How does this happen? My answer only speaks from my personal point-of-view. No one else's.
However, I think it really boils down to three things: personal desire, consistency, and belief. Each one of these feeds off of the other as an individual cannot have one without the other two.
1. Personal desire. Elite Takedown Club is not the difference-maker. The kid is. They wanted it. They pursued it. They received it. I think a lot of people get confused on who is responsible for the success of the athlete, but really it is quite simple. The kid ultimately decides. Not mom, not dad, not coach, not club, not school. Sure, all of these people probably have influence and may help in the process, but no one holds more power than the individual who steps on the line and competes. I will help every single athlete who walks in our doors no matter where he or she travels from. I love wrestling and I want to see our sport grow, and because of that, I will not force anyone to be there. When it comes to training and competing, remember who holds the power. Make it about them.
2. Consistency. The second most prominent attribute I have seen is consistency. The athlete is at everything. What we have seen the past couple of years is the best guys find a way to be at everything. Creativity is essential in this process. I have seen parents drive thirty minutes north to drop their kid off to catch a ride with someone heading another thirty minutes north to practice; all just to drive back up thirty minutes to pick them up again. Easy? Not really, but nothing a person with a personal desire to be there can't hurdle. The best athletes find a way, or make a way, to be where they want to be.
3. Belief. Finally, the best ones believe they are going to get it done. They do not care who is in front of them, they do not care what obstacles stand in their way. At the end of the day, the best ones believe the scale is going to tip in their favor. They may not win every single time, but they believe they are going to every single time. They don't waste time and energy worrying about anything else.
When that person woke up each day for the past 365 days, they had a personal desire to want to get better, they were consistent in their efforts leading up to the moment, and they believed they were going to prevail when the moment presented itself.