2016 Ontario Youth Rules for Wrestling

Ontario Youth Rules for Wrestling (2016)


  • Tykes              7/8 years old
  • Novices          9/10 years old
  • Kids                11/12 years old
  • Bantam          13/14 years old

The OAWA Youth Rules use the standard Wrestling Canada Youth rules per the current Wrestling Canada rulebook*, with the following addition:

  • Wrestling is allowed in the Tykes age class (for 7 and 8 year olds).
  • Tykes wrestle under the Novice rules.

Also, a clarification:

The OAWA Youth rules ban the use of the ‘Gabori’ technique at all levels, Tyke to Bantam.  This is also known as the ‘Alligator roll’.  Wrestlers may take a head and arm control from the front in Par Terre, but may not attempt any sort of roll from the head and arm (the Gabori).  The referee will watch for this and stop the action immediately as soon as any attempt at a roll is made.

For a copy of the current Wrestling Canada Rulebook, please visit:


*For specfic rules modifcations & general guidelines for youth wrestling in Canada, see Annex B of the 2015-16 Canadian Interpretation of the rules of United World Wrestling: