When Pickerington High School Central wrestling coach Jason Allen was helping Oklahoma State win a national championship in 1994 as a wrestler, he also was being schooled in a style of wrestling rarely used today.

When Pickerington High School Central wrestling coach Jason Allen was helping Oklahoma State win a national championship in 1994 as a wrestler, he also was being schooled in a style of wrestling rarely used today.

In 1957, a former Oklahoma State wrestler named Myron Roderick became coach at his alma mater a year after his eligibility had ended. He instituted a wrestling style he used to compile a 46-2 record in college.

The style was based on circular motion.

The technique stuck with the school, helping the Cowboys to win 16 national championships since, with the last coming in 2006.

It's the style Allen used to propel Reynoldsburg to three consecutive Division I district championships from 2006 to 2008, and it's the technique he brought to the Tigers this season.

"It is a unique style in that I haven't seen a school in Ohio use it," Allen said. "I haven't even seen a school at the collegiate level use this style. It's just Oklahoma State."

In the more conventional wrestling style, wrestlers are taught to hang on to their opponent's head and push forward.

The technique Allen brought to Central is predicated on movement and drawing opponents into favorable angles without touching them. The Tigers are being taught to recognize the angles and take advantage of them.

It is still a work in progress, but it's getting better.

"It took a month to get used to his routine and getting used to (the new style)," said Josh Hunter, a two-time district qualifier who competes at 119 pounds. "It's just a different technique-wise. There's still the same stuff, just a different mindset and different way of doing it."

For Hunter, making the switch was a big deal because he had success with a more conventional style in the past. Seniors on the team, such as Matt Sobczyk, who competes at 171, have one year to erase three years of doing it a different way.

Allen said learning his wrestling style is going to take more than one season, especially after not having a summer wrestling program last year.

"We're teaching in January where in the past we shut down teaching in January and focused on getting the boys ready for sectional," said Allen, who accepted the coaching job three days before school started. "We're still (getting ready for the sectional). We're teaching them new techniques every week so we don't get them overloaded and confused. We're trying to take it slow and get the main fundamentals of the style this year and start building on that."

To try to speed up the process, the Tigers have had optional practices on Sunday. That means they could wrestle seven days a week, but the Sunday practices aren't for hard drills. Those practices are reserved for instruction on technique in the new style.

The rest of the week is for conditioning. Since the Tigers rely on the use of motion, they have to be conditioned to be able to keep moving during the entire match. They prepare by drilling in short hard bursts. Rarely will the Tigers run to get in shape.

In the days leading up to the sectional tournament on Feb. 12-13, they will start two-a-day practices, which were a normal part of Reynoldsburg's pre-sectional routine. In the first session of a two-a-day, the Tigers come in before school and condition. They will do some running then and also lift weights, but everything is done in short bursts.

It's been a tough transition at times, but the team is buying in.

"I definitely say the level in the room is picking up," Sobczyk said. "We're getting better in the room and we're adapting. We keep getting better as we go. It's definitely been a positive change in the room."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Central and North wrestling teams:

CENTRAL

*Jan. 20 -- Lost to Lancaster 48-18 Last Saturday -- Finished fifth (162.5) in Wapakoneta Tournament, as Wapakoneta won with 271. Josh Hunter won at 119 pounds. *Thursday-- Home vs. Gahanna

Of note: The Tigers are 1-2 in the OCC-Ohio.

NORTH

*Jan. 20 -- Def. Gahanna 43-26 Last Saturday -- Finished third (199) in James Horning Memorial Invitational at Mason. Mason won with 248. *Thursday-- At Lancaster Saturday -- At Harrison vs. Harrison and Mason

of note: The Panthers are 3-0 in the OCC-Ohio.

*OCC-Ohio match