Leg Riding by Zain Retherford

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Zain Retherford‘s Leg Riding Series

Description of Instructional:

This instructional is designed for wrestlers of all skill levels who want to improve their ability to turn and pin their opponents with leg riding.

In this instructional, 3 time NCAA champion and 2x Hodge Trophy winner will share his techniques, strategies, and tips on how to stay tough on top and break your opponents.

The instructional will cover a range of topics, including  breakdowns, tilts, riding legs, and pinning your opponent. Zain will teach you how to stop your opponent’s first move off of the whistle and stay tough on top until your opponent has no choice but to quit!

Throughout the instructional, you will learn a variety of tilts, turns, and pinning combinations primarily from a figure-four leg ride. By the end of the instructional, you will have a comprehensive understanding of how to control your opponent from the top position, score points, and get more pins.

Retherford’s top series instructional is a must-have if you compete in wrestling.

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced wrestler, this instructional will accelerate your top game. Zain will provide insights into how to drill these techniques effectively and incorporate them into your training. Buy his instructional today and learn from one of the world’s best wrestlers!

Overview of Instructional Chapters:

  • Breakdowns
  • General Top Wrestling Concepts
  • Figure-Four Leg Riding
  • Tilts
  • Power Half
  • Bar Arms
  • Bow and Arrow
  • Leg Riding Drill
  • So much more!

Zain Retherford’s Bio:

Retherford is widely regarded as one of the most dominant wrestlers in NCAA wrestling history.

Although Zain is a well-rounded competitor, his ability to turn and pin any opponent set him far apart from his competition in his high school and NCAA career. Zain is a 2x Pennsylvania state champion and compiled a high school record of 131-3.

Zain is a 3x NCAA Champion and 2x Dan Hodge Trophy Winner. Zain was also an integral part of the Penn State team’s dominance over the last several years, securing 3 team titles while on the starting roster. To highlight how good Zain is, during his 3 NCAA title runs, in 15 matches he had: 5 falls, 7 technical falls, 1 major decision, and 2 decision wins.

On the Men’s Senior Freestyle stage, Zain competes at 70 kgs and is the current representative of Team USA.

Zain has won several national and international tournaments and has medaled at many more.- including a Gold Medal at the 2023 World Championships and Silver Medal at the 2022 World Championships. Zain will compete for a spot on the 2024 Olympic team.


  • 2023 70kg World Champion
  • 2022 70 kg World Silver Medalist
  • 2019 65 kg World Cup Bronze
  • 3x NCAA Champion (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • 2x Hodge Trophy Winner (2017, 2018)
  • 4x All-American (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • 3x Big Ten Champion (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • 4x Big Ten Finalist (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • NCAA Championship Outstanding Wrestler Award (2017)
  • 3x NCAA Wrestling Team Champion (2016, 2017, 2018)

Training out of/Affiliations:

  • State College, Pennsylvania
  • Nittany Lion Wrestling Club/Penn State University

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Approximate Length of Instructional: 

  • 49 Minutes

Suggested Skill/Experience Level:

  • All Skill Levels

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Course Content

Zain Retherford’s Tough on Top Series
Zain will teach you how to score points against your opponents from the top position with his vicious leg riding series!

  • 00:42
  • Zain’s Favorite Breakdown
  • 02:11
  • Figure 4 Leg Ride, Bow and Arrow
  • Figure 4 Leg Ride, Opponent Sits Out
  • Figure 4 Leg Ride, Bar Arm
  • Hammer Lock/Blair Ride, Part 1
  • Hammer Lock/Blair Ride, Part 2
  • Hammer Lock/Blair Ride, Part 3
  • Opponent Defends Hammer Lock; Bow and Arrow
  • Power Half
  • Power Half, Opponent Sits Out
  • Power Half, Readjustment
  • General Top Wrestling Concepts
  • Leg Riding Drill
  • 00:52

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