Collegiate wrestling (sometimes known as wrestling or folk style school wrestling) is the commonly used name of wrestling practice at college and university level in the United States. This style, with modifications, is also practiced at the high school and high school level, and also for younger participants. The term is used to distinguish the style of other fighting styles used in other parts of the world, and those of the Olympic Games: the Greco-Roman wrestling and wrestling. Some secondary schools in the United States have developed first-year college equipment and teams alongside junior varsity teams. Junior college and junior fighters prevent their rivals not only in weight, but also by age and amount of wrestling a competitor can participate. For example, some freshmen and small competitors are not allowed in the competition tournament due to the amount of time a mat fighter could mature in a short period of time.
Currently there are several organizations overseeing the collegiate wrestling competition: NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, NJCAA, NAIA, and NCWA. Division I of the NCAA wrestling is considered the most prestigious and demanding level of competition. A school decides which organization to join athletics, even though it can compete against teams from other levels and organizations during the competition of the regular season. The collegiate season begins in October or November and culminates with the NCAA tournament in March.