Wrestling is one of the oldest forms of combat. The origins of wrestling go back 15,000 years through cave illustrations. Babylonian and Egyptian dwellings show wrestlers use most of the holds known in today’s modern sport. Literary evidence to wrestling is recognized as early as the Old Testament and the ancient Indian Vedas.The Indian epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata contain references to martial arts, including wrestling.
In ancient Greece, wrestling occupies a prominent place in epic and literary works; wrestling, harsh in many ways, has served as the primary focus sport in the ancient Olympic Games.The first organised national wrestling tournament was held in New York City in 1888. The five ways to take points(0-3) in wrestling competitions are Take away, escape, reversal, near fall and penalty points. A pin (or fall) is when the opponent is put on his/her back with either or both of the opponent’s shoulder blades in contact with the mat for two seconds. When you pin your opponent, the match gets over and the winner is declared.