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Knee trap rule at the High School level.

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We had match a few weeks ago that my wrestler lost outright and that is not my gripe. My gripe is that he lost by tech fall on a call that I am extremely confused about.

His opponent earned two 2 point back exposures and one 3 point back exposure with the knee trapped against the back of the leg. After the match was stopped due to a technical fall  (17-2) I confronted the ref and asked why he allowed the leg trap. He told me that it can be used for tilting and back point control.  I told him it is my understanding that the trapped leg is only legal in any capacity at the college level and in freestyle. I also stated that the leg must be released at or before 5 seconds after a takedown or breakdown.

He told me I was wrong and I needed to calm down, I ended the conversation with a couple of choice words under my breath, across the room, into the stands, and finally calmed down. Perhaps I unnecessarily lost my temper for a rule I am ignorant about. 

What is the rule on the leg trap at the high school level? Again, my wrestler lost the match to a much better wrestler that day and the score would have still been 10-2 going at the end of the 3rd period. I am just confused about how he lost due to what I believe to be a illegal hold. 

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Almost any ref you ask is going to say that they would have had to see it in action before giving you a good answer. On one hand, that's a handy cop-out, on the other hand it's true. Typically, anything that isn't illegal upon application depends on how it is being used, and that's almost always a "had to see how it happened" call. The whole releasing the leg would be a stalling call, so that implies that it's not illegal in and of itself. Also, if a wrestler is giving up back points, that's a good indication that he's not "broken down on the mat." There's lots of things that you can't do in a wrestling match that you can do when you have someone in nearfall criteria (locking hands around the body comes to mind). While I've "been out of the game" for some time now, it would strike me that the big question would be if the pressure from the knee trap was going against the normal motion of the joint. There's a lot of torque that is allowed at the college level that we just don't let go in high school, and in the future that would be my big arguing point, if I was going to make an argument.

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Oh, and I forgot to mention .... Moxie has almost no hair left, dresses like a slob, and is almost as fat as Maholtz.

 

 

*it's not as fun to pick on Moxie because he doesn't fight back as much, but I still gotta try.

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On 12/11/2018 at 6:59 PM, scpackfan said:

Sorry, no answer here but good to see you here again. Are you still coaching OP?

Yes sir, still coaching at OP. Next year will be my last year as the head coach though. I work in Charlotte now and the commute is too much to be at practice by 3:30 every day. We’re looking for an assistant head coach at the end of the season that can take over after next season. I’ll stay on as an assistant, but will have new coach run practices and manage team.

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14 hours ago, Grecofan said:

Yes sir, still coaching at OP. Next year will be my last year as the head coach though. I work in Charlotte now and the commute is too much to be at practice by 3:30 every day. We’re looking for an assistant head coach at the end of the season that can take over after next season. I’ll stay on as an assistant, but will have new coach run practices and manage team.

See you 1/15. 

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