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    Default First time Wrestling, I wanna be good.

    Okay well, I'm a junior in highschool I decided a few weeks ago that I'm gonna join wrestling. The first practice is in a week, and the first meet is in less then a month. I am not in great shape but deffinitely not in bad shape. I have bad cardio but decent strength.
    I know that the people I will be wrestling have been wrestling for years.

    I was wondering what kinds of tips and advice I can get, I don't just want to be ok, or to keep up with my teammates, I want to impress people.

    I was also wondering what kind of lifts I shoould work on, I don't do much but bench and a few curls(not smart, I know). I way 140ish(mostly muscle) and I can bench about 10 reps at 145 on a good day.

    I think I should start doing alot more cardio, back and, leg exersizes.

    I would very much appreciate if somebody could let me know good lifts I could do for wrestling and how much/many weight/reps/set I should start with.

    I am planning to(attempt) to run/walk a mile every other day for the next week so I can keep up in practice.

    One last thing, I REALLY don't want to wrestle in the 140 category, I was wondering if it is adviseable for me to wrestle at 145, or try do drop to 135.

    Also, is cutting weight really required?


    Sorry for all the text, I really appreciate any help you can give me.

    And sorry if I sound at all cocky.

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    Default Re: First time Wrestling, I wanna be good.

    You have a while so you could Drop to 135. Basically Work on a few basic moves and Master them. If you are Shorter master the Double leg, While if you are taller Get really good at Tying up and Doing moves from there, EX: Arm spin, Lat Drop, Shuck, Ankle picks. Also Cradles are good for tall wrestlers as long as Spladels. Just work as hard as you can in Practice and you will progress quickly. You will only get as good as you let yourself to be. For Lifts Do lots of Squat's, Deadlifts, Gripwork, Neck, and Lats, and of course lots of Core, Benching to me is not very important because not much uses your chest.
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    A good thing to start with is to ask your coach these questions he could probably help you the most. Some good lifts I use a lot are squats, hang cleans, bench, shoulder presses, and lunges. When doing cardio do interval traing (ex. One minute sprinting, thirty seconds walking) don't just go run a lot of miles were not running cross country. Lastly just work hard at everything you do and drill your technique thousands of times.

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    Thanks for the help so far.
    Yeah I'm pretty short, but not extremely. I'm 5'7".
    I have a bit of a stocky build, what kinds of takedowns and moves should I be looking for?

    Think I would be able to squat with 45lb plates on each side(135).

    Keep in mind I haven't squated for about 6 months so my body isn't used to it.

    Or should I use 35's or maybe even pansy 25s?
    Also when I squat should I be doing lower reps for power or higher reps for endurance?


    Do you think I have any chance of going to state for wrestling my first year? I'm very commited and have loads of spair time.
    Last edited by naturalchampion; 11-08-2010 at 02:25 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by naturalchampion View Post
    Thanks for the help so far.
    Yeah I'm pretty short, but not extremely. I'm 5'7".
    I have a bit of a stocky build, what kinds of takedowns and moves should I be looking for?

    Think I would be able to squat with 45lb plates on each side(135).

    Keep in mind I haven't squated for about 6 months so my body isn't used to it.

    Or should I use 35's or maybe even pansy 25s?
    Also when I squat should I be doing lower reps for power or higher reps for endurance?


    Do you think I have any chance of going to state for wrestling my first year? I'm very commited and have loads of spair time.
    http://www.thewrestlingtalk.com/videos/ - Start checking this out daily. Commit to about 30 minutes after practice to studying something new. Visualize it and take it to practice (where you should train on what you learned for an extra 30 minutes after practice that day.)

    If you are willing to put in the 2-2 1/2 hours of practice plus another hour daily (30 watching tape and 30 practicing it) training on technique there is no telling how quickly you will progress. South Dakota isn't a super deep state so I would certainly not count out the possibility of a state tournament run - it really depends on the time put in.

    When you can't physically practice the move (lack of partner, at home and bored) visualize the motions you'd go through. Your set up, your elevation change, where you'll put your feet, the direction you'll finish the move...

    If you're naturally athletic and are driven to win you have a legitimate chance. The key is to not get down on yourself early and keep putting in the extra time. You'll catch up fast because you're starting from scratch.

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    Thanks for the response. I have started working on squats and deadlifts(sore as hell from barely any).

    I'll be sure to check out the videos, any particular techniques I should be working on? I'm pretty agile and would like something that is quick to the takedown.

    Also, today after school one of the wrestlers told me that some of them have started practicing after school and invited me to join. Is that something I should deffinitely do? and should I start that right away or wait till I have shoes and a singlet?
    Champions aren't made in the gym, Champions are made from something they have deep inside them...

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    I'm partial to the ankle pick. Learn it from the collar tie and the under hook. The easiest set up from both is to simply circle with your opponent... wait until his foot is on its way down as he is stepping.. if you time it right, it will just be touching the mat as you hit his ankle.



    There are a lot of schools on thought on various ways to do the "pick", but practicing it and perfecting it while circling with your opponent in a collar tie is going to win you more matches, faster, than trying to learn the technique more in depth now. (kids that can stop you from doing a PERFECT pick using the circling method are going to be really good and will be few and far between at the HS level)

    The underhook is safer because you cannot get dragged as easily, but generally makes high school kids feel defensive and begin looking for you to try something or to get out of the tie... by concealing the set up from a collar tie, a position more HS kids feel "safe" in, you are significantly more likely to catch him napping.

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    Thanks for the video. I'll be sure to try it once I start practicing.
    WOuld it be a reasonable move just to dive in and grab onto somebodies waste or legs and take them down that way?
    Champions aren't made in the gym, Champions are made from something they have deep inside them...

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    Default Re: First time Wrestling, I wanna be good.

    It is never a good idea to just "dive in". use what your coaches taught/will teach you and listen to them during the match, because "diving in" will show inexperience and you will get caught. I would recommend setting up, then taking a shot versus going straight to the leg/body/whatever.

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