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Instill Mark Perry’s Winning Mindset!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Monday, June 1, 2015

University of Illinois associate head coach, Mark Perry, is determined to train his wrestlers to believe they’ll never get beat by short offense. The fire and passion of coach Perry is reflected in this neutral position drill, which will help wrestlers on both offense and defense.

Neutral Position Drill

Drill Summary: Wrestlers take their stances. The offensive wrestler takes a shot, clears, then re-shoots. The defensive wrestler works on maintaining their balance and technique against the offense. It’s important to work on going hip to hip and making adjustments based on how your opponent is playing you.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Formula for Success: Winning the Neutral Position.” View other world class Wrestling videos!

Become a Rock on the Bottom Position!

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.

Bottom Technique

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!

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Next Generation Wrestling Drills.” View other world class Wrestling videos!

Improve Your Offense & Defense with a Good Stance

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Learn how to build as great stance with University of Illinois Associate Head Coach and 2013 Amateur Wrestling News Division I Coach of the Year, Mark Perry. In this video, Perry discusses the important of stance and how it affects your offense and defense.


Coach Perry begins by addressing your position on the mat. He explains that you always want to be six to eight inches apart from your lead leg peck to your lead leg knee. A mistake commonly seen is when wrestlers get fatigued and stand straight up. Coach Perry explains that if your hands are not able to touch the mat at all times, that is a good indication that you are not low enough. Having the correct position is essential at every level of wrestling.

This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD, Formula for Success: Winning the Neutral Position.  To view more wrestling videos from America’s top coaches and wrestlers, click here.

New Wrestling Videos from 2X NCAA Champ, Mark Perry!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

University of Illinois Associate Head Coach, Mark Perry, has a rare unique perspective on wrestling. His uncle is legendary Oklahoma State Coach John Smith; in addition, Coach Perry wrestled in high school at Blair Academy under Jeff Buxton and finally learned the “Iowa way” of the sport from Tom Brands while wrestling in college. Now is your chance to learn new and helpful drills for yourself or to teach your wrestlers!

Next Generation Wrestling Drills

Next Generation Wrestling Drills

  • Discover drills that will train your wrestlers to avoid opponent’s short offense and go-behinds 
  • Learn how to teach your wrestlers to chain wrestle from one offensive position to another 
  • Discover a system for fighting to good positions on the bottom




Formula for Success: Winning the Neutral Position

Formula for Success: Winning the Neutral Position

  • Learn how to incorporate the Oklahoma State and the Iowa style of wrestling to create a complete wrestler from the neutral position
  • Learn how to get to the tie position without sacrificing your position or attack
  • Discover the keys to short offense and how to score from an opponent’s attack
  • Learn how to teach effective motion for an outside wrestler and take advantage of speed and quickness



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Mark Perry Joins Illinois Coaching Staff!

By mike.oconnell - Last updated: Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Championship Productions would like to congratulate two-time NCAA champion Mark Perry as he joins the Fighting Illini coaching staff as an associate head coach! Perry comes from Cal-Poly where he served as co-head coach last season and as an assistant coach in 2009-10. Perry won a pair of NCAA titles at Iowa, taking the crown at 165 pounds in 2007 and 2008. He was a four-time All-American from 2005-08 and won a Big Ten title in 2007. He helped lead the Hawkeyes to an NCAA team national title in 2008 and was a team captain from 2005-08. Championship Productions is proud to have partnered with Mark Perry on multiple instructional wrestling DVDs. You can check out his expertise by clicking on the link: Mark Perry Instructional DVDs


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