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Greek wrestling, also known as Ancient Greek wrestling, and Pale (πάλη), was the most popular organized sport in Ancient Greece. A point was scored when one player touched the ground with his back, hip, shoulder, or tapped out due to a submission-hold or was forced out of the wrestling-area. Three points had to be scored to win the match.
One particularly important position in this form of wrestling was one where one of the contestants was lying on his belly with the other on his back trying to strangle him. The athlete on the bottom would try to grasp an arm of the one on top and turn him over onto his back while the athlete on top would try to complete the choke without being rolled.

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These are the rules of the ancient sport Pale:
No intentional hitting or kicking is permitted
No gouging the eyes or biting is permitted, since even the Pankration does not allow these
It is at the discretion of the referee whether or not twisting the fingers with the intention of forcing the opponent to concede defeat is permitted Grasping the genitals is prohibited
All other holds intended to persuade the opponent to concede defeat through pain or fear are permitted and are an integral part of the contest

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