Singlets

A wrestling singlet (or simply singlet) is a one-piece, tight-fitting, colored uniform, usually made of spandex/lycra, or nylon, used in amateur wrestling. The uniform is tight fitting so as not to get grasped accidentally by one’s opponent, and allows the referee to see each wrestler’s body clearly when awarding points or a pin.

 

Cowichan Valley Wrestling Club Singlets can be ordered on line.

 

Singlet Sizing
Men Women
Singlet Size Athlete Weight (lbs) Singlet Size Athlete Weight (lbs)
YS 40 – 55 (4XS) 4XS Under 50
YM 55 – 75 (3XS) 3XS 50-65
YL 79 – 95 (2XS) 2XS 65-75
XS 95 – 115 XS 75-97
S 115 – 135 Small 97-110
M 135 – 160 Medium 110-135
L 160 – 190 Large 135-154
XL 190 – 220 XL 154-176
2XL 250+ 2XL Over 176

 

 

The singlet is a standard competition uniform for collegiate, freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling. It consists of a single piece of stretch fabric that covers the upper legs and torso, much resembling the one-piece bathing suits of the late 1800 and early 1900s. But your singlet is not generally enough to remain comfortable and appropriate during competition.What goes on under your singlet is also important.

Undercover

Wearing just one layer of stretch fabric to competition leaves very little to the imagination. To avoid embarrassing themselves and others, wrestlers usually wear some kind of undergarment — most frequently underpants or a jock strap. Female wrestlers will also wear a T-shirt or sports bra for the same reasons.

Combat Protection

Wrestling is not only a contact sport — it’s a combat sport. This means the potential for injury is higher than in many other activities. Protecting the softest parts of your body is a priority. For men, a groin cup is a common addition to the singlet uniform — though since their advent in the early 2000s, many wrestlers prefer to simply wear compression shorts. Women will sometimes wear female groin protection, but this is less common than for males. Women do frequently put on a thicker sports bra to avoid discomfort in the chest, but rigid breast protection cups are too uncomfortable to wear while grappling.