TOWER AND FIELD REFEREES
The Referees Have the Last Word
After the wrestling contests, to decide the results of the
denials and the contests is the duty of the tower
It is a custom that the agha chooses the referee, the
announcer and the other people on duty. But because the
Edirne municipality has been undertaking the organization of
the wrestling for about 25 years, this election is performed
by the authorities of the municipality.
Two referees officiate in Kirkpinar wrestling. The referee
who rules the wrestling on grass is called as field referee
and the referee on the tower is called as tower referee.
Again, it is a custom that the tower referee is
chosen among the wrestlers. The wrestlers who have
not been champion cannot take place among the
tower referees. This is the tradition. But in
recent years, two members of the Wrestling
Federation take place among the tower referees
elected by the municipality. These members are
usually lightweight wrestlers.
For not letting sectionalism be, they should pick
and choose the referees. The famous retired
wrestlers from the regions such as Antalya,
Sakarya, Samsun, Denizli which send wrestlers to
Kirkpinar, become tower referee.
are re-elected each year. Niyazi Güresen from Akhisar,
Manisa and ismail Cefo from Antalya have been refereeing for
more than 10 years.
In Kirkpinar, the referees who rule the wrestling contests
are called as field referees. The field referee is
responsible from making the contests pass fairly and telling
the result of the contests to the tower referee.
Traditionally, field referees are not chosen among the
champion wrestlers. Kirkpinar champion wrestlers are not
charged as field referee traditionally. The field chief
referee is chosen among steerage champions or steerage
wrestlers. The other referees related to him are chosen
among big middle, small middle and deck wrestlers.
The field referees rule the wrestling by sharing them
between themselves. The drum and horn team can state a
result which the field referee cannot see, and can announce
it to the tower referee by shrilling.