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Brandon Slay: Developing a World Class Ankle Pick and Single Leg
with Brandon Slay,
2000 Olympic Gold Medalist;
Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Regional Training Center at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia; former Head Coach at the Olympic Training Center & National Development Coach for USA Wrestling;
2x NCAA All-American (University of Pennsylvania); Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Olympic Champion and USA National Freestyle Coach Brandon Slay shares world class techniques on developing an unstoppable ankle pick and single leg series at the USA Wrestling Coaching Clinic (in conjunction with the 2016 Olympic Trials).

Coach Slay demonstrates the proper mechanics and position for stance, set-ups, and various finishes to the ankle pick and single leg that are being taught and used at the Olympic Training Center by wrestlers such as Kyle Snyder and David Taylor. Additionally, Slay shares examples of realistic match situations to illustrate how and when to use these techniques, as well as how to get wrestlers ready for competition.

Evaluating Your Opponent's Stance and Position

Even at the world level, stance and position are critical for success. Coach Slay reinforces the correct stance and position on your feet and shows you how to quickly evaluate your opponent's weaknesses and your potential scoring opportunities based on their stance. Through simple observation of your opponent's tendencies, he shows how you will be able to understand the key match strategies to employ based on if your opponent is a left foot or right foot lead.

Set-Ups: Why Most Collar Ties are Done Incorrectly

Success with the ankle pick starts with a proper understanding of how to collar tie properly. Most wrestlers use the collar tie incorrectly to passively hold their opponent's head.

Coach Slay will change the way you collar tie by turning it into an aggressive-offensive position. You'll learn the right way to push and pull with the collar tie, and then how to quickly move your opponent laterally to successfully set up the attack. He also reveals the three most common control ties used in wrestling and shares his thoughts on the best tie to use in both an offensive and defensive situation.

Coaching tips are provided on getting wrestlers ready for competition, including the use of offense/defense drills to simulate realistic match-like situations. Understanding the importance of when to go offensive and when to go defensive will stop your athletes from losing in the final minutes of a match.

Executing Set-ups and Finishes to Ankle Picks

Coach Slay covers the "Five Keys to Wrestling" that every wrestler should understand to keep excellent position when finishing any leg attack. By stressing the proper footwork, motion, control ties, and level change, he demonstrates the mechanics of the ankle pick that are used at the world level for Olympic-level athletes. Multiple finishes from these positions are taught as a plan for attacking both sides of your opponent's body.

How to Transition Into Other Leg Attacks

The ankle pick also serves as a great transition into other leg attacks, because you are now under your opponent's hips, and the nature of the attack makes it hard to defend against without exposing oneself to another take down. Coach Slay shows how to easily transition into a double, single and low-single leg attack when your opponent successfully defends the ankle pick, and how to finish these leg attacks (and potentially finish with a leg lace.)

Ankle picks are often used as a setup to transition into other leg attacks. This is great psychologically because the wrestler knows that if they fail, they have other options, allowing them to shoot without hesitation. In essence, the ankle pick is a great attack because it allows you to chain from one offensive move to another.

How to Finish the Single Leg Attack

After transitioning to a single leg, Slay shows the three most common ways to defend the single leg attack, and how to counter them to get the take down. You will learn how to counter when your opponent:

  • Defends by hipping into you, like in folkstyle wrestling
  • How to turn the corner when they have sprawled
  • How to counter when they reach over the top of you

As a bonus, you'll also learn how to properly transition from an ankle pick to a single leg to prevent your opponent from defending with a kick out - a common defense used in international freestyle competition. Slay also shows how to easily turn your opponent's attempt to stall with a shin whizzer into an outside single leg attack.

The ankle pick, when setup properly, does not require a high level of athleticism or explosiveness. Wrestlers of all levels can successfully learn the ankle pick with a minimum learning curve. Slay shares the best techniques and strategies to help all wrestlers and their coaches to know what to do to continue to improve and reach their goals.

Produced at the 2016 USA Wrestling Silver Coaches Clinic in Iowa City (IA).

89 minutes. 2016.

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Mike Powell's Wrestling 3-Pack
WRD-04967A: with Mike Powell,
Oak Park River Forest (IL) High School; 2x Illinois Dual Team State Champions;
2012 National Wrestling Hall of Fame - recipient of the Medal of Courage;
former Illinois National Team Greco-Roman Coach; 2012 USA Wrestling Cadet Coach of the Year;
All-American wrestler at Indiana University

Mike Powell presents the technique and finishes to one of his signature moves: the football snap. This dominant tie is ideal for wrestlers that don't have an explosive penetration/drop step and struggle getting under opponents to get to an attack. The football snap's purpose is to wear down your opponent, allowing you to hit your attacks easily. It also serves as a nice change-of-pace set-up, as it forces wrestlers to use their left hand - and pulls the opponent down into a right-handed front headlock.

Coach Powell begins by demonstrating the mechanics of the football snap. He covers the Jam, Circle, Bounce technique. All his wrestlers have to master this before moving on to the finish. Opponents can stay on their feet, but with this technique you'll be able to create the angle you need for a successful attack. Coach Powell covers the basic finish, the Butt Drag, and Head in the Hole counter used when you get stuck in front of your opponent.

Leg Attacks from a Football Snap

The Football Snap provides a number of option to score on leg attacks. Coach Powell offers the following options, giving you the ability to score no matter what your opponent tries to do to counter:

  • Opposite Side Single Leg - Learn how to finish when you can't get the opponent snapped to the mat. Coach Powell shows you two options using this technique, including how to get five points with an inside cradle.
  • High Crotch - For when your opponent is backing out hard.
  • Bull Rush Double - Perfect when you feel like you are losing your grip on the football snap.
  • Ankle Picks
Coach Powell also give you two techniques to use that will take your opponent to their back: Cross Knee Pick, with two versions to score a fall, and the Dresser Dump.

Popping the Opponent's Head Out

If you start to feel your opponent getting out of the football snap, Coach Powell gives you a number of options to still get the takedown:

  • Collar Steal
  • Underhook Snap
  • Underhook to High Crotch
  • Underhook Throw by Single
  • Inside Trip

Coach Powell's teams have used the football snap with great success. Add it to your team's takedown arsenal today!

44 minutes. 2011.

WRD-04967B: with Mike Powell,
Oak Park River Forest (IL) High School; 2x Illinois Dual Team State Champions;
2012 National Wrestling Hall of Fame - recipient of the Medal of Courage;
former Illinois National Team Greco-Roman Coach; 2012 USA Wrestling Cadet Coach of the Year;
All-American wrestler at Indiana University

Mike Powell, member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, presents a detailed look at the inside trip. You'll get an overview of the ideal positions to trip from, basic setups and techniques, as well as tips that Coach Powell teaches to hit the inside trip every time.

Fundamentals of the Inside Trip

Coach Powell breaks down the basic movements of the inside trip. He covers head to side you'll trip, detailing the steps for a successful move. To pull off the inside trip, wrestlers must turn their hips and shuffle step in while keeping the opponent's inside thigh on the front of their thigh. Coach Powell includes the rest of the move progression and gives pointers on what makes the move more effective.

Set-Ups to Inside Trip

Get nine set-ups to use for the inside trip from Coach Powell, including:

  • Underhook - Coach Powell's #1 set-up that leads into his highest percentage trip.
  • Over Under Position - Great move for "less athletic" upper weights.
  • Over Under with Locked Hands - This position doesn't let the opponent back out and can lead to back points or a fall.
  • Single Overhook - When the opponent gets the underhook, force them to chase you into the inside trip.
  • Double Overhook - For wrestlers who have trouble slipping the underhook, especially the upper weights.
  • Saitiev - From a whizzer position.
  • Outside/Inside Trip - An effective move against any opponent.
  • Front Headlock - Coach Powell shows it from a specific headlock position (snap down from underhook), which makes it more high percentage. However, it can be done from any front headlock position.
  • 2-on-1 Position - Can also lead to a double or single leg takedown. Coach Powell gives a detailed breakdown of switching off to finish with a double or single leg takedown.

Coach Powell closes with a look at the Inside Trip as a method to defend the single leg and a drill that trains your wrestlers to keep their knee off the mat until their opponent is off balance.

Everything you need to learn about the inside trip is included in this detailed video from Coach Powell!

51 minutes. 2014.

WRD-04967C: with Mike Powell,
Oak Park River Forest (IL) High School; 2x Illinois Dual Team State Champions;
2012 National Wrestling Hall of Fame - recipient of the Medal of Courage;
former Illinois National Team Greco-Roman Coach; 2012 USA Wrestling Cadet Coach of the Year;
All-American wrestler at Indiana University

Mike Powell, head coach of two Illinois Dual Team State Championships at Oak Park River Forest High School, shares a system of dominant hand fighting skills that are sure to produce great results on the mat.

When working with his team, Coach Powell breaks his takedown instruction into thirds: set-up, attack and finish. He spends a lot of time on the first third, set-ups, especially on creating openings with the hands and feet because that's where hand fighting comes into play.

Fundamentals of Hand Fighting

Coach Powell starts with the basics, explaining the key words that go along with the fundamental techniques and why they are important to dominant hand fighting:

  • Good Approach - Learn three approaches that focus on getting the opponent to back up and feel panicked. A good approach allows wrestlers to move their opponent anywhere on the mat, setting them up for a shot, and gives the opponent problems getting to their legs.
  • Head Position - Get key pointers to progress to your set up, as well as a better attack.
  • Heavy Hands - Wear your opponent out and move them into an advantage position.
  • Transferring Hands - If there's no opening after a long pull, the wrestler needs to move their hands to keep wearing on the opponent to create a new angle/opening.
  • Forward-Forward-Back - Get the opponent to resist to get them off balance. This move is great for opening up the opponent for a snap.

Snap Downs

Coach Powell's hand fighting system focuses on the snap. He details four snap downs that lead to better attack angles or to short offense. The traditional snap, 50-50 snap, arm snap and foot fake snap are all broken down by Coach Powell.

Dominant Ties

Learn three techniques to shut down your opponent and open up your attacks. You'll see the underhook, football tie and the 2-on-1. Additionally, Coach Powell shows three variations of the 2-on-1: a traditional tie (with and without head position), a Keyhole Lock (a Coach Powell favorite that his teams have used with great success) and the Baseball Grip, which can also help a wrestler who gives up too many attacks on the approach.

Hand Fighting Drills

Coach Powell demonstrates over 10 drills to build an attacking mentality awhile incorporating snaps into all of his drills. These drills reinforce good head position (unless you have a dominant tie), reassess position after a break, create angles and more. The goal of the drills is to force kids to work through the positions to keep their hands and feet moving. This teaches wrestlers how to be aggressive.

This video contains great instruction on Coach Powell's hand fighting system. Perfect for any coach or wrestler who's looking to get elite drills and skills for hand fighting!

81 minutes. 2011.

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Logan Stieber - Tilts
with Logan Stieber,
4x National Champion & Dan Hodge Trophy Winner; 4x OHSAA Division III State Wrestling Champion (303-4 HS & College record)

Logan Stieber shows you techniques he uses to dominate his opponents on top with tilts. He shows many tilts, including, tight waist, deep half, and near wrist.

27 minutes. 2015.

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Logan Stieber - Arm Bars
with Logan Stieber,
4x National Champion & Dan Hodge Trophy Winner; 4x OHSAA Division III State Wrestling Champion (303-4 HS & College record)

Logan Stieber shows you techniques he uses to dominate his opponents on top with arm bars. Logan covers arm bar combinations he uses to turn and pin his opponents.

32 minutes. 2015.

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Mark Perry Coaching Wrestling 2-Pack
WRD-04894A: with Mark Perry,
University of Illinois Associate Head Coach;
2013 Amateur Wrestling News Division I Assistant Coach of the Year;
former Cal Poly State University Co-Head Wrestling Coach;
2x NCAA Champion (4x All American) and 2005 NWCA Rookie of the Year at the University of Iowa; won the Gorrarian Trophy at the 2007 NCAA Tournament

The international wrestling scene has been dominated in recent years by wrestlers from Russia and Iran. Iran especially has exploded onto the scene, winning the 2012-2015 World Cups and the 2013 World Championship in freestyle wrestling.

While they traditionally wrestled in a more relaxed, defensive style, they have experienced most of their recent success after switching to an aggressive, attacking style centered around getting to the underhook.

In spite of their success, the techniques used by wrestlers from Iran and Russia are poorly understood in the United States.

Illinois Associate Head Coach Mark Perry has extensively studied the techniques of the Iranian and Russian wrestlers, and demonstrates how to effectively use them in collegiate and scholastic wrestling. These techniques are innovative and fundamentally sound. And, if mastered, can change the way wrestlers compete and how they think about match situations.

Iranian Underhook Series

The Iranian Series evolved from an underhook, but has slight variations from that which is used in the United States. Coach Perry details the Iranian approach of staying low, keeping the head on the opposite side, and applying heavy pressure. These variations are what help to make this series effective and hard to defend. In this series, you will learn how to:

  • Set your opponent up
  • Dictate your opponent's movements and reactions
  • Disguise your set ups and moves
  • Pressure your opponent into making mistakes

Coach Perry spends extra time showing how exactly to posture and control in this highly technical position. In nearly every situation, Coach Perry demonstrates an attack that will be nearly impossible for your opponent to stop. While primarily looking to attack a knee pull or snatch single, he also demonstrates options to hit a throw-by or a snap down.

Opposite Side Attacks

In order to be successful at the highest levels, wrestlers need to be able to attack both sides of the body from every position. The Iranian underhook series is no different. Coach Perry demonstrates how to attack the far side of the body with a high-crotch, a double, or a drag, when the opponent looks to re-pummel an underhook.

The Iranians hit some of the most explosive high crotch and double legs attacks. Coach Perry shows how this is not about being explosive but about their set up and positioning. He works through a variety of drills with his wrestlers, showing how to acquire the sensitivity to the opponent's weight distribution and timing that is required to utilize these attacks.

Russian 2-on-1 Series

For decades, the Russians have been successful using a 2-on-1 control to win world championships. Coach Perry shows the latest innovations from Russian wrestlers in attacking with the 2-on-1. This series, like its Iranian counterpart, relies on deception and anticipation of your opponent's reaction. Your moves will be based on that reaction. He starts with the traditional use of the position, and then demonstrates the subtle adjustment the Russians have been using to make the position more powerful and controlling.

Coach Perry demonstrates a set-up to a knee pull that negates the most common and effective defenses to the 2-on-1. To complement the knee pull attack, he demonstrates an ankle pick on the far side of the body. Finally, he shows an unorthodox outside-step fireman's that has the potential to score big points.

With these two highly effective, easily taught, interconnected series of moves you will find yourself in complete control of the match and your opponent and make him react. Once he reacts, you have a huge arsenal to choose from that will dominate anyone on their feet.

80 minutes. 2015.

WRD-04894B: with Mark Perry,
University of Illinois Associate Head Coach;
2013 Amateur Wrestling News Division I Assistant Coach of the Year;
former Cal Poly State University Co-Head Wrestling Coach;
2x NCAA Champion (4x All American) and 2005 NWCA Rookie of the Year at the University of Iowa; won the Gorrarian Trophy at the 2007 NCAA Tournament

Mark Perry has a unique perspective on wrestling being born into one of America's foremost wrestling families. The nephew of the legendary John Smith, Perry wrestled for Blair Academy in high school and learned the "Iowa way" while wrestling for Tom Brands at the University of Iowa.

Good leg riders often devastate their opponents. They wear them down with punishing rides and hammering turns. Countering a good leg rider is a difficult task for many wrestlers. This video will change all of that.

Coach Mark Perry has taken everything he's learned from his elite mentors and developed a dominating style of leg riding and defending legs. You'll learn how to properly throw the legs and how to turn an opponent with them. You'll also learn how to escape the legs while on bottom.

Leg Riding

What separates Coach Perry from other coaches is his ability to highlight key concepts. He understands that concepts are as important as technique, and understanding concepts allows you to improve your game without having to learn hundreds of new moves.

Coach Perry describes several wrestling scenarios on the mat, and then shows you how to get the legs in to ride and turn an opponent. You won't always win the hustle, but Perry will show you how to win when things go wrong. You'll get a realistic look at how he coaches his wrestlers to win these situations.


The first 15 seconds after the whistle are crucial to maintain control over your opponent and establishing legs. Learning to beat your opponent to the inside will open up all of your breakdown options. You will learn new, creative set ups to classic breakdowns with the leg in such as the baseball grip, the crossface and the far ankle. These are punishing breakdowns that will send an early message to your opponent.

One Leg In Series

Learn three variations of the bar-arm tilt that allows you to hit multiple angles, depending on what your opponent does. No matter what your opponent's reaction, you will be able to complete the turn and score back points. Other turns in this series include:

  • Turk - Coach Perry teaches the tricks you will need to make this, already effective turn into an extraordinary turn. You will learn how to use the neck crank to put your opponent in a position where he has to turn to his back.
  • Overhook and Ankle - This cutting-edge move will baffle your opponents as they try to defend the legs. You will learn three variations of this move that allows you to dominate your opponent's entire body, which cuts down on his defensive options.

Two Leg Series

Discover how to ride with both legs in and to virtually make your opponent quit on bottom. Coach Perry shows a series of different breakdown that can be used on top to get your opponent your opponent if flat to the mat makes it much easier to get your tilts, turns and pins on top. Coach Perry shows a simple tilt and finishes with a tough power half. This isn't your father's power half. The days of unsuccessfully trying to overpower your opponent from this position are over. You will learn solid, irrefutable technique that will see your turn success rate multiply exponentially.

Defending Against Leg Riders

Simply being offensive is not enough. Too many people know how to use and ride the legs. Coach Perry knew, from being so good on top, that if he didn't get out from the legs, there was a strong possibility that he wouldn't make it out of the match. He covers several techniques on how to fight legs and not put yourself in trouble.

  • The Leg Slip - This move will put your opponent on his hip and in danger of losing control.
  • The Leg Slip to a Near-Side Cradle - Your opponent will feel the danger, but will not know what happened to him when you move from having the legs thrown on you, to having him in a near-side cradle looking for the fall.
  • Head Catch - Even if the top man has two legs in, you can put your opponent in a near-fall situation with the head catch. Like the leg slip to a cradle, the head catch will surprise even the best wrestler, as he goes from control to his back in just seconds.
  • Swimming Out of the Power Half - Even if your opponent has the legs in on you and is cranking the power half, you will be able to escape with the swim move. You will learn this simple technique to escape the power half.
  • The nuances of the moves Coach Perry teaches in this video will take you from an ordinary leg rider to a master leg rider. The moves are safe, effective and easy to learn. This is essential technique for anyone wanting to improve their mat skills.

    82 minutes. 2015.

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