The front head lock is a very common position in all types of wrestling. You can find yourself in the position from a poor shot by your opponent or you can snap them down and force them into the position. It is definitely worth the effort to learn how to do this technique well and develop the ability to execute the move in competition.
The first step to having a good front head lock is to get your opponent to tense up a little bit. This tension in your opponent will allow you to move him easier than if he is relaxed. One of the best ways to create this tension is to push into your opponent and use your hips to create pressure on him. The second step is to pull him down to the mat. You need to work hard to get his elbow on the mat because that allows you to get past one of his lines of defense. Keep your weight on his elbow as you circle around. The third step is to get a solid hold of your opponent’s leg. I like to grab the hamstring. The reason we want to get to a leg is to keep his hips from moving around. As you try to go around your opponent, he will try to square up with you and face you. He knows that if he gives you the angle that it will be hard for him to get it back. After you have the leg secure, keep circling around behind your opponent until you can scoop their ankle with your foot. This will help to secure the take down as well as prevent your opponent from moving much in the bottom position. It also opens up a new series of techniques that you can apply from the top position.
Hopefully as you continue to work on this technique, you will be able to see how effective this move is for scoring on opponents even at a very high level of wrestling. Good luck and please keep checking back for more great wrestling tips and techniques.