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