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Rule Book & Guide

The Rule Book & Guide to Wrestling is produced by the Department of State Services of USA Wrestling, in cooperation with the USWOA. 

USA Wrestling is the National Governing Body for the sport in the United States and is the authorized representative to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), and to the Federation Internationale des Luttes Associees (FILA).

This rule book contains the rules of UWW, which are approved by the USA Wrestling Board of Directors to be utilized at USA Wrestling sanctioned Freestyle, Greco-Roman, Women’s, Beach Wrestling events, as well as USA Wrestling sanctioned Grappling Events. Please note the various USA Wrestling modifications to the UWW rules which were also adopted by the USA Wrestling Board of Directors. The revised UWW International Rules are made available to download at and are enforced for those events that apply.