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    Okay, so even though I've been wrestling for four years, unfortunate circumstances have come up and this is my first (and only) shot at Districts/Regionals/etc.

    I'm a 5'8" wrestler, usually weighing in at 230 pounds. My only losses (save one where the ref was adjusting his glasses the whole match) in the district have come against guys who got lucky and fell on me in a good way (for them).

    Is there any advice on how to deal with this problem?

    My real beef is with taller, bigger guys. If we're about the same height its not a big deal.

    I'm pretty good with my throws, even against taller guys, and I've got a pretty decent duck-under. My team keeps saying to shoot for low sweeps and knee snatches, and one crazy guy says to go for a high crotch.

    What should I do? I don't want my chances at districts to go down just cause I'm a smaller dude.
    Wrestling: Shoot first, ask questions later.

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    i would say to stay low and work on your speed on the mat go for single legged takedowns that are low also u can try to dart at his leg. For example if he tries to tie up just explode and shoot him down.

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    Well the guys in my area are unusually good at defending shots, so unless I go for a low sweep I'm screwed. Trying to hold up 275+ pounds and stay on the offense is a no go. I swear I almost herniated my back trying to hold us both up one time. A straight on shot is not something I think I could do.
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    I was a light hwt (I weighted in consistently around 215 so I know what you are dealing with. I would say stay away from anything that will put you under your opponent. On your feet move, move, move. Don't push into your opponent, and don't walk back but circle side to side non-stop and look for an angle. When it's there then get behind. Work on ducks, high c's, and lots of hand fighting. With your "small" stature you do have an advantage. You don't have to move around as much weight as your opponent will. You should be able to wear your opponent down. Ideally you should be a better wrestler in round 3 than you are in round 1 and 2. You mentioned that you are good with throws, well the more you push your opponent in rounds 1 and 2 the more tired he'll be (therefore the more upright) and the better chance you have to throw him.

    When you go out there against a bigger guy don't allow yourself to get sucked into wrestling his match. Go out there with your game plan and make him wrestle you. If you don't want to tie up with a 6'6" 285# guy then don't let him sucker you into it.

    Finally I've seen some small hwts that have very low stances and can move quickly. This will really frustrate your bigger opponents because they can't get down that low. Don't get out of position and have a bad stance, just get lower than your opponent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snackem View Post
    I was a light hwt (I weighted in consistently around 215 so I know what you are dealing with. I would say stay away from anything that will put you under your opponent. On your feet move, move, move. Don't push into your opponent, and don't walk back but circle side to side non-stop and look for an angle. When it's there then get behind. Work on ducks, high c's, and lots of hand fighting. With your "small" stature you do have an advantage. You don't have to move around as much weight as your opponent will. You should be able to wear your opponent down. Ideally you should be a better wrestler in round 3 than you are in round 1 and 2. You mentioned that you are good with throws, well the more you push your opponent in rounds 1 and 2 the more tired he'll be (therefore the more upright) and the better chance you have to throw him.

    When you go out there against a bigger guy don't allow yourself to get sucked into wrestling his match. Go out there with your game plan and make him wrestle you. If you don't want to tie up with a 6'6" 285# guy then don't let him sucker you into it.

    Finally I've seen some small hwts that have very low stances and can move quickly. This will really frustrate your bigger opponents because they can't get down that low. Don't get out of position and have a bad stance, just get lower than your opponent.
    Well how would I get to a low stance without getting into a bad stance?
    Wrestling: Shoot first, ask questions later.

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    UPDATE: Well it happened. I managed to get tackled by a guy in the quarters of the championship bracket and got pinned; managed to beat a guy in the conso quarters but then got matched up against an ungodly huge dude in conso semis; he picked me up and I was literally dangling in the air a good foot or so; he slammed me and I got concussed.

    Shoulda won by default. Anywho; only got to sixth; all I can say is at least it's not tenth.
    Wrestling: Shoot first, ask questions later.

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