How to set up & Execute an Ankle Pick
The ankle pick is typically used when you have an overhook and wrist control, or a clinch and wrist control or an underhook and wrist control.
To execute the ankle pick, simply drop your level, grab the opponent’s heel and pull!
A general principle for the setup – don’t let your opponent rest! Push, pull, dummy, don’t stand and wait for the option of an ankle pick to appear!
Ankle Pick Set ups
Side Step Right – Ankle Pick to your Left
Side step and make you opponent step forwards, then pick the ankle
Ankle Pick from Clinch & Opponent’s Wrist Control
The setups with your own wrist control, generally work when your opponent has wrist control
Use the ankle pick in combination with a Snap-Down
The ankle pick works well in combination with the snap down.
In fact, you could argue, that either the snapdown or ankle pick work well 90% of the time when wrestling.
If you attempt an ankle pick and he drops his head to avoid it – snap his head down!
Attack the Lead Leg With Your Foot, When He/She Steps Back, Ankle Pick the Other Leg
I was a bit lucky here, as I nearly got swept:
- Attack opponent’s lead leg with your foot
- when opponent steps back, ankle pick the other leg
The above example isn’t ideal – he steps back twice which is a bit confusing.
Normally I’d attack the leg to my right with a feinted inner-reap attempt.
Then ankle pick the leg to my left as he steps back to avoid the reap.