The crab ride is a top riding situation in wrestling where you are sitting behind your opponent while he's in a sit-out. Your legs are stretched forward to create control of your opponents hips and legs. It's very important to use your feet to pull your opponents calves outwards while you use your knees to pinch his hips. Your hands should always remain on the inside of the arms fighting for different handles (half nelson, claw, two-on-one, etc).

This ride can be used to great effect when trying to throw legs in. Although it is one of the more favored positions of a leg-rider, it tends to be the most unstable. So, if you are defending against a legger and he happens to get legs in, it is best to force them to a crab ride so you can manage the situation better and escape easier.


  • #1: Half and one-on-one to right side, then other, back and forth
  • #2: Half with an underhook, roll back
  • #3: He chops half, grab two-on-one, pull back into hazard tilt
  • #4: Opponent digs hand out and seals off, go over shoulder and grab far wrist, head and arm tilt, top leg in
  • #5: Throw leg in over arm, tilt
  • #6: One leg in, pull underhook back on other side, arm bar, cross-face to tilt, he pushes up, half nelson, roll across back and finish


  • #7: Grab far foot, push knee down, hips out
  • #8: He has half, roll to half side, push off bottom foot to get hips out, settle into Peterson
  • #9: Hook under leg, attack head for cradle
  • #10: Grab both feet, pull them to hips, slide hips down and flip
  • #11: Opponent has leg in with feet locked, turn towards, pull knee up, catch double/wizzer