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Mastering Transitions

with Dave Malecek,
UW-Lacrosse Head Coach;
7x WIAC Mertz Mortoreilli Coach of the Year; WIAC Coaching Staff of the Year (2018);
2015 NCAA III Midwest Region Coach of the Year; 2010 Coach of the Year;
2007 NCAA Rookie Coach of the Year; led UW-L to a top-four finish at the NCAA D-III National Championships in seven straight seasons (2007-2013)

In this video, UW-Lacrosse's Dave Malecek dives into an area of wrestling where you can rack up points: transitions. He demonstrates various drilling techniques that he uses within his own program to help his athletes take advantage of their natural areas of strength. You'll learn all about chain wrestling from your wrestlers' core positions and how to improve their overall transition skills.

Core Move

Developing a "core", or a 'go-to' move, is an essential aspect of Coach Malecek's approach to transition wrestling. Each sequence of moves always ends with the wrestler's chosen core move. This technique helps build muscle memory and allows athletes to complete a smoother transition from move to move.

Chain Wrestling

Coach Malecek focuses on chain wrestling for his athletes. He firmly believes that they can score more points if they begin with positions where they already feel comfortable and strong.

You'll see Malecek and his wrestlers begin with their final turns for points. From there, they move on to their breakdown and transitioning to those turns. Finally, they slowly progress to attacks on their feet and then ultimately transition to their turns.

Malecek shows the importance isn't just in the traditional approach to transitioning to a turn, but flipping that approach upside down and working backward. Sometimes, the best way to approach a challenging situation is to hit it from the complete opposite side. You'll get some ideas that buck traditional logic that have helped Coach Malecek's athletes win big matches.

If you want an insightful look into how to better drill transitions, this video from Coach Malecek is a great choice. Score more points and win more duals this season!

59 minutes. 2019.

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Signature Move Series: Cam Simaz's Ankle Pick Series

with Cameron Simaz,
South Dakota State University Assistant Coach;
former United States Military Academy Preparatory School (USMAPS) Associate Head Coach; helped lead the USMAPS 2017-18 team to an undefeated campaign;
4x All-American wrestler at Cornell University; NCAA National Title at 197 pounds (2012)

One of the prettiest takedowns in wrestling is the ankle pick, and in this video, you'll learn the ankle pick from one of the masters of the move: Cam Simaz!

The ankle pick is a safe technique that can be effective when you need to get two points. The information presented by Coach Simaz will help you increase the number of takedowns you get using the ankle pick.

Getting Started and Setups

Simaz leans on his past experience, which includes winning the individual NCAA Title in 2012 (Cornell), to explain and demonstrate three different techniques to get to the ankle pick. From there, he shows how to use head position, hand position, and foot movement setups to hit a shot.

Adjustments and Finishes

One of the keys to wrestling is to be able to anticipate what the opponent is going to do next before they actually do it. Coach Simaz addresses many of the different methods that opponents may use in reaction to an ankle pick. You'll also get various combinations of turks and cradles that can quickly put your opponent on their back.

Finally, Simaz demonstrates multiple finishes that will increase your chances of scoring. He even covers finishes from different wrestling styles (Folkstyle and Freestyle).

This is one of the most complete breakdowns of the ankle pick ever put together in one place. Coach Simaz has often used the ankle pick to his advantage, and with the help of this video, your wrestlers will soon be able to as well!

83 minutes. 2019.

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Damion Hahn: Bottom Position & Stand-Ups

with Damion Hahn,
South Dakota State Head Coach;
former Cornell University Associate Head Coach; 2017 EIWA Champions - 11 consecutive EIWA Conference Championships (2007-17);
2x NCAA Champion and 4x All American (University of Minnesota; was part of 2 NCAA Championship teams);
2004 Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year award winner (top Big Ten male athlete)

Looking for something that will help to improve your wrestlers' chances of escaping? This video from South Dakota State head coach Damion Hahn provides the assistance you need to train athletes to use various stand-ups to escape. Learning the art of the stand-up is important for any wrestler looking to become a dominant force on the mat.

Coach Hahn presents a series of stand-ups that will help wrestlers of any level be able to get up and get out. This video showcases six different types of stand-ups that anyone can use, allowing individuals to become a 'Swiss army knife' if they want to adopt every stand-up style, or focus on one to make it their bread and butter. Hahn breaks down each stand-up into details that are easy to understand and teach to others.

Coach Hahn covers the inside leg, outside leg, knee slide, tripod, and the sit-out stand-ups. Watching this video will provide wrestlers the chance to discover what works for them. Next, Hahn covers the need for a wrestler to get off their belly and to their base. This creates an easy transition from the belly to a stand-up situation. Again, Coach Hahn breaks down how to build to the base using great attention to detail. He demonstrates what to do when the opponent is on your wrestler, as well as different positions on top.

Coach Hahn breaks down complex situations into simple steps that you can quickly implement into actionable technique in live matches. This video gives many tips that wrestlers of all ages will benefit from and will ensure that kids don't spend an inordinate amount of time on their belly or the bottom.

69 minutes. 2019.

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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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