Coaches Corner


you need to compete with confidence in your training.This is why you force your best stuff constantly.

You should have confidence in your training and know that the most important thing is to go to war.Don't just wrestle to win wrestle with a warrior mentality always looking to scoremore points and PIN!

Coaches: this is what we will do!!

project confidence to your athletes.If you go into the post season overly nervous not acting yourself it WILL project on to your athletes.

They need a fearless general to feed from.Not a nervous and unsure if they can win leader.


let the athlete focus on themselves and the coaches do their thing.You must remember this is your wrestlers gig.

The sooner they learn to take complete ownership of their wrestling career and develop the internal pride to win for themselves, the sooner they have a chance to be great and the more prepared they are for the world.

The best thing you can do is support them and let them know you are proud of them for having the guts totrain like only wrestlers do and lay it on the line...

...if you're talking about how tough competitors are,telling them what they have to do in matches(which forcesthem to think in matches and possiblyconfusesthem),in their ear as they are warming up, etc...(be a parent and let us coaches coach)….

Then there's a good chance you are taking them out of their game plan,killing their confidence and keeping them from developing the independence they will NEED down the road.

Last Word

Wrestling, Coaches, Parents...

The training has been done, it's time to relax (easier said then done, but the best do it) and get after it!


No matter how things fallremember that if you get beat, that wrestler/coach that beat you is a warrior too and give them the respect a true warrior deserves.And if you don't believe this to be true...Still, keep your class.

5 Reasons you Lose Close Matches

1.Not being aggressive enough/Wrestling too conservatively. The best way to beat someone at or above your level is by wrestling aggressively and increasing your attack rate. It will help you to win both the physical and mental battle. Few people like to wrestle someone who is at them for 6 or 7 minutes straight. Watch this awesome clip on being aggressive.

2. Over thinking before and during matches.This tends to happen when we make a certain match "special". In practice, most wrestlers are not thinking too much about the outcome, score or consequences of winning or losing. They aren't thinking about their coaches, parents, seed, record, etc. Over thinking tends to make us more nervous and less confident. Step 1 to avoid over thinking is to stop making any match "special". Live wrestling is live wrestling.

3.Getting scored on early in matches.One thing that can wreak havoc in the mind is getting takedown or put to your back against a wrestler you KNOW you are better than. It's good to go into a match expecting to dominate, but it's not okay to panic if we get scored on. Many wrestlers tend to get flustered when they give up early points. Their minds start to go into overdrive and doubts creep in. It is important during these times to stop focusing on the outcome and simply focusing on scoring the next point. 6 minutes is a long time! Don't let an early takedown or scramble derail you mentally. Make sure the focus is on constant scoring and improving your position rather than solely on winning or losing.

4.Getting tired or even more so WORRYING about getting tired. The fear of fatigue is a common issue at all levels of wrestling. Wrestlers think and worry about how they will perform when tired during a match. They will then tend to hold back or wrestle conservatively early in the match because they don't want to be exhausted later in the match. This can and will cripple many wrestlers because they will slow down their offense and hence score less points. Overcome the fear of fatigue and you will win more.

5.Giving your opponent too much respect.When you put your opponent on a pedestal you almost completely destroy your chances of winning or wrestling well. Almost every wrestler has done it at some point, but if it continues it will be very difficult to Jump Levels and beat good wrestlers. You need to approach every match the same and attack with the same intensity regardless of name, rank or quality of opponent. No one is invincible and no one wears an S on their chest. All opponents are vulnerable! Learn to wrestle with more Confidence here.

Read and train your mind to believe in these seven Rules.This should be your game plan every time you step on the mat against anyone.Become the wrestler no one wants to wrestle, WIN or LOSE!

1. Opponent stands up from Bottom

Do:Lift and Return
Don’t:Pull them on top of you, Release easily or drop to legs and hold on.The Lift-n-Return is one of the prettiest moves in wrestling. You know you’re watchinga tough wrestler when they relentless lift and return from the top. If you want to letyour opponent go and they stand up on you, I suggest you lift-n-return and then release.
Be sure they know they didn’t earn the point… You gave it to them.

2. Top Position

Do:Keep constant forward pressure while working for breakdowns and turns.
Don’t:Try to hang on or float on top of your opponent
The best rides are all executed with toes dug in the mat and grinding pressure. Even ifyou don’t get the turn your goal is to let them know who is in charge and get inside theirhead when you’re on top. MANY close matches are won by not letting your opponentout from bottom orwearing them out with a tough grinding ride.

3. Bottom Position (We all need to do a better job here but the key is to never get turned)

Do:Relentlessly get to your feet andknow solid leg defense.
Don’t:Roll around and rely on trick moves.
Stand ups won’t always work, but they will often create the action that is needed to get away from tougher opponents.

4. Solid Shot Defense (They shoot we score, PERIOD)

Do:Square hips, toe down on the feet and look to clear leg(s) toFront Headlocks
Don’t:Give away angles, sit to your butt or let them lift you.
Ideally, nobody should get to your legs but the fact is it is going to happen. Give youropponent as little as possible and look to score off their leg attacks. Train yourself to usethe most fundamental shot defense techniques and you won’t give up as manytakedowns and you will save yourself from injury.

5. Never watch the clock but I’ve seen others do this…

Do:Listen to your coach for updates and train yourself to wrestle hard until you hearthe whistle
Don’t:Never look to the clock in a close match during any action.
Train yourself to wrestle harder at the end of periods no matter what the score is.

6. Last 20 seconds of every period

Do:Win these short goes or at least break even
Don’t:Never lose the last 20 seconds
Get the take down, escape or reversal when in the neutral or bottom position. Keep youropponent down or develop a safe & reliable quick turn to score with when on top.
Never, get taken down or let an opponent escape or reverse you in the last 20 seconds ofa period.

7. On the leg/s from a shot.

Do:Get to your feet and finish, escape the weight and finish or clear out.

Don’t:drop to your haunches, hold on or stand still on your feet. Ideally, a wrestler will maintain continuous motion from set up to shot through the finish. But realistically many wrestlers get caught under their opponents and they need a strategy to deal with this.

If you follow these rules all the time, no matter what the score is, you will learn to wrestle to dominate. Being relentless with your attacks and extremely stingy are the keys to wrestling success. Master these positions and scenarios and find yourself winning a lot more close matches and feeling opponents break as the match goes on.


He who hesitates is lost!

Last year during the season, we spoke about a golden rule of wrestling- do unto others before they do unto you. Some people misquoted me saying- do harm to others before they do harm to you. I like both. I want to clarify this point further. What does this mean in concrete terms? TAKE THE FIRST SHOT or as we now say DRAW FIRST BLOOD. (Rambo First Blood is making a comeback here).


When I think of some of the top guys Cael Sanderson, Logan Steiber, David Taylor, Ed Ruth, etc. It's hard to think of matches they wrestled where they were not the ones who shot first. And usually, they get the takedown. They aren't always the cleanest shots either. (Doesn't mean they're taking dive bombers with no set up). But they are not always clean shots, what they are is HARD and DECISIVE. I can think of many Jordan Burroughs doubles aren't all clean, but he finishes because he commits to a hard shot. You're shots aren't always going to be pretty, but you gotta make sure you fire them off.


Think about it. What's the worst thing that can happen (outside of getting pinned, which is rare)? You miss the shot and get taken down. At least you got the ball rolling early. You showed your opponent you're coming after him. And you got yourself into the flow of wrestling. You cannot afford to let your opponent dictate the pace. You gotta show them early that you are here and ready to wrestle. There's no better way to do this than to be the one to fire off the first shot.


I can't even tell you how many wrestlers come to us saying they did not feel good until the 2nd/3rd period or have 0-0 first periods, only to wish there was more time on the clock in the 3rd period when they finally opened up their offense. Let's get the ball rolling early! Fire off the shot!


We've been dealing with some of the top wrestlers in the country and we hear infinitely more wrestlers tell us losses from matches they didn't come out aggressive than matches they lost because they took a poor first shot. We almost never hear the latter.


When you step on the line, you should already know- what tie-up, if any, am I looking for? What am I about to do with my hands? What shot am I looking to fire off?


Wrestling Mindset is very big on focusing on things you can control, which usually breeds the best outcomes. You can control this! In all your matches, commit here always to TAKE THE FIRST SHOT/DRAW FIRST BLOOD.


A few points here...


-We're not talking about some half shot or leg tap or dropping to your knee and calling it a shot. We're talking a full hard shot. One where you use a set-up and fully commit.

-There's no guarantee you will score from your first shot. But there is a guarantee that you can commit to taking it.

-Doesn't always mean it's right off the whistle, and you don't need to panic if your opponent shoots off the whistle. Just be the one to take the next hard shot.


Finally, you need to have this Draw First Blood Attitude against EVERYONE you wrestle. Not just against the scrub wrestlers. This would be a lack of guts & toughness on your part. You need to step on the line thinking the same thoughts against the top guys as you would anyone else- what tie-up, if any am I looking for? What am I about to do with my hands? What shot am I ready to fire off?


A final key point is that things are rarely, if ever, perfect. Do not wait for the opportunity, create the opportunity. If it looks good enough, it is good enough. Most people lose because they wait for a perfect moment. The best know there is none. Your set-up and shot will never be perfect. Just commit and GO! Believe me, you will wish you did after the match.


Pull the Trigger. Step on the mat with the Killer Instinct. Then get out there and DRAW FIRST BLOOD, TAKE THE FIRST SHOT!


Rules of Wrestling Season:

1. Never be outworked.

2. Don't focus on your record. Focus on getting better and going after the toughest challenges.

3. Remember that cutting weight doesn't make you a better wrestler.

4. Have a purpose every practice. Stop going through the motions. Make sure you focus on the areas that will make you better.

5. Stop comparing yourself to other people. Real champions compete against themselves.

6. Be thankful for the opportunity to wrestle. Remember its something that you get to do, not something that you have to do.

7. Be patient. Realize that it takes time to make big improvements.

8. Wrestle for yourself. Think about all the things YOU love about wrestling.

9. Never quit. If you can't win, then make the guy tired. If you aren't the starter, get better each day anyway.

10. Keep things in perspective. Faith, Family and Academics come before wrestling. God doesn't care how many titles you win. And your family will love no less.

1. Getting involved in the hype. Reading the papers and/or forum. Leave this to the spectators, after the season you can read your articles.

2. Associating with negative people and small-time thinkers. These people will only slow you down. Keep your distance from them, especially during the season.

3. Making any particular match or tournament “special.” Every match and practice is important, but nothing is ever special. Special adds pressure. Treat everything the same. Consistency!

4. Believing ANY opponent you face is unbeatable. David and Goliath, Rulon Gardner over Karelin, Gable and Owings, The Movie “Miracle”, etc. etc.

5. Focusing on the past or future instead of the present moment. Only worry about the present and how you can do your best at this moment.

6. Under any circumstances using the word CAN’T. Don’t ever say that word!

7. Dwelling on a setback or loss. Learn the lesson, then move on, period. Just let it go and do it better next time.

8. Focusing exclusively on winning or titles. Compete with yourself.

9. Competing not to lose. A coward dies 1,000 deaths before he dies. Always play to win. If you’re already winning: play to dominate.

10. Using extreme self-talk, that puts extra pressure on you: MUST, SHOULD, or NEED TO. Use “I want” and “I choose to” instead.

Be Coachable

1. Don’t look for easier way than coach is telling you.

2. You will always find someone to tell you the easier road is acceptable.

3. Life will be much easier, if you are coachable. You improve quicker, have more confidence and aren’t always looking over your shoulder.


Be Positive

1. Anyone can be positive when all is good.

2. Mentally tough people find a positive spin when the chips are down.

3. Example: If you get taken down and start shaking your head.

4. Expect & Be Prepared to Deal with Adversity


Be Accountable

1. When coach corrects you, does it upset you or do you have a sense of urgency to correct things?

2. Most people are quick to throw pity parties. Separate yourself from the pack by holding yourself accountable regular.

3 characteristics GREAT wrestlers possess1. They score easy points (quick points off of bad shots, etc.) 2. They dictate the pace of the match. (Be aggressive, well conditioned and never quit) 3. They score on top. (It isn't enough to ride. If you aren't willing to get reversed, you will probably never be great on top.)

Eat, sleep, train, compete, pray and live like a champion and good things are gonna happen. If not now, then soon. If not soon, then sometime in the future. Keep the faith and trust in the process. Train like a madman and strive to live a clean life.

Coach Prieto

Goals for success"Every wrestler has excuses but a CHAMPION never uses them"

1. Commitment--have to be dedicated from day one no matter what.

2. Unselfishness--are you willing to put the team's needs above your own?

3. Unity--we have to become a family and not let the little things divide us!

4. Improvement--need to be coach able and open to tough criticism

5. Toughness--never show emotion when facing adversity it's a sign of weakness

6. Self Discipline--mentally and physically! Don't be a mental midget when cutting weight, when working out, at school or when out with friends! See number one!

7. Great Effort--be determined to practice great each and every day!

8. Enthusiasm--smile, have fun after all you are part of a very special thing here at GCHS, a DYNASTY! Enjoy the ride!! Keep this in mind, not one of you has yet to be on a team that has taken any other place other than FIRST!

9. Eliminate easy points--if you do give up points make your opponent earn every single one! What I'm talking about are points from stalling, losing your head and other penalty points that we can control!

10. Never give up--wrestle from whistle to whistle! Never ever be satisfied with a lead! If you can, destroy your opponent, let them walk off the mat saying "I don't want to wrestle that guy ever again"!

11. Don't accept losing--just as it says! We learn from it to improve and become better!

12. Set high goals--A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at. Bruce Lee This is one of my favorite quotes because we all want to reach our goals but even if we don't we are not failures! So let's focus on our goals but at the same time lets not get so caught up in them that we aren't having fun and enjoying the ride toward them! Either way we will become better and good things always happen when we are all working toward our goals!

13. Expect to win--some of us are beat before we walk out on the mat! Let's change this thinking and go out there expecting to win! I really think that is the reason why we won last year over Olathe North! We expected to win not them!

14. Lead by example--always work hard not only in the practice room but outside of it! Be the person that people will remember for being a leader on and off the athletic and say "I want to be like him"! This person is also a leader by always being a positive person and builds his teammates up not tears them down!

15. Responsibility--being accountable when things go wrong without blaming others!

Coach Lappin

1. Commitment-putting your goals above all else

2. Unselfishness-willing to put the teams needs above your own

3. Unity-fight for each other

4. Improvement-understanding you can always get better

5. Toughness-being able to stand toe to to with your fears

6. Self Discipline-see #1

7. Great Effort-without it, we don't improve

8. Enthusiasm-enjoy what you're doing!

9. Eliminate easy points-don't beat yourself. Finish each period on top

10. Never give up-it's wrestling, there's always a chance

11. Don't accept losing-when you accept it, it becomes easier

12. Set high goals-without them, you can't reach your full potential

13. Expect to win-whether u do or not, you're probably right

14. Lead by example-be someone others want to be like.

15. Responsibility-carrying your load inside and outside of wrestling (school, homes, social)

Coach Waller

1.Commit yourself wholeheartedly

2.Selflessness putting what's best for the team above yourself

3.Make daily goals to improve your self

4.To achieve your goals you must fight through discomfort

5.Controlling your own actions to put yourself in the best position for success

6.No matter what you think you're not a natural. You must fight for everything you get

7.Appreciate adore and revel in the fact that your A wrestler.

8.Understand the easy ways to win and lose the match

9. Set high goals; goals are a way to measure your efforts.

10. Expect to win; don't lose the match before it starts.

11. Lead by example; take the initiative in the positive attitudes and behaviors of your teammates.

12. Responsibility; take pride in doing things correctly and on time

Coach Perez

1.Commitment:Understanding individual and team goals and having the desire to commit yourself both mentally and physically.

2.Unselfishness:Team first!!!

3.Unity:Becoming a band of brothers to help each other in ALL aspects.

4.Improvement:Get 1% better every practice, going the extra mile.Hard work pays off.

5.Toughness:Able to push through, mentally and physically!

6.Self-Discipline: Controlling yourself and focusing on improving toward your goal.

7.Great Effort:Being able to feel you gave it your all.Leaving it all on the mat.

8.Enthusiasm:Have fun.

9.Eliminate easy points: Never relax. Especially on the edge.

10.Never give up:You can score in two seconds, wrestle until the whistle blows.

11.Don’t accept losing:“Fail Forward” always learn from a loss and it will make you better.

12.Set High goals:Reach your true potential. (State Champion)

13.Expect to win:You are on the best team!You are Buffalo Trained! Expect to win!!!!!

14.Lead by example:Don’t tell people what to do, show them through your own actions.

15.Responsibility:Knowing the difference between right and wrong and always choosing right.

Coach Baker

1. Commitment- do whatever it takes on and off the mat to achieve your goals

2. Unselfishness- to do things for the better of the team without praise

3. Unity- (family) up's and downs stick together like family

4. Improvement- always strive to be better then the day before

5. Toughness- be able to get knocked down and come back stronger

6. Self Discipline- being able to stay focused on your goals

7. Great Effort- leave it all on the mat. Practice room or competition

8. Enthusiasm- excitement to learn and better yourself

9. Eliminate easy points- perfect practices not practice makes perfect

10. Never give up- the moment you give up you get scored on

11. Don't accept losing- always learn from it to become better and more prepared for the next match

12. Set high goals- don't sell yourself short

13. Expect to win- if you don't you are already beat

14. Lead by example- you never know who is watching

15. Responsibility- to accept the outcome good or bad whether prepared or not

1- Seeds/ draws

The days of Dad grabbing your folder at the pee wee tourney and putting you first to avoid the best guy are over. HS seeding meetings are the most ridiculous thing you would ever want to attend. Blind draw, or an objective point based system, are the only ways to go. Seeding is an American folkstyle construct. Who cares when you wrestle the best guy? The goal is to win, right? I’ve seen coaches get guys so worked up about being under-seeded it hurts the kids performance. When I came to Sem, a kid was seeded 2nd and was sad. I asked him what difference it made if he just went out and wrestled and won and he said, “Seeding is about respect.” You get respect by winning- it isn’t handed out at the seeding meeting. Blind draw vertical pairing is the best system- It is why Fargo used to be so great. Just wrestle.


2- Making weight

Negativity about making weight ruins careers. It is part of your sport. If you don’t like it- quit. Or lift and move up. Or focus on your nutrition all the time and eliminate yo yo-ing. If you are tweeting food porn pictures you are doing it wrong. Not eating that Oreo Sundaes shouldn’t be that important to you if your goals are right. If you are using practice to make weight, it is almost impossible to get better at wrestling. If you are walking around like a zombie in school, calling attention to yourself you are hurting your team, and the sport. If you don’t like making weight- learn how to dribble. There isn’t an awards stand at the tourney for making weight.


3- Officiating

You can usually tell the mindset of a wrestler by how many times they or their parents tell you how they “got screwed by the ref.” Loser mentality. No other way to say it. Officials make bad calls at every level. Coaches make poor decisions at every level. Wrestlers make mistakes at every level. There is a human element to our sport. You have to train and wrestle through those errors. The cleaner, more fundamentally sound you wrestle the easier it is for officials to make the right call. The less you stall the less you will get called for stalling. I’ve seen coaches of good teams debate every single call and it makes me sick. The more you go to the table, the more you are making it about you. There are times to question the official, but there is always something you could’ve done better to make that call irrelevant.


4- Rankings

They sell magazine subscriptions and generate website hits. Parents and fans love them. They don’t mean anything else. At all.


5- Recognition

I am grateful for the amount of coverage the NCAA tourney has garnered on ESPN in recent years. I think Flowrestling has revolutionized the way we view our sport. And sure, recognition is great. But all that really matters is what’s occurring within your program. Don’t get your nose out of joint because your hoops team gets more fans than you, or your school doesn’t see what you guys are doing. Do it for yourself. People who need external validation of their accomplishments lack confidence. Does it really matter if the girl in your math class knows that you are a Prep All American? You know. Your teammates know. Win, expect to be ignored and be gracious if someone notices. Don’t whine about it


Ultimately- the string that connects these things together is that you are in control of your career and that you are responsible to yourself. That’s the beauty of what we do. You don’t have to rely on anyone else but yourself to accomplish your goals. Other people will help you, sure but you can make the decision to be great. At first it can be scary to realize that you have so much power over your own destiny in your sport. But once you figure it out, you are going to improve very very quickly.


This was copied from the Wyoming Seminary site