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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.

DVD
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Cover: must-win positions - volume 1
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.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

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Chris Bono's Must Win Positions 2-Pack
WRD-05253A:

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.



WRD-05253B:

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

DVD
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Nick Mitchell's On the Mat 2-Pack
WRD-05067A:

with Nick Mitchell,
Grand View University Head Coach,
2016 NAIA Champions - Five straight NAIA National Titles (2012-16) - first team to win five straight NAIA National titles;
2016 NAIA National Coach of the Year - 3x NAIA National Coach of the Year (2012, 2013, 2016);
3x NCAA Division III All-American for Wartburg College

Defending against leg riders can often be an intimidating experience if you don't first understand the mechanics behind leg riding and what makes the most common leg rides successful.

Nick Mitchell has produced 60 All-Americans and 18 National Champions in his 8 years as head coach at Grand View University. One of the reasons he has had great success is his wrestlers' ability to stop their opponents' leg and crab rides. Coach Mitchell has a unique perspective in coaching his wrestlers in this position. While most coaches emphasize defending against their opponent's legs; Coach Mitchell emphasizes scoring out of their opponents legs.

The key to defending and scoring from an opponent's leg and crab rides is good positioning and the ability to react to your opponent. Coach Mitchell demonstrates fundamental techniques to defend and score against an opponent's crab ride, cross body ride, and saddle ride. He also covers realistic reactions that a wrestler may experience from their opponent while defending against the legs, such as a claw or power half.

Attacking a Leg Riding Position from the Bottom

Coach Mitchell demonstrates a variety of strategies that will prepare you for defending different rides from the top man. He demonstrates how to effectively stop saddle leg riders who sit on your hips up top, as well as cross-body riders that sit more to the side. Moves you'll learn include:

  • Mule Kick: First line of defense to prevent an opponent from getting a leg in
  • Turn and Shake: Ideal move to get a saddle rider out of position and create offensive opportunities
  • Push Back: A more effective alternative to the traditional hip smash; the push back allows a wrestler to get in an offensive position without putting their self at risk
  • Foot Throw: A great way to get a cross body rider out of position if they grab your ankle for leverage
  • Hip Switch: Used to create hip separation against a cross body ride in order to open up scoring opportunities

Beating Tough Leg Riding Situations

At some point, every wrestler gets caught in a situation where there is seemingly little to do to defend against a turn or a breakdown from the top man. Coach Mitchell covers some of these common situations and provides you with a plan of action to not only defend against these attacks, but turn them into scoring opportunities, including:

  • Beating the leg ride once you are broken down on your belly
  • Defending the attack when the top man has a power half with legs in
  • Defending when the top man grabs their own ankle with legs in

Coach Mitchell also shares a "Hip Battle" practice drill he employs with his team that will help you recover from a bad position when the top man has a leg in.

Defending the Crab Ride

Coach Mitchell demonstrates what to do if the opponent transitions into a crab ride after you defend against their leg ride. He continues the theme of being offensive-minded and shows you how to score from this position with four simple and effective methods.

    Scoot Away: An effective method of creating space and clearing out of a crab ride Scoot and Hook Shot: A great way to put your opponent on their back from their crab ride Pushback-Hip Heist-Turk: A great alternative to put your opponent on their back if you are not able to scoot away Pushback-Step-Hip Heist: A last-resort move to score if there is not much time left in the match

Have an offensive mindset when the leg comes in and never be controlled by a leg rider again! You can use this video to get comfortable with various leg ride positions, and you'll soon see leg defense as a way to attack your opponent!

65 minutes. 2016.



WRD-05067B:

with Nick Mitchell,
Grand View University Head Coach,
2016 NAIA Champions - Five straight NAIA National Titles (2012-16) - first team to win five straight NAIA National titles;
2016 NAIA National Coach of the Year - 3x NAIA National Coach of the Year (2012, 2013, 2016);
3x NCAA Division III All-American for Wartburg College

Nick Mitchell was the first ever coach at Grand View University, and in four years he took the program from a start-up to winning a national championship. In this video, Coach Mitchell shares his team's proven strategies on escaping from the bottom position by employing simple, yet effective fundamentals to keeping and improving your position, regardless of your opponent's attacks.

Keeping a Solid Base

Coach Mitchell shares the most important things to consider when anticipating your opponent's top attacks, including where they're putting most of their pressure, how they line up in top position, and their hand placement. By pointing out critical details in your position on bottom, he demonstrates how you can be stronger and improve your position faster so you can escape. He includes simple and easy-to-understand instructions on the mechanics of staying in solid position without giving your opponent an advantage on top.

Beating Commonly-Used Top Attacks and Breakdowns

Regardless of the top man's attempted breakdown, Coach Mitchell demonstrates how to keep your position and beat the attack every time. By focusing on constantly improving your position through a systematic use of change overs, knee slides, hand control, back pressure and hip heists, Coach Mitchell reveals how to defend and beat the most used attacks from the top position. Each of these has their own special nuances, and Coach Mitchell covers each one in depth:

  • Outside Ankle
  • Spiral Ride
  • Chop/Jam off the whistle
  • Claw Ride
  • Crab Ride
  • Tight Waist
  • Inside Wrist

Additionally, Coach Mitchell shares practice drills that help you chain wrestle through the various breakdowns that your opponent will attempt. This includes understanding and feeling when the top man changes their pressure and recognizing that as an opportunity to improve position and escape.

Fighting Off Your Belly

One of the most difficult and often intimidating positions to work out of is when a wrestler has been broken down to their belly. In this DVD, Coach Mitchell shares the proper defensive position and posture on your stomach to prevent being turned and to quickly get to your base. Through simple steps that build upon the positions and movements shown throughout the video, Coach Mitchell makes the process of getting off your belly straightforward and less intimidating for wrestlers of all ages. Some of the common attacks he reviews include:

  • Fighting off the inside wrist
  • Defending the tight waist
  • Beating the cross-face

Want to get off the bottom every time? This video will give you the championship-level tools you need to always keep a solid base, constantly improve your position, and get to your feet and escape.

"This is a great video that teaches amazing technique. There is something that wrestlers or coaches at any level could use to make themselves or their wrestlers better. I have been coaching wrestling for 18 years and I gleaned information from this video that I will use in my practices this year." - Customer Review

64 minutes. 2017.



DVD
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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.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions


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