onds left in the match, we go crazy! We lose our cool, jump around and say or do things we wouldn’t normally do. After the passion wears off, we say things OLNH ´7KDW·V QRW UHDOO\ PH WKDW·V QRW ZKR , DP µ %XW WKDW ZDV XV LQ WKH ÁHVK When these things happen and we don’t have the time to be able to think ratio- nally or adjust our expectations (or our mindset), we fall back on our habits and training. Great coaches teach athletes to score points throughout a match. If you

watched Kyle Snyder at this year’s NCAA Championships, you’ll see why he is the youngest World and Olympic champion our country has ever had. He scores through the whole match, every match. Win or lose, he is always work- ing to score and because of his training, he doesn’t lose much. He improves his habits with each practice and with each match, all to make his reaction to tough situations more and more automatic. Another reason elite wrestlers train this way is that they know that bad

calls will sometimes happen late in a match. Jordan Burroughs says that each day in the Nebraska room, they train and plan for bad calls, especially when traveling for international competition. Why? Because they know that when trouble develops, we all fall back on our training and habits. Coaching athletes from the corner is an art. Each athlete processes infor-

mation in different ways and in different volumes. A coach’s job in the corner is to keep our athlete focused on very simple tasks like, “Move your feet” or “Keep your head up.” Coaching from the corner isn’t time to teach new tactics or skills. That requires too much brain power with too little time to absorb it. Great comments include “Clear his tie ups” or “She’s leading her right leg too heavy.”

When I was younger, I didn’t get Greco-Roman. I didn’t like the idea that

I wasn’t able to use my legs to score or to defend. But, the more I watched and learned about Greco-Roman, the more I realize that Greco-Roman teaches DPD]LQJ KDQG ÀJKWLQJ VNLOOV JUHDW IRU IUHHVW\OH RU IRONVW\OH

to get tie ups and how to clear them. It improves an athlete’s feel in these po- sitions with no worry about leg attacks. It allows each athlete to develop better upper-body skills with no risk of leg attacks from the opponent. I learned what I know of Greco-Roman watching my college teammate

and friend, Dan Hicks (former Team USA member and former head coach of the All-Marine Wrestling Team). I watched him wrestle Greco for years and VWDUWHG WR OHDUQ PRUH DERXW SRVLWLRQ VWUDWHJ\ SXPPHOLQJ KDQG ÀJKWLQJ OHYHO change, and much more. That knowledge transferred over to my freestyle and folkstyle development.


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Our national team athletes in freestyle often practice with Greco-Roman

partners because they understand that developing better underhook offense and defense, clearing and getting ties, improving feel and position, will help greatly against the Iranian and Russian wrestlers. Learning from other styles helps improve the overall athletic experience

for our kids. Have you ever tried the Olympic styles of wrestling? Please make an effort to compete in our Olympic styles this summer. If you’re not ready to compete in them, go watch some freestyle and Greco-Roman tournaments. Even just watching these styles will help you learn more about what positions work, and which ones don’t. ,·P D ELJ IDQ RI DXWKRU +HQU\ 'DYLG 7KRUHDX 2QH RI KLV TXRWHV WKDW ÀWV

this article to a T is: “I trust that none will stretch the seams in putting on the coat, for it may

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you’re not, that’s OK. But when you are ready, continue to learn, expand, and PRYH RXW RI \RXU FRPIRUW ]RQH :KHQ WKH FRDW ÀWV ZHDU LW Q


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