Sunday, 19th of July saw our freestyle wrestling and strength and conditioning coach, Kane Charig winning Gold medal at Welsh Open Freestyle Wrestling in 70 kg category against Viorel Mihai.
Image: Luke Jarvis Photography
The competition took place at the Flash Leisure Centre in Powys. The final results can be found here.
The competition happened shortly after the United World Wrestling has circulated 'Freestyle Adjustments' which came into effect immediately. The reforms followed the recent success of similar changes in Greco-Roman wrestling. The revisions stated that all turns are now two points regardless of where they occur, on the mat or how far an opponent is from danger. Previously hand-to-hand exposures were counted as one point each.
The auto touche rule that had previously sought to encourage technical proficiency from the top position, has also been removed due to causing some scoring confusion among wrestlers and fans.
Other improvements were made to step-out rules. Wrestlers who have lifted an opponent but who step in the protection area during such an action will no longer be penalized for the infraction. Although this situation rarely occurs in freestyle wrestling, the United World Wrestling clarified the ruling while also encouraging attacking wrestlers. You can view these adjustments here.
Kane is competing again on the 28th of August at the Wigan & Leigh Open tournament at 65kg. These types of tournaments are great experience for Kane, leading up to the British Championships this October.