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Zelph

Quit trying for pins?

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A lot of riding with few attempts to move up and pin the opponent.

Watching a lot of wrestlers now is sad. Either a takedown game or interminable riding without actually trying for the pin.

If you aren't going for the pin you ought to be penalized.

 

On bottom, if you aren't actively working to get out or get a reversal - just sitting there - you ought to be penalized.

 

Push some action and quit letting these guys stall the match away.

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Hence why the riding time system is inherently flawed. It's very hard to be a pinner at the highest level, but with riding time the incentive and instruction in college is on how to ride rather than how to pin. Make someone secure back points before giving them a riding point

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Get rid of riding time and add one point for any back exposure. Then, if ref thinks one guy is stalling, hit him with passivity and give opponent choice of positions. Best thing to happen in NCAA finals was when Gwiz got a chance to choose neutral after Nelson's injury. It changed the match and gave both wrestlers more incentive to score. We need more of those types of option situations.

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I think people are forgetting that the intent of riding time is basically to break a tie match by rewarding the guy who exhibited much more control on the mat, since a tough ride doesn't score you anything if you don't get a turn.

 

The problem isn't riding time anymore than the problem on the feet is the lack of a push out rule. The problem is that stalling isn't called.

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I wouldn't even say a tough ride. Grab a thigh, run your hips towards your opponent and hang on gets a points. If you ride above the waist and don't get a turn, I'm fine with that. Stalling NEEDS to be called very quickly on the ankle/thigh cling "ride".

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