Leg Riding Defense

Of all the questions that torment wrestling coaches, none is more intricate and confusing than “How do I stop leg riders?” The truth is that this question is hard to answer only because there are so many solutions. Leg riding defense is like shopping for a new car. You have to know what you want,…

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Half Nelson Series

If one series was to be declared the undisputed king of top techniques, it would be the half nelson series. The half nelson series has few defenses, and despite how effective it is, there is not very much technique required to execute it. All that is required to be extremely effective with it is a…

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Spiral Ride Defense

As well as being a reliable point, bottom work is an essential source of confidence for the neutral position. No wrestler can attack with confidence if they are scared of being taken down.  Wrestlers can make a living on top or neutral technique, but they can’t survive without great bottom work. A spiral ride is…

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Stab Front Headlock

There are a few characteristics that unite great wrestlers, including strong defense, turning defense into offense, and always looking for the fall. These characteristics are brought together by the Stab Headlock. Traditionally the front headlock can be a tight, controlled position that devolves into a lot of squeezing and stalemates, the advantage of the Stab…

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Sit Out Series

There is probably no escape technique in wrestling that is more underrated than the sit out. Despite the effectiveness of the stand up, it often plays into the hands of leg riders, ankle grabbers, people with effective mat returns, and anyone who is willing to simply “cling”. Because it automatically separates hips, the most crucial…

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Shot Defense

In the world of wrestling technique, there are few areas that are absolutely required for success. Shot defense is one of these areas. Shot defense is near the core of any wrestler’s confidence. A wrestler can be ridden, horrible on top, or extremely poor at initiating their own takedowns, and still win. But a wrestler…

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Over, Under, Around Drill

For a wrestling coach, finding new drills is not the problem. Selecting which ones to implement, on the other hand, can be a tough decision. Drills for youth, drills for conditioning, drills for beginners and veterans…the market is saturated. So with this in mind, it is especially important that coaches focus on drills that can…

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Leg Riding Series

Leg riding is a common thread that holds together the best top wrestlers in history, so if you really want to dominate from the top position, understanding its tenets is a crucial step. In this series, I lay out the moves, techniques and philosophies that will allow you to use the power in your hips…

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Chicken Wing Series

The Chicken wing is one of the most punishing moves from the top position. It is a reliable hold for producing points and falls, as well as wearing down an opponent. The series starts with a breakdown which leads directly into the chicken wing series. Once the wing is secure, the offensive wrestler has many…

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Cross Wrist Series

Top wrestling requires a diverse attack, and the Cross Wrist Series gives the top man a wide variety of options to secure back points and the fall. This series works a chop break down, and moves on to the numerous tilts and pinning combination that will present themselves as the positions play out. Key points…

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