Originally Posted by wrestlersdad
I will defer to the experts, but the PA guys seem to be able to learn how to ride in high school.
It is a part of the sport that gets glossed over in Illinois. It is as teachable and learnable as wrestling on your feet. It is more tiring, takes more strength, allows for no breaks and results in cauliflower ears, scrapes and burns. There is little flair or glamour. It's focus is more on strength and leverage than speed or exceptional quickness. But it is a crucial part of folkstyle wrestling and those who learn these skills are going to have a few more "bullets in their gun".
It's kind of like a pitcher in baseball that never bothers to learn how to hold a runner on base. As long as he gets them out he doesn't have to worry about them stealing second and getting in scoring position. Problem is, you don't get everybody out. Sometimes you don't get enough takedowns either.