- Discover key breakdowns that will keep your opponent off his base
- Tie your tilts and turns together to chain wrestle and start to dominate on top
- Features 2003 World Cup Champion and Oklahoma State Head Assistant Coach Eric Guerrero
with Eric Guerrero,
Oklahoma State University Associate Head Coach;
Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame (2014);
3x NCAA Champ at Oklahoma St. (4x All American);
2004 Olympian; 2003 World Cup Champion;
2x USA FILA junior world freestyle champion;
head coach for the USA at the 2009 FILA Junior Freestyle World Championships
The top position is where wrestlers show dominance over their opponents. The ability to pin will allow you to recover from mistakes and come from behind to win. Eric Guerrero shows you how to dominate from the top position in youth wrestling. Coach Guerrero not only emphasizes the techniques used to be dominant from the top position, but also the drills that can be used to ride and break the will of your opponent.
Key Skills for Riding and Breakdowns
Develop the precise positioning required to break down and ride your opponent. Guerrero talks about having a good chop philosophy, which includes driving, keeping your head up, staying in good position, and capturing the wrist. Off that philosophy, he teaches three different breakdown techniques, starting with the Head Lever Breakdown for when your opponent does not breakdown off the chop.
Guerrero also shows a Head Lever to a Half Nelson pinning combination. From there he teaches the proper technique to a Spiral Ride and shows two situations of how and when to use the Spiral Ride. The final breakdown that Guerrero shows is an Ankle Chop, which is more of a set-up for the Chop that he showed earlier.
Once you have broken down your opponent, you will need pinning combinations to score points from the top. Guerrero delivers the:
- Half Nelson
- Chicken Wing
- Bar Series
- Crossface Cradle
In addition, you will see how to put legs in as well as where a wrestler should be while riding legs. Guerrero goes through several types of turns from legs and he emphasizes the importance of each position. At the end of the video, he shows how to tie everything together and how to teach yourself to chain wrestler from the top while you are drilling or going live.
Techniques and demonstrations for performing the most common moves from the top position are explained and with the young wrestler in mind. The advantage of these techniques is that they are basic techniques that will enable even a novice coach or athlete to teach and learn quickly. These techniques can also be used as building blocks for wrestlers at any level.
Top wrestling is a sign of dominance. This DVD is essential in building an effective top position wrestler!
This series of videos was produced by Championship Productions in association with AAU (The Amateur Athletic Union).
36 minutes. 2013.Wrestling Videos