Championship Wrestling With Logan Stieber
Logan Stieber is one of the greatest college wrestlers in the history of the NCAA. During his time at Ohio State, he was a four time Big Ten champion and a four time NCAA champion. After college, he went on to wrestling for the United States and was a 2016 world champion. Needless to say, Logan Stieber knows how to wrestle. Here are some of the wrestling techniques that Stieber used during his amazing wrestling career.
Thread the Needle Roll Through Tilt
This first move is an awesome tilt that is set up from a crossbody ride. It starts after you get your leg in and scoop the opposite elbow. When the guy on bottom feels their arm being attacked, their natural response will be to grab their own leg to prevent you from pulling it out. (If they don’t, then you have an easy hammer lock).
After the bottom guy grabs their own thigh, the top guy slides his arm out just a little then with the back arm, then reaches through his opponent’s legs to grab the wrist that is locked onto the thigh.
Once the wrist is secured, the top guy is going to roll over his front shoulder. While the roll is happening, top guy needs to turn his head and look back behind himself. To generate the power to make the roll happen, the top guy is going to use the leg that is not hooked in to push off the mat then kick it to create momentum.
After the roll through, keep the elbow and wrist locked up tight and keep the leg hooked. Just as with any tilt position, the guy will be trying to fight off his back, so the top guy needs to make adjustments to keep him on his back. The tighter the top guy can keep the bottom guy the better.
Overtie to a Double Leg
Another great move that Stieber saw great success with was hitting a double leg from an overtie. In pretty much all matches, you will have your opponent reach up and collar tie you. When they do, you can use it to set up a double leg by getting an overtie, which is basically locking up a collar tie over top of your opponent’s collar tie.
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The first thing you will notice is that Stieber uses the overtie to collapse his opponent’s head into his biceps. This takes away the power of the collar tie. Then he circles and snaps his opponent to create an opening to shoot. You will also notice this is not a traditional double leg, it is more of a hybrid double leg with a low single. This is an especially effective takedown late in a match when your opponent is tired and leaning on you with a collar tie.
This is a finish to a single leg when you have it in the outside position, which can sometimes be difficult to score from. To hit this single leg finish, secure the leg nice and high and attempt to front trip your opponent. Most of the time, when you do this they bounce right back up, but if you are anticipating this you can use it to your advantage.
When they pop back up, you are going to sweep their planted foot out of the way with your foot and come across with your opposite side forearm and tomahawk chop at the neck. Watch how Stieber faces his opponent right when he pops back up. Also pay attention to how he sweeps the leg and chops the head at the same time. Make sure when you chop at the neck, you are not winding up and clubbing them with your forearm.
Near Wrist Roll Under Arm Bar
One of the big things Stieber was known for during his wrestling career was his arm bars from the top position. In this video, he shows how to secure an arm bar starting in referee’s position.
It starts with a small bump forward right when the whistle blow to force your opponent to put weight on their hands and it stops them from hitting a standup. As soon as he bumps, Stieber goes into a spiral ride breakdown where he drops the far hand down to the thigh and the near hand bumps the opposite arm forward and secures the near side wrist.
Once your opponent is broken down and the wrist is secured, drive them forward to flatten them out. While driving forward, roll the wrist under so it pops out of the side. Pay attention to Stieber’s position in relation to his opponent. He is keeping a lot of pressure on him by keeping his head and chest up and drives his feet into the mat. One common mistake is wrestlers stay on their knees which does not keep enough pressure on their opponent.
From here, pull the arm out and secure it on the low back. If you are struggling to get the arm out, watch how Stieber sits out and uses both hands to attack the wrist and secures it on the low back. When you have the wrist pinned to the low back, get on top of your opponent. Use your belly to help pin the wrist and arm to the low back. Keeping your chest up ensures there will be pressure on your opponent the entire time.
After the arm is pinned to their low back, secure the wrist with your opposite hand and slide your near hand under the elbow. When the arm bar is locked up tight, there are a lot of different finishes you can do to get the pin. The most common is to grab the far wrist and drive your opponent over for the pin.
These are all moves and techniques that have been proven to work at the highest levels of wrestling. If you would like to learn more in depth technique from Logan Stieber, be sure to check out his video series titled “The Armbar Blueprint by Logan Stieber”.
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