Fury Drill – Build Technique and Intensity

Intensity is essential for strong conditioning, winning tough matches and it supplies the “X” factor needed to find your way through the tough situations in our sport. But intensity by itself is not enough. The athletes who reach the highest level also know how to execute nuanced techniques while the adrenaline is pumping, and that…

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Tips on How to Drill Properly

Getting the most out of every practice requires moment by moment effort and the formation of dozens of habits. But once these habits are in place, wrestlers are in prime position to reach new levels of conditioning and technique. There are many aspects to proper drilling. Diligence, maintaining proper position, and striking a balance of…

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2 Rough Tactics Hard Nosed Wrestlers Use From the Top

“Baseball is 90% mental. The other half is physical.”   -Yogi Berra, 13 Time World Series Champion As implied by the above quote, attitude, as opposed to technical knowledge or physical talent, is what wins in the most intense competitive moments. Skill and talent may the determining factors between elite and inexperienced athletes, but if…

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Bad Drill – Bring intensity, conditioning, and technique together

An important part of wrestling training that is often overlooked is the bringing together of skill, technique, conditioning, and intensity into a single scenario. Where the rubber meets the road, you could say. The bad drill is a an ultra high intensity scenario where wrestlers learn to execute at a high level while putting their…

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Quick Score Drill

Strong position isn’t just the core of good wrestling defense, it is a suffocating force which leads to snap downs, reshots, and quick scores. The quick score drill is a great tool to ensure wrestlers are always on the attack. By using opponent’s poor shots as a source of go-behinds, and other wrestling counter offense,…

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Dan Gable’s Intensity, Likability & Subtle Genius

I was going through some old boxes and came across a few memorable photos. When I looked at them, I began to chuckle because several curious things stood out to me… The first is the team picture is from 1996, when I was a Senior at the University of Iowa. At the top of the picture you…

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Bridging the Gap From Beginner to Elite Wrestler

Transitioning From College & International to Coaching Youth & High School was difficult!  I asked myself… What were the important differences between elite college wrestlers and most youth, middle school and high school wrestlers? What were the similarities? Establish a Goal. I determined my goal(s) to be: Develop each wrestler to their full potential (on…

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Demon Drill

It is one thing to teach wrestling technique, but it is quite another to place that technique in an effective system that wrestlers can understand and take advantage of. The Demon Drill is a competitive scenario (or wrestling game) with clearly defined rules designed to bring a wrestler’s offensive tools together. There are a lot…

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Front Headlock Torture Series

Though it is not technically essential for success, more wrestlers will point out the front headlock position as the one that changed their careers than any other offensive technique. There are a variety of front headlock series, but once you have the technique to master one of them, you have the keys to a tougher…

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Dan Gable Practice Planning Secret

Dan Gable talks about his practice planning strategies when he was a the coach of the Iowa Hawkeyes, where he won 15 National Team Titles. He says that he would map out 365 days all leading to the NCAA Championship and plan his peaking strategy specific to the team he was going to have.  When it…

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