Englewood wrestlers open season on mats

Englewood’s Kenny Gelinas works to turn his Regis opponent onto his back during the quarterfinals of the Dec. 7 Warrior Invitational Wrestling Tournament at Arapahoe High School. Gelinas won the match, 3-0 to advance to the 285-pound semifinals.
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Englewood wrestling coach Jim Potter pointed to the fact that he has a young team as the reason he took only five kids to the Dec. 7 Arapahoe Warrior Invitational, while the remainder of his team traveled to a JV tournament at Fairview on Saturday.

“I brought five wrestlers, a senior, three sophomores and a freshman to the Warrior Invitational,” Potter said. “I left it up to the underclassmen and four of them decided to come here and I agreed because I felt this would be good experience against top caliber competition. The other kids went to the Fairview JV tournament which will help them get experience and mat time at their level of competition.”

Freshman Sam Westra (132), sophomores Tristan Cassilwatts (138), Kevin Mahler (195) and Ben McFarland (220) and senior Kenny Gelinas (285) competed at the Warrior Invitational.

Gelinas was the only Englewood wrestler to place, finishing sixth. The senior typically faces a tough battle at 285, because his opponents usually have a weight advantage. For example, in the Warrior Invitational championship quarterfinal, Gelinas — who weighs about 240 pounds — wrestled Mitch Howard of Regis who weighs about 280.

“He was big and it is difficult to take him down, but I scored the points and won the match,” said Gelinas, who topped the Regis wrestler, 3-0.

“I have worked hard to get better and I’ve come into the season stronger and faster than I was last season,” he said. “I know more moves this season and my wrestling techniques are better. I am working to get in better physical condition and improve my stamina and I am looking for this to be a pretty good wrestling season for me.”

The Pirates wrestled their first home match Dec. 11 against Alameda after the Herald went to press, and will close out the 2013 portion of the 2013-14 schedule Dec. 14 at Denver North.