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Improve Your Upper Body Game With These Three Throws

Improve Your Upper Body Game With These Three Throws


Having the ability to hit upper body throws is very important in wrestling. You may be down in a match and need to hit a big move to win or you may simply find yourself in a Greco type position and it is good to be confident there so you know what to do and don’t get tossed. Check out these three upper body throws you can use to increase your throwing arsenal. 

Hip Toss From A Sweep Single

This is a great throw to learn because of how it is set up. When you need to hit a throw in a match, it is always good to be able to disguise it so your opponent doesn’t see it coming. In this video Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo uses an outside sweep single to set up a sneaky hip toss. 

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Watch how Cejudo keeps a tight grip on the arm even when he is in on the leg. From here he is waiting for his opponent to sprawl. When they do, he is driving into them and stepping up with his inside leg. Once he has stepped in, watch how he uses a back step to get his hips all the way through. 

If you try this and can’t seem to hit it, there are a couple common problems. First is to make sure you are really keeping a tight grip on the triceps throughout the whole move. If you don’t have that triceps tight, the throw won’t work. Another problem might be you aren’t stepping in deep enough. A deep step puts you in position for a good back step. A third common problem people have when hitting this throw is they don’t get their butt all the way through when they hit the back step. Your opponent’s body should be perpendicular to your body. 

Lateral Drop From a Russian Tie  

This is a sneaky throw from a Russian tie that works well because you can hit it when your opponent grabs your elbow to counter it. Start out in a good Russian tie position and make sure the arm is tight to your body. Watch how Georgi uses his belly to block his opponent’s arm and then takes the hand that is on the wrist and brings it up to almost an underhook position. Be sure to look the direction you are planning on throwing. Then pop your hips and launch your opponent. 

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If you have trouble hitting this throw here are a couple of things to look at. First, are you stepping in deep enough. Your hips need to be close to your opponent’s hips. If there is too much space, the throw won’t work. Another thing to look at is are you able to pop your hips. If you can’t already do a lateral drop form and over under position, you probably aren’t ready to for this variation of a lateral drop. Lastly, make sure you are committing to the throw. It’s either all or nothing with throws, if you are only give 75% chances are it won’t work the way you want it to. 

Elevator Body Lock

This elevator takedown is a great upper body takedown from a double underhook position. When you get double underhooks on a guy and lock it up high, their first instinct is usually to get their hips down and away. To close the gap and lock up lower on the waist, watch how Adam pops the guy up and then quickly lowers his level to lock around the waist. Also, pay attention to how deep his leg is between his opponent’s legs. Once you have the body locked up low around the waist, you can hit a corkscrew finish or lift and elevate the leg and take it over. You may even be able to hit a belly to belly suplex from this position as well.  

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