NCAA approves 3-point takedown, other rule changes for '23-'24


NCAA has approved increasing the value for a takedown from two to three. Other key rule changes include: - Addition of a three-point near fall (NF may now be 2, 3, or 4) - Top wrestlers must actively be looking for a turn - Hand-touch takedowns have been eliminated - Expansion of the five-second count to any situation where the top wrestler grabs the ankle - Officials may now overturn any missed call in the sequence during a video review instead of a single move - Untimely challenges now just result in the loss of the challenge instead of being assessed a penalty point for loss of mat control - The first medical forfeit will count as a loss unless immediately following and injury default - Restriction on facial hair length has been eliminated