Ages: 5-14 (K-8)

Location: Leesburg High School Wrestling Room (Back side of Gym)

Requirements: Tuesday & Thursday Nights

Contact: Doug Jackson - (352) 267-1864 


*Dates may be subject to change



    A Folkstyle is any traditional style of wrestling, which may or may not be codified as a modern sport. Most cultures have developed regional forms of grappling.

    Folkstyle wrestling, is a style of amateur wrestling practiced at the college and university level in the United States. Collegiate wrestling emerged from the folk wrestling styles practiced in the early history of the United States. This style, with some slight modifications, is also practiced at the high school and middle school levels, and also among younger participants, where it is known as scholastic wrestling. These names help distinguish collegiate wrestling from other styles of wrestling that are practiced around the world such as those in the Olympic Games: freestyle wrestling and Greco-Roman wrestling.

    How would you explain folkstyle wrestling rules to potential fans, parents, beginning wrestlers, or the media so they would easily understand? I believe all of us know many people who have become serious wrestling fans after they learned about our sport. That old adage “The More You Know, The More You Will Enjoy!” certainly applies here. If our sport is to continue to grow in popularity nationwide, we must do a better job of explaining it.

FOLKSTYLE WRESTLING - A combative sport where one wrestler tries to physically control the opponent against their will without injuring them.

PHYSICAL CONTROL - To get behind the opponent’s back and arms, force them down to the mat, turn them over onto their back, and pin them. To take the opponent directly from their feet to their back without getting behind them, and pin them. To counter the opponent’s moves to stay in the control position.

MATCH OR BOUT - When two wrestlers wrestle each other. Both wrestlers must weigh within one weight class of each other. You win a match by pinning your opponent, by scoring more match points than your opponent, or by disqualification if your opponent breaks certain rules.

A MATCH in high school consists of three two-minute periods. The first period begins in neutral position with both wrestlers on their feet and facing each other. The second period begins with one wrestler choosing top, bottom, neutral, or deferring choice until the third period. The third period begins with the other wrestler choosing top, bottom, or neutral position.


For more information, contact us at:

Leesburg Recreation Complex
1851 Griffin Road Leesburg, FL 34748
Telephone: 352.728.9885    Fax: 352.326.6225
Email: Recreation.Dept@leesburgflorida.gov

*Birth Certificates are required*