What two-piece high school uniforms mean for wrestling
May 04, 2017


After nearly a half-century as being the one-and-only uniform in amateur wrestling, the singlet is about to get some competition, at least on the high school level, as the National Federation for State High School Associations has approved rule changes which will allow scholastic wrestlers the option to wear two-piece uniforms on the mat.

The NFHS announced on Tuesday that its Wrestling Rules Committee approved the uniform option, which includes compression shorts or shorts designed for wrestling, and a form-fitted compression shirt. The new two-piece uniform will be legal for the 2017-18 season and beyond.

What will the new two-piece uniform option to the traditional singlet -- the standard uniform for high school and collegiate wrestling in the U.S. since first gaining widespread use in the late 1960s and early 1970s -- mean for the sport overall?