Building  A Well Rounded Wrestler

It is our goal to build a team of successful wrestlers, and in order to do so we believe that the best way to achieve lasting success is to train in all three styles. While we do not require our wrestlers to compete in all three styles, each style teaches our wrestlers a distinct skill on the mat.

Legacy Wrestling Academy trains its wrestlers in Folk Style, freestyle and Greco-roman wrestling styles.  Head Coach Jeff Jayne, a Division I scholarship wrestler for Syracuse University and a member of the Unites States Freestyle Team, focuses on details in technique and incorporates effective drills, live wrestling and games to enhance the wrestling experience.  The Element Athletix staff will coordinate with Coach Jayne to add ‘hybrid fitness’ and ‘functional fitness’ classes with a concentration in Muy Tai kicking and boxing, to enhance the training experience. This will be a revolutionary approach to training wrestlers to diversify their skills, add more fun to the experience and reduce burn-out loss.  

The most common wrestling style in the United States for student athletes is Folk Style wrestling. However, there are two other styles that are more commonly practiced and contested on an international level – Greco-Roman and Freestyle. When the Folk Style season ends is typically when freestyle and Greco begin, and training in these styles is the best way to improve and become a more well-rounded wrestler. While each style is unique, all are based on performing the same actions. All three styles use take-downs, turns, and pins, and the main goal of each style is to pin your opponent. In Folk Style and Freestyle, you can complete a  take-down by shooting or throwing your opponent. However, in Greco-Roman take-downs are achieved by attacking your opponents upper body, leg attacks are illegal.

Folk Style

Folk Style wrestling, also known as scholastic wrestling, is a style of amateur wrestling practiced at the High school level and below. In essence, it is Collegiate wrestling with some slight modifications. In scholastic wrestling, points are awarded based on control of your opponent, or being in the position of advantage. Scoring can be accomplished by take-downs, escapes, reversals near falls, and penalty. The main difference between folk style and freestyle in the ability to make moves from the bottom in a
Folk Style competition. To pin your opponent your must hold their back to the mat for 2 seconds. During a Folk Style competition, you can only lock your hands while trying to pin or complete a Folk Style – clasping while riding an opponent is illegal. Folk style matches can also be won by Technical Superiority, whoever finishes the match with the most points wins but matches will end when one wrestler gains a 15 point lead.

Free Style

Freestyle wrestling is a style of amateur wrestling that is practiced throughout the world and is one of the two styles of wrestling contested at the Olympic Games. The main difference between folk and freestyle is that a freestyle wrestler does not try to perform and maneuvers while on the bottom, besides trying to not get turned, referred to as “par terre”. Like all wrestling styles, the goal is to pin your opponent by holding their back to the mat. In freestyle however, you may lock your hand at any point during the match. The wrestler with the most points at the end of the match will win, however, a match can be won early when one wrestler has gained a lead of 6 points.


Greco-Roman wrestling is practiced worldwide and has been contested in the Olympic Games for over 100 years. This style of wrestling differs from the others in that competitors are not allowed to make holds below the waist. This means that wrestlers must rely on throws, arm drags, head locks, bear hugs, and suplexes as a means of taking their opponent to the mat, tripping an opponent is restricted. Alternately, a wrestler on the defensive can not hook or grab legs to avoid being thrown. Once on the ground, a wrestler must then also find a way to turn the opponents back to the mat without using their legs.