Wrestling Offense: Body Lock Throw

The body lock throw can help you quickly score points or even set up a pin.

It’s the third period and time is running out. You’re trailing in points, and your opponent is trying to keep their distance while holding on for the win. You need a move that can help you score or even set up a pin.

That’s when the body lock throw can come in handy.

“The body lock throw can be used to take your opponent straight from their feet to their back,” Division I coach and former collegiate wrestler Kyle Borshoff says. “This can result in a takedown, near fall points and even a pin.”


To work on your body lock throw:

  • Line up in front of your partner. Both wrestlers will start in an over-under position.
  • Lock your hands on your partner’s far waist.
  • Step around your partner’s near leg.
  • Sit by sinking your hips.
  • Bring your partner over your near leg and down to the mat.

Working on your body lock throw adds a move to your arsenal that can be beneficial in do-or-die situations.

“The body lock throw is a great tool to have in your back pocket, especially if you need to score a lot of points fast or get a pin,” Borshoff says.

To find success on the wrestling mat, you need to concentrate on your fundamentals. Having a strong stance can help boost both your offensive and defensive skills. You’ll also need to work on your movement while in your stance.