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    Default Wrestling on your feet | "I can't shoot because..."

    I can't shoot because...

    He's too strong.


    - Odds are a 'strong' opponent is going to maintain better position against you for a large portion of the match because they are going to control inside ties & head position. The reason head and tie control are so important to them is because they are trying to use their strength to open up their shots- you can use this against them:

    Because you know this, let them control the ties and "bully you". Know technique that will work from outside head position (ducks, ankle picks, boot scoots, shrugs, & drags) and outside ties. (again.. ducks, ankle picks, boot scoots, shrugs, & drags)

    I don't really know the technique that well.

    - Who does? You've done it close to as many times as the guy you're wrestling. The question is: who has the guts to hit the move first?

    I can't finish.

    - The biggest problem High School wrestlers have with finishing takedowns is that they don't prepare a finish. You spend all of your time practicing set ups & getting in deep on your shots, but do not practice and visualize finishing the move. Focus on your shot from start to finish and know which direction you will take your opponent before you take the shot. By knowing the direction and technique you will finish with before you shoot you are significantly increasing your odds of closing the takedown.

    I always get stuck underneath...

    Post the inside hand to the mat while the outside hand controls the leg and peak out through the crotch. Position, not strength is key. Don't let yourself be stretched out underneath and maintain control of the leg at all times.
    Last edited by Schlottke; 12-31-2008 at 02:21 AM.

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    Default Re: Wrestling on your feet | "I can't shoot because..."

    On finishing...

    ...One great idea that I heard from Jim Gibbons-former Iowa State coach-was that he would teach his wrestlers a good finish first, and then work in reverse to the takedown(s) and set ups.

    The same can be said about a golf swing, incidently.
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    Default Re: Wrestling on your feet | "I can't shoot because..."

    Quote Originally Posted by ban basketball View Post
    On finishing...

    ...One great idea that I heard from Jim Gibbons-former Iowa State coach-was that he would teach his wrestlers a good finish first, and then work in reverse to the takedown(s) and set ups.

    The same can be said about a golf swing, incidently.

    I disagree. How can I break the club over my knee, then take a swing?
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