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My thoughts on wrestling, life, and being successful.

Escapes and Bottom Wrestling

Watched a lot of college wrestling today. I realized that getting up off the bottom, and bottom wrestling general is just about attitude. There isn’t a certain move that will magically get you off the bottom. Just like there isn’t a move that will take your opponent down every time, or a move to pin your opponent every time.

There is a lot of bottom technique. A lot of escapes. A lot of reversals. Without the attitude and the confidence of “I’m going to get to my feet, no matter what” you probably won’t get off the bottom. This also comes back to mental toughness. If you get taken down, you gotta know that you can get up and face the guy and escape. If not, the guy is going to pound your face in the mat and turn you. You gotta be able to come off the bottom.

I’m choosing to work on a tripod stand up. I’ve watched Mike Evans of Iowa and Matt McDonough hit it a few times and I really liked it, and I’m taller so I think it will work well.

Something hit me and I’m starting to feel like I’m getting my edge back. I think a lot of it was I lost interest in the sport, and got a little bit less tough. Wrestling Payson, witnessing the ass whooping we got I realized if I’m going to take state or place, I’m going to have to be tough. I’m going to have to be confident. So, I thought about this all day. Getting off bottom, is about attitude. I Will Come Off Bottom. I Will Not Die On Bottom. I Will Not Get Pinned. I Will Get Up.

Between working on gaining this attitude and getting my edge and mental toughness back, and then working on one escape, I plan to be able to come off bottom.

I also plan to work on my conditioning a lot in the next month.

Mental toughness + Conditioning + Extra Technique Work = Confidence
and
Confidence = More wins.

This was my thought for the day. Hope you liked it. Feel free to comment. Peace

1-12-12 – 1-13-12

1/12
Wrestled the Payson Lions. They were the 4A State Runner ups last year and the 2009 and 2010 4A State Champions. I wrestled JV. I pinned my kid in the third period. Score before that was 9 to 2. Been sick with the flu. Threw up before and after my match. Had a high fever, body aches and that whole deal ha. Record for this season advances to 12 wins, 10 losses.

1/13 and 1/14
Woke up and still had a high fever, still was throwing up. Didn’t wrestle at the Rocky Mountain Rumble. Missed the biggest tournament of the year. I would have improved the most here. But, yesterday I was out of gas by the end of the third period. I know I’m not in bad shape. I go harder than everyone in the room. Always the first done with sprints and first in all conditioning drills. Being sick took it out of me. Throwing up a lot probably didn’t help either. I think I could have won or placed at the JV Rocky Mountain Rumble had I felt good. I missed my chance. Next year, I will have to place in the Varsity Rocky Mountain Rumble.

I need to step it up. Next week we only have two practices before we duel Spanish Fork. No school or practice on Monday. I plan to run on Monday, I also plan to run on Tuesday. I’m going to do sprints on Monday, or maybe go 800m three rounds for time. Then on Tuesday, I will go for a long distance run. From here on out, I really need to buckle down and stay after to work on my techniques, to get in better shape and become an overall better wrestler. I know I’ve said it before and end up not doing it, but for me to qualify and place at the State Championships, I have to do it. I can’t waste anymore time.

1-5-12

shittiest practice ever.

lost to connor today. just wasnt me. felt like shit. looked shitty on my feet, didn’t use my motion. didn’t get my level changes and fakes going good enough. wrestled coach cowan. almost scored a take down. got in on a low single. from a missed ankle pick from an over collar shrug. my legs are dead. don’t feel like i have any power in them. in decent shape. i wish i could figure out how to consistently wrestle at my level..

12-26

been a few days. haven’t worked out until today.

i did 500 push ups, in sets of 50. took my time, few minutes rest, took about 20 minutes.

got a girlfriend. holy shit. all they do is stir shit up. doubt she’ll last for much longer.

tomorrow i’m going to do 200 pull ups.

peace.

12-14

practice was good today. long, but good. got my weight off. was way under, like 2.3lbs under. so i got to drink some more. practice was a warm up, drilling shots and takedowns, then we wrestled live in groups, switching in and out, then we wrestled a match. during the live group wrestling, i was beating everyone. i gave up a few shitty takedowns that i shouldn’t have, but i’ll work on it. with a cold and a hurt knee i think i could have beat cruz today and wrestled varsity tomorrow but coach doesn’t want me or cruz to hurt our knees anymore than they already are, so i’m wrestling jv for the carbon duel tomorrow.

my goal is to score 7+ takedowns and win by pin or technical fall. i worked on my inside cradle today a little bit and feel good with it, still need to work on my crossface cradle a little bit more. don’t feel as comfortable with it as i do my inside cradle, but i think tomorrow should be a good one. not sure what i’m doing for the manti tournament whether i will wrestle jv or on the independent team. either way, i’m excited to wrestle. although, i’d rather it be against top competition.

12-13

practice went okay today. i’ve got a cold that has to mess with my conditioning and my knee is still a little tender. still went hard and got it done though. drilled a lot today, on the feet going light and then top/bottom going 100% i’m really starting to like short sits and then getting hand control and hip heisting out, or even standing up if i have to, its a good way to create motion on the bottom. been working with some over collar shrug stuff too. i like controlling both sides of the tie, but not very many people let you control both sides, they try to free wrists and fight inside, so if someone takes away my inside collar, i worked on an over collar shrug to a pick and then a low level, throw by type of attack.

wrestled a match in practice today. took my kid down with an over collar shrug to pick, cut him, took him down with a double leg, pinned him in a half. started back up, took him down with another over collar shrug to pick. time ran out. i went down, short sit and hip heisted out and went right back to looking for takedowns. hit a decent low single, cut him, hit a good double leg, good high c, time ran out, he went down, i turned him again with legs in, power halfed and cross faced, let him up, he shot in, i whizzered hard and stuck him again just by keeping my whizzer and hipping into him until i got him on his back. had to do an overtime period, i hit a sweet head snap into a double leg with a trip finish. kid’s not great but he’s not horrible either, he’s wrestling varsity at 126 but the weight cut regulations made him go 132 for a few weeks so he weighed about 132 and i weighed about 138 when we wrestled.

tomorrow should be an easy practice, drilling, getting weight off, maybe a live match or two. then we duel carbon on thursday.

12-12

practice was alright today. i’ve had diarrhea all day and a cold on top of that, think i might have the flu. my knee is tender and pretty stiff after practice. i favored my left knee mostly today. did alright, wrestled cruz and went all three periods with him and then we had over time, and top bottom over time, i beat him the the over time periods but he beat me 6 to 4 in the actual match. ran the wall sprints today like an animal, i was either first or second either time.

the whole team is sick i think, which sucks. it’s just passing on sickness pretty much. oh well. i walked out of practice at 139.1, had a powerade and some water, then had coffee with a friend, and some ramen. i’m probably about 142 right now, which isn’t bad.