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Common Mistakes New Wrestlers Make on the Mat

Posted by Jeffrey Pape on

When you are just starting out in the wrestling world you are bound to make some mistakes. There are many techniques and training methods to learn, and no one expects you to be an expert over night. Wrestlers are constantly practicing and reinventing their craft, and with more experience you will become a better wrestler. Here we discuss a few of the common mistakes new wrestlers make on the mat, and a few ways to avoid making them over and over again.

First, let’s talk about stance. Make sure you aren’t standing straight up, it is important to stay low with knees bent to avoid leaving legs wide open for an attack. You should also maintain a staggered stance, with one leg in front of the other. It is easier for someone to lose their balance if their feet are kept together. Crossed legged at any time is a definite no-no.

Keep your head up. If your head is not looking up straight you are opening yourself up for your opponent to put his hand on your head and gain control of where your body moves. This will result in you losing a lot of power.

Let’s talk about tie-ups. When you tie-up with your opponent, wrestlers tend to put their heads together ear-to ear. This is incorrect; the proper way to tie-up if you are going to push your head against your opponent’s is to have only the tops of your heads touching.

Know the rules. The most basic thing you should know is what type of wrestling you’re competing in (collegiate, freestyle or Greco-Roman).  Not knowing the rules often results in a wrestler wrestling more conservatively to avoid breaking rules and getting penalized. Once you have mastered all of the rules you will be able to wrestle with full confidence.

Practice, practice, practice. If you only try a new move a few times and then plan to execute it perfectly on match day you will be disappointed. Nothing is worse than not being able to follow through in front of your team, coach and a crowd of spectators. Go over the moves as many times as possible until they become second nature. But don’t try and learn every move there is and expect to be a master of them all. The odds will be higher for you to mix up or get confused. Try and keep it simple and just specialize in a few moves for takedowns, escapes/reversals, and pinning combinations. Then, once you are proficient in those add in a few more.

Make sure you have the best equipment. Having high quality wrestling shoes, headgear, kneepads, singlets [] and more are a huge part of performance. You need products you can trust and rely on for match day. The last thing you need to worry about is your shoes coming apart or your headgear falling off.

If you are ever unsure of your technique, the rules, or the wrestling gear or equipment that you have, always ask your coach. Your coach is there to guide you through and to teach you to be the best wrestler possible. Good luck on the mat, and enjoy the great sport of wrestling!