Pin and Win-Every move matters

Seth Betancur, Pirateer staff

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Wrestling season got underway and athletes are already winning matches. In the recent matchup at the Sky view Invitational, James Sharp (11), wrestling at 182 pounds, took home 3rd place, “The season has been going well. The team is larger than last year. They added more JV this year. A big difference this year is it’s faster paced.” The very next match, Sharp took first place at the 2018 North Vikings Invitational. Sharp went a perfect 4-0 on the day and pinned his opponent in the finals to win the 182 lb weight class. Israel Lopez and Ezekiel Ashlock also continued to gain valuable varsity wrestling experience as they added two more matches under their belt.

Wrestlers fight for a win during a home match.

There are two seniors on the team, “I like the physicality of the sport it makes me compete when you use all your muscles. It’s a one-man sport you don’t have a team to back you up,” said Triston Hercules (12).

Many wrestlers are working hard to be a good team member and get in shape to help them stay healthy during the season, “I’m excited to get into shape, what makes me nervous are my coaches. They always talk about the possibilities and what could happen,” said Angel Gonzalez (12).

Wrestlers fight for a win during a home match.

Mounting the large team is exciting and challenging for the coaching staff that includes Teacher Dave Trujillo and Lorenzo Moreno, “We’re very excited on the wrestling team, this year it all a brand new team. We’re very excited because all the new kids want to work hard and want to learn something new and challenge them self with something new that they have never done before,” said Coach Moreno.

Around the country, there are 245,564 boys in high school and 16,562 of girls in wrestling. Here at Englewood, there are nine boys and one female wrestler.

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