Wrestling Regulations

Posted on April 10, 2019 by Customer Service

NCAA: National Collegiate Athletic Association


"Mats shall have a competition circle between 32 and 42 feet in diameter. There shall be a matted area with a minimum width of five feet that extends entirely around the competition circle. The competition circle and matted area shall be differentiated by the use of either contrasting colors or a 2-inch-wide line. This 2-inch-wide line that outlines the edge of the competition circle is part of the wrestling area and therefore in bounds." – Page 9
Wrestling mat layout

"The entire competition circle and surrounding matted area shall be the same thickness, which shall not be more than 4 inches nor less than the thickness of a mat that has the shock-absorbing qualities of a 2-inch-thick hair-felt mat. For the 2017-18 season, it is recommended the entire competition circle and surrounding matted area meet the most current ASTM Specification Standard for wrestling mats. By the 2018-19 season, all wrestling mats shall comply with the ASTM Specification Standard. All mats that are in sections shall be secured together." - Page 9

"There shall be placed in the center of the mat two 1-inch down position starting lines. The lines shall be 3 feet long and 10 inches apart. Two 1-inch neutral starting position lines shall close the ends of the down position starting lines. One of the two neutral starting lines shall be green and located closest to the home team, and the other shall be red and located closest to the visiting team." - Page 9


"No obstruction such as tables, bleachers, competitor seating or walls shall be placed closer than 5 feet from the edge of the competition circle. It is recommended, whenever possible, that all obstructions be placed not closer than 8 feet from the edge of the competition circle. When two mats are side-by-side, there shall be at least 5 feet of matted area between the two competition circles." - Page 10

NCAA wrestling competition layout



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"Establishes the physical and performance requirements for qualifying construction designs of competition wrestling mats used in U.S. collegiate or high school style (Type I), and international free style (Type II) wrestling. The mats shall be tested and conform accordingly to tensile strength, shock absorption, and thickness requirements."

Wrestling Competition


"Specifies impact attenuation performance requirements for playground surfaces and surfacing materials and provides a means of determining impact attenuation performance using a test method that simulates the impact of a child’s head with the surface."


"This guide is intended to provide guidance for the selection of test methods that are applicable to determining fire-test-response characteristics of upholstered furniture items contained within a detention cell."


"The intended use of this specification is for the qualification of construction designs and comparison of wall padding."

Wrestling room wall pads and floor mat


"sets guidelines for labels and instructions to manufacturers that manufacture wrestling mats."


"Measures the impact attenuation of surface systems and materials, specifically the peak impact acceleration (“impact shock”) produced under prescribed impact conditions."


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