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How a Wrestling Match Is Scored

Part of the Wrestling For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The objective in a wrestling match is to beat your opponent. If a pin occurs, the match is over and whoever scored the pin wins. But if neither wrestler scores a pin, the score at the end of three two-minute periods determines the winner. You earn points for the different moves you successfully execute during a match, and your opponent earns points for any infractions you commit:

  • Pin or fall: Victory; end of match

  • Takedown: 2 points

  • Escape: 1 point

  • Reversal: 2 points

  • Near fall: 2 points if you hold your opponent for two seconds; 3 points if you hold your opponent for five seconds or more

  • Illegal hold: 1 point for your opponent

  • Unsportsmanlike conduct: 1 point for your opponent

  • Unnecessary roughness: 1 point for your opponent

  • Stalling: 1 point for your opponent after you receive one warning; disqualification on the fifth stalling violation

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