Score More Back Points With These Tilts
There are a lot of different turns you can hit in wrestling. The ultimate goal is to pin your opponent, but just turning someone to their back can really help you to rack up a lot of points during a match. A tilt is a move that is used in wrestling that turns an opponent and exposes their back, but usually does not lead to a pin. Here are three great tilts that you can use to help score more back points.
Thread the Needle Roll Through Tilt by Logan Stieber
To set this tilt up, you must first get into a crossbody ride. Watch how Stieber bumps his partner forward and blocks the arm so he can slide the leg in. After he gets the leg in and transitions to the crossbody ride, he hunts for the far arm and scoops it up at the elbow. When the guy on bottom feels their arm getting hooked, their automatic response is to grab their own thigh to prevent it from being pulled out.
When the bottom guy grabs their own thigh, the guy on top needs to slide his arm out just a little then with the back arm, reach through his opponent’s legs to grab the wrist is locked onto the thigh. Once the wrist is secured, the top guy is going to roll. Guy on top needs to roll over their 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.
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Wrist Roll Tilt With Ed Ruth
To hit this tilt you must break your opponent down flat to the mat. Once flat, get wrist control on one side and drive to roll the wrist under and put it across the back like you are setting up a hammer lock. Watch how Ruth uses his whole body to create pressure to roll the wrist out.
After you have the wrist rolled out, place the hand on their low back but remember to not let the elbow bend past ninety degrees or the referee will stop the match for potentially dangerous. From here, watch how Ruth blocks and puts pressure on the elbow and uses it as a pivot point to turn his opponent.
Once the elbow is secured off the back and is being blocked with your knee, use your other hand to either hook in their armpit or you can reach across their neck almost like you have a claw ride. From here you will lift up then roll to your side for the turn.
When you have turned your opponent, be sure to keep everything very tight, especially the arm that is across the back. Also, pay attention to what Ruth is doing with his legs to control his opponent. This tilt, just like all tilts, rely on your ability to keep your opponent control long enough to get your five count and you must keep yourself out of danger as well.
Standing Tilt With Ben and Max Askren
This tilt is quite a bit different from the other tilts because it starts from a standing position. You see this position a lot after a guy has hit a standup but hasn’t actually escaped. To set this tilt up, you will need to lock up a two on one; one hand controlling their elbow and the other reaching around the body to control the wrist of the same arm. In the video, pay attention to how Max drops his head down to the side and puts his elbow one the inside of the leg and circles down and rolls.
When he brings him down to the mat, he is landing with his elbow and his knee connected. They way he holds onto the tilt is different than how you would normally hold onto a two on one tilt so be sure to make note of it when you watch the video.
This tilt is a great move to have in your back pocket if you are down late in a match and need to score some points to win.
Tilts are a great way to score a lot of points, especially in college with a four point near fall. Be sure to drill these tilts and refer back to the videos if you find yourself confused.
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