By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Monday, February 1, 2016
Matt Azevedo, Drexel University head coach and U.S. Open Freestyle National Champion, shows you how to perform an elbow pass high level single. Once a wrestler has mastered the elbow pass, they can move on to attacking the legs of the opponent in hopes of getting a takedown.
Elbow Pass High Level Single
Drill Summary: When you’ve mastered the elbow pass, you can use it to get a single leg takedown. Shuffle to the side of your opponent, change your level, pass and sweep in to snag their knee. It’s important to hold onto their elbow with your hand as long as possible. Once you have control of their knee, lift up into them for your single leg.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Monday, June 1, 2015
Matt Azevedo, Drexel University head coach, uses the power switch to reverse his opponents. The power switch is a more explosive version of the switch that will more easily allow the wrestler to escape from the bottom position.
Drill Summary: On the bottom position, the wrestler replaces their hand with their other hand, their elbow comes back and hits the opponent in the bicep, trying to knock them off balance. At the same time the elbow comes back, the wrestler brings their same knee to the ceiling, keeps their lower body close to the mat and executes a switch of the hips. From there, the wrestler can attack the opponent’s leg.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, February 1, 2015
Struggling to attack with no obvious opportunities at the opponent’s legs? Try out these techniques from Drexel University head coach Matt Azevedo that will create chances to go on the offensive.
No Leg Attack Option
Drill Summary: When you have the elbow pass and the opponent drops their hands to the mat and circles around, coach Azevedo teaches that wrestlers can look for the snap down. If the opponent doesn’t drop the hands but stays low, the wrestler can fake the shot first before the snap down. If the opponent stays up on the fake, the wrestler can go from the elbow pass to other tie-ups.
By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Thursday, January 1, 2015
Drexel University Head Coach, Matt Azevedo, demonstrates two drills to add to your practice library. The Move and Hold drill and Sprawl and Penetrate drill build strong single leg finishing technique to score each time.
By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Monday, December 1, 2014
Matt Azevedo, Drexel University Head Coach, teaches the athlete to maintain good single leg position and to change to an even higher percentage finish with the double leg. This drill can be taught as an attack in itself once mastered.
Change to a Double Leg
Drill Summary: From a single leg on the knees, knee slide and re-penetrate into good single leg position. Next slide your head across his body to the opposite hip and into a double leg on the opposite side. The key is keep good position. In addition, this can become a go to technique and not a secondary finish.