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Take Control with These Two Moves!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Friday, January 1, 2016

Central Michigan University head coach, Tom Borrelli, presents the way that he teaches his wrestlers to kick out of a banana split and also a move called the “Ankle Switch.” Both of these moves require quick thinking and even faster reactions from the wrestler, making them impressive to pull off.

Banana Split & Ankle Switch

Drill Summary: When you’ve raised your hips up and your opponent goes for a banana split, take off with your free leg over and you should be able to kick out of it. Don’t raise your hips up too long – just get a little height to use as momentum.

To get an ankle switch, the opponent must be riding a deep leg. Try to get the opponent’s hips high so they have to post their foot to keep their balance. When they post their foot, catch it with your inside arm, drop your head, and sit out. As you’re sitting out, switch your hand on the opponent’s foot, bring your hips up and you’ll have legs in on your opponent.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Leg Slip Series.” View other world class Wrestling videos!

See How to Pull Off a Funk Roll!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Two time National Champion, three time All-American and two time Big Ten Champion at the University of Illinois, Jesse Delgado, explains how he executes a funk roll. You will see how Jesse rolls underneath his opponent’s low single and uses his hands and arms to turn the tables.

Funk Roll

Drill Summary: The funk roll can be executed after your opponent had gone for a low or sweep single. Start by diving to the side and chasing the opponent’s ankle. Roll underneath the opponent so you’re facing opposite directions and on your belly. Swisher your feet opposite, then thread the needle with your arm between the opponent’s legs so you can control them both and get your other hand free. After that, drive back into your opponent, sink your hips and straighten out your leg. Finally, turn on top of your opponent and gain control.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Championship Signature Move Series: Jesse Delgado’s Single Leg Finishes and Funk Defense.” View other world class Wrestling videos!

Learn Mark Perry’s Leg Throwing Technique!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Mark Perry, University of Illinois associate head coach and four time All-American at the University of Iowa, demonstrates how he tilts, throws his legs and uses an across leg. Coach Perry models some of his style after MMA moves, which is seen when he uses his legs to knock the air out of his opponents.

Tilt, Leg Throws and Leg Across

Drill Summary: There are three main techniques presented in this clip.

  1. Tilt: Bump the opponent forward and pull them to the side onto the mat. From there, get your legs around the opponent’s and keep them in.
  2. Leg Throw: After you’ve bumped, blocked and brought your legs over the opponent’s (up the middle), you can secure a baseball grip on their wrist and extend and lift their wrist off the ground. This will usually cause the opponent to go directly to the mat. Another option is to put your arm underneath the opponent’s chin and grab their opposite shoulder, then put your other arm under your opponent’s arm and grab your wrist to lock them up. From there, you can pull up and the opponent will go flat onto the mat.
  3. Leg Across: Instead of putting both legs up the middle of the opponent’s body, lean to the side a bit and get your foot completely under their body so it’s sticking out on the opposite side of your opponent. Next, bring your other leg underneath your foot and pull up so your leg is pinching the opponent’s stomach. This will knock the air out of them and make it easier for you to win.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Leg Riding and Defense: Hustle and Control.” View other world class Wrestling videos!

Teach Heavyweight Wrestlers to Get Off their Bellies!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

It’s no secret that heavyweight wrestlers are typically less agile than the lighter weights, which makes staying out of difficult positions even more important. In this clip, former Olympic champion, Bruce Baumgartner, shows how heavyweights can get off their bellies when their opponent is on top of them.

Getting Off the Belly

Drill Summary: Coach Baumgartner says it’s important to get one part of your body out from underneath your opponent when they go to cover up your hips. The first step is to straighten out your hands and arms so your pinkies are in and your thumbs are out. Next, bring your outside leg up and back up to get your butt away from your opponent. From there, you can fight for position and pull more moves.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Bruce Baumgartner: Blueprint for Heavyweight Technique – On the Mat.” View other world class Wrestling videos!

Execute an Elbow Pull Double Leg!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

University of North Carolina assistant coach and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, Coleman Scott, runs through the steps he uses to pull off an elbow pull double leg takedown. By using a cheat step, Scott is able to move into the correct distance to pull his opponent over top and finish the move.

Elbow Pull

Drill Summary: The first step of this move is to get your opponent into an elbow lock. Coach Scott actually chooses to grab the opponent under their arm pit as opposed to the elbows. Next, pull the opponent to you and get your head on the opposite side of your elbow lock. Meanwhile, your free hand should be maintaining inside control. After that, you need to take what coach Scott calls a “cheat step,” where you bring your back foot up and square to your lead foot momentarily.

Once your back foot is square, step out with your lead leg and put your head in the hole. Your free hand should shoot out, then you need to pull your opponent over your shoulder with the intent to have both of their hands hit the mat. From there, lock up your double leg and drive through the opponent.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Championship Signature Move Series: Coleman Scott’s Double Leg Takedown.” View other world class Wrestling videos!


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