Lancashire wrestling

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Lancashire wrestling is an historic wrestling style from Lancashire in England. Many consider it the foundation of catch wrestling, professional and amateur wrestling.

The style included groundwork and had the reputation of being an extremely fierce and violent sport. Sources show that there were some rules trying to safeguard the wrestlers from serious injury. For instance, there was a ban on breaking an opponent’s bones.

In the counties to the north, Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling developed with rules designed to minimise injury to the participants.