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    this was the red and white match from my school. the team wrestled each other. i feel horrible about how i did. i worked all last summer, last season, last spring, summer and preseason to get better. then i come in and get pinned.. i usually go close with him in the practices. i'm not trying to make excuses or anything but i really feel like i got caught.

    i know i shouldn't have stepped into that front headlock, even more importantly my head shouldn't have been down and both arms shouldn't have been on the same after he came up from the last shot. then he got that front head and arm and i was stupid and stepped in and he took advantage of it.

    he was the aggressor the whole match, thats something i need to change. i had a few ankle pick attempts and was trying to set up a low single with my fakes. maybe the low single was there and i didn't take advantage of it. i don't know. i know there isn't a whole lot to critique, but any criticism would be appreciated. i will upload a few matches from next weekends tournament next sunday or saturday night if i get around to it so there is a little more to critique.


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    Trust me when I say that any critique from me probably means nothing. But......from what I saw, you looked quicker than him. You looked like you had a lower stance. You looked like you should have gotten a takedown. But it looked like you didn't fully commit to your shots. I really think you would've finished them if you went all out for them.

    He looked slower and his stance was much worse. I think you may be giving him too much credit. Were you nervous? Is this a guy you mentally can't see yourself beating? (we all have them, there is no shame there). I just ask b/c I thought you were setting him up well, but just didn't follow up.

    Either way, you got that loss off of your back and can now realize that life goes on. No need to be hesitant or nervous next time b/c what's the worst that can happen? Go out there and get what you want. If he has it, take it. Good luck. And just for the record, it takes huge balls to post matches. Don't give up and keep us posted. I'm rootin' for you.

  3. #3

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    Yeah. He beat me bad all of last year and a lot of family came out to watch me wrestle because of how much wrestling i did in the off season and I was really nervous, the most nervous I've ever been before a match. I know I can beat him. I've beat him practice a lot, it's usually really close in practice but this time he just hit the front head lock to a cradle.

    I'll be posting more. I want to get better as fast as I can. Thanks for the help and words of encouragement.

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    #1 thing right here: don't lose faith in yourself. I know it might feel like all of the training and hard work you put in over the summer and preseason is wasted because you got pinned. But, I remember doing a match critique of you a long time ago - I think it was last season - and you look like an entirely different wrestler now. You have literally made a world of difference in your wrestling. So don't lose confidence in yourself and in all of the hard work that you put in to make yourself a better wrestler, because it paid off.

    Now, for the match. Since it's a short match, I can pretty much analyze it part-by-part.

    From the get-go, you looked quick and ready to wrestle. You moved your feet a lot and you used your fakes. When you first tie up, between 0:05 and 0:10, it seems that you're just feeling him out a bit. The first tie-up in a match is like that sometimes, because you're a bit anxious and not sure about your opponent. But, you've wrestled this guy many times in practice before, right? Why waste time feeling him out? Set the pace of the match right then and there. You moved your feet alright in the tie-up, but you really needed heavier hands. Your hands were just hanging there, and he was able to slap them down and re-grab his tie-up because of it. First you were on a collar tie and he slapped it down, then you just kinda posted your hand on his shoulder and he slapped it down. The reason that he can slap it down is because it's just hanging there. Impose your will on him. Grab the collar tie and bang on his head, or grab the inside tie and pull with it. Heavy hands, set the pace.

    Next couple seconds before you tie-up again, you look good. Feet moving, fakes going. You get him to be scared of you from the outside. That's good. Once you get in the tie up again, you try and hit your ankle pick. It's good that you're trying to create offense, but it has to be smart. A couple of reasons as to why you didn't get that pick - 1) ear to ear tie-up. You're rarely going to get a shot off in an ear to ear tie-up, especially an ankle pick. 2) controlling both sides of the tie. You had a collar on one side, but you didn't really have any control on the other. For that pick to work, it's best to be controlling the collar on one side, and to have some type of control on the other. Wrist or inside control would be optimal.

    In the same tie up, he takes a shot. You do a good job of downblocking and keeping him off of your leg. However, you see how he snaps your arm down, like he was doing in the tie-up before? That is because you just put your left hand up there, posting and not really doing anything. When your hands are idly sitting on his shoulders, that is when he is able to snap them down and create his shots. So always keep your hands working!

    The tie-up breaks, you work from the outside a bit, and then the next tie-up. You take another ankle pick attempt. Again, offense is good, but same thing as last time. Now, this time he snaps your arm down again and takes a shot, also banging your head a bit. One thing to do is, always keep your lower back strong. Your back falters and your head dips a bit when he snaps you, and he is able to take his shot. Keep your lower back and neck strong in your stance and that won't happen - at least, not in the first 40 seconds of the match.

    You again sprawl back on his shot. This is good, but you have to punish a guy when he takes a shot like that. "I shoot I score, he shoots I score." The sprawling position you were in is a bit awkward, so it would have been hard to get him into your short offense from there. However, there was a reshot open. This is a little advanced. You like low shots, right? From 0:37 to 0:38, he takes his shot and stands up after you sprawl. As he stands up, he moves forward and puts his hands up, expecting you to come back up and tie up with him (which you do). However, right here, you're still down low and ready to attack. As he was coming up from his shot, you can attack his leg with a low single. This is something that you can exploit on a LOT of high school kids. When they take a shot and come up, many of them put a lot of weight on one foot, and leave that leg wide open. Experiment with that a bit. Guy takes a shot, he comes up, and you're right back in on him.

    So, he comes back up from the shot and you're in your next tie up. Here, you needed to move your feet and use your hands more. I know I sound like a broken record, but it's crucial. He controlled both the collar tie and the inside tie. Unless you like working from double elbows, this isn't a good situation for you. Also, the reason he was able to get in on that shot on you was because your feet weren't moving enough. Circle, circle, circle. Create motion, use your hands, create angles.

    He drives you out of bounds, you come back to the center. Next tie-up; again, heavier hands. He takes the shot, you sprawl. If you can, try and get him in your short offense, but I realize it's difficult sometimes. Now, look at the video and see how he shifts his weight to his legs, just for a moment, while getting up from the shot. There's your reshot. After you sprawl, you stayed on your knees a bit too long and he got you in the front head. You know what happened from there.

    You didn't look bad out there. I'm nitpicking at the small details of what you did wrong, but sometimes it's the details that really make things work. People get caught sometimes - it happens. I know I've been caught my fair share of times. Don't let it get you too down. Learn from your mistakes and do better next time. And always keep your confidence.
    Am I cool now?

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    A few things bud.

    You did a lot of forward and back motion instead of circling. You looked to have a nice speed advantage but the shots you took were from out front without adequate setup. He was able to bury your head and that got you into trouble. When he collar ties you, I dont really like the over collar that much. I'd rather see you go to elbow control and at the very least you'll keep that arm from attacking and you can possibly pass it and get your own TD.

    I don't want to belabor the point because SAT's already did a nice job.

    I think you show a lot of promise. Don't lose confidence and keep working.
    To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.

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    By moving my feet more, do you mean circling more or or just moving more in general? I understand what you mean by pulling the head, or pulling an inside tie, but my foot work is a little awkward in the tie up, but I'm assuming you mean move them more while I hand fight; circling, pushing, pull them back when I snap, etc?

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    Yes, both. Circling and general motion. Circling, fakes, just get your feet moving. Cover some distance. The only way that you are going to set up your shots consistently is by moving your feet. Coordinate your feet and your hands together. Don't stand around. Between 0:38 and 0:42 is an example of where your feet are not moving enough. Right there, circle, fake, move your feet and move him so that you can get to your shots.

    You do a lot of fakes from outside the tie-up, but you can fake shots from inside the tie-up as well. You don't need a huge fake, but a little step and level change will go a long way in setting up your shots.
    Am I cool now?

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