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    Default Rusty, need advice

    I'm rusty right now. And I actually just had my first wrestling drills today. I already kind of have a plan. I plan on playing defensive because right now my shooting technique isn't as swift as it should be. But I do need advice. I got a scrimmage tomorrow against some good schools and I am going to varsity. And this is going to be my second day of actual wrestling and I'm facing varsity so.

    I'll do my best of my ability. I have a jammed finger which I don't think will cause that much problem during that much (I hope) and I have a stiff lower back (from last night). So obviously odds aren't in my favor.

    Where there is will, there is hope.
    "Every artist was first an amateur."
    "You miss 100% of shots you don't take."


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    Default Re: Rusty, need advice

    Stay positive. Before walking out on the mat, tell yourself that you can win and actually believe it. I know where you're coming from, I'm very defensive on my feet, but that's because I like to scramble and am at my best on top.

    It's a scrimmage, so you should be practicing what you're struggling with. Within the first 30 seconds of the match, try to take a shot. My coach has suggested this to a few of my teammates and it works wonders. When you wait too long, you become too nervous to take a shot, and then you become even more defensive.

    The first takedown of a match sets the pace. Get the first takedown. If you get stuck, keep your head up and just keep on driving.

    Good luck.

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    Default Re: Rusty, need advice

    Glad to see you new guys helping out! Snowsurf is dead-on. Don't watch the clock for that first 30 seconds, but by being aggressive early you can make your opponent break and give you all of the practice on your feet that you need.
    Last edited by Schlottke; 12-10-2008 at 12:11 AM.

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    Default Re: Rusty, need advice

    Oh, another thing.

    Don't stop wrestling. That piece of infoormation trumps anything anyone will ever tell you. It doesn't matter what position you're in, just keep on wrestling. I know I'm in better shape than anyone I wrestle so I figure that if I'm getting tired, they've got to be dead.

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    Default Re: Rusty, need advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Wrestling_Prodigy View Post
    I already kind of have a plan. I plan on playing defensive because right now my shooting technique isn't as swift as it should be.
    Not a very good plan.

    If your shooting technique isn't where you want it to be you need to practice shooting, not playing defense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JensenS View Post
    Not a very good plan.

    If your shooting technique isn't where you want it to be you need to practice shooting, not playing defense.
    To go along with this:

    How many NFL football teams do you know win games by hoping they get interceptions?

    How many basketball teams win games with steals and no points?

    Wrestling defensively, without a plan for attack, is a means to a losing record. Perfect your defense and force your opponent to make the mistakes you need to score with the moves you have perfected.

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    Default Re: Rusty, need advice

    Thanks guys, well I was just thinking that I should play defensive because my back is really bothering me (stiff back). I'll see how it goes and I'll try to be a bit aggressive today in the scrimage.

    Thanks. =)
    "Every artist was first an amateur."
    "You miss 100% of shots you don't take."


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    Default Re: Rusty, need advice

    Quote Originally Posted by JensenS View Post
    Not a very good plan.

    If your shooting technique isn't where you want it to be you need to practice shooting, not playing defense.
    I agree completely. I never had a great shot and was afraid to use it against tough opponents. I was strong for my weight though, very good defensively, and worked a good snap down front headlock series. I didn't shoot nearly enough, and I ended up paying for it. I went 3-2 in the state tourney my Sr. year, losing by 1 and 2 points because I was unable to create shots against other tough defensive wrestlers. If your shot is bad, work on it now, rather than later.

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