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Intro to Wrestling Singlet

Posted on August 24, 2012 , by chris

Wrestling Singlets

Wrestling Singlets History

A singlet is tantamount with the sport of wrestling. Singlets for wrestling are a fairly recent development within the sport, but have since become one of the major identities of the sport of wrestling. Before the singlet, which became poplar in the 70s, wrestlers typically wore tights or spandex with out a top. In fact, prior to 1960, singlets were actually banned by the NCAA. In a full 360 degree turn, the NCAA proceeded to ban shirtless wrestling and require wrestlers to wear singlets during competition. The point of the singlet is two fold. The first reason is so that a wrestler's opponent can not readily grab onto another wrestlers attire. Considering that grabbing  a wrestlers uniform is illegal in the sport, singlets help to cut down unintentional grabbing of the uniform. The second reason is that referees are better able to see the bodies of the wrestlers so that he is able to make more accurate calls and access point in a more efficient fashion. As of 2005 the NCAA permitted use of a two piece singlet, but has not received wide use.

How to Choose a Wrestling Singlet

When it comes to wrestling singlets, many wrestlers do not have a choice. For high school and Collegiate wrestling, the colors and style of the singlet are decided on by the school and coaches. In freestyle wrestling, wrestlers have the flexibility of choosing the style of the singlet, but per FILA rules the singlet must be reversible with red and blue on opposing sides. Wrestlers do, however, have a choice when it come to wrestling in the off season. Many wrestlers sport vibrant and colorful singlets, some choose to wear singlets with there states colors on them while others wear a whole host of other fun and vibrant designs. When it comes to wearing a singlet wrestling, the main thing that matters is finding one that fits comfortably so that it doesn't impede on your performance.


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