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Signature Move Series: Cliff Moore's Push Back Series
with Cliff Moore, Edinboro University Assistant Coach;
2004 NCAA Champion; 3x All-American at Iowa; Back-to-Back Big Ten Champion

NCAA Champion Cliff Moore shares the bottom technique that made him one of the most difficult wrestlers in the country to ride. In a step-by-step demonstration, he shows you how to perform the push back and how to adapt it to overcome the most difficult wrestling rides.

Top wrestling has become increasingly better in recent years so any new tools wrestlers can put in their repertoire will help them win at the highest level. The best top wrestlers are using the claw, tight waist and crab ride to immobilize the bottom wrestler. Coach Moore shows you how to beat these rides with his push back position.

He begins with the fundamentals of the push back. He covers how to start from the bottom, how to drive through hips, how to crash the opposite side elbow and finally, how to react when the top man defends your positioning. He demonstrates a great drill for the beginning wrestlers that teaches them to switch hips as the top man digs for tight waists from side-to-side.

From there, there are three ways to go: Stand up, tripod, or attack the head.

  • Stand up: Coach Moore shows how to attack hands properly to not give up wrists. He demonstrates a great drill to attack the top hand and put it into the pocket, which prevents opponents from using the opposite hand to lock up the wrists.
  • Tripod: The goal is to push back into the opponent, getting him to slide forward off your wrestler's shoulders. By continuing to use hand control, your wrestler can clear his hips and escape.
  • Switch: Coach Moore shows how to recover if the tight waist is close to your athlete's belly and also how to recover from the belly. A modified push back drill will get the opponent's weight off of your wrestler.

Defending the Crab Ride, Tight Waist and Claw

Crab Ride Defense: Coach Moore covers all three ways to reverse from a crib ride. He demonstrates many common positions and how to clear hips to get a reversal. He finishes by showing how to stand-up from a crab rider.

Claw Ride Defense: Coach Moore starts by demonstrating how to get into the sit out/push back position when a claw is put in. It is crucial to keep the opponent's hips off and to stay down low. The keys to defending the claw all go back to the sit back position, picking a side and attacking hands. Coach Moore shows some instinctual positions that actually prevent your wrestlers from getting away and how those habits can be broken.

Near Wrist/Bar Arm Defense: Coach Moore shows a technique that will eliminate a near wrist ride. He demonstrates how to get back to the basic push back position and how to transition from almost going to the back to getting to your feet and away.

Coach Moore includes five specific drills to help inexperienced wrestlers grasp the fundamental positions needed to be effective, and he shows advanced wrestlers how repeatedly going to these positions can clear any position from the bottom.

More and more wrestlers feel comfortable riding in a crab or claw and keeping opponents down on the mat. This series of techniques eliminates that advantage by using the top man's comfort and tightness to the bottom man's advantage.

60 minutes. 2014.

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Riding and Turning: A Guide to Offensive Success
with Tim Flynn, Edinboro University Head Coach;
2014 NWCA Coach of the Year, most wins in Edinboro history;

and Cliff Moore, Edinboro University Assistant Coach;
2004 NCAA Champion; 3x All-American at Iowa; Back-to-Back Big Ten Champion

The top position is one of the most difficult in wrestling because it requires wrestlers to maintain control and turn their opponents, which is a challenge for inexperienced athletes. The 2014 NWCA Coach of the Year Tim Flynn and Assistant Coach Cliff Moore have been successful at implementing riding and turning techniques at Edinboro University. In this dynamic presentation, they share their secrets on how to control and turn opponents using effective, practical techniques from the top position.

The first step in becoming effective from the top position is the ability to break your opponent down off the whistle. Coaches Flynn and Moore share five effective breakdowns plus several variations on each. Breakdowns include:

  • Tight-Waist Chop
  • Thigh Pry Chop
  • Tight-Waist Ankle
  • Spiral Ride
  • Far Knee to a tight waist

Using these breakdowns, wrestlers will be able to position themselves properly to optimize control, create pinning combinations and turn their opponents for both back points and pins. Pinning combinations include tilts such as:

  • Cross-Wrist Tilt (from the mat and from the rear standing position)
  • Reverse Side Tilt
  • Roll Through Tilt
  • Backhook
  • Bar-Arm Tilt
  • Leg Turks
  • Near Leg Cradles
  • Bars

The intermediate step between breaking an opponent down and turning them is control. Both coaches demonstrate techniques with solid tips to leverage and control opponents. You'll also learn what to do in various positions such as the tripod and standing position.

The top position is considered the offensive position yet many wrestlers struggle to score from it. If you are a coach or a wrestler, you'll benefit from the tips and techniques in this presentation. Become a more proficient rider, turner and pinner.

123 minutes. 2014.

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Inside Trip - Grapple at the Garden
INSIDE TRIP: Grapple at the Garden documents the premiere of college wrestling inside The World's Most Famous Arena: Madison Square Garden. Witness the build-up to the event, hear from the legends and athletes in attendance, and experience all the action! Check out all of the behind-the-scenes footage, and watch as Cornell and Oklahoma State battle it out in the day's main event!

28 minutes. 2013.

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All Access Wrestling Practice with Doug Schwab
with Doug Schwab, University of Northern Iowa Head Coach;
2008 Olympian, 1999 NCAA Champion and 3x NCAA All-American at the University of Iowa;Finished his career at Iowa with 130 wins, 10th best in school history; Former Assistant Coach at the University of Iowa

Join Doug Schwab as he takes you through three live practices and two individual workout sessions at the University of Northern Iowa. Coach Schwab delivers a behind-the-scenes look at the revitalization of the UNI program into an up-and-coming national power.

Coach Schwab and his staff cover all aspects of creating a championship program from the wrestling room to morning work to the weight room. See how Coach Schwab conducts practices during the early season (he begins with warm-ups and stretching) and how he adjusts his practice schedule and plan to fit each athlete's specific needs as the season progresses.

The features of this set include:

  • Hard Drilling - Coach Schwab covers several individual and team drills focused on team trends. This segment of the video shows how to properly drill to get the most out of the technique for each wrestler.
  • Stance and Motion Drills - Coach Schwab emphasizes staying in a good stance as well as down-blocking, sprawling and using these defenses to create scoring opportunities.
  • Live Wrestling and Conditioning - Learn how to use different scenarios and conditioning exercises to maximize your athletes' toughness and stamina. Coach Schwab places his wrestlers in high activity conditioning drill stations or on the mat in live situations. This enables him to focus on the wrestlers on the mat and correct some of their mistakes without idling the rest of the squad.
  • Individual Workouts - Coach Schwab devotes several early morning sessions to working with individual wrestlers to hone their skills and create a specific plan for their body type and ability. These individual workouts are designed to maximize each wrestler's potential. Coach Schwab explains how individual training not only helps the wrestler's skill development but also creates buy-in so that each wrestler knows that you want what is best for them.
  • Weight Room - See a weight-lifting workout routine that is wrestling-specific and will help your athletes get stronger and more conditioned as the season moves forward. This routine builds explosiveness, upper body strength and lower body power that helps with injury prevention.

The practices shared in this video are high intensity with little down time. Coach Schwab and his staff place a major emphasis on drilling the basics. They constantly move from leg attacks to defense to front headlocks to defending them to bottom work and mat returns. Practice normally finishes with matches or multiple situations. While wrestlers are training and drilling, the coaches move around the practice area correcting whatever needs to be fixed. This prevents the formation of bad habits and keeps athletes fresh.

Hard work, physical and mental toughness and individual attention by the UNI coaching staff are trademarks of the UNI program. Whether it's in the weight room or in the wrestling room, you'll see how Coach Schwab is building a powerful national contender. After watching this series, you'll see why so many young men are enjoying great success at UNI and why they love wrestling for Coach Schwab.

"(Coach Schwab) is great one-on-one with his athletes. Doug's knowledge of the sport is so vast that he can give his wrestlers several options for all of the positions they cover."

385 minutes (5 DVDs). 2014.

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Coaching Wrestling Successfully
by Dan Gable

Gable shares the special teaching methods, motivational techniques, training plans, match strategies, and evaluation systems he used to build a wrestling dynasty. Gable also provides insight into the influential people, lasting lessons, and mental focus abilities that allowed him to lead the University of Iowa to 15 NCAA Championships.
1999. 203 pages. ISBN 0-87322-404-3.

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