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Had practice today. My partner was a lot heavier than me, but also basically our only chance of having a state champion wrestler this year. I wrestle 138, he wrestles 182. He doesn’t cut so it was only about 40 pound difference and I’m flexible and quick enough that I could use it against him.

During live drills we went about 50-50 with him winning some, and me winning some.

After drills, we did a live match before conditioning. I wrestled him still. He took me down from a front headlock. Held me down the whole first period. Second period, I was stuck on bottom for almost the whole first half of the period, probably about 45 seconds or so. Got to my tripod and got out. He basically stalled for 30 – 45 seconds, I got very offensive. I hit a few over collar shrugs, missed the single and ankle pick from it, barely. I missed it probably 3 – 5 times. With ten seconds left, I hit a duck under but couldn’t get him on the mat before time ran out. Score: 2 to 1 going into the third. He chose down. Ran my spiral and got legs in, held him down the whole period. He bellied out and didn’t work. I was trying to work a power half series almost the whole time, I switched to a Guillotine but couldn’t get it, went back to my power half series. He stalled the whole time, I switched from cross body to parallel leg riding and just couldn’t manage to turn him. Final score: 2 to 1. I probably should have cut him and looked for the takedown, but since he was about 45 pounds heavier than me I don’t think I did too bad.

Looking to beat him by the end of the year.


11-23 wrestling practice

there wasn’t supposed to be practice today because it’s a holiday weekend and a half day, not moratorium yet, but coach tanner didn’t think people would come today. but anyways, coach mark called me and we met at the school and wrestled for about two hours.

we went over front headlock defense – because of what happened last night. we also went over high single finishes, low single finishes, ankle picks, and then on top he really stressed staying behind the arms, covering an ankle and then if someone short sits on you and keeps their elbow in and palm up, instead of coming over top of the arms, to just c grip the back of his elbow and push it so you can get to a two on one. on bottom we worked palm up, elbow in when you are in a short sit position.

i learn so much when i work with coach mark. he taught me some shadow drills, like a level change drill with a reach and then you squat back up. helps with leg strength and makes your stance and level change better, you could do it with a partner if you had one. good practice. even though it was only me and coach mark, oh well, while everyone else is eating and hanging out with friends i’m doing the things they aren’t willing to do and getting better.

11-12 and others

sorry, don’t get on the computer much anymore now that wrestling has started.

practice is going good, I’m beating or going about even with everyone. If I could get to my offense on one kid I’d kill him, but he has a good elbow pass every time I get on the head. once i figure out what i’m doing wrong, i’ll hit ankle picks all day. working on a knee pull single, i like it more than your regular sweep single.

been working on it occasionally and review it on flowrestling’s techniquewave from Cael Sanderson every night. i need to stay after practice and drill it some time because its a great move.

Got hydrations today (11-12-11)
Should go pretty good. I woke up this morning, took a piss and stood on the scale, 137.6. Not bad. I’m going 138. I’d like to try to certify at 132 but I don’t see it happening. Pretty sure I’d be more competitive at 138, the cut just seems steep from 144 to 132, and I’m so tall its usually water weight I have to lose, then I wrestle like shit. So, whatever happens happens at this point. Gotta get some more water in me, maybe eat some granola or a few egg whites.

Anyways, I’ll try to update this more often, but for right now, I’m out. Peace.


wrestled after school today. everything went good. i beat the kid i wrestled, lots of ankle picks, low singles and doubles. got back to the core things i wanted to do. Worked collar/wrist, underhook and russian ties. on bottom, i just stood up at got out. cant complain about today, still need to keep my head up when i’m shooting though, let it go down a few times.


wrestled at the high school today with Connor. Only worked on an elbow pass to an ankle pick, high c and a single on my feet. On top, I only worked cheap tilts and cradles. On bottom, I just kept trying different stand ups seeing which one worked best. gotta focus on a few moves and perfect them, and i figured ankle picks and high cs are low risk, high return. gotta get good at them, same with doubles, but we’ll save that for later. I think I sprained my ring fingers, jammed it on the mat, its swollen and starting to change colors, I can still bend it so whatever, I’ll just tape it to my middle finger if  it still hurts the next time I wrestle.

Overall, I’d say I got beat, but Connor is a tough kid and I’m right there if I just keep working, I’ll beat him by the time season starts. So close to breaking through and killing people on the mat. Taking a few days off, for a mental break, until Monday. But I feel wore out mentally and I know I shouldn’t but I need a short little break, just a mental reprieve.

But, there are a few things I need to work on, and they are driving through the leg when I shoot, exploding when I stand up and my hand fighting could always improve. I don’t know why, but lately I’ve stopped exploding and driving through the legs when I shoot, but I’ll fix it. Once I fix that I’ll start getting a lot more take downs. My shot was good when I was practicing with Coach Cowan and Coach Mark, just need to work on it some more and remember that with a good set up and a solid driving finish I will kill kids.

Anyways, I’m out. Peace


Rest Day.

Wrestling at UVU tomorrow. Gotta beat the Delta kid. Bought Technique Wave on Flowrestling and watched a lot of ankle pick/low single stuff. A few things clicked, hopefully I do well with them against the delta kid tomorrow.