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Could someone help me out with this? What specific strengths translate well into football. Clearly I understand the benefits of basically tackling a guy and making his ass quit, I was just wondering if someone with a wrestling background could help me out. TIA
It is typically very good for OL/DL because they understand the use of leverage. They are usually very good with their hands, typically more explosive athletes, and in general wrestling makes you develop a nasty streak. These are the biggest things I take away from it, but others might be able to add some more.
This post was edited by Fogtown 2 years ago
Same thing I was going to say.....with understanding leverage the most important thing.
I think piledrivers, clotheslines and whatever they call it when they drive folks' heads off the turn buckle are all important skills for linebackers.
What BG said. I went to a big wrestling HS (Ben Russell), and let me tell you those guys go through pure hell. You have to have a certain mindset to do that. They'd go a couple days w/ no food and next to no water, running around in 3 layers of sweats to make weight, then go out and kick ass while malnourished, dehydrated, and tired. The 4th quarter program will be business as usual for him.
This and large amounts of discipline. My son wrestles for Hewitt. In a tough 3 period match it takes heart mental toughness and desire to finish strong. Not for the weak of heart
I think for a lineman too it helps with the whole mindset of dominating the man in front of you. The sport hurts, you're trying to physically dominate the person in front if you within the circle. The importance of leverage is huge. In wrestling, especially at the heavier weights, undersea ing leverage makes you stronger than your opponent and keeps you from getting hurt. Almost every move requires you to bend at the knees and "shoot" under a person in a way that keeps him off balance and the bulk of his weight supported by your legs
Wrestlers don't tackle they do more hand fighting for control on their feet. A wrestler who tries to tackle usually is unsuccessful because the mat is not huge, and the defender usually backs up or turns to avoid being taken down. A site that wrestlers upload their videos is flowrestling.org. If you search the site for Dalvin Tomlinson you can watch him wrestle.
This and I would add linebackers to that list.
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Wrestlers also know how to keep their hips under them and always keep a position of power. One of the best if not the best offensive lineman ever, John Hannah, was also a stud wrestler. Football players who also are descent at wrestling know how to manipulate the guy in front of them very well because of the importance of handfighting and angles while on their feet during a match.
Leverage and the type of effort athletically needed.
I wrestled my Soph. yr as a lightweight (103 & under). A lot of the football team wrestled regardless of position. You learn a lot of balance, flexibility, mental toughness, stamina, how to move your feet, how to deal with pain.
The desire to hold onto another big, sweaty man and never let go...
it sucks i didnt get to see dre k give honeybadger a big boot followed with an atomic leg drop. then rip his jersey off and do a listening hand motion to the crowd.
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Do not know specifics, but John Hannah, the best OL to ever play at bama and one of the NFL's best as well, was a hell of a wrestler. Obviously, the skill set for wrestling helps with OL technique and vice-versa.
We were definitely hurt this year when Chapman's Figure 4 came off the table.
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