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Takedown Defense and Scrambling by David McFadden

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Description of Instructional:

David McFadden’s ‘Takedown Defense and Scrambling’ instructional is designed for wrestlers that want to expand their ability to defend takedowns and understand how to scramble to score more points.

It’s a obvious that if you can’t defend takedowns, you’re not very likely to win a wrestling match! McFadden is well known for his wrestling defense, and this instructional outlines how he is able to avoid giving up takedowns!

In this instructional, McFadden will share his most effective techniques, strategies, and tips on defending single leg attacks  that are fully applicable to both jiu jitsu players and wrestlers of all skill levels.

Although David focuses on freestyle techniques, he will also examine scenarios where these defenses will work in folkstyle!

The instructional will cover 2 primary topics:

  1. Defending Head Inside Single Legs
  2. Defending Head Outside Single Legs (High Crotch)

Throughout the instructional, you will learn 4x NCAA All-American David McFadden’s best single leg takedown defenses, including head inside single leg defense and high crotch defense.

Not only does David McFadden provide expert freestyle technique and instruction, he’ll also clearly integrates how folkstyle situations would play out and gives different options during the entirety of the instructional course.

David McFadden’s Freestyle Takedown Defense and Scrambling instructional is a must-have if you compete in folkstyle or freestyle wrestling.

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced athlete, this instructional will take your single leg takedown defense to the next level!

Buy his instructional today and learn from one of the world’s best wrestlers!

Overview of Instructional Chapters:

  • Baseline Defense
  • Head Inside Single Defense
  • High Crotch Defense
  • Sitting the Corner
  • Chest Locks
  • Throws
  • Scrambling
  • Cradles
  • And so much more!

David McFadden’s Bio:

David McFadden is a New Jersey native that won 2 state titles as a junior and senior in high school. David had one of the most illustrious careers in recent memory for the Virginia Tech Hokies, becoming a 4x Division 1 NCAA All-American and 2x ACC Champion.

David is only one of thirteen wrestlers in in Va Tech history to win over 100 matches during their college career. David ended his career with a record of 107-22.

On the Freestyle stage, David is a U23 National Champion and the 2022 US Open Champion at 79 kgs. McFadden stays very active in the international wrestling circuit, where he has notched wins over former world champions and world medalists.

McFadden trains at the Pennsylvania Regional Training Center in Philadelphia and is also an assistant coach at Drexel University.


  • 2022 Men’s Freestyle US Open Champion
  • 4x NCAA Division 1 All-American (6th, 5th, 5th, Covid Year All-American)
  • U-23 National Champion (2020)
  • 2x ACC Champion
  • 4x NCAA National Qualifier

Training out of/Affiliations:

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Regional Training Center/University of Drexel/Virginia Tech University/Titan Mercury Wrestling Club

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Approximate Length of Instructional: 

  • 1 Hour 3 Minutes

Suggested Skill/Experience Level:

  • All Skill Levels

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Course Content

Head Inside Single Leg Defense

  • Introduction
  • Single Leg Defense
  • High Crotch Defense
  • Quick Chest Lock
  • Back Side Single Defense to Chest Lock
  • Bundle
  • Knee Tap/High Leg
  • Chest Lock Throw
  • Cradle to Pin

High Crotch Defense

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8 months ago
One of the best defensive wrestling videos I've seen. There are improvements to even baseline defense that are immediately actionable and make fundamental sense. There are also a couple of moves I've never seen in over three decades of watching wrestling which I can't wait to teach my kids. Highly recommend!