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High school wrestlers must now weigh-in with their artificial limb

Posted Apr 25, 2013 by Nick Williams

Updated Apr 25, 2013 at 03:14 PM

Effective with the 2013-14 season, high school wreslters who have been approved to wear an artificial limb must weigh-in with the artificial limb if he or she chooses to wrestle with it on. In addition, once the wrestler has weighed in while wearing the artificial limb, it cannot be removed during competition. With these revisions, competitors who have been approved by their state associations to wear an artificial limb have the option to wear or not to wear the artificial limb during competition, but must weigh-in accordingly.

The change were made by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules Committee at its April 8-10 meeting in Indianapolis.

“The concern was that if a wrestler weighed-in with an artificial limb (and) then decided to remove the artificial limb for the match, the wrestler’s weight without the artificial limb might not qualify the wrestler for that weight class,” said Dale Pleimann, chair of the NFHS Wrestling Rules Committee in a press release. “The changes require that if the wrestler weighs-in with an artificial limb, then the wrestler shall wear the artificial limb when competing.”

In other rule changes, forfeits in high school wrestling will no longer count toward a wrestler’s daily match limit. Currently, wrestlers are limited by rule to five matches in one day.

“The limit on the number of matches permitted in any one calendar day was established as a safeguard to prevent any wrestler from undo fatigue, thus increasing the possibility of injury,” . “Since there is no fatigue or exertion involved with accepting a forfeit, the committee felt that it was not necessary to count forfeits in the match total for any wrestler.”

The committee also ruled to allow the use of electronic devices for video recording and review by the wrestler or coach unless prohibited by the state high school association;  approved an addition to Rule 5-1-1 that allows for bad time if a wrestler is not given the choice of position after a two-point stalling penalty;  added “after a two-point stalling penalty” as an instance when an error occurs in positioning wrestlers that would result in canceled points during bad time; if a hair cover is worn by a wrestler, it shall be attached to the ear guards.

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