They did it wrong. There were a lot of new officials working that tournament because there was so many other wrestling events going on at the same time that we could not get the out of state officials we usually do. There should have been an experinced mat chairman on each mat, but that was not always the case. 3rd period is always the winners choice. Here are the rules from the Fila handbook.
The ordered hold in Greco-Roman style
A period of Greco-Roman wrestling consists of 1 minute 30 seconds
wrestling in a standing position and 30 seconds wrestling in a par terre
position. Wrestling starts in the center of the mat in a standing position. The
wrestlers can carry out any possible actions.
After the 1 minute 30 seconds, the referee will stop the match and
order a wrestler in the ordered hold par terre position. The wrestler who wins
the bout at this moment (following the established criterion for the victory of
the bout in article 32) will take the hold first.
If none of the two wrestlers has scored technical points, the referee
decides by a draw which wrestler will take the par terre position. The winner of
the draw will take the ordered hold in first.
The wrestler who takes the clinch will be able to choose between
the side position and lift or the back position, standing or one knee to the mat,
with his hands resting on the opponent’s shoulders. In all periods, the wrestler
who wins by points after 90 seconds will have the advantage of the clinch
and will not be penalized if he does not score during the 30 seconds. In such
situations, if the top wrestler does not advance his position, the wrestlers will
be placed in standing position again to complete the period. At the end of the
2 minutes, the winner of the period is declared.
If after 90 seconds the score of the period is tied 0-0, the advantage
of the clinch will first be given to the red wrestler and if the situation is
repeated in a second period, the advantage of the clinch will be given to the
blue wrestler. When the clinch is ordered after a score of 0-0, the top wrestler
has to score to win the period. If the top wrestler does not score any point(s),
the bottom wrestler will receive 1 point and win the period.
If each wrestler won a period and the third period is tied by 0-0, theExamples:
choice of the position, top or bottom, will be given to the wrestler who scored
the highest number of technical points in the first two periods (added together).
If the two wrestlers scored the same number of technical points, the following
criteria will be taken into consideration:
1. Least number of cautions
2. Highest value of the points
If no technical point is scored during the 30 seconds, 1 point will
be awarded to the bottom wrestler and he will be declared the winner of the