The drumbeat for change has gotten louder in the five years since United World Wrestling revamped its freestyle rulebook and pumped new life into the sport at the international level.
With it resurfaced a question in recent years.
Should we dump folkstyle in favor of freestyle in the United States?
The idea would’ve seemed preposterous during the dark days of the ball draw, period-reset scoring, leg clinches and action-less bouts that helped put wrestling on the Olympic chopping block.
But now? Now that there’s a non-stop stream of entertainment? Now that high-paced matches have replaced the tactical battles of a decade ago?
Now there’s a debate.