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  1. Once you get the half in and secure the far wrist, you really can dominate an opponent. I think the difficult part is getting that position. Here is a clip of him making it look easy And a highlights clip
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    Barzegar finish to high single

    Thanks for that Abas clip. Explains it perfectly !
  3. Gene Mills was one of the most dominating top-riding and pinning wrestlers of all-time. The foundation of his success on top was the half from the knees. Why don't we see this used more often?
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    two-piece singlets?

    I think the effect of allowing a two-piece uniform on enrollment in our sport is vastly over-stated. People don't participate in a sport for the uniform! Besides you can wear whatever you want to practice. Uniform -and headgear- is required only in competition.
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    Anthony Valencia

    SBJ has 3 nationally ranked guys (top 10?). That is pretty stellar for a small prep school. They must be doing something right. Yes, I am sure money for extra coaching staff and travel to tournaments helps.
  6. I teach my kids to finish the high single on the feet by clearing the leg to the inside, going out towards the ankle, and lifting the leg. this nullifies the whizzer and puts the wrestler in a good position to use a variety of different finishes to take the opponent to the mat. I think this is high percentage. My question is about the Barzegar. This would be clearing to the outside instead and lifting opponent's leg high. I think the motion is done while simultaneously stepping and driving across in front of the opponent's body. I was never taught how to do this move and I can't find any good instruction on how to do it. In fact, I can only find one clip on youtube that even shows the barzegar (from the single not the double). I know it is effective - at least one Iranian olympic-medalist was pretty good at it :) My questions: 1) How do you do the barzegar properly? What's the trick to it? 2) And why isn't it used more in competition?
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    Anthony Valencia

    Yes, I saw that one. I learned about Alex Valencias and his brother Zahid Valencias (also a stud, if not quite as exciting to watch) while doing some research on Aaron Pico. All three go to St. John Bosco Highschool in CA. What is the secret of that program ??? Here is another great match with Alex Valencia vs. Mark Hall, two of the best high school wrestlers in the country. http://www.flowrestling.org/coverage/25 ... -Mark-Hall
  8. When I wrestled in high school (many years ago), I would take the bottom position with my toes on the mat. I found this allowed me to push off the mat and get some movement started for switches, sit outs, granbys, stand ups, whatever. Yes,an opponent could grab your ankle more easily and try to drive you to the mat but this could be countered by grabbing their wrist, posting on it, and standing up. When I wrestled in college, our coach taught us to sit on our laces and keep our weight solidly on our legs. This created a more stable position that was harder for the top man to break down but I always felt it limited my options. About the only thing you can do quickly from that position is a stand up. Almost all the other mat work options are gone. So my conclusion is: Toes = less stability but more movement and more options Laces = more stability but less movement and less options Your thoughts?
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    Best instructional video for set-ups

    I am a big fan of the products from Championship Productions. I would recommend: Mat Azevedo - Inside Tie Series Jeff Swenson - 20 Set-ups for Single Leg Attacks Tom Ryan - High Crotch and Single Leg Technique That being said, I am going to go take a peak at the russian videos the previous poster mentioned :)
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    Best instructional video for set-ups

    I am a big fan of the products from Championship Productions. I would recommend: Mat Azevedo - Inside Tie Series Jeff Swenson - 20 Set-ups for Single Leg Attacks Tom Ryan - High Crotch and Single Leg Technique That being said, I am going to go take a peak at the russian videos the previous poster mentioned :)
  11. Big_Al

    Best instructional video for set-ups

    I am a big fan of the products from Championship Productions. I would recommend: Mat Azevedo - Inside Tie Series Jeff Swenson - 20 Set-ups for Single Leg Attacks Tom Ryan - High Crotch and Single Leg Technique That being said, I am going to go take a peak at the russian videos the previous poster mentioned :)
  12. Big_Al

    Best instructional video for set-ups

    I am a big fan of the products from Championship Productions. I would recommend: Mat Azevedo - Inside Tie Series Jeff Swenson - 20 Set-ups for Single Leg Attacks Tom Ryan - High Crotch and Single Leg Technique That being said, I am going to go take a peak at the russian videos the previous poster mentioned :)
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    New Coach Musts

    Great advice tcarr184. To the OP, are you looking for info on all the program intangibles or more narrowly on how to run a practice room for a season?
  14. I second Oregon State.
  15. What weight class? Is he a big slow guy or is he agile enough to move around. Stance - if you know the low shots are coming, you need to get low. You can even put one hand down on the ground in sort of a football stance. see Klye Dake downblocking if opponent has your leg but is still in front - you can still bend at the waist and lock around his crotch, etc. to make it very difficult for him to finish. if opponent has your leg and is low and sweeping around to the outside -a number of counters: a) put your hand on the back of his head and put your weight on him making it difficult for him to finish b) ankle whizzer c) ankle whizzer to tilt/roll d) high leg over his back and crotch lift e) kick out f) spin towards the back, freeing your leg and getting the 2
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