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Force Opponents into a Jam with the Spladle!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Friday, May 1, 2015

Erik Akin, three-time Big 8 champion at Iowa State University, explains how to work the opponent into a spladle. The spladle is a move that any wrestler can use, and is one of the most impressive ways to get a fall if executed correctly.


Drill Summary: There are two main positions a wrestler can attempt to get their opponent in a spladle. The first is when the opponent has you in a single leg and they step over your leg. In that position, hold onto their arm and reach for the leg on the same side of their body. From there, pull the opponent over your body and try to get a fall. The second main position is from the feet, when the opponent is working your leg, reach to the inside of their knee cap, sit down with your hip on the back of their neck, and pull them over into the spladle.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Youth Wrestling: Advanced Pinning.” View other world class Wrestling videos!

Learn the Defensive Basics that Set Up Short Offense Success!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Grand View Vikings are back-to-back-to-back-to-back NAIA national wrestling champs. In this clip, head coach Nick Mitchell presents the basics of short offense, and how wrestlers can get their opponent into a front headlock.

Head/Hands Drills and Downblocking

Drill Summary: Coach Mitchell trains wrestlers to have good head/hands defense, which if used correctly can lead to opportunities on offense. The basics Mitchell teaches include being inside on ties, varying hand orientation and keeping the head in position (even or lower). Also, it’s important to keep your opponent in front of you and defend penetration by lowering your level. As for downblocking, wrestlers need to get a hand down to the mat and create space between the shot and their leg.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Short Offense: Scoring from the Front Headlock Position.” View other world class Wrestling videos!

Use Proper Defense Against the Funk!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Jordan Leen, assistant coach of 2015 ACC Tournament champion Virginia, does a great job of teaching his wrestlers how to defend against the funk. Leen knows that wrestlers need to remain disciplined and protected to triumph, and in this clip you’ll learn some of the techniques that have led to the Cavaliers’ success.

Wrestler Disciplines and Protections

Drill Summary: From any leg attack, it’s important for wrestlers to keep their feet tucked back under their hips so the opponent can’t ankle pass. It’s also key to keep weight the your hips, not the hands. If the opponent does pass the ankle, the wrestler can bring their other foot over to be able to to sit on the ankles and glide. From there, the wrestler can hover while keeping their weight back.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “The New Rules of Attack: Defense Against the Funk.” View other world class Wrestling videos!

Increase the Power and Explosiveness of Your Wrestlers!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Oklahoma State’s wrestling program has excelled under legendary head coach John Smith. A large part of the Cowboys’ success must be attributed to Smith’s strength and conditioning coach Gary Calcagno. In this drill, Calcagno goes over the first two lifts of OSU’s power and explosion lifting series.

Power & Explosion Series

Drill Summary: In this clip, clean grip jump shrugs and snatch grip jump shrugs are performed. The athlete focuses on jumping with the hip, knee and ankle. For the clean grip jump, the athlete hinges the hips, puts their butt back, gets their chest over the bar and jumps. Focus on jumping straight up and allow the bar to pick you up. For the snatch grip jump, keep the arms straight until you jump.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Training for Power and Explosiveness.” View other world class Wrestling videos!

Attack the Opponent’s Leg Using an Across Single!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

2013 U.S. World Team Trials and U.S. Open champion Obe Blanc is one of the best at using single leg takedowns. In this clip, you’ll learn how Blanc gets an across single against his opponents.

Across Single

Drill Summary: To start the move, get the opponent in an elbow tie. From the elbow tie, pull the opponent toward you to get them to step forward. Once the opponent steps, change levels and step toward the opponent’s leg while reaching across the body with your opposite arm and grabbing the opponent’s leg. Meanwhile, pull the opponent’s arm over the top of your body while grabbing their leg. After that, swing around the opponent’s leg and look to shoot your hand outside hand to the mat. From there, keep your head tight to the opponent’s body and drop down to grab their ankle. Next, step up, put the ankle on your knee, let go of the ankle and clamp.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Championship Signature Move Series: Obe Blanc’s Single Leg Attacks.” View other world class Wrestling videos!


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