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Defend Against a High Crotch!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Monday, February 1, 2016

University of Missouri head assistant coach and former All-American wrestler at Edinboro, Alex Clemsen, shows you how to go on the defensive after your opponent has successfully attacked a high crotch position. The key to stopping the opponent is taking away the angle they want.

High Crotch Defense

Drill Summary: This move is to be completed after the opponent has successfully attacked into a high crotch position. Begin by taking your near-side hand and “destroying” the opponent’s head by doing a tricep extension motion (down and away) on the opponent’s hair line. From there, curl your leg, square your hips and take away the opponent’s angle. As you do this, attack their ribcage with your other hand. Twist on top of the opponent, then move your hands to their arm pit and butt. Finally, go for the butt drag takedown.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Leg Attack Defense.” Browse through other world class Wrestling videos at Championship!

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Learn How to Close the Gap Properly on Your Opponent!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Thursday, January 1, 2015

All-American Alex Clemsen teaches you how to properly close the gap as a defensive wrestler. This basic, yet important, technique disrupts your opponent’s ability to penetrate through his attack. That allows you to turn defense into offense.

Leg Attack Defense

Coach Clemsen explains the “down block”, calling it the “upper-cut’, basically using the forearm into the opponent’s chest. He cautions the wrestler not to leave his arm on the opponent’s chest due to the fact that the opponent could use that as a counter method (using the dump, fireman’s carry, etc.) Alex suggests that a wrestler should spin to the trail leg first, rather than attacking the chin, to try to get a cheap, free and easy point first. He also explains the use of the trail hand using a monkey grip in the armpit keeping the elbow tight so that your opponent cannot peak-out.

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

Defend and Score Off Your Opponent’s Leg Attacks!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Monday, December 1, 2014

Alex Clemsen, University of Missouri Head Assistant Coach, starts by explaining that the stance is the first line of defense. He explains the importance of the lead foot forward, and having the lead leg forward you only have to worry about the opponent attacking one leg.


Drill Summary: Coach Clemsen explains the body positions in the split stance. The head is in front of the shoulder, shoulder in front of the knee, and the knee in front of the toe. He also explains the movement in a stance. He states that your body should stay in alignment along with your feet in correct position, moving forward, backward, and side-to-side.

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

New Wrestling Videos – Drills, Defense from the Feet, Defending Leg Riders

By nate.landas - Last updated: Monday, October 7, 2013

Steve Garland is entering his eighth season as Head Coach for the University of Virginia. Garland guided the Cavaliers to the 2010 ACC title and was named 2010 ACC Coach of the Year. In his videos you will see new, creative and fun ways to work on old positions as well as develop techniques to defend against the leg riders.

In the third video below, Alex Clemsen, will teach you how to be more aggressive on the mat and improve your defensive skills. He is entering his fifth season as an Assistant Coach for the University of Virginia. As a wrestler, Clemsen was an All-American at Edinboro and a four-time NCAA qualifier.

Drills, Drills and More Drills

Drills, Drills and More Drills

  • 20 drills to keep your practices fresh and your athletes engaged
  • Make practice fun and productive at the same time
  • Learn how to build your practice intensity from warm-up to battle stations
  • Improve your ability to scramble from tough situations


Find Your Escape: Defense Against Leg Riders

Find Your Escape: Defense Against Leg Riders

  • Discover drills for defending a leg rider and create more escapes and reversals
  • Learn three different ways to find your escape when an opponent has his legs in
  • Learn a simple approach to defending a crab ride



Leg Attack Defense

Leg Attack Defense

  • Learn drills to effectively defend and score off of your opponent’s leg attacks
  • Learn a down block series that can lead to major points for any defensive wrestler
  • Defend and score off of an opponent’s single, even when his hands are locked





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