Sucking on the Bottom… Inspired “The” Legendary Weight Cut & My NCAA Title

My Sophomore year at Iowa we took second at the National Tournament and as a team we struggled a bit throughout the year. I was the starting 158 lber that year and was having a season with some ups and downs. My biggest weakness was the bottom position and it caught up to me one night…

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Master the Ankle Lace (Part 3)

In Part 3 of the Mastering the Ankle Lace Series I am going to show you a variation of the Ankle Lace you can use when your opponent traps you between their legs, not allowing you to get to your Base Position.  I call this technique “Laying on the Leg”.  I will also show you…

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Game Changers: The Scenarios We Thought We Knew

The new rules are finally here. Everyone knows what they are for, and everyone knows who they hurt (people who don’t have forward pressure on their feet, stalemate to ride, or play the edge), and everyone can think of a few wrestlers who passed up a lot of their competition overnight. However intrigue still remains,…

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Master the Ankle Lace (Part 2)

Part two of Mastering the Ankle Lace is going to cover one of THE most effective ways to execute this lethal hold.  If you understand the Base Position and how to transition to your lock quickly, this one hold will be hard to stop at all levels.  Attacking the leg with the 2-on-1 will allow…

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Master the Ankle Lace (Part 1)

This is part one of a three part series on the Ankle Lace. I honestly think that the ankle lace is one of the most underrated holds in the US.  I had a very general understanding of this move until I began visiting the Olympic Training Center regularly from 1997-2000.  The one-on-one time I spent…

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Keep the Top Guy from Stalling

Many matches at the NCAA Wrestling Championships were determined by riding time.  It seems like a common riding strategy was to drop to ankles or use methods to kill time when the bottom wrestler stands up, rather than return them to the mat.  I know when it comes to winning matches at the NCAA tournament…

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5 Basic Steps To Mastering The Gut Wrench

Every spring I am introducing young wrestlers to Freestyle and Greco Roman.  I have found that there has to be some back and forth between Gut Wrench offense and defense to teach a proper Gut Wrench. Typically, young wrestlers beginning to wrestle FS & GR are scared or nervous about losing due to not knowing…

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Off Season Strength Goals

Our team finished the state tournament the third weekend in February. I am happy to say that we came out on top and won our 13th consecutive VA State Championship. Now that a couple weeks have passed we are well on our way to preparing for #14. One of the cornerstones of our off-season routine…

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How to Make Huge Gains During Wrestling Season

I want to talk about two things that I feel make a huge difference when it comes to getting the most out of your wrestlers throughout the entire season. The first is something that Coach Gable did a great job with and I try to focus on, as well. It is having a lot of…

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Youth Wrestling (Parent – Coach Conversations)

Every year wrestlers of all ages across the country take to the mat.  Whether they are a first year wrestler or going for a fourth state title one of the goals should be to have a great experience.  With all the ups and downs a wrestling season can hold a parents and coaches roll can…

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