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If you have followed my plan to build the best Greco-Roman wrestling nation in the world you know I don’t talk about getting every wrestler in the U.S. to focus on Greco.

 

I know in this country we have so many great athletes that wrestle. I believe we can become the best wrestling nation in the world with III%.

 

III% was enough to win the American Revolution. Greco-Roman is like the American Revolution, not everyone believes in the cause. Only 3% of the colonist actively fought the British for a chance to be an independent free nation.

 

There was another 10% that actively supported the cause. In addition to these revolutionaries there were perhaps another 20% who favored the cause but did little or nothing to support it.

 

A third of the population sided with England and another third that didn’t give a shit. By the end of the war there were more Americans fighting for the King than were in the field fighting to be free.

 

History, for good or ill is made by determined minorities.

 

In this country Greco-Roman is the minority. Everyone is so focused on the folk-style. A style of wrestling that is contested in high school and college that no other nation in the world competes in. Yippee! We are the best folk-style wrestlers in the world. 

 

I would love to see folk-style eliminated so we can focus on the international styles of wrestling like every other county in the world. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way.

This is not realistic. The powers that be have invested too much in their precious folk-style.

 

Coaches would have to learn and grow to be able to teach international style and not every coach out there is willing to do that. These are like the men that fought with the King or the ones that don’t give a shit.

 

I’m not even proposing we eliminate folk-style. What I am proposing is, if you want to win at the international level let the other kids play folk-style and focus on international wrestling. Be a patriot like the III% that fought for this nation’s independence.

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A role model of mine, Jesus, lead a team of twelve disciples.

Rather than trying to preach to the greatest number of people, Jesus focused the majority of his effort on a small group of twelve men. Jesus taught his disciples about the Kingdom of God and how they must learn to truly love; "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another" (John 13:35).

 

Jesus intensely taught his twelve closest disciples, he taught so they would be prepared to serve in the Kingdom of God:

 

"Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them...and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you" (Matthew 28:19-20). Jesus provided a model for effective ministry. This model can be followed in building the best Greco-Roman team in the world.

 

In my last blog I wrote about juniors and cadets forgoing opportunities to compete in big folk-style tournaments and instead head overseas to represent the United States. These young athletes have bigger goals than winning a state title or earning a scholarship to wrestle folk-style in college. These young men are dreaming of representing their nation, the greatest nation, USA in the Olympic games, competing for world and Olympic gold.  

 

I’m looking for the III% of athletes that dream big about representing USA on the biggest athletic stage in the world. I’m also looking for the 10% that support what these young men are doing and I’m looking for my 12 disciples (Coaches) that are willing to serve and build up the III%. We are all blessed with different gifts and different opportunities to serve these young athletes that are brave enough to follow the Greco path and chase their dreams of winning world and Olympic gold.

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I’m also looking for 12 Greco disciples, some to be evangelists, teachers and supporters to build up the III% to teach and lead them. The focus of a disciple is always to serve.

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If you are willing to be a disciple let me know, I am ready to get you the tools to serve in whatever capacity you are lead to serve. 

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Sweden Tour 2015

The Junior & Cadet Sweden tour was an amazing camp & tournament experience for our Greco wrestlers.

The camp was broken into two practices a day and separated into Cadet/Junior level. The cadets had the best of both because in the Junior Practice they wrestled more and in the Cadet practice they learned various techniques from all the great European coaches there. This beat any training camp a high school age athlete will ever find in the US. The young athlete’s not only got great training but they also got to see that wrestling is bigger worldwide than they could ever of imagined.  

The camp was coached well and was organized  in order to get the wrestlers ready for the weekend tournament. The Swedish coaches used all their resources to provide the best coaching and wrestlers for this camp. The US wrestlers participated in every camp practice. I felt our athletes really learned a lot and got the opportunity to experience this new culture. We stressed throughout the camp to every wrestler that the training camp was as important as competing over the weekend.

The wrestlers stayed with host families and ate most of their meals with the hosts or at the Best Western motel. The coaches were put up at Best Western where our Swedish hosts provided meals. The food was Fantastic!  The day of weigh-ins, we departed Klippen to Vasteras where the tournament was hosted and went by a commercial bus. The trip was around 6 hours drive and we had about 1.5 hours to make weight for the tournament when we arrived in Vasteras.  

Its great to see that the tournament was double elimination so everyone was guaranteed at least 2 matches. They used cross bracketing to guarantee the athletes that were winning would get more opportunities to compete. Everyone of the American athletes got at least 3 matches in the tournament, which means everyone won an international match. 

What made the trip great was the Swedish coaches, wrestlers and families enjoying having us part of their training and competition experience. We are grateful for our Swedish hosts, taking care of food, travel and all the incidentals. After the competition we headed back to Klippen after we all showered to catch the train to Copenhagen for our flight home. 

USA Greco-Roman will continue supporting this tour because not only is it cost effective, and the wrestling experiences both in the camp and tournament was priceless,  but also to continue the growth of Greco-Roman wrestling in the US.

Coach Lucas Steldt did a great job both getting updates and results back to the US. Coach Lucas was great coaching in the corner and helping at the camp. Thank you Coach @combatwc1

  

* Coaches we need you

We need to keep taking young coaches on these tours for the experience and developing future Greco coaches. 


* We can also use a international Cadet/Junior Greco age group tournaments in the US.

This way all Cadets have the opportunity to participate and get the experience they need to make the decision to wrestle Greco full time as their choice of style.

The superior Camp is the next opportunity to get international training and competition without traveling the world. 

If you want to take the next step in you’re wrestling career and get to an international training camp and tournament, the Austria tour is an incredible experience. I was able to attend this tournament last year and it was an incredible experience.

Austria Junior Open

Gotzis, Austria Feb.23-March 5th 2016

  • February 26th weigh in/27th tournament
  • February 29th – March 4th training camp
  • Eligible wrestlers born between 1996-99
  • Countries enter: FRA/ITA/CZE/FIN/DEN/SUI/USA

 

COST OF TRIP: 

  • Airfare from Chicago $1000.00
  • R/B ($45.00 per night) X 10= $450.00
  • Fila License: $50.00
  • Bus round trip from Zurich airport= $50.00
  • Entry fee= $50.00

TOTAL COST = $1570.00

For more information about this tour contact: Coach Rob Hermann rhermann@nmu.edu

Malar Cup Results From Sweden

Team USA having a great experience in Europe winning at a tough dual meet in Sweden before traveling to the tournament. This is exactly the kind of training the US athletes need to continue to grow and improve to reach our goals of being the best wrestling nation in the world.
— Coach Matt Lindland USA Greco-Roman head coach

Martinez, Schultz win golds as USA takes six Greco medals at Malar Cup in Sweden

BY GARY ABBOTT, USA WRESTLING | NOV. 01, 2015, 3:07 P.M. (ET)

VASTERAS, Sweden – Two young stars from Colorado won gold medals in the UWW Cadet division and the USA came home with six medals overall on the way to a third place finish at the Malar Cup of Greco-Roman on Sunday.

Jordan Martinez of Colorado Springs, Colo. won the gold medal at 54 kg and Cohlton Schultz of Highlands Ranch, Colo. was the champion at 100 kg in the UWW Cadet division.

Martinez, who attends Pine Creek High School and trains at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, went an impressive 6-0 for the day, including two pins and a technical fall.

Schultz, who is a freshman this year at Ponderosa High School and also works out at the OTC, won three straight matches to take the title.

The two U.S. silver medalists were also in the Cadet division, Alston Nutter of Fenimore, Wis. at 58 kg and Tyler Dow of Stoughton, Wis. at 69 kg. Both wrestlers had very impressive 6-1 records, only losing in the gold-medal round.

The two athletes winning bronze medals were in the Senior division, both members of the Northern Michigan University Olympic Training Site (NMU-OTS): Ty Pelot of Two Rivers, Wis. at 59 kg and Parker Betts of St. Michael, Minn. at 130 kg.

Pelot finished with a 3-1 record for the day, with a victory over fellow American Randon Miranda in the bronze-medal bout, 8-0.

Betts finished with a 1-2 record in a four-athlete roundrobin, with all of the matches by decision.

Overall, the USA team was third with 20 points, behind only the champion Huddinge BK club with 32 points and Team Nyland with 20 points, which won the tiebreaker by having more silver medalists.

"Our Cadets came to wrestle, with four guys in the finals and two champions. Fifty percent of the U.S. wrestlers have not competed overseas before. What a great way to start their international career! Nine senior athletes made it to the second day of competition. Every athlete had three to six matches. It was a total Team USA effort to earn third place as a team," said U.S. coach Rob Hermann

The U.S. Cadets won the team race at the Cadet division with 14 points. The U.S. Seniors were in fourth place on the Senior level with six points.

MALAR CUP
At Vasteras, Sweden, Oct. 31- Nov. 1

Senior champions

59 kg – Christoffer Svensson (BK Pan)
66 kg – Houssam Omar (Gallivare Brottning)
71 kg – Michael Widmayer (Germany)
75 kg – Andre Isberg (Varsbergs Bois BK)
80 kg – Bogdan Kourinnoi (Huddinge BK)
85 kg – Oskar Meggerle (Marsvinsholms IF)
98 kg – Emil Sandahl (HBK Bergania)
130 kg – Oskar Marvik (SP09)

U.S. athletes competing in the Senior division

59 kg - Ty Pelot, Two Rivers, Wis. (NMU-OTS), 3rd
WIN Mattias Poutanen (Turun Voimamiehet), pin
WIN Andrew Ibarra (USA), 6-2
LOSS Christoffer Svensseon (BK Pan), pin
WIN Randon Miranda (USA), tech. fall, 8-0

59 kg - Andrew Ibarra, Santa Maria, Calif. (NMU-OTS), 6th
LOSS Christoffer Svensson (BK Pan), 2-4
LOSS Ty Pelot (USA), 2-6

59 kg - Randon Miranda, Palmdale, Calif. (NMU-OTS), 4th
LOSS Shamil Mamatsuev (Belgium), tech. fall 0-10
WIN Dilo Abdi (Falkoping A0BK), tech, fall 8-0
WIN Emil Johannson (Hallsberts BK), tech, fall 4-12
WIN Dalton Roberts (USA), 7-6
LOSS Ty Pelot (USA), tech fall, 0-8

59 kg - Dalton Roberts, Fowlerville, Mich. (NMU-OTS). 5th
WIN Dilo Abdi (Falkoping AoBK), tech. fall 9-0
LOSS Shamil Mamatsuev (Belguim), 5-7
LOSS Randon Miranda (USA), 6-7

66 kg - Jamal Dearmond, Sacramento, Calif. (NMU-OTS), 9th
WIN Mikkel Lassen (BK Thor), tech. fall, 4-12
LOSS Andre Jonsson (BK Trim), 5-6
LOSS Carl Agren (Soderhamms BK), 1-5

66 kg - Hunter Kelley, Ray City, Ga. (NMU-OTS). 5th
WIN Isak Selder (Huddinge BK), in
LOSS Tomi Eronen (Lotkcan Painimiehet ry), tech. fall 6-14
WIN Elias Pettersson (Norrkopings BK), tech. fall 10-2
WIN Markus Ahtianine (Peraseinajoen Toive), tech fall 8-0
LOSS Joussam Omar (Gallivare Brottining), tech, fall 4,13

71 kg - Logan Kass, New Prague, Minn. (NMU-OTS), 5th
WIN Islam Katsiev (Bjornekulla BK), pin
WIN Zaurbek Nuriev (Sparvagen Wrestling), pin
WIN Vegard Strom (Ostfold Brytkrets), tech. fall, 8-0
LOSS Michael Widmayer (Germany), tech. fall 11-3
LOSS Pontus Bergstrom (HBK Bergania), tech. fall 10-2

71 kg - Ali Khan, Elk Grove, Calif., (NMU-OTS), 6th
WIN Simon Pettersson (AK 77), tech. fall 10-0
LOSS Artur Vardanyan (Sparvagen Wrestling), 2-8
WIN Ali Baber (Marsvinshols IF), 12-5
WIN Moneim Affane (Bjornekulla BK), tech. fall 10-2
LOSS Daniel Martensson (BK Pan), 8-0

75 kg - Michael Donato, Brooklyn, N.Y. (NMU-OTS), dnp/14th
LOSS Markus Fredriksson (Bjornekulla BK), pin
LOSS Andre Isberg (Varbergs Bois BK), pin

85 kg - Austin Chaon, Geneva, Ill. (NMU-OTS), 8th
LOSS Emil Johansson (BK Snar), tech. fall 1-9
WIN Mats Stovind (Kolbotn IL), tech. fall, 8-0
WIN Andre Castellan (Lorenskog Bryteklubb), pin
WIN Artuu-Petteri Klami (Kotkan Painimiehet ry), pin
LOSS Valiahdet Veeti (Team Nyland), tech. fall 10-0

98 kg - G’Angelo Hancock, Colorado Springs, Colo. (USOTC), 4th
WIN Kevin Baumann (SK Kadrina), 10-9
LOSS Pontus Lundh (Arboga AK), pin
WIN Jakob Brandt (Huddinge BK), pin
LOSS Leon Kessidis (Hunddinge BK), 0-1

98 kg - West Cathcart, Genesco, Ill. (NMU-OTS), 7th
WIN Viktor Gustavsson (Lidopings AS), pin
LOSS Leon Kessidis (Huddinge BK), tech. fall 0-8
LOSS Emil Sandahl (HBK Bergania), 5-6

130 kg - Parker Betts, St. Michael, Minn. (NMU-OTS), 3rd
WIN Walid Said (Sparvagen Wrestling), 7-2
LOSS Oskar Marvik (SP09), 2-8
LOSS Mattias Viitanen (Hskt-brottning), 2-3

Cadet champions
46 kg – Sondre Svarstad (Snogg Bryting)
50 kg – Nikolai Mohammadi (BK Thor)
54 kg – Jordan Martinez (USA)
58 kg – Vusal Karimov (BK Orion)
63 kg – Didrik Silverin (Kungsbacka BK)
69 kg – Erik Soini (Huddinge BK)
76 kg – Toutaeiv Aboubakar (Belgium)
85 kg – Jannis Kessidis (Huddinge BK)
100 kg – Cohlton Schultz (USA)

U.S. athletes competing in the Cadet division

54 kg - Jordan Martinez, Colorado Springs, Colo., champion
WIN Matthias Biorjna (Fauske Alteklubb), pin
WIN Timmy Skold (Norrtaikje), 6-0
WIN Erik Leikkari (Seinajoen Paini-Miehet), tech fall 9-0
WIN Anton Jaineskob (Gotteborgs Stadslag), pin
WIN Samuel Nyberg (SAIK-Sundsvall), 6-2
WIN Jussi Autio (Seinajoe Paini-Miehet), 7-2

58 kg - Alston Nutter, Fenimore, Wis.. 2nd
WIN Anton Holk (Marsvinsholm IF), pin
WIN Ferouz Shah (BK Orion), pin
WIN Oliver Eriksson (BK Loke), tech. fall 8-0
WIN Isak Bo Romes (Fauske Atleklubb), pin
WIN Dosjayev Magomed (Belgium), pin
WIN Mohammad Amiri (Orgryte BF), pin
LOSS Vusal Karimov (BK Orion), tech. fall 5-14

58 kg - Erik Spence, Elk Grove, Calif., dnp/13th
LOSS Lukas Hoier Jensen (BK Thor), tech. fall 0-8
WIN Aron Hervig (Lambertseter Bryteklubb), pin
LOSS Tobias Simonsen (Ostfold Brytekrets), 5-7

69 kg - Tyler Dow, Stoughton, Wis., 2nd
WIN Max Ringstrom (BK Pan), tech. fall 8-0
WIN Edward Skog (Ostervala AK), 9-0
WIN Sebastjian Lundell (Vasteras BK), tech. fall 8-0
WIN Anton Ritola (BK Snar), tech. fall 8-0
WIN Calle Norgerg (Heby BK), 6-1
WIN Leon Rylander (Enkopings BK), pin
LOSS Erik Soini (Huddinge BK), tech. fall 3-14

100 kg - Cohlton Schultz, Highlands Ranch, Colo., champion
WIN Fardin Anosheh (BK Atlas), 3-3
WIN Hendrik Kalme (Team 2016 Tallinn Open), pin
WIN Arvi Savolainen (Team Savolinen), 4-

Top Greco Juniors and Cadets training & competing in Europe

Right now in Sweden, the top Greco wrestlers in the US at the Junior and Cadet levels are training alongside their Swedish rivals. 

Traveling to a foreign country for most young people is a dream come true, for these young Olympic hopefuls it's more than just a fun trip with their team. This training and competition journey is helping these young men get one step closer to their goal, to make it to the Olympics and represent their country. 

These young Greco wrestlers will compete in at the Malar Cup in Vasteras, Sweden, October 31-November 1 against some tough competition, gaining valuable experience against other top wrestlers from different parts of the world that they would normally never get to compete against, let alone get to spend time training with. 


While high school athletes across the U.S. are gearing up for folkstyle season, our top Greco prospects are training with the top Junior and Cadet athletes in the world. It’s great to see that young talented athletes have bigger goals than winning state title and getting looked at by a college. These young men decided their goals are international. These men dream of winning Olympic Gold and are making the sacrifice to train and compete overseas.
— National Greco-Roman Coach Matt Lindland.

MALAR CUP
At Vasteras, Sweden, Oct. 31-Nov. 1

U.S. athletes competing in the Senior/U23 division

59 kg - Ty Pelot, Two Rivers, Wis. (NMU-OTS)
59 kg - Andrew Ibarra, Santa Maria, Calif. (NMU-OTS)
59 kg - Randon Miranda, Palmdale, Calif. (NMU-OTS)
59 kg - Dalton Roberts, Fowlerville, Mich. (NMU-OTS)
59 kg - Logan Kass, New Prague, Minn. (NMU-OTS)
66 kg - Jamal Dearmond, Sacramento, Calif. (NMU-OTS)
66 kg - Hunter Kelley, Ray City, Ga. (NMU-OTS)
66 kg - Ali Khan, Elk Grove, Calif., (NMU-OTS)
75 kg - Michael Donato, Brooklyn, N.Y. (NMU-OTS)
85 kg - Austin Chaon, Geneva, Ill. (NMU-OTS)
98 kg - G’Angelo Hancock, Colorado Springs, Colo. (USOTC)
98 kg - West Cathcart, Genesco, Ill. (NMU-OTS)
130 kg - Parker Betts, St. Michael, Minn. (NMU-OTS)

U.S. athletes competing in the Cadet division
Jordan Martinez, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Alston Nutter, Fenimore, Wis.
Erik Spence, Elk Grove, Calif.
Tyler Dow, Stoughton, Wis.
Cohlton Schultz, Highlands Ranch, Colo.

USOTS head coach Rob Hermann, Marquette, Mich.
Coach - Lucas Steldt, Blue River, Wis.

Why Greco-Roman and why you should care?

If I could show you scientific evidence that Greco-Roman wrestling will make you a better wrestler would you try it? Coaches if your wrestlers will be better as a result of Greco-Roman will you give it a try?

The first rule of selling is what’s in it for the customer. Sure, I would love to see the US be as dominant in Greco-Roman as we have historically been in freestyle. I would love to see USA Wrestling be a dominant force in both international styles. I hate seeing Greco-Roman wrestlers in the US being treated like the redheaded step child of the wrestling world. I know there are wrestling fans, coaches, and even athletes that think we should just do away with greco here in the US. Why not just put all our eggs in one basket and focus all of our resources on being the best in the world at freestyle? I’m not going to try and tell these people why they should even care about greco, but what I am going to explain is how greco will help them be better at their folk style and freestyle or MMA for that matter.

I have always considered wrestling to be just that, wrestling. I never got caught up in the style weather its folk style, freestyle or Greco-Roman. I fell in love with the art of wrestling and I see way too many commonalities in all styles, rather than see differences. I have my club coach, Marc Sprague to thank for that.

As a first year wrestler my high school coach told me there was an opportunity to wrestle in the post high school season and he said he would show me some throws so I could compete. I had no idea if learning some new throws would not help me prepare for this tournament or not. I went to a few workouts and practiced my new throws and was shown what a gut wrench was and that was about the extent of my training for freestyle/greco training.

I showed up for the state freestyle and Greco-Roman tournament and fell into the cadet age group and also was able to compete against the high school age group in both freestyle and greco. This gave me the opportunity to wrestle more matches 0-2 cadet freestyle 0-2 cadet greco 0-2 HS free style 0-2 HS greco, not exactly the results I was looking for.

My high school coach treated this like it was a completely different sport, but somewhere in my mind even back then I though of it all as just wrestling. I heard how important it was to throw your opponent. My coach never tried to connect the commonalities because, he like many coaches think that anything outside of folk style is completely foreign. I went out and tried to throw my opponents, but I ended up being the guy thrown, taken down or turned.

I got a lot of feed back from that tournament, and what I discovered was I needed to find a coach that understood wrestling. I didn’t want a coach that just had a basic understanding of folk style. I needed a coach that could teach me how to wrestle. I decided if I was ever going to be able to compete with these guys I would have to seek out better training. That's how I ended up being a club wrestler and getting the opportunity to work with coach Marc Sprague.

Not only did Marc connect all the styles with basic positions and drills to develop these positions he instilled a love for wrestling in me that I still have to this day.

It’s no secret, the United States is a folk style focused country. Our high-schools and colleges wrestle folk styleand in the off-season wrestlers might do freestyle if they wrestle in the off-season at all. Most college coaches are like my high school coach and haven’t made the connection yet that Greco-Roman is a better style for improving your wrestling overall than freestyle.

I remember when I was in college and our club was willing to pay for post season tournaments only if I wrestled freestyle. My college coach didn’t care if I wrestled Greco, but I had to wrestle freestyle if the club was going to pay for my trip. All my training up to the University national tournament had to be in freestyle and I had to make the scratch weight for freestyle and after the tournament since I was already there and it was just another entry fee I could compete in Greco.

I am happy to say I won two national titles in freestyle wrestling and don’t regret anything or begrudge my coach for making me focus on freestyle. It allowed me an opportunity to go compete in the freestyle Pan-American championships. I won my first international tournament, a gold medal, that's another story for another time.

My focus of this article is not to tell you why I am a fan of Greco-Roman or convince you it’s the better style. First of all I don’t believe there is a such thing as a better style I think wrestling is wrestling, it’s all the same. What I want to show you is how scientific evidence suggests that Greco-Roman is the best for wrestling no matter what style you ultimately decide to focus on.

Everyone knows that practice is a key to success. What everyone doesn’t know is that specific kinds of practice can increase skill up to ten times faster than conventional practice. Daniel Coyle in his book "the talent code" calls this kind of practice deep practice. "The Talent Code" by Daniel Coyle is a book on how to grow talent.

Coyle like me doesn’t believe we are born with talent and it must be developed through practice, what he describes as “deep Practice”.

Coyle's belief is that talent comes from Myelin. Myelin is the insulation that wraps nerve fibers and increases signal strength, speed, and accuracy. When these certain signals are sent down the nervous system, myelin wraps around the nerve fiber. The thicker the myelin, the better the signal. Thus, "skill is myelin insulation that wraps neural circuits and grows according to certain signals”. Skills and talent allow individuals to perform at a higher level, faster and better than those who don’t have talent.

Malcom Gladwell in his book "Outliers" describes the 10,000 hour rule, which basically states that if we practice any subject for 10,000 hours we can become world-class. World-class is Olympic medal caliber top 1% types. Gladwell never said you need 10,000 hours to be and expert at something. 10,000 hours is for the phenoms, the truly elite. If this is the case and you want to be the best in the world start logging the hours. If you want to be great, say win a state championship or a national title, I have some tips on how to hack the talent code in wrestling.

I have tested this for the past decade at Team Quest my MMA gym. We all know that wrestling is an essential skill for MMA. We have all seen what happens when a guy doesn’t posses enough wrestling skills or knowledge. They don’t go too far in the sport. We have seen the top strikers learn enough of the principals to stay competitive using a sprawl and brawl type style. To truly get to the top now days the top guys all have all become adept with wrestling.

I have had the opportunity to send over 20 athletes out of my gym onto UFC, some have fought in championship level fights and even held titles in UFC. I developed a style of fighting known as “Dirty Boxing”. Dirty boxing employ’s the basic principals of Greco-Roman wrestling with strikes. Just like greco dirty boxing uses control positions and angles to stop your opponents attacks and give you opportunities to attack or counter.

The two control positions that Greco-Roman emphasizes are 2-on-1 and the under-hooks. The third control, comes into effect when your opponent doesn’t want to engage in a chest to chest battle and back his hip away. That control is head, when your opponent tries to avoid the pummel for position he literally “gives  you head” which is the third control.

I have successfully been able to take guys who have never wrestled a single match in their life, to out pummel and out wrestle college level all-Americans. Coaches and other fighters often ask me where my fighters wrestled in college.
Using some basic principals and deep practice of these positions, my fighters have constantly out wrestled most all of their opponents in the cage fighting arena. I want to share these basic concepts with you in hopes that you will use them in your wrestling to improve faster and hack the talent code of wrestling.

Wrestling from the outside is wasted training time. 

In these moments this is time we could be building skills. Having to react and correct there actions, motions and positions. Building skills is literally myelin insulation that wraps neural circuits and grows according to certain signal. When wrestlers are required to stay in constant contact fighting and attacking from the correct chest to chest position they get more circuits firing in the right parts of the brain and for the correct muscle groups which allows them to optimize there circuity.

These athletes are in the optimal position for greatest learning, forcing them into the deep practice zone, making and correcting errors, and constantly coming up with solutions and adjustments to correct those errors.

So if we can get to a position in wrestling where we are required to train in a constant contact chest to chest position this will create the right atmosphere and leverage our time on the mats and improve wrestling skills faster. This will compress the essential skills and place wrestlers in the deep practice zone, making and correcting errors, and constantly coming up with solutions and adjustments to correct those errors.

If you want information on myelin please do your own research. If you want to get better at wrestling fast, spend time training in a chest to chest head up position, like in Greco-Roman. I am not saying you can’t trip, sweep, prop or pick up a leg but all attacks should start in this position, in MMA it’s referred to as the clinch position. I am not saying there is not a time and a place for an outside attack, what I am saying is give my theory a try. Have practice once a week that requires from this position without separation. Make it a challenge for every time the coach see’s you not in constant contact taking a step back as he implements a penalty, I use ten burpees or push ups.

Make it fun and keep it light hearted, as you start to see the improvement, increase the time your spend training in this position.

Coach Matt Lindland

Andy Bisek Earns Prestigious Jacob Curby Award

Dr David Curby presenting the Jacob Curby award to Andy Bisek at the OTC in Colorado Springs. 

Dr David Curby presenting the Jacob Curby award to Andy Bisek at the OTC in Colorado Springs. 

The Jacob Curby award is given to greco-roman athletes who show acts of outstanding leadership and character. This year's recipient from the Colorado Springs based Greco-Roman National Team is Pan-Am games champion and 2015 world bronze medalist , Andy Bisek. Last Friday, Dr David Curby, founder of the Curby Cup and the Curby foundation presented the honors to Bisek in person at the OTC. 

 

The Jacob Curby Foundation has been formed to honor the memory of Jacob Curby, and with the mission of teaching strong values through wrestling participation, growing youth participation in wrestling as a path to success and personal growth, and the advancement of Olympic-style international wrestling competition in the United States.

Curby vs Lester 66kg

Curby vs Lester 66kg

In an effort to memorialize Jacob and what he stood for with his wonderful character USA Wrestling established an award called the “Jacob Curby Memorial Award.” Every year USA Wrestling recognizes a Greco-Roman athlete from each of our two Olympic Training Centers. This award is given to a wrestler who has displayed strong personal character and commitment to the sport of Greco-Roman wrestling. 

Curby said, “Presenting this award in Jake’s name gives our family great joy. Andy and Travis are both talented wrestlers, as well as classy people. Andy and Jake were friends and teammates in Marquette for about 6 years. It has been a thrill watching Andy win his two world championship bronze medals. My wife and I look forward to presenting Travis his award in New York at the Bill Farrell International Tournament on November 5th!”

The Curby Cup is the flagship event on The Jacob Curby Foundation calendar, showcasing the finest wrestlers from around the world in a competition with the American National Team.

Travis Rice is the 2015 Jacob Curby award recipient from the Northern Michigan University. 

Travis Rice is the 2015 Jacob Curby award recipient from the Northern Michigan University. 

Each year Dr. Curby awards two wrestlers from the Greco-Roman national team program with the Jacob Curby award that embody the character and spirit of his son Jacob who passed away unexpectedly several days after returning from a wrestling tournament in Russia. Recipients from Colorado Springs at the OTC and from the Northern Michigan University in Marquette Michigan are eligible to win this award. This year's winner from Northern Michigan was Travis Rice. 

Congratulations to Andy Bisek and Travis Rice for their outstanding character and leadership abilities both off and on the mat. 

Gearing Up: FLWC Training Camps in Oct & Nov to Feature Top Wrestlers & Coaches

A week before the Journeymen Classic, over 80 wrestlers prepared at the Finger Lakes Wrestling Club (FLWC) in Ithaca at a two-day training camp featuring numerous New York State champions and placers as well as out of state standouts.

“The training camp we had in September was a huge success,” said FLWC’s Kris Harrington. “It was a great training situation for everyone and it was nice to see the kids have success afterwards at the Journeymen Classic. Now, it’s time to gear up for the Freak Show and the Super 32. We’re trying to make these training camps a monthly occurrence now.”

The next one, which will be held October 17-18, has already reached capacity. Attendance is set to include New York’s Yianni Diakomihalis, Theo Powers, Kelan McKenna, Evan Barczak and Jack Buell as well as nationally-ranked wrestlers from out of state such as Ohio’s Ben Darmstadt and David Carr as well as Pennsylvania’s Brian Courtney

Members of the Big Red team will be there as counselors, while coaches like Kyle Dake, Enock Francois, Nate Carr Jr. and Kris Harrington will be among those leading the event.

And this time, there will be another addition in the mix. Team USA Assistant National Greco-Roman Coach and Iranian Olympian Ahad Javansalehi will be there to offer an international perspective and more high level training.

“I’m absolutely very, very excited to be coming up to Ithaca,” said Javansalehi, who will be making the move in December to establish a Greco Roman program. “I look forward to participating and to getting to know the area and meeting everyone.”

While the opportunity to work with these wrestlers and coaches in October is no longer available due to full registration, FLWC announced that a similar camp will be held on November 21 and 22.

“The October one sold out so fast, we are excited to be holding another one in November,” Harrington said. “There will be one session on Saturday (4-6 p.m.) and then two in the morning on Sunday. It’s a great opportunity right before the season starts to grind out some good practices with really tough guys."

It's one of many events taking place in Ithaca that weekend. At the youth level, there will be the FLWC Fall Kickoff, which already has 18 K-8 teams as well as four girls teams signed up, according to Harrington. In addition, Cornell will open the 2015-16 campaign with a dual against Drexel before all of the more than 20 New York State college programs descend upon Ithaca for the NYS Intercollegiate championships.

"There will be so much going on," Harrington said. "It'll be a great weekend of wrestling."

Traditions are important for teams

Hank Jr. said it best “Family Tradition”

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And like country music singers GRECO Wrestlers have always been a real close family

 

Traditions are behaviors and actions that you engage in again and again – regular rituals that you perform at the same time and/or in the same way. Traditions can be big or small, but they differ from routines and habits in that they are done with a specific purpose in mind and require thought and intentionality

Traditions are important for teams, when done right  they lend a certain magic, spirit and texture to the team. Traditions offer numerous benefits to our families, including but not limited to the fact that they:

 

Traditions and rituals often tell a story or at least get the conversation started. Tradition can teach where we came from, give insight into the culture and history of the program. Traditions can serve as reminders of events and experiences that have shaped the program.

 

Traditions, and the stories they tell play an important role in shaping the teams identity. There’s something about understanding your past and knowing you belong to something bigger than yourself that instills confidence.

 

Researchers have consistently found that families that engage in frequent traditions report stronger connection and unity than families that haven’t established rituals together. Traditions provide an all-too-rare chance for face-to-face interaction, help family members get to know and trust each other more intimately, and create a bond that comes from feeling that one is part of something unique and special. I would argue that teams are no different than families in this sense.  It’s comforting to have a few constants in your life.

 

As the coach I want this generation of Greco wrestlers to know who their predecessors are and to get to know them. I also want the previous generation of Greco wrestlers to know and support the current athletes.

 

Traditions are a great way to cultivate that valuable involvement from the former generation.

How To Build Confidence - Part 1

Has a setback dropped your confidence? 
It’s normal, and is a part of the normal process of climbing to higher levels.  Think about it: if something has got you down, or it seems daunting, that means that thing Is Hard to Do.  If you aspire to become your best, then this cannot be accomplished by doing easy things, since anything of value will require energetic input, hard work, and effort to achieve.  In your quest to reach high goals, it will invariably require you to learn to do new things that are challenging and which may suck, and which will push you beyond your comfort zone.  Embrace this. If you were already good at it, then you wouldn’t need to learn it (though you should still practice it).  

By the nature of something being difficult, it will guarantee that there will be some tough moments along its road to success.  Don’t lament this, but seek it.  Olympic Champion Jordan Burroughs had several mantras leading up to his Gold Medal, once of them was ‘embrace the grind’; when you’re in the midst of a grind – be it in sport or in life- see it as a sign of progress on the way to something better because you’re doing the right things needed to get better (e.g.: you could ensure 100% that you would never fall down if you always kept the training wheels on your bike).  Embrace this grind so that you can use it to grow.  As you may imagine, this feeling of being down, daunted, or overwhelmed is only temporary if you can reach deeper to push further towards your goals. 

Stew Smith is a former US Navy SEAL who has trained hundreds of people to successfully navigate their famously difficult training program that forges some of the most famously confident men on earth.  His advice to guys before entering the gauntlet: “Doubt Yourself”.  This seems odd at first, but then he explained it to mean that not only is it normal to doubt yourself at some point, but it is actually inevitable that it will happen if you push yourself hard enough to – might as well get it over with and get past it.  You realize that the task is actually manageable to do it, and the rest, as they say, ‘is gravy’.  The idea is that you are going to end up doubting yourself at some point in the process anyways when things get really tough, so that when you later get to that point again of things getting so tough that others contemplate quitting, you simply soldier on to get through it with a confident grin because you have already resolved that doubt will not stop you; you can even laugh it off when it tries to get you again because you have already beaten it.  From here, you develop that outer and inner armor which protects you from the negative doubts and distractions, and you thus become a hardened machine committed to achieving your goal no matter what obstacle or adversity may try to interfere.  So get ahead of the game: Doubt yourself early, and then Dispense with it.  You become unstoppable.

If you’re endeavoring to do hard things, sometimes setbacks will occur and on occasion you’re going to feel overwhelmed. Don’t sweat it.  Know that it is normal, and that you shouldn’t succumb to it.  It’s part of the process of getting better, so take encouragement in it and don’t let it get you down.  In fact, if things have been coming too easy to you for too long, it may be time to find ways to push yourself to new challenges in order to keep your competitive edge.  In time you will develop a supreme confidence with the knowledge of having persevered through a tough time and that there is nothing that is too tough to accomplish, built on the foundation that you know you took on great challenge and that it could not break you, but built you.

Winners Pull the Trigger

Winners Pull the Trigger

By Steve Fraser

July 29, 2014

 

The day I started realizing that “going for it, all out” was one of the biggest keys for me to compete at wrestling’s top level was the day I started to dramatically improve my skills, my physical conditioning, and thus my success in the sport of wrestling.

 

I remember the day. It was a cold, dark morning, around 6:15 a.m. in the month of December, 1981 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I was struggling to get out of bed, tired and sleepy, not wanting to get up. I was so not a morning person! I remember thinking, “What am I doing here? Almost everyone I knew was still sleeping comfortably and warm under the blankets of the cozy, snug familiar place they called their bed.” 

 

Here, I was scheduled to meet my boss, the Washtenaw County Sheriff Thomas R. Minick, on this frigid cold winter morning at the department for a workout together. We would regularly run outside and then end up lifting weights at the department’s work-out facility, prior to starting our day on the job. 

 

Sheriff Minick, who was a tough and rugged man, was in great shape and always kept a great workout regimen. He was the “top dog” in the county, respected fiercely among his peers and county officials. He was the ultimate example of what a Sheriff should be like. And I was in awe of him.

 

He had hired me at the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department to run their County Jail “Community Work Program” (an alternative jail sentencing program) with the idea that I could also continue my quest and training for the 1984 Olympic Trials and Games. He allowed for some flex in my eight-hour work day to still train and make my afternoon practices at the University of Michigan, where I wrestled daily.

 

Sheriff Minick was doing me a great favor in supporting my Olympic wrestling goals while employing me. Needless to say, I did not want to disappoint him in any way. Thus I had no choice but to get my behind up out of bed and go to meet him for our workout. Now keep in mind there were many mornings when he did not show, for various reasons, but I did not ever want to guess wrong and not show up fearing that he would. 

 

It was this morning, as I contemplated whether or not he might show, that I came to a realization and decided that I had to totally commit to this whole idea of training like a mad-man and pulling the trigger 100 percent. I decided that I was not going to second guess myself or my training and I was going to “go for it! All in! Both barrels a-blazing!” Tom Minick was the catalyst that helped me determine this.

 

I think it comes down to making a conscious decision in life. Am I going to do this thing or am I going to keep holding back?

 

I don’t know what holds us back sometimes; fear or failure, past experience, over analyzing, doubt that we can actually succeed? Whatever it is, we must realize that all great champions have the same issues. The great champions become great champions because they don’t let these emotions keep them from pulling the trigger. They take action regardless of their fears. Action is the main ingredient that moves athletes and people forward.

 

I remember thinking that I was going to “act” no matter how many setbacks, failures, and obstacles got in my way. I took the attitude that I was going to exhaust all the mistakes I could possibly make, until there were no mistakes left to make. The only thing left would be success!

 

I took the approach that I would pull the trigger, shooting first, and then aim later. Too much aiming (analyzing) was holding me back. I thought better to “shoot first and aim later”, and yes, I was going to make some mistakes but at least I would be “all in.”

 

Few people might think that a hitter who struck out the most times in baseball history would be thought of as a good player, much less a Baseball Hall of Famer. Tell that to Mr. October, Reggie Jackson.

 

Let’s go for our dreams, all out, no hesitation, no holding back! Pull the trigger each and every day and our dreams will become reality.