A cartwheel is a basic gymnastic skill that is great for upper body strength as well as balance. It is also a useful skill to have as a wrestler.

You may be wondering what cartwheels have to do with wrestling. There is no kicking in Wrestling which means no cartwheel kicks to your opponent’s head.
However, it can be used for attacking and defending.

College wrestler Josh Lopez demonstrated the effectiveness of a cartwheel during an off season match. Lopez surpassed his opponents defences with a cartwheel and quickly followed it up with a double leg attack .

Another great use of the cartwheel is through the leg lace. A leg lace is used in freestyle wrestling to roll your opponent over by controlling their legs.

Check out the video below to see the leg lace used with a cartwheel:

Header image by: Chris Hunkeler

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