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Use a Power Switch to Turn the Tables!

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.

Power Switch

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.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Changeover Hip Heist Series.” View other world class Wrestling videos!

Work Around Great Leg Defense After an Elbow Pass!

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.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Elbow Pass Series: Beating the Collar Tie.” View other world class Wrestling videos!

Two Drills to Help You Learn Proper Single Leg Position!

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.

Proper Single Leg Position

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Single Leg Finishes: From the Feet to the Mat.” View other world class Wrestling videos!

Achieve a Higher Percentage Finish with the Double Leg!

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.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Single Leg Finishes: From the Feet to the Mat.” View other world class Wrestling videos!

Tips to Create a More Effective Inside Tie!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, January 17, 2014

Matt Azevedo, 2008 U.S. National Freestyle Champion, shows you how to perform a head pull to an inside step high crotch. You will learn arm positioning is essential to make this move the most effective and avoid getting the inside tie underhooked.

Inside Tie

Azevedo sets up this high crotch attack with a head pull down, level change and a back pedal. As he pulls down and back pedals, he sets his feet to shoot. As the opponent pulls up, he steps in and attacks the inside step high crotch. Finish the shot by driving across to a double leg position.

Check out an additional clip from the Championship Productions’ DVD “Inside Tie Series.” If you’re interested in more Wrestling videos From the Feet, click here.


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