The Most Devastating Wrestling Movements

The Most Devastating Wrestling Movements

In the fight, the word devastating does not mean to cause immense physical damage or permanent injuries. Instead, it refers to the movements that are most likely to gain significant points or achieve one more pin and the victory is immediate for the fighter performing the technique. This may not seem as exciting as a broken bone arm wrench, but it can quickly and, sometimes dramatically, end a match.

The Cradle

This is a devastating move capable of putting an opponent on your back and keeping him there long enough to get a pin. To execute a cradle pin, you wrap one arm around your opponent's head and neck, and the other around one or both legs. Put your hands together and maneuver over your back. Your control over your head and legs can prevent your opponent from escaping long enough for you to win the game.

Head and Arm

This is a combination where a fighter is on his side on the upper chest of his opponent and wraps his head and a arm in a strong grip. This traps the opponent on your back, while putting enough weight on your chest to make breathing difficult, which can be uncomfortable and even frightening. The head and arm combinations are effective in high school competition, but college level wrestlers are often too experienced to make this move.


The spladle is difficult to execute at first, but if you can catch your opponent in this move, it is almost impossible to get out before marking the pin. To perform a spladle, place one of your opponent's arms on your legs and the other with your arms. Place your neck and head on your belly or on your side, as if your opponent was on the squat bar. Your legs will be in the air, which will make any type of movement difficult. Secure the pin of this devastating movement by pulling your head hard until your shoulders and back are against the mat.

The crossface

The crossface is the defense against a takedown. It is not a pin combination, but it is devastating, as it can become a momentary advantage of an opponent in an opportunity for you to take control. The process is very similar to hitting your opponent in the jaw. Instead of actually hitting him, you put your fist against his face and rub your knuckles and wrist along the sensitive parts of his jaw and nose. This will push your opponent and give you control of his head, a situation that can turn into a knockdown or combination of pins.

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