3 Off-season Mistakes

1. I am going to FOCUS on getting big and lifting now. Wrong! Unless you are a bodybuilder or powerlifter, your focus is never lifting. Now this doesn’t mean that you don’t lift your butt off now, but as long as you are a wrestler the focus is ALWAYS wrestling. You should be lifting to…

7 Reminders for the NCAA Tournament

1. Nothing changes- prematch routine, power offense, recovery in between rounds. Live wrestling is live wrestling! 2. Draw first blood. Be first to go, score early, don’t wait or feel your opponent out. 3. Stay away from the hype. NYC and Madison Square Garden is great, but its just another arena to compete at. Focus…

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…

5 Rules for the New Year

1. Make sure you make the most important thing the most important thing. If you want to achieve your goal on the mat, be successful in the classroom or at work, or be happy you need to know what you value most and live accordingly. If your faith or family is the most important thing…

Draw First Blood

TAKE THE FIRST SHOT (DRAW FIRST BLOOD) 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…

10 Rules of Wrestling Season

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…

Step on their Throat

There’s a place for mercy, compassion, and empathy, but it’s not in competition. If you are going to look back and regret a loss or a close score, you must be willing to break your opponents, take no prisoners and step on their throat . You gotta have that Killer Instinct if you want to…

One thing that Separates the Best

There is a false idea out there that it’s smooth sailing for many national and world champions. That practices, weight loss, and other training comes easy to them. That they dominate every day without losses and setbacks. Well I assure that national and world champions have their bad days too. They get beat up, embarrassed…

Is your Foundation Strong Enough?

Mathematically, a pyramid can only be as tall as its base. What does this mean for wrestlers? You must build a strong foundation- spiritually, mentally and physically. If the foundation is weak, wrestling and life will continue to poke holes in it. You are bound to fail. But with the right foundation you are poised…