporting points.
By removal of this "majority of the wrestler's weight" criteria, the need is eliminated for the official to make a judgmental call on weight bearing extremities.
In addition, the application of the new rule on "supporting points" becomes consistent throughout the rulebook, not just on or around the 28-foot circle.
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