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The New Rules of Attack: Cradle from Anywhere
with Steve Garland,
University of Virginia Head Coach; 2010 ACC Champions; 2010 ACC Coach of the Year;
All-American Wrestler at Virginia; 2000 ACC Wrestler of the Year; member of the 50th Anniversary ACC Wrestling Team

The cradle position can be hit from anywhere-not just from the top. In this highly instructional presentation, Steve Garland shows a complete cradle series from all positions. He teaches a variety of cradle techniques from a defensive position in the neutral position. He then covers cradles from an offensive position on your feet, and cradles from the traditional top position. Finally, Coach Garland shows drills to be used for cradles and pinning in general.

How to Cradle Your Opponent when They Shoot on You
The most common attack in both folkstyle and freestyle wrestling is the single leg. Learning baseline defense is the most important skill but being able to go straight for points will give you a massive edge over the competition. Coach Garland demonstrates how to turn your opponent's offense into your offense, enabling your wrestler to score in bunches. Cradle finishes are covered from the single leg defense with the head inside, head outside single defense, and off of a low single leg attempt by your opponent. All his attacks come from a philosophical change of getting the legs back to attacking into the man. This change allows you to score almost at will from your feet.

Cradle from the Offensive Neutral Position
In the second segment, Coach Garland demonstrates how to offensively attack from the feet with the cradle. This includes options from a front headlock and a re-shot. The front headlock is a game changer in itself but when you add Coach Garland's cradle series to it, you can become unbeatable on your feet. He shows how to use the body's natural movement patterns to set up the cradle. Once you get down the positioning, you can almost always score.

Cradle from the Top Position
Finally, Coach Garland demonstrates the traditional approach to scoring with a cradle from the top position. This segment includes breakdowns, setups and finishing techniques for cross-face and near-side cradles. Although there is one dominant way to attack with the cradle, Coach Garland demonstrates his spin on hand positioning and where the legs are relative to the bottom man so that he gets a fall every time.

All positions in wrestling require drilling and muscle memory in order to make them work. Coach Garland does a fantastic job of showing this throughout the presentation. You'll see drills from the feet as well as drills from the classic top position. There's also a series of pinning drills that focuses on an "always look for the fall" mentality.

This was a fantastic set with a lot of useful information that allows coaches and wrestlers to become prolific cradling wrestlers. Coach Garland brings great teaching style to the presentation, making it easy for everyone to understand the subtle nuances that make this series unique. The tech fall and pin points resulting from these techniques will help your team become at better dual and tournament team.

60 minutes. 2015.

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Backhook Ride Series: Cradles and Turns
with Jason Borrelli,
Stanford University Head Coach; All American wrestler at Central Michigan

As Stanford's head wrestling coach, Jason Borrelli has developed his program into one of the Pac-12's powerhouses. In this wrestling DVD, Coach Borelli uses a detailed approach to teach you one of his favorite techniques from the top referee's position - the backhook ride.

Also known as the overleg, ankle ride, or cradle ride, this unique top series provides plenty of forward pressure that will help you ride your opponent tough, confuse him, and allow you to break him down directly to his back, scoring easy near-fall points and earning pins.

Coach Borrelli begins by showing how to get into and maintain the correct position for the backhook. He details the key points of the backhook, including proper entry and pressure: prying on the thighs, controlling your opponent's hips, pinching the knees, and elevating your opponent's leg. Once the pressure is established, he proceeds into seven different techniques to score from the backhook body ride position. Topics include:

  • Backhook to a Crossface Cradle - Score quick points or a pin by turning your opponent directly to his back from his knees. Proper cradle pressure is also reviewed.
  • Backhook to a Turk - When your opponent is tough and stays solid against your cradle attempt, redirect to this attack, turking the leg and scooping the head for near fall points.
  • Backhook to a Near-side Cradle - Transition to this cradle when your opponent defends the Crossface by turning in towards you, finishing with a near-side cradle with his leg still hooked and stretched out!
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  • reakdown Your Opponent - When back exposure isn't possible, use these three backleg variations to breakdown your opponent, flatten him out, and gain wrist control: the tight waist, inside out chop, and arch breakdowns.
Coach Borelli also goes over common problems that occur when an opponent reacts a certain way to the backhook body ride and offers solutions to each of these aforementioned problems. He ends the video with an informative review that emphasizes key points to the backhook body ride and scoring maneuvers.

The backhook body ride series will make you dangerous on the mat and able to score points from the top position. Regardless of what you call the move, it is effective in neutralizing the bottom wrestler and creating situations in which you can get the turn.

54 minutes. 2012.

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Coaching High School Wrestling: Cradles and Tilts
with Scot Davis, Owatonna (MN) High School Head Coach;
the winningest coach in amateur wrestling history (over 850 victories);
2007 "National Coach of the Year" by Wrestling USA Magazine and was the "Runner-up" in 2006. He was also named "National Coach of the Year" by the National HS Coaches Association in 1998. In 2005, Davis was voted Minnesota Class AAA (large schools) "State Coach of the Year" by the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association.

The cradle is a great way to rack up points, and is available in almost any situation. Coach Davis walks you through a number of his favorite cradle techniques that he teaches in his room. He begins with an Owatonna favorite, the Crossface cradle. He shows the correct technique and then has his wrestlers demonstrate a number of different finishes based on what the opponent does underneath. He also includes a section on errors and corrections for the Crossface and counters for it. Other cradle series that Davis demonstrates include the False Cradle, Near Side Cradle, Step Through Cradle, Low Leg Cradle and Roll Through. In addition Davis presents his tilt series with five different finishes.


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Phil Davis: On Top of the World
with Phil Davis,
4x All-American and 2008 NCAA Champion
at Penn State University

Phil Davis, who won over a quarter of his college matches by fall, was one of the most dominant wrestlers in the country from the top position. In this DVD Davis shows you all of his proven top series that worked against the best wrestlers in the nation. Davis teaches you his Cradle series, including his Crossface Series; a number of tilts that can be hit from every angle that work; his favorite break downs that will get your opponent in position to be turned; his "unique tricks and moves" from the bottom position; and a special section on takedown defense. In addition, this DVD includes highlights from Davis' college career, current MMA training and his first MMA fight. No matter your age or experience level you can learn something from Davis' instruction.

"On Top of the World is a great instruction tool for both coaches and athletes and offers unique insight into Phil's proven technique. I'd highly recommend Phil's DVD to any wrestler who wants to improve their top position."
-Mark Perry
2X NCAA Champion at the University of Iowa

31 minutes. 2008.

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Jeff Swenson: The Augsburg Cradle
with Jeff Swenson,
Augsburg College Athletic Director;
former Augsburg College Head Wrestling Coach;
10X NCAA Division III National Championship Coach;
13X MIAC Coach of the Year,
6X NWCA National Coach of the Year,
inducted into the NCAA Division III Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 2005

Jeff Swenson led Augsburg to a record-10 NCAA Division III national championships - one of only three NCAA schools to have won 10 or more wrestling national titles. While building the squad into a national small-college wrestling powerhouse, Swenson's philosophy was to dominate the top position. To that extent, Swenson developed this cradle series. The series' success is predicated on the clamp, which Swenson covers in-depth. The clamp is a dominating breakdown and ride that can be used as a set-up to a number of pinning combinations. Swenson focuses on the far-side cradle, teaching the proper technique on two different finishes. In addition, Swenson demonstrates seven other cradle finishes based on how the opponent reacts. This series has been developed over 16 years of trial and error and is a proven way to earn back points. This series developed such a reputation that opposing wrestlers would choose neutral instead of selecting down to get the "easy" one-point escape.

41 minutes. 2008.

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