By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Brandon High School head coach, Russ Cozart, teaches his athletes the “Crazy Hands” drill to train them to defend against an opponent trying to lock their hands from behind. By keeping their arms tight to their bodies and feeling where the opponent’s hands are, wrestlers can avoid being wrapped up.
Drill Summary: Wrestlers partner up and one wrestler stands directly behind the other. The wrestler from behind applies pressure and tries to lock their hands around the wrestler in the front. The wrestler in front tries to prevent their partner from locking their hands. When the person behind reaches over top, the person in front should reach up and get their elbows out. When the person behind reaches under, the wrestler should keep their elbows in. When the person goes low, the wrestler in front should get their thumbs to their thighs and have their hands ready to grab. After 10 seconds of hand fighting, the wrestler in front cuts out and partners swap positions.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, February 1, 2015
Learn how to be in control in the bottom position from Mark Perry, associate head coach at the University of Illinois and two time NCAA champion. Perry wants his wrestlers to always have a great base and be ready to counter whatever the opponent throws at them.
Drill Summary: Make sure to keep the elbows out and head up. According to coach Perry, if you have the opportunity to make something happen, take it!
By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, June 14, 2013
3X NCAA Division I Champion and current Oklahoma State University Head Assistant Coach, Eric Guerrero, has his wrestlers demonstrate the Stand-Up Drill. This exercise will help your wrestlers perfect their stand-up. It will teach your wrestlers to identify where their opponent’s pressure is and choose the most effective stand-up to execute depending on that pressure.
Coach Guerrero discusses three different scenarios that happen in matches and shows what standups your wrestler should attempt.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Monday, December 17, 2012
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 about the bottom position and base maintenance drill. Coach Ryan does an excellent job thoroughly explaining and demonstrating each drill, making them easy to implement into your practice.
In this segment, Coach Ryan explains his philosophy in approaching the bottom position. He explains the importance of “no holes” on the haunches or on the sides and hips and the importance of light weight on the hands and head up. Following this explanation, Coach Ryan demonstrates a drill that will help athletes develop a better ability to maintain a strong base and to adjust to pressure from the top man.