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