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Cover: winning heavyweight concepts: mindset, strategy & techniques
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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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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Cover: blueprint for success: building a high school program
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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Cover: must-win positions - volume 2
Must-Win Positions - Volume 2

with Chris Bono,
South Dakota State University Head Coach;
2016 Big 12 Coach of the Year;
3x U.S. Freestyle World Team Member;
3x All American and 1996 NCAA Champion at Iowa State University

Wrestlers miss or give up too many points in positions they can win. This video is a must for coaches tired of seeing their wrestlers leave points on the mat.

Chris Bono walks through 10 must-win positions, focusing mainly on defensive positions that you must win. He breaks down the moves and covers every step in detail, adding drills along the way to master the positions. These are positions that are common problems for wrestlers.

Crackdown Position and Beating a Leg Pass

The crackdown is one of the most technical positions in wrestling, so learning how to win this position both offensively and defensively is essential. Coach Bono shows how to bump your opponent and get your leg back.

A leg pass off a low single is rapidly becoming fundamental technique in wrestling. Learning the counter to counter game is now must-know material. Bono gives you a basic counter and shows how to use a back hook to complete the takedown.

Single Leg Sprawl Counter and Returning to the Mat

Coach Bono demonstrates three different finishes when your opponent sprawls. One of these finishes leads to back points from a Navy Ride, a solid, rarely seen move.

If your wrestlers are tired of getting to their feet just to get returned, then learn how to land "like a cat" on all fours and knee slide in order to explode back to your feet and gain the advantage.

Leg Defense and Defeating a Shin Whizzer

The next two positions that Bono discuses are the shin whizzer defense and leg defense. Both of these positions can be difficult to defend. He shows two ways to defend the shin whizzer and four different ways to defend legs. Develop the skills to get the defensive pin or to get the escape.

Win the Front Headlock

The front headlock is a staple of Coach Bono's program. He demonstrates how he gets opponents out of position and how to score from the front headlock. See how to win this position from both top and bottom:

  • Master control with the chin and armpit to keep your opponent down and score on top.
  • Learn to stay strong on the bottom to win this position, whether your opponent locks hands or not.

Coach Bono covers many common positions that wrestlers struggle with and shows how to rectify these problems. This is a great video to help your team get to the next level!

53 minutes. 2017.

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Cover: must-win positions - volume 1
Must-Win Positions - Volume 1

with Chris Bono,
South Dakota State University Head Coach;
2016 Big 12 Coach of the Year;
3x U.S. Freestyle World Team Member;
3x All American and 1996 NCAA Champion at Iowa State University

Have you ever had a wrestler in on a single leg and couldn't finish? How about giving up on a return to the mat, which resulted in a stall call or giving up a point? Now's the time for your wrestlers to win those positions! Matches can be won or lost by just one point, and this video will help your team be on the winning side of those matches.

In this video, Chris Bono brings his national and international experience together to help you develop your wrestlers in these must-win positions. He shows you 10 must-win positions from the neutral position and the techniques to master these positions to become champions. The techniques and drills in this video will ensure your wrestlers compete at a high level once mastered.

Finish 100% of the time when getting to a leg and getting it in the air.

Your wrestlers must be able to finish when they get to the opponent's leg. Why would you want to work hard for 5 or 6 minutes to get to your opponent's leg once, then not be able to finish? Bono shows the proper technique in securing the single leg, and three ways to finish a single leg depending on how your opponent reacts. He also demonstrates how to score from a single when your opponent is trying to get off the mat or use the edge.

Finish when in on a high crotch.

Win the high-crotch crackdown position every time! Bono demonstrates small details to help your wrestlers score from four different high crotch positions that they'll end up in with regularity. Develop the skills needed to beat the wrestler who likes to sit the corner or crotch lift.

Additionally, you'll get a knee slide drill that is essential for the high crotch.

Win when in the dominant position from a standing front headlock.

The front headlock is one of the most common positions in wrestling and one of the most common stalemated positions. Bono emphasizes proper head and hand position with this technique, showing how to control your opponent in order to get to their leg with a jab step.

Beat your opponent's control ties.

Coach Bono shows how to clear a two-on one and an underhook. He not only shows how to clear these ties, but how to transition directly into a tilt or capture the wrist.

Win the rear standing position.

Master the art of getting your opponent off his feet. Bono teaches ways to return the wrestler back to the mat that don't involve a lot of muscle to get the job done. He also shows how to get back points on the return.

Coach Bono ends the video showing easy techniques to counter the single leg and body locks.

This video addresses so many positions that tend to result in stalemates, conceding, or going out of bounds. Matches can be won or lost by just one point; this video will help your team be on the winning side of those matches!

57 minutes. 2017.

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