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Last Update: September 24th, 2015

With the summer almost coming to a close, let's take a look back at the 2015 season. First, I'd like to remind everyone that it isn't too late to host a sand wrestling tournament in 2015, if you live in an area where the weather cooperates. It also isn't too early to plan an event for the summer of 2016; in fact, a number of beach wrestling events are already scheduled in the United States, such as the 11th annual United States Beach Wrestling National Championships will return to Carolina Beach, North Carolina on the weekend of May 20th-22nd. This is the qualifier to make the U.S. Team for beach/ sand wrestling, and also features the qualifier to make the U.S. Team for Grappling that same weekend.

Are you interested in hosting a sand wrestling tournament but don't know where to start? Pick up your copy of the newly released third edition of "Hosting Beach Wrestling Events". the new version is updated to include the 2015 rule modifications. This just might be the perfect gift idea for wrestling coaches.

Speaking of the 2015 rule modifications, here's a recap on the international rules implemented by United World Wrestling (UWW) back in January:

-The first wrestler to score 3 points is the winner (instead of 2)
-The size of the wrestling ring has been increased from 6 meters to 7 meters (increased from 20 feet to 23 feet)
-Takedowns are used for scoring, eliminating the "Sumo-touch"
-A takedown and push-out is worth one point, and two points can be earned with a takedown that includes exposing the opponent's back to the sand. Pins are no longer end a match, but fall under the category of a 2 point move.

Here are a few links to various sites containing some amazing pictures, videos, or articles. We will be working on updating the "Video" page to feature matches with the updated rules. Rob should also have a few more blog entries coming very soon. Check back often, and don't forget to like the "Sand Wrestling" page on facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

Photos from the 2015 North American Championships

Photos and Results from the Oregon State Championships

Photos from the Norwegian National Championships

Photos from the South Carolina State Championships

USA Wrestling Coverage/Results from the United States National Championships

United World Wrestling 2015 Rule Modifications 

Championship Match Video (Senior Women, 60 kg)- 2015 Sardinia International

Video- 9+ matches, during Michigan Beach Series (matches are extended- first to 5 points wins)

News Coverage by Ukraine Today​

Skyview Video, during the 2015 World Championships in Romania

Photos of the 1st Iceman Beach Wrestling tournament, Iowa

Highlight Video of 2015 Cyprus Throwdown
Sand Wrestling (also known as Beach Wrestling) has been an established International Style of amateur wrestling since 2005, yet is regarded by wrestling associations around the world as the oldest version of mankind's oldest sport. The idea of wrestling on mats is relatively new compared to the history of wrestling, occuring just over 100 years ago in a sport that has a rich tradition spanning thousands of years. The soft sand texture is an ideal competative surface that provides the opportunity to rediscover wrestling's past.

​While each contest may vary slightly with the rules, the basic concept is to win the match by scoring 3 points. One point is awarded when you push your opponent out-of-bounds OR when you score a takedown. Two points are awarded when your opponent's back touches the sand. After a wrestler scores, both athletes are returned to their feet. Matches have a time limit of 3 minutes.

​The easy to understand rules of Sand Wrestling allows anyone to compete, even if they are not seasoned wrestlers. It also captures the attention of spectators, who can easily follow the action. At the same time, the shifting of the sand increases the difficulty of wrestling in the stand-up (neutral) position. Contests feature multiple age and gender divisions, and each division is segmented by weight classes. A growing number of organizations (wrestling clubs, other athletic groups, and nonprofit organizations) are implementing Sand Wrestling tournaments as a fundraising effort, in addition to offering their local community another fun-silled activity. It's no wonder why the emerging sport of Sand Wrestling is quickly becoming popular around the globe.

The purpose of is to help bring awareness to the style of sand wrestling (beach wrestling) and encourage athletic clubs to host competitions (hopefully through sponsorships from merchandise sales). We also hope that this style will be included in the Olympic Games and sanctioned as a high school spring sport in the United States. 

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