Watch as JROB Director of Wrestling and 2X NCAA DI Qualifier Jake Kettler demonstrates basic single leg defense. Single leg defense should be a focal point for all wrestlers. You can get your opponent into a single leg from a high crotch as well as a double. Mastering this technique will help you wear your opponent out—not only keeping you from getting scored on, but allowing you to score off of your opponent’s attacks.
In this video, JROB Director of Wrestling and 2X NCAA DI Qualifier Jake Kettler demonstrates an underhook head pull to a high crotch. Pay close attention to the underhook and the way that he moves his partner. Getting your opponent off balance and uncomfortable will help you get to all of your attacks. This is a very safe yet effective attack and can also help you with moving your opponent.
Watch as 2018 NCAA Champion and National Team Member Mike Macchiavello demonstrates a tilt from a hammer lock. The hammer lock is a great position to score from in many different ways. This particular tilt is an effective way to turn your opponent when they are keeping you from running a traditional hammer lock turn.
Mike Macchiavello demonstrates part 2 of a tilt from a hammerlock. This tilt is a wonderful transition that shows two different tilts and turns that are effective stemming from part 1. It is important to be able to transition from moves in order to score as many points as possible!
Watch as 2017 World Team Member, University World Silver Medalist, and former Golden Gopher Pat Smith demonstrates an underhook to a single. Positioning and pressure are crucial to having this be a successful attack. Pat demonstrates how an upper-body position can be a great set up for a lower-body attack. Pay attention to how he creates pressure, and uses his opponents momentum against him. Listen carefully as he talks about making your opponent’s leg a part of your body.
Here, Manny Rivera, NCAA All-American and Head Coach for Cal State Bakersfield, demonstrates an over tie snap to an ankle pick. An over tie snap is a great way to set attacks up, especially when your opponents are continually digging for a collar tie. This is just one attack off of an over tie snap, but is very effective when your timing is correct.
In this video, 2X NCAA All-American and 2016 Olympian Dan Dennis shows a 2-on-1 to a single leg. The 2-on-1 is a great position to set up all forms of offense, in this video you can see it being set up for a single leg. This is a great way to have your opponent think about upper body attacks, and to transition into a lower body attack with a very low risk.
Watch as Kyle Conel, 2018 NCAA All-American, demonstrates his Double Underhook Throw. Kyle used this move en route to a third place finish at the 2018 NCAA DI Wrestling Championships. Having an effective throw in addition to leg attacks can make you a dangerous, well-rounded wrestler on your feet.
In this technique session, 2X NCAA Champion and 4X All-American Tony Nelson shows a breakdown from a spiral ride. This variation on a standard spiral ride breakdown is a great way to bust your opponent flat and set up turns.
Watch as 3X All-American Michael Kroells demonstrates an inside leg turk. Kroells details how to immobilize your opponents leg and describes how to use both your legs and arms in order to gain control of your opponent's leg and hip. He then goes on to describe the importance of using your entire body’s pressure in order to expose your opponent’s back to the mat. Finally, he demonstrates the position and hold that is most useful when turning and controlling your opponent’s face. Perfecting this turn can lead to scoring several points on top.
Watch as 2X NCAA Champion Dean Heil demonstrates his fake shot into a snap down go behind. Heil describes and demonstrates the importance of having a convincing fake shot/jab step, and getting your opponent moving or bouncing. He then demonstrates how to use not only your arms, but your entire body when you are snapping your opponent to the mat. Finally, he shows how to properly finish with a go-behind. Heil demonstrates the importance of keeping pressure on your opponent as you go behind, as well as finishing off with a double leg.
2X NCAA Champion Gabe Dean demonstrates how to get to a post when your opponent grabs a tight collar tie on you. He describes how an opponent will often use a tight collar tie to slow down a match and keep you from getting to your offense. In this video, Dean shows how posting on the opponent's opposite shoulder will elongate his collar tie arm, allowing you to pop it up and get to your penetration step high crotch. Understanding how your opponent will react to ties is critical for making adjustments throughout a match, and continuing to score on your feet.
Watch as Alec Ortiz, 4X undefeated Oregon State Champion and current Minnesota Storm athlete, displays the proper technique when returning an opponent to the mat. Ortiz describes the importance of using your hips, not your arms, to lift, as well as the importance of returning your opponent's hips to the mat instead of their head. Having an effective mat return is a great way to break an opponent on top and to give yourself more opportunity to get to your turns.
Watch as two-time NCAA Champion Dean Heil demonstrates how to score secondary attacks off of an elbow pass. Heil describes in depth the reactions your opponent may have to your elbow pass and demonstrates counters to these reactions. Heil demonstrates a high crotch when your opponent regrabs an inside tie off of your elbow pass, and a near-arm far-leg if your opponent regrabs an outside tie. Heil also discusses the importance of muscle memory and consistent drilling.
In this video, Pat Smith, 2017 Greco-Roman U.S. Open Champion and USA World Team member, breaks down the key steps to having a clean and effective double leg finish. Watch as Pat points out several key positioning tips. These include hip, head, hand and foot placement, as well as breaking down the steps to having an effective, powerful drive and finish. Developing a clean double leg finish is crucial to having an effective double leg in a match.
Watch as Brett Pfarr, two-time NCAA All-American, demonstrates some tips from a common scrambling position referred to as a table position. Although every scramble position can have a different outcome, Brett explains tips to improve your position and increase your chances of scoring in scramble situations. Key elements of this technique include keeping your core muscles tight, splitting your opponent’s legs, and clearing your ankles.
In this video, Dean Heil, two-time NCAA Champion for Oklahoma State, shows his offensive attacks from an elbow-tie. Watch as he discusses and demonstrates in great detail why an elbow tie can be so effective if used correctly. A few of the topics he covers in this video include: 1) How the elbow tie can be used as a setup for multiple different takedowns; 2) Why head position is so important when using an elbow tie; 3) Why he prefers an elbow tie compared to other tie-ups; and 4) How to properly drill the techniques.
Watch Alec Ortiz, former Minnesota Gopher and current international wrestler for the Minnesota Storm, demonstrate an effective way to set up and execute a Snatch Single takedown. This move is a quick and low-risk takedown because the offensive wrestler does not hit his knee or become caught underneath his opponent. When drilling this technique, force your opponent to step with the leg you will attack, and drive through him or her to prevent any counter-attacks.
Watch Purdue Assistant Coach and 3X NCAA All-American AJ Schopp demonstrate a cross-wrist trap tilt. This tilt is most effectively used when your opponent stops a roll-through tilt. Creating a series of tilts and turns from the top position is important so you can score points from any position, regardless of how your opponent reacts. In this video, AJ demonstrates when and how to hit the trap tilt, as well as the proper hold to secure near-fall points after the tilt has been executed.
An elbow pass is one of several set-ups shown by two-time NCAA Champion Gabe Dean in his high crotch takedown series. In this video, Gabe shows how to execute an elbow pass after your opponent gains inside control. By learning this elbow pass, you can string together multiple set-ups so you are not slowed down or stopped by your opponent in the neutral position.
One of the most common takedowns in the sport of wrestling is a go-behind from the front head position. Watch as Pat Smith, 2017 Greco-Roman U.S. Open Champion and USA World Team member, breaks down the key details of the technique in order to consistently score from this position. Here, Smith gives several tips to help keep heavy pressure on your opponent and have proper hand placement. Continually drilling this technique in practice is important to properly execute a go-behind in a match.
Properly setting up your shots is an important step when executing any takedown. Jim Jackson, former National Coach of the Year and 16-time Minnesota State Champion Coach, demonstrates a head pound set-up to a single leg takedown in this video. Watch as he breaks down the details of proper grip, hand movement, and feet placement for this technique. A physical head pound can be one of the most effective set-ups from an inside tie position.
Learning to ride legs could be a crucial addition to your wrestling skill set in the top position. Although there are many different techniques when riding legs, in this video, two-time NCAA All-American Brett Pfarr demonstrates the fundamentals of one variation of a high leg ride designed to break down your opponent. Staying under the armpits, keeping your weight forward, and having a shallow leg to keep your hips on top are critical in almost every situation when attempting to leg ride.
Two-time NCAA Champion Gabe Dean shows an inside tie set-up to a high crotch takedown at the 2017 JROB Wisconsin 5-Day Competition Camp. Watch Gabe break down and explain each part of the move in detail in this video. As he mentions in the video, focusing on the details while drilling can make a huge difference in your wrestling.
Ever wonder why we run at camp? Or, why we don’t allow headphones during the runs? We train the way we do because running (without headphones) teaches you to deal with pain, to push yourself when you're tired, and to stay focused. Running builds your endurance both physically and mentally, teaches you HOW to train, and proves that you can push yourself harder than you’ve ever thought possible. These are skills that can then be applied during a wrestling match when you're tired.
This high crotch lift finish is an alternative to driving across to a double leg. It’s important to quickly go to another finish if your opponent stops your initial finish attempt. Make sure to get your hips underneath you so you can explode and lift your opponent in the air.
Endurance, strength, technique, and mental attitude are the four keys to becoming a great wrestler. Of those, endurance is the most difficult to master because of the time, energy, and commitment required.
The Peek Out is a great move to counter your opponent after he has stopped your single leg takedown. This move must be hit quickly in order to prevent your opponent from getting to a front-head position.
Throughout the wrestling season, but especially during state tournament time, the fear of failure is one of the most difficult mental obstacles that athletes face. Fear is unavoidable, but if you recognize it, acknowledge it, and channel it in a positive way, you can free your mind to focus on the things that you can control. In this video, J Robinson discusses the fear of failure, what it means for athletes, and how to overcome it.
This scramble position has become a popular way to defend against a takedown in recent years instead of the fundamental sprawl defense. Crossing your feet and positioning your weight over your opponent is a great way to stop him from gaining an offensive position.
The fear of fatigue is a challenge that many successful competitors must confront. Although everyone gets tired, highly conditioned athletes may believe tiredness is a sign of weakness. The key is to maintain a higher level of performance than your opponent when you are both tired. That's why we practice the way we do at camp. Each time you practice under the pressure of fatigue, you get a little better at it. Then, when it's time to compete, you know you've done it before, and you can do it again.
If you’re having trouble finishing your high crotch takedowns, use this alternative finish to counter your opponent’s defense that is preventing you from switching off to a double leg.
Use this move to beat your opponent’s whizzer to finish a high single leg.
The Cutback Single Leg Finish is an alternative way to take down your opponent. This move is best utilized when you are unable to turn the corner or create an angle on your traditional single leg takedown due to heavy pressure from your opponent.
These two defensive moves are a great way to stop a low single attack. The basic defense allows you to stay in a good position and transfer into a front headlock series. The scramble defense is riskier and should only be used as a last resort once your opponent is deep in on the shot. However, if used correctly, it can be turned into a scoring position.
This technique from the feet is a great way to get a quick takedown by using your opponent’s momentum against him. The key point of this move is to hit a good fake to one side before attempting the Duck Under to the opposite side.
Use this technique to look for a quick pinning combination from an optional start rather than from the referee's position. It's a great alternative to choosing the neutral position when cutting an opponent.
Chain wrestling allows you to hit multiple offensive moves in a row and recover from your opponent's counters. In our last technique video, we showed how to hit an ankle pick from a pass-by. In this video, we'll show you how to transition to a single leg from a pass-by after a missed ankle pick.
Garret Garness and Ty Eustice demonstrate the pass-by to ankle pick. Use this move to counter a collar tie and transition to an ankle pick.
Ty Eustice and Garret Garness demonstrate the Front Headlock Drill. Use this transition to help move your opponent from a collar tie to a more offensive position.
Alec Ortiz and Ty Eustice demonstrate the Lateral Drop, or Lateral Toss. This is a great takedown technique to use when you need big points late in a match.
This JROB Technique Session focuses on protecting your ankles from bottom position so you can get important escape points during the post-season.
Looking for a different way to escape? Try the Granby Roll to get away from your opponent.
Ty Eustice and Alec Ortiz demonstrate the Pull & Pop Setup. Use this technique to help clear a hard collar tie and create more offense.
Ty Eustice and Alec Ortiz demonstrating the Fake to Snap, a combination of moves that keeps your opponent off balance and gives you a new set-up to get to a front headlock.
This technique session highlights the High Crotch Finish. It’s very common to get stopped on the mat once your opponent sprawls and gets his hips back. This video will demonstrate how to recover and finish from that position.
Ty Eustice and Alec Ortiz review Stance and Motion drills, some of the most important fundamentals in wrestling.