I'll be the first to admit, I love folkstyle and have loathed about every rule change FILA has made to freestyle & greco-roman wrestling since 1980ish, including the push-out for 1 point rule. This is coming from wrestling all 3 styles but from a perspective of not scrapping folkstyle, but improving it.
After many years with the push-out rule, I'm actually thinking that it could make sense in folk. The more I watch elite international wrestling, the more I see how important controlling the mat is, which I think is a big part of the sport that we've lost. I'm not sure the exact rules for implementation, but I do like the fact that the wrestlers are required to stay on the mat and battle, fighting to maintain control over the middle. Controlling the mat is a MUCH bigger part of international wrestling whereas in folkstyle, we rely on the referee to "call stalling" to make controlling the mat important. Anything that removes subjectivity and puts the onus on the wrestlers in an objective fashion with objective measure is a good thing IMO. Right now, too much relies on the referee and his interpretation, which varies from ref to ref, region to region, and level to level.
Does the push-out result sometimes in the defensive guy scoring? Yes, it does. It's not perfect. Maybe something to look at. But it does force you to attempt action in the center or if your opponent won't wrestle the center, you try to push them out.
The other benefit in folkstyle is that a takedown is worth 2 points, not 1. In freestyle/greco, the pushout is worth the same as the takedown and one is so much easier to get than the other. But in folkstyle, the pushout would still only be worth 1/2 of a takedown, making the takedown, though more difficult to achieve, still the ultimate goal. You'd not only be rewarded with double the points, but the opportunity to wrestle on top, get a turn, and in college, accumulate riding time. Still a better deal than a push-out point.
Ever since I've been in wrestling, "stalling" has been the most hotly debated and misunderstood/misinterpreted rule in the sport. What if we actually took a page out of the international styles and included the push-out for 1 point in the neutral position to minimize the effect of "stalling", either called or not called?
1. Controlling the mat is rewarded. Stalling is less important of a call/non-call.
2. Better transition to international styles. Isn't that why some want to eliminate folkstyle?
3. Easier scoring opportunities = more scoring. People like scoring. Anything to get back and forth scoring/lead changes is good.
1. Sometimes the attacker will step out first and thus the wrong guy is rewarded.
2. No real implementation for top/bottom.
Just wondering if anyone else has seen the push-out grow on them from a folkstyle perspective?