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Jake Herbert Interview

November 3, 2014 — Leave a comment
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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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 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…

State Champion Grip

March 5, 2014 — 4 Comments

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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Grip Training

November 12, 2012

Strong Grip, Strong Wrestler

As wrestlers, the ability to control your opponents’ wrists with a strong and powerful grip is an incredible wrestling advantage. In fact, in my experience it is very rare to meet someone with a STRONG grip who’s not a badass. The problem is, outside of pullups and rope climbs, most wrestlers do not train their grip at all! And if they do, they are probably doing it improperly (hint: wrist curls aren’t the answer). In this post, we’ll go in depth about the types of exercises you should do to develop a devastating grip.


Grip helps just a little here

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