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Virginia Tech Head Coach, Kevin Dresser, gives you some front headlock techniques from the feet. The first takedown that Coach Dresser shows is his famous Dresser Dump. The second takedown that he shows is a knee tap. The third takedown that Coach Dresser shows is a cross ankle pick. The final takedown that he shows is an ankle pick. See how you can use some of his famous moves to your advantage.
He explains how and why you may end up with a front headlock while standing and that it is important to be able to score from this position. He stresses keeping good position and not letting your opponent control your arm. He emphasizes when and how to execute these takedowns and the importance of getting back points from these holds.
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Finding success in the bottom position is crucial for championship wrestling. To help you build success on the mat, 2009 NWCA Coach of the Year, Tom Ryan teaches you drills to build proficiency from the bottom position. See what great concepts you can learn from this video.
The first drill in this segment serves the purpose of developing the ability in the bottom wrestler to maintain a base. The top man will push and pull the bottom man for the duration of the drill. The bottom man must adjust his body in reaction to the pushing and pulling by his partner. The second drill begins with the bottom man flat on his belly. The bottom man works to keep his elbows in and wrists pointed out to avoid giving up wrist control while in the bottom, prone, position. To return to his base, slide the outside knee up toward the chest and then push backward over that knee. The bottom man will then return to the prone position and repeat for the duration of the drill. Both of the skills developed in these drills are essential in the bottom position.
Coach John Smith of Oklahoma State University believes a good defense will lead to a potent offense. The theme of his defense is a strong head, hand and hip pressure. In this segment, Coach Smith demonstrates a go behind from the chest lock.
From the front chest lock, one must bring the opponent’s elbow to the mat using a forearm block, then the long arm moves toward the side to be blocked, the forearm goes to the tricep to bring the opponent down to his elbow. Next, step around to beat the elbow on the opposite side. Reach for the hip on that side. To finish the go behind, bring the other leg around, behind his elbows.
Three-time All American Hudson Taylor gives you everything you need to know to become a successful wrestler in the upper weights. These are the same techniques he used to become Maryland’s first ever three-time All-American and its all-time winningest wrestler. Learn some great offensive and defensive maneuvers to dominate your opponent.
In this drill the attacking partner will hit leg attacks. The defending partner first blocks only with his head, in an effort to learn to block shots with his head. Next, the defending partner can use his head and his hands/palms. Finally, the defending partner can use his head, hands, and forearms. Taylor emphasizes the ability to “hit” our opponent with our forearms in a legal way. This will discourage our opponent from attacking again. Blocking with the head and hands is essential for all wrestlers and this drill helps develop this skill on the feet.
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Tom Borrelli has spent a large part of his 31-year coaching career developing and refining the Leg Slip technique. This is a proven method for defending leg riders and is a major reason for Borrelli’s 11 conference titles and 2010 MAC Coach of the Year Award. This technique enables your athletes to wrestle for reversals and pins, not just escapes.
To defeat this technique, first, “bottom pummel” and “seal out” on the far side, the power half side (side opposite of the leg ride). Second, hip down and sit through to put the top man on his hip and scoot back into the top man. At this point, the top man will usually try to cross face the bottom man back to his belly and into the “Turk” position. Third, stay chest down in a tight ball. Fourth, attack the BOTTOM hand with both of your hands, straighten the arm out and then duck your head under his armpit. Fifth, kick over to a head post/Granby shrug. Sixth, to obtain the reversal from the head post, clear the inside elbow through and pop your head out.