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    Default Anxiety/Nervous before a match + other questions from a first year wrestler

    Question 1: Hi, I am a first year wrestler and I never really played sports on a team before, so I am not good with handling the mental/nervous factor that comes with wrestling. I love wrestling, but I hate being nervous. I don't know why I'm nervous either. I am not afraid of getting hurt or getting a nose bleed. I am not afraid of the audience either. When I am warming up for my match, I feel all shaky. I keep thinking I am not stretched well enough and I have to yawn a lot. I am not hungry because I eat healthy and hydrate with water well. I tell my self I am going to win, I am going to rip his head off, I am the super saiyan, all sorts of stuff like that. However, the nervousness still gets to me. BUT, after I shake my opponents hand, all/most of it goes away and I just wrestle my heart out. Do you fellow wrestlers have any advice for getting rid of this nervousness before a match?

    Question 2: On only one of my matches, I was intimated by my opponent and I let him control me for a bit in neutral. I guess it was the first time I had wrestled someone stronger than me because I could feel his strength pushing me. I am not asking about how to wrestle a stronger opponent, just how to get rid of the fear of wrestling someone you know is stronger than you physically.

    Question 3: I notice that some wrestlers have a low stance in neutral right before the whistle is blown. Then, they dive with no good penetration step and get something like in this video.
    http://www.thewrestlingtalk.com/videos/VideoID-1600/
    Is it a good idea to do this? Should I back up a little when the whistle is blown just to avoid getting caught by this from a quick opponent?

    Question 4: What is your favorite: Takedown, pinning combination, breakdown, standup/reversal?
    Mine is:
    Takedown: Single leg trip ( against a right foot forward stance opponent )
    Pinning combination: power half nelson ( it works well for me )
    Breakdown: tight waist w/ wrist/ arm control ( waist control gives me a good amount of control and if tight, it is hard for the opponent to rip it off )
    Standup: basic standup + rip the waist control + run ( switches and sit outs seem too risky for me )
    I am not saying I will not do other moves. These are just the moves I seem to do a lot.

    Question 5: I like to go for high crotch/single leg takedowns against right foot forward stance opponents because I am a left foot forward is it seems easy for me to just take a quick shot and get control of the leg. However, I don't like going for that takedown when I vs. left foot forward stance people because the leg I like to shoot on is in the back now. Any suggestions?

    Question 6: Many of my opponents have an extremely low stance at times and it can be quite frustrating because they are so low that their elbow is nearly touching their knee, so they would be able to just sprawl or block any of my shots.

    Thanks everyone. I have a meet tomorrow. I will post how I perform .
    Last edited by bigteeth96; 02-09-2011 at 09:44 PM.

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