West Virginia Wrestling


by Dr. Bill Welker

As the season comes to a close, I would like to offer my expertise in wrestling to the general public, coaches and wrestlers. The activities I would be more than willing to share with you are wrestling clinics, wrestling practice demonstrations, and wrestling banquet presentations. They are outlined below.


The wrestling clinics that I would conduct are offered at the beginning of each wrestling season. I usually conduct them during "meet the team" night when parents and interested enthusiasts are in attendance. During the clinic presentation, the following are discussed in detail:
1) I explain the new rules and how they apply to the officials, wrestlers, and coaches.
2) 1 review the general stalling rules for wrestling in the neutral, top, and bottom positions.
3) 1 demonstrate unique situations in wrestling that tend to confuse those observing matches.
4) 1 discuss and hand out information on dieting.
5) At the end of the clinic, I answer any questions on rules that parents, coaches, wrestler, etc. would like to have clarified.


At the practice demonstration, I go over the following wrestling skills.
1) Proper Neutral Position Stances.
2) Basic Double Leg and Single Leg Takedown Situations.
3) The Pancake Takedown Series: Lateral Drop, Pancake Counter to Double Leg Takedown, Whizzer to Pancake, Knee Pancake, Balance Check, and Pancake Drill.
4) Chain Wrestling for the Bottom Wrestlers.
5) Conditioning and Skill Development via Situation Wrestling, Blindfold Wrestling, and Round-Robin Wrestling.
6) How to avoid being called for Stalling.

The practice demonstrations last approximately one hour and thirty minutes and may be videotaped. It is a very fast-paced workout session.


At wrestling banquet presentations, I share my thoughts on the special qualities that wrestlers must possess. There is much emphasis on how excuses and wrestling don't mix. In fact, the title of the speech is "Wrestling: A Sport where Excuses are Useless," and is spiced with humor, timely quotes, and practical advice for the athletes, parents, and wrestling coaches.

I do not charge for any of these presentations. My reward comes from promoting the pure and grand sport of wrestling. There are absolutely no gimmicks ... I just love to talk about the mat sport.

In conclusion, if anyone is interested out there just call me at Warwood Middle School, (304) 243-0394. Should you want to write instead, my school address is Dr. Bill Welker; 150 Viking Drive, Wheeling WV 26003.

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Updated April 5, 1998