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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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    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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    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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