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Folkstyle wrestling has newfound respect among the collegiate clubs, all thanks to the legendary NCAA wrestling games. The division I leagues have tried their best to amp up the competition level.
NCAA organizes and collaborates with different domestic and college-level clubs to organize competitive wrestling tournaments. And what’s special about these? They’re full of energetic young athletes hoping to make it big in the field of wrestling, both domestically and internationally.
History and Advent
NCAA hosts a form of wrestling known as Folkstyle Wrestling among the American crowd. Part of the reason is that the game comes from the freestyle combat games of the 15th and 16th centuries.
The French and English communities who lived during this time found amusement in wrestling. Today, the game has become an organized sport widely popular among middle and high school children.
NCAA Wrestling season usually starts in early October to mid-November and finishes around March. Throughout the season, wrestlers from colleges and universities are eligible to compete in the event and get awarded national championships for the same. There are provisions for regionals, individual and national level games separately.
Two wrestlers from different teams combat each other in a dual meet tournament. There can be many dual meets in one season. The dual meets also award the wrestlers points, giving them a chance to aim higher, toward the cup.
Another provision is multiple meets, where several tournaments coincide. Consequently, we get to see multiple players from different wrestling teams face off against each other.
As for the intercollegiate conferences, the national levels are invite-only. Every year, based on the performance of wrestlers on domestic rounds, they are chosen for the nationals. These tournaments are deemed elite and last for about two or three days.
Want to watch young wrestlers battle it out? Book tickets to the upcoming nationals or regional NCAA wrestling events.