How to Score a Wrestling Match
High School
Posted by eric.gerold on Wednesday, November 8, 2023 9:16 PM UTC

In the world of high school and college wrestling, proper scorekeeping is a critical component to the success of an event. Matches typically follow a dual meet format, where two teams compete in a series of one-on-one matches across various weight classes. To score a wrestling match, it's important to understand the scoring system, which includes points for takedowns, escapes, reversals, near falls, and penalties. Additionally, tracking statistical events such as takedowns, escapes, reversals, near falls, and pins adds another layer of excitement and insight to the match. Whether you're a passionate fan or a coach analyzing performance, mastering the art of scoring and tracking statistics enhances your wrestling experience.

Recording the Score of a Wrestling Match

To score a wrestling match, you need to understand the scoring system. Points are awarded for specific moves and positions. Here's a breakdown of the scoring system:

  • Takedown: When a wrestler takes their opponent down to the mat and establishes control, two points are awarded.
  • Escape: If a wrestler successfully frees themselves from their opponent's control, one point is awarded.
  • Reversal: When a wrestler escapes from their opponent's control and takes control themselves, two points are awarded.
  • Near Fall: If a wrestler holds their opponent's shoulders within four inches of the mat for two seconds, two or three points are awarded, depending on the duration.
  • Penalty: Points may also be awarded as penalties for rule violations, such as stalling or illegal moves.
Tracking Statistical Events When Scoring a Wrestling Match

In addition to scoring a wrestling match, tracking statistical events adds another layer of excitement. Here are a few key statistical events to keep an eye on:

  • Takedowns: Count the number of successful takedowns by each wrestler. This statistic reflects the wrestler's ability to execute offensive moves.
  • Escapes: Keep track of the number of escapes by each wrestler. This statistic demonstrates a wrestler's ability to break free from their opponent's control.
  • Reversals: Note the number of reversals achieved by each wrestler. This statistic highlights a wrestler's ability to turn the tables on their opponent.
  • Near Falls: Keep a record of the number of near falls by each wrestler. This statistic showcases a wrestler's ability to almost pin their opponent.
  • Pins: Finally, track the number of pins achieved by each wrestler. A pin occurs when a wrestler holds their opponent's shoulders to the mat for a predetermined amount of time, resulting in an automatic victory.

Wrestling matches in high school and college are an incredible showcase of talent and athleticism. By keeping score and tracking statistical events, you can fully immerse yourself in the competitive atmosphere. Whether you're a dedicated fan or a coach looking to analyze performance, understanding how to score a wrestling match and track statistical events adds a new dimension to your wrestling experience.

To better understand how to score a wrestling match, download our free cheat sheet for scoring abbreviations used in the MatBoss system.