I thought this rule was being implemented this year?
The panel also approved the new criteria that better define the stalling rule, which should help ensure its consistent enforcement.
Stalling is defined as one or both wrestlers attempting to avoid wrestling action as an offensive or defensive strategy.
Wrestlers who consistently retreat to the edge of the mat, make no effort to move back into the wrestling area and fail to initiate action will be cited for stalling.
The rule will be applied in the following instances:
[*:1ppqckbm]A wrestler is not permitted to continually back away from the opponent without creating offensive action. [*:1ppqckbm]A wrestler near the edge of the mat cannot step out of bounds unless it is to sprawl from an opponentâ€™s takedown attempt or when interlocked. A participant will be called for stalling if he kicks out from a lower leg hold and as a result of this action the defending wrestler goes out of the wrestling area. [*:1ppqckbm]A wrestler who flees or attempts to flee the wrestling area as a means of avoiding being scored upon will be called for stalling. The committee considers fleeing as an attempt by a wrestler to avoid wrestling action; thus, it is considered a form of stalling and should be similarly penalized.
Wrestlers, whether on offense or defense, must make an attempt to sustain active wrestling and remain inbounds. Stalling will be called in the following instances:
[*:1ppqckbm]An offensive wrestler who does not aggressively attempt to break down the opponent will be called for stalling. [*:1ppqckbm]Either wrestler pushing his opponent out of bounds to prevent scoring will be cited for stalling. [*:1ppqckbm]The offensive wrestler grasping the defensive wrestlerâ€™s leg(s) with both hands or arms will be called for stalling, unless such action is designed to break down the opponent for the purpose of securing a fall or to prevent an escape or reversal. [*:1ppqckbm]Any wrestler who repeatedly grasps or interlocks his hands around a leg without attempting an offensive move will be called for stalling. [*:1ppqckbm]A defensive wrestler must initiate action to escape or reverse the opponent, or he will be called for stalling. [*:1ppqckbm]A wrestler who repeatedly applies the legs while in the rear-standing position is stalling.
There is no longer a disqualification penalty involved in the stalling rule.