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A popular drill used to teach ideal hand positioning by University of Wisconsin La-Crosse Head Coach, Dave Malecek, is the ‘Hand Fight Drill.’ Working on these techniques will help your wrestlers get to their leg attacks or takedowns.
For the first 30 seconds of the drill, the wrestlers are hand fighting, and for the last 30 seconds of the drill, the wrestlers are takedown drilling.
Matt Azevedo, 2008 U.S. National Freestyle Champion, shows you how to perform a head pull to an inside step high crotch. You will learn arm positioning is essential to make this move the most effective and avoid getting the inside tie underhooked.
Azevedo sets up this high crotch attack with a head pull down, level change and a back pedal. As he pulls down and back pedals, he sets his feet to shoot. As the opponent pulls up, he steps in and attacks the inside step high crotch. Finish the shot by driving across to a double leg position.
Oklahoma State Assistant Coach, Zack Esposito, demonstrates perhaps the most reliable pinning combination from the near wrist in this segment. He will also provide you with tips on how to prevent your opponent from bridging.
He starts by prying down on the shoulder through a “preacher curl” motion on the arm. When a gap is created using this pry, he shoots the outside arm between the body and the arm, shoulder deep and sinks a deep half nelson control on the opponent’s head – this is the snake/cement job/double trouble. Coach Esposito finishes the hold with a hip check to keep the man flat and turns him over to his back.
Check out an additional clip from the Championship Productions’ DVD “Championship Signature Move Series: Zack Esposito’s Wrist Ride Series.” If you’re interested in more Wrestling videos from the Championship Signature Wrestling Move Series, click here.
In this segment, former NCAA Champion at Oklahoma State, Zach Esposito, demonstrates the finer points of his spiral ride. The goal of the ride is to get as much weight on top as possible. The success of the ride is essential because the bottom man must be kept on the mat and controlled before the top man can work for a fall.
To gain an edge on inside position, Zach begins with a reverse cup on the elbow and begins to put weight on the opponent before the start, he puts as much chest pressure on the opponent’s back as allowable. Notice that Zach is off of his knees and his head is on the far side as he drives with the legs and applies pressure with the shoulders.
Check out an additional clip from the Championship Productions’ DVD “Championship Signature Move Series: Zack Esposito’s Wrist Ride Series.” If you’re interested in more Wrestling videos on Championship Signature Wrestling Move Series, click here.
Matt Azevedo is a 2008 U.S. National Freestyle Champion and he demonstrates the head pull down and circle set up for a single leg. Azevedo emphasizes pulling, level changing, and setting the feet at the same time prior to the leg attack.
After securing the inside tie with his trail leg hand, he circles away from the leg he wants and pulls down on the head. It is essential on the head pull that the wrestler change levels with his opponent and immediately attack a single leg.