Former University of Iowa head coach, Dan Gable, presents a drill that helps wrestlers work on lifting their opponent off the mat. This exercise will help athletes learn to maintain control of their opponent, which can be especially important for heavier weights that rely more on riding time.
Drill Summary: From a conventional starting position, the wrestler on top picks up the bottom wrestler, then puts them back down onto the mat. Repeat this 4-6 times in a row, also working on jamming into the wrestler on the mat to prevent them from coming back up. Be careful during this drill, as there is a high injury risk involved.
4x Olympic medalist, Bruce Baumgartner, shows you how to control your opponent by securing an underhook. He shows you multiple ways to secure the underhook and not allow the opposition to create any offense. Also, Baumgartner then provides two ways to takedown your opponent from the underhook.
Both of these takedowns come from the same set-up. He shows a single leg and a front headlock takedown from the underhook. He emphasizes the lock and proper technique from both the single leg and front headlock.
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