Like anything, choosing a singlet for wrestling else comes down to proper sizing. The size of your wrestler can be the general rule for what size singlet to buy.
Here is a quick guide for sizing:
- XS: 55-75 lbs
- S: 75-119 lbs
- M: 120-139 lbs
- L: 140-169 lbs
- XL: 170-199 lbs
- XXL: 200+ lbs
Most material for singlets fall in the sports arena feel. Something that is stretchy like spandex or Lycra with a soft Nylon feel. The material should be breathable and have moisture wicking qualities that will aid in helping your wrestler feel dry. Another thing to recognize when sizing is the fit itself.
Some kids may fall between sizes so finding a singlet that’s tight but still loose enough to not restrict the body from moving and not too loose that opponents can get a hold of a loose part of the singlet to gain an advantage.
There are three types of cuts of singlets for the men. There is the High cut, Fila cut, Low cut. High cut is very popular at the higher levels. It’s more like a standard tank top with slightly thicker over the shoulders straps and a cut just under the armpits.
The Fila cut is more like a muscle tank top with its lower cut exposing the ribs and thinner over the shoulder straps. The Low cut, which isn’t permitted in most high schools on up, has a completely open side that exposes everything and is easy to grab and hold.
As for women, most generally you will find the ladies wearing similar to men. The typical differences for women is the wider shoulder straps and higher neckline cut. Regardless of gender, there will be elastic around the legs to help deter the singlet from riding up while competing.
Find a singlet that has a color scheme that matches your school or club team. Just like anything else, finding the right singlet for your body style requires some exploring so try out different sizes and cuts and see what feels and looks the best for you to become fearless from match to match.