Slick Knee Tap With Myles Martin
For any college athlete to come out of high school and take a varsity spot in any sport is an achievement. To come out of high school take a varsity spot and win a National title, that is unheard of. In the entire history of wrestling in the NCAA starting in 1928 only 15 men have the honor of winning a national title as a “True” Freshman.
86 years running the NCAA National Championship has had hundreds of individuals claim themselves as champions. This is an elite club, but the true freshman club is that of legend. You see a true freshman is a freshman that competes in their actual first year of college. Oftentimes athletes will claim a redshirt, which allows them to practice but not have a year of eligibility taken from them.
True freshmen are the athletes that have just come out of high school, and more often than not get squashed by the elder statesman on their new team.
Some athletes are just different, where winning is what they live for, so they kill themselves every day to be better. In 86 years only fifteen true freshman national champions have emerged. Granted back in the early days, true freshmen were not allowed to compete in the NCAA’s. This is why Dan Gable is not one of the 15.
Only a few years after world war II did the NCAA lift that ban and when they created the red shirt ruling in 1969. So in reality, only 50 years have passed in which a True Freshman could have won the National title.
There were 5 first year freshmen during the post WWII Era, but let’s look at the Athletes after the redshirt rule. In 1972 Pat Milkovich out of Michigan State won the title at 17 which is still the youngest ever.
Fast forward forty years and you will recognize a few names that will go down as greats.
J’den Cox, Kyle Dake (also first 4 time champ in 4 different weight classes) and the 15th man himself Myles Martin.
Myles Martin is Ohio State's first true freshman champ (2019) he also set the true freshman record of 33-6, and outscored his opponents 27-9 on his way to the NCAA Finals. Coming into the national tournament Myles was the #11 seed, and when Myles won he broke the 37 year drought. A number 11 seed had not won the national title since 1979.
In addition to a phenomenal first year, his final record was 121-19. Not to mention he is a four time All American. Only the seventh in Ohio state history.
To be one of the only true freshman national champions you have to have something special about how you wrestle. Myles is no exception to that rule. Myles has great technique and can set traps from almost anywhere.
Check this technique where Myles goes from an outside tie into a deep under hook while he sets himself up to score!
DID YOU SEE THAT!!!
What appears to just be a lazy outside over tie turns into a DEEEEEEP! Underhook. The way he does it is he pulls down on his partners head and when he goes to recover posture Myles swings his elbow wide and his hand goes from the head to the shoulder.
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Notice how Myles uses his hips to close that distance and secure that underhook. But underhooks don’t win the championship by themselves. Myles immediately drives into his opponent and uses his other hand for a Knee tap. Or transitions into a near side single.
The hips are the key. They both bring him close for the underhook but also angle Myles off to finish that knee tap!
Myles is great in the Tie because of his traps. He utilizes lots of fakes and misdirection while pulling and pushing his partners around in the tieup that it often sets him up to score. Like the video above.
Myles put together his favorite attacks in a two part instructional that highlights his style of wrestling. If you feel like you have become too predictable or just need some new things to spice up your game, This is exactly what you need.
No one has time for boring wrestlers, set yourself apart like Myles did.
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