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Check out five ways to defend against the leg ride with former All-American Wrestler at Missouri, Ben Askren. The first three defenses he shows lead to pins. The last two defenses are basic leg ride defenses that lead to reversals. Frustrate the opposition with these first-class moves.
They all come from a position where you have to sit low and wrestle from a tight ball position. He emphasizes being in good position and attacking the head. The third defense is a counter to a power half. These are great defenses to leg rides that lead to offensive points.
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Get some high quality reversals from 2X NCAA Division I Champion and 4X NCAA Division I All-American, Ben Akren. In the video clip below, Askren, shows you how to properly perform a tripod. With this demonstration you will be able to perform a variety of escapes and set up your opponent with a fall!
He emphasizes keeping all the weight on your legs and having no weight on your hands. Askren also talks about the danger of getting cradled when executing a tripod. He shows how to defend both a near side and far side cradle. Then, he shows you how to execute a proper stand-up from the tripod. He stresses keeping one hand on the mat when performing this move so your opponent can’t lock his hands and return you to the mat.
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Watch and listen to world class instruction from Ben Askren, four time NCAA finalist for the University of Missouri. This technique from the top position begins with the cradle ride. The cradle ride begins with an overhook ride that locks on the pectoral muscle of the bottom man. At the same time, the waist hand goes to the far ankle as the top man drives the bottom man forward onto his hands. Typically, the bottom man will post the far leg in order to prevent being broken down. At this point, Askren locks the far side cradle. Askren finishes in two typical ways. First, he jumps to the side of the lock, gets hip to hip and drives the bottom man to his hip and takes him over for a near fall. He secures the pin by pushing the hips away with his bottom knee and scooping the top far leg with his top leg. The second finish is a roll through. The roll through finish should be taken where the bottom man does not have a post.
In this sequence, Askren also demonstrates counters to typical reactions by the bottom man. First, the bottom man will rotate his outide leg and grab the hand on his ankle in an effort to peel the ankle hand and stand up. Askren counters this by jamming the head down with the pectoral lock and bringing the ankle hand off the ankle and to the other hand. This secures the cradle and he finishes as before. Second, the bottom man may get his arm out between the bodies. When this occurs, the top man cannot roll through. Instead, the top man circles and drives in toward the hips, then jumps back to the near side. At this point, the bottom man will be flat on his back with his arm trapped. The top man will likely secure a pin from this position.
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Ben Askren, a 2008 Olympian and two-time NCAA champion, has been added to the Arizona State University wrestling coaching staff. Askren, who joins former Sun Devil All-American Brian Stith as the program’s two assistants, takes on the position after serving as the Sun Devils’ Director of Operations last year.
Askren was one of the elite collegiate competitors in the nation during his time at Missouri (2003-07) where his exciting style of wrestling led him to the finals of the 174-pound weight class at the NCAA Championships four times. A three-time Big 12 champion, Askren won the national title in each of his last two seasons by winning 87 matches in a row and pinning numerous foes. For his dominance, he was named the Dan Hodge Winner twice while also collecting the Schalles Award (Best Pinner) twice.
Askren, who competed with a very unique style which many called ‘funk’, built a career record of 153-7 in Columbia with 93 wins by fall (fourth-best in NCAA history) while also posting a national record of 18-consecutive wins by fall in the first period. A four-time NWCA All-Academic and four-time Academic All-Big XII honoree, Askren spent the past two years as a volunteer assistant coach with the Tigers while training for and competing in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where the member of Team USA went 1-1 in the 74kg freestyle competition.
Ben Askren, one of the elite collegiate competitors in the nation at Missouri (2003-07) where his exciting style of wrestling led him to the NCAA Championship match at 174-lbs. four straight years. A three-time Big 12 champion, Askren won the national title in each of his last two season by winning 87 matches in a row, with a career record of 153-7. For his dominance, he was a two-time winner of the Dan Hodge Trophy in 2006 and 2007.
A four-time NWCA All-Academic and four-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree, Askren spent the past two years as a volunteer assistant coach with the Tigers while training for and competing in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where the member of Team USA went 1-1 in the 74kg freestyle competition.