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Winning Heavyweight Concepts: Mindset, Strategy & Techniques

with Tucker Lane,
University of Northern Colorado Assistant Coach;
4x NCAA Qualifier at heavyweight for the University of Nebraska;
4x NWCA All-Academic team

Mindset and strategy, regardless of stature, are just as important for victorious heavyweight wrestling. Tucker Lane was able to compete and win at heavyweight despite being at a size and strength disadvantage in many matches using the mindset and strategies taught in this video!

Creating Scoring Opportunities with Aggressive Head Control

Constantly moving and controlling the head forces a heavyweight to move, fatiguing them and presenting more opportunities to attack later in the match. Coach Lane demonstrates drills to develop the feel of how to effectively control the head. This pressure, applied constantly in the early rounds of a match, will lead to big dividends (scoring opportunities) in the latter stages of the match.

Control Ties: Underhooks

Once a wrestler has worn their opponent out with head pressure, it's time to focus on getting into a control tie so the athlete can attack their opponent. Lane focuses on three control ties:

  • Collar Tie
  • 2-on-1
  • Underhook

He explains the objectives and reasons why he likes the collar tie and 2-on-1, but spends the majority of this segment showing attacks from the underhook.

Heavyweight wrestlers have monstrous hips and thighs, making it easy for them to defend bad shots by simply sprawling back. Lane shows why attacks from the underhook are ideal, because they don't put wrestlers in a precarious position when attacking, and, offer a high reward as the finishes are easy to execute.

The underhook is a dominant tie up, and no decent wrestler will just give it up, so Coach Lanes show you how to get into an underhook from two scenarios - when you have a collar tie and when an opponent over-extends. He also details the ideal head position from an underhook to maximize scoring opportunities.

After getting the underhook, four solid attacks are covered. These attacks complement each other and build a varied and highly successful strategy for heavyweight competitions:

  • Snap down to a front headlock
  • Execute a throw-by
  • Hit a far knee pick
  • Get a snatch single

Coach Lane goes into detail on how to execute and finish a snatch single, and why it should be a heavyweight's bread and butter move from this position on. After getting the snatch single, Tucker explains the more dynamic finishes from the single leg that don't work that well at heavyweight, and instead, shows how to elevate the leg to finish.

Defensive Techniques on the Mat

At heavyweight, a lot of easy points are given from the front head lock position. Coach Lane shows a simple method to get out of the front head lock by adhering to the principles of:

  • Tripoding up
  • Keeping arms close
  • Grabbing the hand that's controlling the neck
  • Getting the head across the chest
  • Continuing to circle until you get out

When it comes to tactics on the mat, Tucker keeps it simple and shows why the best way for a heavyweight to get off their belly is to simply use their inside knee to get up into the referee's position, and pressure themselves to stand up from there. The technique is taught clearly, allowing even the most uncoordinated heavyweight to understand what they need to do. On top, you will learn how to counter this position to maintain top position and potentially rack up riding points.

Coach Lane provides all the techniques, positions, and strategies needed to be successful competing and winning in the heavyweight division!

66 minutes. 2018.

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Signature Move Series: Kyle Dake's Claw Series
with Kyle Dake, 4x National Champion for Cornell University;
first wrestler in NCAA history to win four NCAA titles at four different weight classes; 2013 Hodge Trophy winner, 4X NCAA Division I All-American; 2013 Sports Illustrated Male Collegiate Athlete of the Year

This is the video that all coaches and wrestlers have been waiting for!

Learn to wrestle and score from the claw position - the same series that took Kyle Dake to four NCAA championships. Kyle Dake demonstrates his favorite series as he takes you step-by-step through the series of tilts and turns that he has used to find success.

You'll see everything from how to start on top of your opponent all the way through several scoring opportunities that the Claw provides. Dake goes step-by-step through several types of common claw rides and how to use them to score and pin your opponent. He teaches wrestlers to not be afraid to go to their back in order to create scoring opportunities.

Dake divides his instruction into six parts:

Discover six drills that can be incorporated into your daily workouts that teach the basic fundamentals needed to be successful with this claw series. These drills will help you get comfortable when your back is compromised. Exposing your back is sometimes necessary to score, but control is imperative.

Learn how to establish and maintain control from a variety of positions, and pick up a few tricks that will help you feel at ease in these positions. In addition, coaches will learn how to make these drills both fun and competitive to maximize results.

Lining Up
Lining up properly from the top position can give wrestlers an advantage before the whistle even blows. They will learn how to "line up heavy" to make their opponent uncomfortable and take their mind off their defense. This will allow you to take charge and initiate your claw series.

The Claw
To successfully turn your opponents with the claw, you have to understand the intricacies of the move. Dake shows you the details of the move, along with the assorted transitions that go along with it. You will see how to apply the basic claw tilt with a thigh pry, deep waist, or wrist and how to make these transitions within the series to become an effective chain wrestler.

The Half Tilt
When your opponent stops your claw, you sometimes have to go to a peripheral move. The half tilt is one of those moves. The half tilt is very similar to the claw tilt and equally effective. You will learn how to transition from the claw to the half and its variations, including a knee switch. This is a simple change in direction that will create numerous turn opportunities when your opponent is fighting the claw.

Getting the Pin
Your team will score big points with the half tilt, but sometimes points aren't enough. Dake shows how to seal the deal and get the pin after securing back points. He teaches a power claw that can be used against opponents that are very strong and hard to turn and the step through turn for when your opponent flattens out.

Other Tilts
In addition to the claw tilt and the half tilt, you will learn to transition into a 2-on-1 tilt and a tight waist tilt and their variations. These transitions will provide you with a solid attack from a variety of angles.

This video is a superb resource for coaches who are teaching wrestlers how to wrestle from the top position. It is practical technique that will give your wrestlers the knowledge and the confidence they need to control, turn and pin their opponents.

It is hard to refute the effectiveness of this series after watching Dake use it to secure his fourth national title. By learning and mastering this claw series, you will undoubtedly improve from the top position and take your technique to the next level.

"[Dake] is an amazing teacher that many coaches can learn from right now, as he is still very cl

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Troy Nickerson's Wrestling Drills 3-pack

with Troy Nickerson,
Northern Colorado University Head Coach;
former Iowa State University Assistant Coach;
NCAA D1 National Champion and 4x All-American at Cornell University;
the first 5x state champion in New York

Does your team need to be better on their feet? If you need more takedowns, this video has what you need! You will learn a drill series to get your wrestlers better on their feet from four-time All-American Troy Nickerson, who teaches ways to score from shots as well as defensive scoring to make your wrestlers complete threats on the mat.

Coach Nickerson brings his coaching techniques into your room, beginning with the basics of stance and motion and progressively moving to his finishing drills. Learn how and when to use each of these drills to improve wrestler performance. Nickerson has designed these progressions to grow athletes from a very raw and basic level, to the highest level of competitors.

Footwork Drills: Speed, Balance, and Flexibility

Any wrestler that is great on their feet uses stance and motion to improve their skills. Coach Nickerson demonstrates drills to get hands and feet moving together to improve attack and defense speeds. These drills cover:

  • Stance and Motion - Learn how to move hands and feet together, plus how to develop solid level changes, down blocks, cross blocks, head blocks and knee drops.
  • Foot Speed - Develop the speed needed to get to the leg and defend. Master the over and back, side to side, and leg switches.

    Flexibility and Balance - Increase hip and leg flexibility by mastering single leg finish stretches and back step drills.

Learn How To Drill Control Ties

Nickerson covers a few different drills on positioning that allow wrestlers to have a higher success rate on their shots. He demonstrates drills for gaining and getting out of underhooks, collar ties, and 2-on-1 ties. Using the climbing drill, wrestlers will learn how to work up to a proper tie without providing a chance for their opponent to score.

This video allows you to build wrestlers from beginners to beast with simple drills that everyone can do. If you want to get better on your feet, Coach Nickerson can help get you there!

57 minutes. 2018.


with Troy Nickerson,
Northern Colorado University Head Coach;
former Iowa State University Assistant Coach;
NCAA D1 National Champion and 4x All-American at Cornell University;
the first 5x state champion in New York

Mat wrestling is a forgotten art. Most kids want to work on takedowns, but wrestling consists of three areas in total that need to be worked on.

In this video, four-time All-American Troy Nickerson shows you how to incorporate a series of drills that will improve wrestlers in the top and bottom positions at the same time. He starts with some foundational drills that are later integrated into other drills.

Coach Nickerson teaches you drills that you can put your own moves into and have success. Bottom wrestlers will learn how to maintain a solid base and how to get their hips away for an escape or reversal. Top wrestlers will learn to maintain forward pressure and hip control. These drills will build good instincts and will give wrestlers the confidence to hit their moves in competition.

Bottom Position Wrestling Drills

Nickerson builds wrestlers by getting them to embrace the basics. He starts with a drill that helps the bottom wrestler learn to maintain a good base position while creating space on bottom with a knee slide or changeover. It's important that a wrestler has great hips, which helps them to move on bottom. He covers three different drills to help improve hip heist for all wrestlers. He then uses several drills that cover stand ups, sit-outs, and Granby rolls.

All the moves are combined, and the scenarios are endless. There are also drills for clearing legs, working reversals, and re-attacking from a

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Blueprint for Success: Building a High School Program

with Kevin Dresser,
Iowa State University Head Coach;
former Virginia Tech Head Coach; 2017 ACC Co-Coach of the Year;
2016 NWCA Coach of the Year;
three straight ACC Dual Meet Champions (2015-17); Back-to-Back ACC Tournament Champions (2013-14);
former Christiansburg (VA) High School Head Coach,
5x Virginia Group AA State Champions;
1986 NCAA Champion and 2x All-American wrestler at the University of Iowa

Are you wondering what you can do to improve practice? Do you want to know if you're doing the right things? Many coaches spend time wondering if what they're doing is the right thing for their team.

Kevin Dresser has experienced great success in high school and college as a coach. In this video, he describes some of the biggest mistakes he has made as a coach. He also passes on what he's learned from those mistakes to allow you an opportunity to avoid making the same mistakes.

Coach Dresser's Keys to Success

The first part of the video outlines what Dresser calls his practice 'anatomy.' He has eight general steps that he uses everyday leading into his competition weekend. These begin with warm-ups (when to warm up hard and when to warm up subdued) and complete with live wrestling. He bookends these steps with a pre-practice talk and closes with an exit message. These are both important to the athlete as you bring them into a practice, as well as when you send them forward from practice.

'The 5 Biggest Mistakes a Coach Can Make'

Coach Dresser follows up practice plans with his five biggest mistakes that you can make as a coach. These come from many years being on one side of the whistle. The biggest one is not showing every move you know. Your athletes will learn the flashy/fun stuff on their own, but to win, they have to be good at the basics.

Dresser is also a huge proponent of the team concept, even as far as how he utilizes his staff and communication with those over him in the food chain. He concludes with an insightful, experience-laden perspective on warning signals of over-training (especially high school athletes).

'The 5 Most Important Things to Build a Championship Program'

Coach Dresser completes his session by sharing program-building philosophies. Thoughts on building from the ground up in your school, becoming someone who is respected and embodies the values you will want in your athletes such as hard work. The 'grassroots' style of program building will eventually get people into the seats and have your community, parents and administrators supporting you. He emphasizes the team concept once again, but places more importance on self-development and out-working everyone else you compete against.

Success isn't just measured in wins and losses; it has to be also measured in the incremental steps necessary to get to the top and then sustain it. Whether you are a rookie coach, or have been coaching for numerous years, this video contains information that anyone can use to grow!

35 minutes. 2018.

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Open Practice: Peaking for State & Circuit Training

with Herb Stinson,
former Aztec (NM) High School Head Coach;
member of the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) Hall of Fame (2016);
Wrestling USA Magazine National Coach of the Year (1991);
3x NWCA National High School Coach of the Year ('91, '95, '00);
12x NM High School State Champions, including 11 in a row (1990-2000);
6x New Mexico A/3A State Coach of the Year;
coach 65 individual State Champions and won 139 tournament championships; over 500 career wins

National Hall of Fame Coach Herb Stinson has produced 65 individual state champions and coached 12 state championship teams during his coaching career. One of the reasons he's had great success is his ability to build a program from the ground up. Stinson understands that in order to mold a successful program, you need to develop wrestlers at all levels.

Coach Stinson opens up his practice room and shows what his team works on to become a dominant wrestling program. He maximizes the amount of drilling covered in a practice by incorporating techniques into warm-ups. Coach Stinson has his wrestlers demonstrate the drills that have helped elevate Aztec High School wrestling, such as the takedown system and breakdown system.

Takedown System

Coach Stinson has his wrestlers demonstrates the basics of inside singles, outside singles, and Russians.

  • Inside Singles: Used to score when an opponent is stationary or backing up.
  • Outside Singles: A great way to score when an opponent pressures into you.
  • Russian to a Heel Pick: Catch an opponent's far ankle when they step their inside leg back.
  • Russian to Fireman's Carry: Used when an opponent has their weight on their heels.
  • Russian to a Stretch: A simple and effective takedown when an opponent is on their toes.
  • Coach Stinson also demonstrates several valuable drills that can increase a wrestler's takedown percentage, such as half body attacks, rope drills, and choreograph shots.

    Breakdown System

    Stopping your opponent's first move off the bottom and then learning to do a safe turn is important in building a program with young wrestlers. Stinson-coached teams are known for their tilts from top. This has led opponents to focus solely on keeping their wrist away while on bottom. Stinson has developed five key breakdowns to break any opponent flat and secure the wrist.

    • Pinch: A great first move to stop an opponent and trap their ankle.
    • Knee Swipe: Allows you to capture the far knee and put an opponent on their hip.
    • Arm Chop: Gives you the opportunity to trap the arm off the whistle and immediately go into a tilt.
    • Knee Jam: Allows for a wrestler to use their knee to drive an opponent flat.
    • Spiral: A great breakdown to put an opponent on their butt.

    Note: This section is a great complement to Coach Stinson's Tiger Tilt video (item#: WRD-05146).

    Practice Session

    See firsthand what an Aztec High School practice looks like, when Coach Stinson takes his team through a typical end-of-season practice from start to finish. You will have the opportunity to see the warm-up, live wrestling, and cool down.

    The warm-up is one of the most important aspects of the practice, because it's a time when the athletes will not only fine tune their technique, but also work on developing their strength, flexibility and overall conditioning. You'll understand the importance of drilling and how gaining more repetitions in all positions will allow for a wrestler to get better. A unique feature of Aztec practices is that a variety of conditioning drills are implemented during the practice session rather than after.

    The live wrestling consists of short situational scrambles with a partner, small group takedowns with King of the Mat, and technique-specific live wrestling out of

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