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Jake's a Stronger Wrestler

Jake’s a Stronger Wrestler

 

Jake Herbert is going to change the game. Currently, small part time wrestling clubs can’t keep up with the 24/7 nature and elite coaching of the super clubs. Jake Herbert aims to correct that.

He’s come up with a System called BASE Wrestling that is a long term curriculum combining athleticism, drilling, flexibility, live wrestling, and world class technique to set up wrestling clubs and wrestlers with the foundation to be incredibly successful on and off the mat. If anyone can do it, Jake can. Check out a small sample of his resume:

  • 2012 Olympian (84kg/185 lbs)
  • 2009 World silver medalist (84kg/185 lbs)
  • 2009 NCAA champion (184 pounds)
  • 2007 NCAA champion (184 pounds)
  • 2006 NCAA All-American (2nd, 174 pounds)
  • 2005 NCAA All-American (3rd, 174 pounds)
  • Three-time Big Ten champion (2006, ’07, ’09)
  • Career Collegiate Record: 149-4 (5th in NCAA all-time win%)
  • 2009 Dan Hodge Trophy recipient
  • Top 10 wrestler of the 2000’s

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athletic

[ath-let-ik]

adjective
1. of or pertaining to athletes; involving the use of physical skills or capabilities, as strength, agility, or stamina:
This guy was kinda strong

Strength. Check. Agility. Check. Stamina. Check.

There are many great wrestlers out there. Some who showcase incredible technique that wows us. Some have unbelievable strength that impresses us. Some demonstrate speed and quickness that awes us. Some present conditioning that amazes us. This article is meant to discuss those who have the latter 3.

A little over a year ago, FloWrestling’s 2nd annual Who’s #1 event wowed the wrestling community from start to finish. I had the opportunity to go out to the inaugural event last year to watch one of my athletes’ compete and it was an incredible experience. Flo pulls out all the stops and delivers not only great wrestling, but also a very attractive and well put together package for the casual and new wrestling fan. In case you missed it, check out the highlights below:

Great wrestling was shown all around, and each wrestler who competed was an incredible athlete. Who were the best athletes there though? We know how important athleticism is for a high school wrestler transitioning to college. In college, everyone is bigger, faster, and stronger. Here are the 5 wrestlers who stood out to me the most athletically and who I believe would have no problem jumping right into the college ranks right now.

#5 Cade Olivas

Not many lighter weights pack the athletic punch that Cade does

Not many lighter weights pack the athletic punch that Cade does

While he may not quite weigh enough to compete in college yet, he certainly has the physical tools. Cade was quick, strong, and show off a few Aaron Pico-like snap downs. It was clear that he was the much more physically dominant man during tie ups as he moved his opponent with relative ease. The 106 lb weight class is usually not filled with physical powerhouse’s due to the generally younger age of those competing in this weight class (check out an article I wrote on grip strength which illustrates this point here). That being said, it was clear that Cade doesn’t subscribe to that theory as he is not only a great technician, but a great athlete on the mat as well.

#4 Matt Kolodzik

If you want to know why Matt Kolodzik belongs at #4, then start by watching the 3rd period of his match with former #1 Ke-Shawn Hayes. Kolodzik was incredibly physical in riding him and not giving him an inch of space. There was one point in the 3rd where he made picking up his opponent and mat returning him look as easy as picking up an 80 pounder.

Matt Kolodzik completely wore down Hayes in the 3rd, and looked great in the first two periods as well. He didn’t seem to be in any danger and controlled the whole match from start to finish with a physical presence displaying speed and strength.

#3 Bobby Steveson

This dude is a powerhouse! About 10 seconds into the match Bobby Steveson showed us a strong set of hips in shrugging off his opponents’ takedown attempt. On the two takedown’s he scored, he showed us great speed and quickness, especially for a big man. And, in the 3rd period, well, he did this:

Brutal mat return right on his face

Brutal mat return right on his face

I believe one of the comments on Flo’s website said it best with this:

Can Bobby walk through walls? He’s a TANK!

Minnesota is getting a STUD.

#2 Daton Fix and Nick Suriano

These two bad-asses were like the energizer bunny

These two bad-asses were like the energizer bunny

Are you kidding me?? The longest high school match ever at 32+ minutes. These guys should both be proud of themselves. The thing that impressed me the most wasn’t the amount of time they went, it was how fast they were STILL in overtime. Power Endurance is not just about having gas in the tank at the end of the match (or overtime), it’s about being able to still exhibit a high power output at the end of the match! It doesn’t matter how in shape you are for a long match if you can’t shoot or throw or mat return with power, speed, and authority. These two gentleman both showed great power endurance, as well as incredible heart to give us wrestling fans one of the most memorable high school matches of all time.

 Check out the highlights of their match here

 

#1 Mark Hall

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Was there even a question here? Mark Hall’s Strength, Speed, and Stamina were on full display here as he cruised to a Major Decision over the #1 pound for pound wrestler in the country. It was clear he was the more athletic wrestler from the start as he easily fought for and took double underhooks for his first takedown of the night. From there, he continued to physically dominate his opponent utilizing strong riding, brutal mat returns, and even showcasing an incredibly strong neck to bridge out of a very bad position. (Learn more about developing a strong neck here)

Don’t believe me? Just ask Kyle Dake, another ridiculously athletic wrestler:

Mark Hall has been a physical and wrestling prodigy for a while now and it clearly shows. He is world class not only in technique, but in athleticism as well. I’d love to hear what his Strength and Conditioning Program has consisted of over his career.

Now go train!

If you watched some of these videos and realized you have the technique, but are lacking in the athleticism then you need to get to work! Wrestling season is upon us but there is still time to get stronger, faster, and increase your conditioning level. Follow us on facebook or twitter for tips and tricks and check out the following article below for a FREE In-Season Wrestling Strength Program.

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Jordan Burroughs Double Leg

Who has a faster double leg? This dude just scored 2 takedowns in 15 seconds against David Taylor (also on our list) .

With some of the best reflexes and fakes out there, Jordan Burroughs went 69-0 in senior level competition. An incredible athlete and probably one of the best of all time.

Dan Hodge’s Grip

 

We’ve written about this extensively here at StrongerWrestler.com. Dan Hodge was a brutally strong guy and would often leave his opponents bruised and battered because of it. Continue Reading…

I’ve seen a lot of programming for wrestling online and at various college/high school programs. Some of it good, some of it not bad, and some of it downright awful. While there are many factors that go into designing a strength and conditioning program for a wrestler, I want to go over a few exercises that I believe are essential to a wrestlers strength and conditioning program.

 

1. Pullups

Pullups are a MUST for wrestling

Pullups are a MUST for wrestling

Pulling strength, grip strength, abdominals, and healthy shoulders are all benefits of the pullup. Pullups are a must for any wrestler. If you’re not doing them, then you’re probably not winning any medals at big tournaments. Wrestling is a pulling sport, and pullups are the king of pulling exercises. Continue Reading…

I am finally finished!

The culmination of two years worth of data collection has finally come to an end. If you are one of the wrestlers who took time out of your tournament to let me test you, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I truly appreciate it. For the coaches who loved the idea and allowed me to test their wrestlers at tournaments, thank you. To my intern Ken for helping, thanks; you are the man.

For the past two wrestling seasons, I have been going to various tournaments testing wrestlers grip’s using a dynamometer to see if there is a correlation to grip strength and success in wrestling. In case you’re curious as to what that is, a picture is posted below.

Grip Dynamometer

Grip Dynamometer

Does grip strength play a role in success at the 3A IHSA Wrestling State Championships?

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