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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.