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
Confidence = More wins.
This was my thought for the day. Hope you liked it. Feel free to comment. Peace
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.
gotta few things to work on, sort of a wrestling agenda for this week. i did okay this weekend, not horrible, but there was some matches I should have won that i didn’t do what i needed to to get it done.
first up on the list is turning from the top position. i’d like to learn a cradle series, maybe a crossface cradle and an inside cradle with a few finishes for each. next up on my list is popping my hips when i throw. i need to learn step in, and get a good pop so i can toss them from my overhook position and not get bodylocked and then bear hugged. next up is circling, and not backing up and getting called for stalling. i backed up a lot in my manti match and gave up a point for stalling – part of this has to do with my conditioning. my conditioning is next on this list.
i’m not really sure where my conditioning is at. i have a pretty bad cold and don’t feel all that great and i have asthma on top, so combined with a cold it’s throwing me off a little. i felt good during the delta duel match, went all three periods and wasn’t way tired at the end, this was when i first started getting sick. at the juab tournament, by the third period i was extremely tired and didn’t do what i needed to do to score when i should have. regardless, i’m going to work on my conditioning more so even in tough, tight matches i will be able to stay calm and confident as i know i am in better shape.
practice went good. i wrestled with connor. we went over a lot of bottom stuff. building your base, standing up from a return, and a switch from a return. after we learned technique and drilled we wrestled a 20 minute match for conditioning. i broke connor mentally and physically. he gave up, was standing straight up half the time and i just kept scoring, on my feet, top and bottom. i dont think he ever got in deep on my leg, i was never in any danger of giving up a takedown, he pinned me once. he caught me on a bad double leg.
it was good practice. we have red and white night tomorrow, which is pretty much wrestle offs. i think i’ll be wrestling cruz. he’s tough, but i will kill him. if i have to rip his fingers or shoulder off to win, i’ll do it. i want to win more than anything.
anyways, i’m out for the night. peace
Reverse Lunges/Push Up (4 intervals each)
Pistol Squats 2 x 5
One Arm Push Ups 2 x 5
Didn’t do too hard of a workout today, did some tabata and then 2 x 5 pistol squats & one arm push ups. Tomorrow I think I am going to do a Tabata Squat with a 1 mile run for time right after I finish up. Should be a fun workout, haven’t ran for a while outside of wrestling practice. Work that anaerobic and aerobic conditioning.
10/11/10/7/9/9/7/11 = 74
I’ll update later with practice info and maybe a evening workout. Gotta be in better shape then everyone!
3 x 100
3 x 30
Tabata: Resistance Bike
Was supposed to be a rest day, but I threw in some conditioning