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Near Fall 2 (Wrestling)

A near fall (near pin) is when both shoulders are held for two seconds within four inches of the mat.

Near fall points are awarded when:

  • The wrestler holds both of his opponent’s shoulders within four inches of the mat for two seconds.
  • The wrestler holds one of his opponent’s shoulders on the mat and also keeps his opponent’s other shoulder at a 45 degree angle to the mat.
  • The wrestler holds his opponent in a high bridge or back on both elbows.
  • If the wrestler on his back gets injured during the period where near fall points are being awarded, another point is tacked on to the points scored from the near fall itself.

NEAR FALL 2 – N2 – 2 points: Awarded after the offensive wrestler turns the defensive wrestler over onto their back and holds them at a 45 degree angle or less for between 2-4 seconds (2-4 counts by the referee). Also awarded when the match is stopped due to the defensive wrestler being injured and/or screaming out to stop the match (unethical unless they are really injured) while being turned toward their back (imminent near fall) before the near fall count starts or before 2 counts by the referee. Only one set of near fall points can be awarded for each pinning hold, and they cannot be awarded until after the pinning situation has ended. Defense on their Back.

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