Strategies

Strategy for a wrestler who is Dominant in Neutral
1st Period – Neutral (Advantage Position)
2nd Period – Choose Neutral (Advantage Position)
3rd Period – Opponent chooses Bottom – immediately cut him to wrestle the period from the neutral position (Advantage Position)

Strategy against a wrestler who is Dominant in Neutral
1st Period – Slow the match down, don’t get taken down, if you are taken down you must answer his points in the period. Keep the score within 2 points
2nd Period – Choose Top – Why top? Because a dominant neutral wrestler will just cut you to put himself back into a dominant position.
3rd Period – Keep the score of the match within 2 points which will force him into a mistake of choosing the bottom position.

A wrestler who is dominant in the neutral position has a distinct advantage over all other types of dominant wrestlers – he is guaranteed to start each match from his dominant position. The key for the dominant neutral wrestler is to not be reversed from the mat. By allowing an escape rather than a reversal will put the match back into his advantage position – neutral.

Strategy for a wrestler who is Dominant from Top
1st Period – Neutral (No advantage) Advantage will exist after a takedown.
2nd Period – Defer – Opponent will choose bottom (Advantage Position)
3rd Period – Choose Top (Advantage Position)

Strategy against a wrestler who is Dominant from Top
1st Period – The takedown will set the flow of a match.
The key to the first period is to keep the score close enough to bait the dominant top wrestler to make his choice based on the score, rather than choosing his dominant position.
2nd Period – See Above – Hopefully, the dominant top wrestler makes a mistake with his choice being based on the score.
3rd Period – Neutral – If the first two periods have gone as planned the score should be within a takedown.

A wrestler who is dominant from the Top position, in order to be successful, also has to also be above average on his feet.

This is very important.

A Dominant Top wrestler who is aggressive and great on his feet is very difficult to strategize against.

A Dominant Top wrestler who is passive on his feet, who is a defensive counter wrestler who relies on his opponent to shoot in order to score, is very easy to strategize against. 

This type of Dominant Top wrestler will be able to be baited into making his choice based on the score.

Notes on a wrestler who is Dominant from Bottom

The wrestler who is a dominant bottom wrestler is the most vulnerable type of dominant wrestler. The reason being, he can only get to his advantage position either by choosing it or by being taken down. And both are very easily minimized by cutting him, putting him back on his feet, thus eliminating his opportunity to wrestle in his most dominant position.


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