Clock Wrestling

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by Matthew Wernikoff

After deciding not to return as Woodlands High School’s Head Wrestling Coach I began working with my best friend and mentor, Tod Giles, at his club Wrestling Dynamics.  Togther we grew the club and I was privledged to have learned many things from him.  He had an intellectual approach to the sport of wrestling the was uncanny.

Many of my wrestlers often ask me why I emphasize creating angle so much and why I insist they learn to attack from these angles.  Below is a copy of an article Tod published shortly before his death on a system he called “clock wrestling” and why angles are so important:

Clock Wrestling 

 

“For years I have always heard coaches tell the athletes to create angles and attack their opponent. In my own competitive years I thought… wow, I wonder what angle I need to be at?

Shortly into my career as a wrestler I moved into coaching by working at camps and clinics in the summer and year round. In juggling helping others while helping myself, I determined that time was of the essence in preparing athletes for competition. And if it was all about TIME, then so too must the attack angle be about TIME. I developed the concept of “Clock Work Wrestling.” Clock Work Wrestling states that “wrestling exists in the face of a clock,” and each athlete should view that face of the clock with your opponent always in the center and you always at 6 o’clock. This clock is dynamic and always moving so, inevitably, the opponent is trying to keep you at 6 as he is strong and balanced when he has you there.

Attacking straight on, while it is a tough and admirable trait, will ultimately tire us out and leave us with few points to speak of. Moving to our left or right and attacking almost immediately (if not sooner) with a powerful attack, on the other hand, will show its benefits almost immediately.

What has become increasingly easier for me to convey is the fact that, after I examined countless hours of video of both myself and my athletes while coaching at West Point years ago, I found that attacking between 5 and 7 o’clock garnered less than a 15% success rate. Not very efficient. Attacking from 4-5 o’clock and from 7-8 o’clock more than doubled the scoring proficiency to about 40%. As you would imagine the rate of effectiveness when attacking from 3-4 and 8-9 o’clock was markedly higher and exceeded 85%.

So, to this I say, the angles are the way to go… don’t try to get to any degrees…or break out your old dusty protractor… that’s way too complicated. Get yourself inside of 5 and outside of 7 for starters and when you get there… go for what you know! DO NOT HESITATE! For in the smallest fraction of a second, your opponent will have you back at 6 o’clock and unable to attack with the vigor of a champion.” –Tod Giles

Tod Giles Biography Brief:

Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee – 1999 Rockland County Hall of Fame Inductee – 2000 SILVER CERTIFIED – USAW Wrestling National Coaches Education Program Coaching Experience Varsity Coach Clarkstown South HS – 2002 – 2004 Head Coach USMA – West Point 1998 -2000 Assistant Coach USMA – West Point 1996 -1998 Volunteer Assistant Coach Georgia State University – 1994 -1995 Assistant Boston University – 1984 – 1985, 1991 – 1994 10 years experience coaching youth clubs 23 year instructor for Carl Adams World Class Wrestling School International Wrestling Experience National Team Member 1989, 90, 91, 93, 94, 95, 96 & 97 Two Time Olympic Team Alternate, 1988 & 1996 Freestyle Military World Champion – 1988 Collegiate Wrestling Experience – Boston University All-American (1st Ever at BU) – 105-13–1 Record 4 time New England Conference Champion – 4 time NCAA Qualifier

Up coming Camp!

by Matthew Wernikoff

I have teamed with Diego Crespo, a NJ State Champion and fellow wrestling coach at Apex Wrestling School to run two great camps!  I’m very exicited for this great opprounity.  For those of you in the tri-state area I have posted information for the two camps below.  Next week I will be posting two new blog posts; one about coaching beginner wrestlers and one on strength training considerations for young athletes.

(For more information on Coach Mathew Wernikoff and Diego Crespo visit: http://www.apexwrestlingschool.com/apex-staff  )

Here is the information on the Camps:

Novice and Beginner Wrestling Camp

LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE FOR EACH CAMP SO REGISTER EARLY!

Grades 2nd-8th

Coaches Diego and Matt invite all novice and beginner wrestlers to this great three day camp. All campers will receive:

• Over 3 hours of instruction every day!

• Strategy and technique that is appropriate for novice and beginner wrestlers.

• Balance, speed and agility training.

• Free camp t-shirt.

All campers will receive lunch. Any camper with dietary restrictions or allergies should bring their own lunch.

Where: Apex Kenilworth, 400 Swenson drive, Kenilworth NJ 07033

When: July 22nd, 23rd and 24th How Much: $180 Make checks payable to Matthew Wernikoff

CAMP INSTRUCTORS

Diego Crespo

NJ State Champion

2X NCAA Div. III Qualifier

Over 5 years of HS and Youth coaching experience

Mathew Wernikoff

USA Wrestling Bronze Certified Coach

Former NY-NHSCA National Team Coach

Over 10 years of HS and Youth coaching experience

TO REGISTER FOR THE CAMP OR FOR MORE INFORMATION

CONTACT CULLEN MCCANN: 201.824.3561

High School camp: (Grades 7th-12th, 145lbs and up only!)

The high school camp is for those athletes that want to learn technique and strategies that are proven to work for middle and upper weights. This is an intense technique camp meant to help prepare each wrestler for the next level!

The camp consists of:

• Over 3 hours of instruction every day; focusing on the strategies & techniques ideal for athletes 145 & up.

• Everyday there will be multiple strength & conditioning sessions. Learn proper lifting techniques & how to design a program to help you reach the next level and get a great workout everyday!

• Campers will receive a free body fat, muscle mass & body composition testing from Champion Athletes.

• Champion Athletes will be conducting a brief nutrition seminar to educate each athlete on what to eat for maximum results the day of a competition.

•University of Tennessee Chattanooga Head Assistant Coach Jon Sioredas will be running the last session on Thursday. Coach Sioredas will also be conducting a free college prep seminar from 2:30pm-3:00pm. The seminar will include topics such as: when you should take SAT prep classes, what college coaches are looking for, what to put in a recruiting video and how to plan your college application process. Parents are encouraged to attend the seminar at 2:30pm on Thursday.

Where: Apex Kenilworth, 400 Swenson drive, Kenilworth NJ 07033

When: July 25th, 26th and 27th.  How Much: $180 Make checks payable to Mathew Wernikoff

Times: First session begins each day at 9am. Last session ends at 3:00pm. Please make arrangements to pick your child up on time. Thank you!

LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE FOR EACH CAMP SO REGISTER EARLY!

CAMP INSTRUCTORS Diego Crespo NJ State Champion

2X NCAA Div. III Qualifier

Over 5 years of HS and Youth coaching experience

Mathew WernikoffUSA Wrestling Bronze Certified Coach

Former NY-NHSCA National Team Coach

Over 10 years of HS and Youth coaching experience

TO REGISTER FOR THE CAMP OR FOR MORE INFORMATION
CONTACT CULLEN MCCANN: 201.824.3561