Sports: Art of the Game January 29,  2009

The wrestler is in the down position, his opponent holding control.

It’s a close match, one point possibly deciding the outcome.

The wrestler knows he needs the take the advantage, to get in the top position in order to take the lead, or possibly even to win the match.

When is the best time to make that reversal?

Does it depend on how much time is left in the match, or can he sense something from his opponent that tells him this is his best chance to turn the tables?

Grand Junction High School 135-pounder Jessie Hoffschneider explains how he gauges when it’s time to make his move and gain control on his opponent:

Do you base your decision to try for a reverse on how you’re wrestling at the time or on what he’s doing?

What he’s doing. I feel him on my back.

What do you sense from your opponent that tips you off that he might be vulnerable for a reverse?

As soon as I feel him transfer to another move, that’s when I go.

Do you try for the switch based on what he’s doing with his lower body or his upper body?

When he switches (positions), that’s when his arms are weak.


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