There are many ways to execute a takedown by grasping one leg-called the single leg. Regardless of the setup used for the single leg, teach your young wrestlers to first move themselves or their opponent or both so that they have an angle to attack from (see figure 8.10a). As discussed in chapter 7, gaining an angle provides several advantages. Attacking from an angle takes your wrestler’s attack across the powerful center of the defender’s body, rather than directly into it. Also, the defender’s sprawl-dropping the hips and thrusting the legs back-is much less effective if your wrestler attacks at an angle.
Next, your wrestler should change levels and make an inside penetration step that ends up with the head positioned against the opponent’s chest (see figure 8.10b). The step should be deep enough that when your wrestler drives forward onto the inside knee, his or her weight moves all the way through the space the defender was in. While penetrating, your wrestler should grasp the single leg with both arms straight, locked behind the knee, and step up with the outside leg first and then the inside (see figure 8.10c).
From this position, there a several ways to finish. The one your wrestlers should use depends on what the defender does
• When your wrestler has a leg up and the head on the opponent’s chest and the opponent defends with a whizzer, your wrestler should execute a technique called running the pipe. While pushing down on the defender’s thigh with the chest and into the opponent with the head, the attacker should pull up with the arms as hard as possible, making a powerful lever (see figure 8.11). When teaching this, have your wrestlers watch the defender’s foot. When the pressure is correct, they will be able to see the foot being pushed into the mat.
• If the defender is trying to use a whizzer by driving an arm between your wrestler’s outside arm and body and levering as hard as possible, the defender’s pressure plus your wrestler’s pressure make the defender vulnerable. Your wrestler can step across with the inside foot over to the defender’s foot on the mat (see figure 8.12a). Next, your wrestler can step back and change levels by forcefully dropping, pulling the leg through between the attacker’s own, and continuing the downward pressure with the upper body (see figure 8.12b).
• If there is no whizzer, your wrestler can quickly drive into the defender (see figure 8.13a), creating enough space to step the inside leg over and outside of the single leg to clear it (see figure 8.13b) and then lift the single leg straight up into the armpit (see figure 8.13c). Teach your wrestlers to keep moving in these situations in order to keep the defender thinking about having to avoid tripping instead of trying to counterattack. They should try to get the defender hopping around and time their move so that just as the defender hops up, they can sweep his or her foot with their outside leg (see figure 8.13d), bringing the opponent to the mat (see figure 8.13e).