By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Friday, January 1, 2016
Mark Perry, University of Illinois associate head coach and former two time National Champion wrestler, explains how to use a single leg shot to get an underhook. As opponents become more advanced, you’ll have to find creative ways like this one to get to an underhook position.
Getting the Underhook
Drill Summary: Take a single-leg shot. If you can get the takedown, great! If you can’t secure it, then drive up and bring your arm onto the opponent’s shoulder into an underhook position. The great part about this move is you can continue to do it multiple times in a row until you get into the position that you desire.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Mark Perry, University of Illinois associate head coach and four time All-American at the University of Iowa, demonstrates how he tilts, throws his legs and uses an across leg. Coach Perry models some of his style after MMA moves, which is seen when he uses his legs to knock the air out of his opponents.
Tilt, Leg Throws and Leg Across
Drill Summary: There are three main techniques presented in this clip.
Tilt: Bump the opponent forward and pull them to the side onto the mat. From there, get your legs around the opponent’s and keep them in.
Leg Throw: After you’ve bumped, blocked and brought your legs over the opponent’s (up the middle), you can secure a baseball grip on their wrist and extend and lift their wrist off the ground. This will usually cause the opponent to go directly to the mat. Another option is to put your arm underneath the opponent’s chin and grab their opposite shoulder, then put your other arm under your opponent’s arm and grab your wrist to lock them up. From there, you can pull up and the opponent will go flat onto the mat.
Leg Across: Instead of putting both legs up the middle of the opponent’s body, lean to the side a bit and get your foot completely under their body so it’s sticking out on the opposite side of your opponent. Next, bring your other leg underneath your foot and pull up so your leg is pinching the opponent’s stomach. This will knock the air out of them and make it easier for you to win.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Thursday, October 1, 2015
University of Illinois associate head coach, Mark Perry, presents a few of the techniques he uses from the top position. Moves like the ones in this video are what helped Perry gain an edge over his opponents while he went on to win two NCAA Championships at the University of Iowa.
Top Position Technique
Drill Summary: Coach Perry urges all wrestlers to figure out the top position technique they are comfortable with, then stick to it during all matches. Some of the things he likes to do include: knee to back prior to the whistle, squeeze the opponent prior to the whistle (to take the air out of them), push forward with the inside arm immediately after the whistle and secure a claw inside. No matter what you do, Coach Perry urges you to think “Attack!”
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.
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!