Learn five variations of the Turk Series that has helped SCSU win back-to-back NCAA D-II National Championships!
- Discover a simple way to stop your opponent's leg pass from the turk position
- Learn how to get into the turk series directly from your leg attacks
- Get two ways to finish the turk with a fall using the ankle grab or cradle
with Steve Costanzo,
St. Cloud State University Head Coach;
2018 NCAA DII National Champions - third title in four years, including back-to-back National Championships (2016-17);
2018 NWCA DII National Duals Champions;
2016 NCAA DII Coach of the Year;
2018 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Champions - winners of seven straight conference titles (2012-18) and 11 overall; 5x NSIC Coach of the Year; former Dana College Head Coach - 2016 NAIA National Champions
featuring Austin Goergen,
4x All-American at St. Cloud St.;
named the NCAA Division II's Most Dominant Wrestler for 2017;
holds the team record for most falls in a career (71) and season (20)
Steve Costanzo has turned St. Cloud State into a NCAA D-II wrestling powerhouse. Under Coach Costanzo, the Huskies have won back-to-back NCAA Division II titles (2016-17). Through the 2017 season, St. Cloud has won six straight Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championships (and 10 overall under Costanzo) and have not lost a conference dual meet since 2011. Coach Costanzo, two-time National D-II Coach of the Year, has coached seven National Champions and 76 All-Americans. He also served as head coach at Dana College, where he led his squad to the 2006 NAIA National Title and was awarded the NAIA Coach of the Year.
Steve Costanza, with help from four-time All-American Austin Goergen, shows you how to score from the mat (and the neutral position) using his Leg Turk series. Along with the details of successfully executing the Turks, you'll see the set-ups, common mistakes, and how to score the pin out of these Turks. No secret is spared in covering how to get the Turk and your opponent to their back!
Bent Leg Turk
The Bent Leg Turk is a simple, but highly effective version of the Turk which does not involve scissoring your opponent's leg. Coach Goergen demonstrates the Turk from the set-up, through the takedown to the finish, highlighting several key details that make sure it stays functional.
Costanzo demonstrates how to secure the fall after scoring the maximum allotment of near fall points, followed by the common mistakes made with the technique and how to rectify these mistakes.
Split Leg Turk
The Split Leg Turk is the more traditional Turk that includes a scissors of the opponent's "top" leg. It's one of the most effective scoring techniques from the top position that can crush your opponent's spirit due to its scoring power. Costanzo demonstrates how to get into the hold from a variety of positions, and how to finish scoring back points and pins. You'll also see how to set up and hit the Split Leg Turk from leg attacks in single leg, double leg, and high-crotch positions.
Also demonstrated are the Trapped Leg Turk, which is a variation of the Turk that involves a figure four of your opponents leg, and the High Thigh Turk. You'll learn the main points of each, including how to finish the hold with a fall and how to correct the common mistakes related to each Turk.
The crackdown position is difficult for many wrestlers. Assistant Coach Jay Hildreth demonstrates how to use a Body Turk as a counter to opponent defense, primarily the crackdown position. He teaches two ways to secure the Body Turk, and technique to score back points from it.
Breakdown Drills for the Turk Series
Coach Costanzo shows three drills that he has his wrestlers do to master the Turk series. The first drill helps wrestlers develop good hip position while using the Turk and works on keeping the opponent on the mat. The last two drills are sparring drills that have the wrestlers go over each Turk series. During the drill sessions, Costanzo talks through the holds and focuses attention on key details as the wrestlers drill on the holds.
This is a great video for an intermediate or advanced wrestler that wants to become tough o