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    Default What is most important in wrestling?

    I am a first year wrestler by the way. The season ended, and I got 2 JV pins, 3 Varsity Losses, and 4 JV losses. I do not think I did as poorly as I had expected, even though I only got 2 wins.
    So this led me to the question,

    Is it better to be skillful in only a few basic moves from neutral, top, and bottom or just know how to do many moves from neutral, top, and bottom?

    I see all these videos on this site and it just confuses me because I don't know how I will apply all of these moves in my wrestling; and if I don't apply it at all, it would be a waste learning.

    I noticed some coaches teach the basics only for the entire season, but others teach a bunch of moves every day of practice.

    I've had opponents do unfamiliar moves to me like tilts, different trips, and unfamiliar moves with the arm bar. I did not know how to get out of any, so I relied on my strength to resist getting rolled over to my back. Eventually, I got pinned or lasted the whole match on my belly without getting pinned.

    So I don't know if I want to be extremely familiar with the basic moves to get out of it or do it or just know about many moves and how to do them or get out of it. If I learn many moves, then I will probably be not skillful with it and maybe forget it. If I only learn the basics, I will be good with only the basics and be confused with unfamiliar moves.

    This is also similar to falling behind the coach not having enough time to help you individually. Or similar to being too proficient in the basics that you need to move on or your skill will be the same, but the coach won't for a while.

    I see it as a disadvantage and advantage to both sides.

    Any advice? Thanks

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    Default Re: What is most important in wrestling?

    I think the best goal for a new wrestler is to perfect one takedown (practice it, perfectly, thousands of times) with 3-4+ set ups. In addition to your "go to" shot you want to understand the front headlock and the many scoring opportunities from this position (Head block, shuck, elbow pull.. to name a few).

    A variety of set ups (and using them randomly or in varying patterns) are crucial to having one shot work constantly on just about everyone. Besides making them step into the proper position, being able to make them think it *could* be another shot/attack they aren't prepared for is what you're also looking to do.

    A solid front head and a go to takedown will win 90% of high school matches.

    On bottom - keep it simple. Perfect the Stand up. If he brings you down to the mat, come immediately back up. Add a Granby into the mix if he brings you down 2-3 times without successfully escaping.

    Riding.... Cradles and turks are both basic moves with a ton of set ups.

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    Default Re: What is most important in wrestling?

    Thank you very much.
    So from top, I will perfect the high crotch single leg trip. I will also know my setups. And sprawls and go behinds.
    From bottom, I will just focus the stand up and learn the granby.
    From top I will focus on some rides/breakdowns and what to do if it doesn't work.

    Is a turk putting a half in your opponent from the side while lifting their leg and putting your leg through his legs, so it lifts the opponent and drops your opponent to their back? That's what I learned about turks.

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    Default Re: What is most important in wrestling?

    Quote Originally Posted by bigteeth96 View Post
    Is a turk putting a half in your opponent from the side while lifting their leg and putting your leg through his legs, so it lifts the opponent and drops your opponent to their back? That's what I learned about turks.
    There are a variety of different turks... here are about 30 different examples to check out..

    http://videos.hswrestling.net/page/2/?s=turk&x=0&y=0

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