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Ward Off Defenders’ Hands from the Bottom Position!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Brandon High School head coach, Russ Cozart, teaches his athletes the “Crazy Hands” drill to train them to defend against an opponent trying to lock their hands from behind. By keeping their arms tight to their bodies and feeling where the opponent’s hands are, wrestlers can avoid being wrapped up.

Crazy Hands

Drill Summary: Wrestlers partner up and one wrestler stands directly behind the other. The wrestler from behind applies pressure and tries to lock their hands around the wrestler in the front. The wrestler in front tries to prevent their partner from locking their hands. When the person behind reaches over top, the person in front should reach up and get their elbows out. When the person behind reaches under, the wrestler should keep their elbows in. When the person goes low, the wrestler in front should get their thumbs to their thighs and have their hands ready to grab. After 10 seconds of hand fighting, the wrestler in front cuts out and partners swap positions.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Hand Fighting from the Bottom Position.” View other world class Wrestling videos!




Learn to Execute a Standing Leg Lace!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The leg lace is a move that you can find from all positions of freestyle wrestling. In this clip, University of Maryland assistant coach and former Olympian, Rob Eiter, demonstrates how to get a standing leg lace and what to do once you have one secured.

Standing Leg Lace

Drill Summary: Once the wrestler has secured a leg lace, take the free hand and begin to put pressure on the opponent’s upper hamstring to extend them out. From there, the wrestler will be able to take their hand off, post, and cartwheel to a more aggressive position. To stand up completely, lock hands around the leg lace, back up and roll the opponent over.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Leg Lace Evolution Techniques for Modern Freestyle.” View other world class Wrestling videos!




Use a Snatch Single Leg to Take Your Opponent Down!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

East Kansas Wrestling Club head coach, Eric Akin, advises short wrestlers and heavyweights to get a single leg from a higher position on their opponent’s body. This is a great takedown that will allow athletes to control their opponent and advance further on the attack.

Snatch Single Leg

Drill Summary: To execute a snatch single leg, the wrestler must step once and punch twice, then attack the leg from their feet (not their knees). Remember to stay in a stance and keep your head up, or the opponent will have a better chance of escaping. The next step is to pinch the opponent’s leg between your legs and keep your hands down. From there, reach out and grab their other leg and push forward to the mat for a take down.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Youth Wrestling: Advanced Takedowns.” View other world class Wrestling videos!




Build Lower Body Strength Using Plyometrics!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Gary Calcagno, Oklahoma State University strength and conditioning coach, learned this group of plyometric exercises from a strength coach clinic early in his career. Wrestlers who train using plyos will become more powerful by working on their lower body’s ability to explode.

Plyometric Series

Drill Summary: For the box jump, the wrestler stands about a yard away from the box and begins by swinging their arms. The key to the box jump is to get hip/knee/ankle extension and stand up immediately when you land on the top of the box. For the static box jump, the athlete sits on the edge of a two foot box, rocks back with their arms up, then comes down onto their feet and jumps. The feet should be on the ground briefly before springing up onto the box, once again focusing on hip/knee/ankle extension.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Training for Power and Explosiveness.” View other world class Wrestling videos!




Gain Control with Dan Gable’s “Lifting Drill!”

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Saturday, August 1, 2015

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.

Lifting Drill

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.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Gable Coached Partner Workout.” View other world class Wrestling videos!




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