Pirate wrestler takes fifth place at tourney

Three-sport athlete is rare junior on Englewood mat squad

Posted 1/12/19

Englewood junior James Sharp won the matches needed to finish fifth as he joined the wrestlers from 23 teams who took part in the Dec. 5 Rebel Invitational Tournament at Denver South High School. …

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Pirate wrestler takes fifth place at tourney

Three-sport athlete is rare junior on Englewood mat squad

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Englewood junior James Sharp won the matches needed to finish fifth as he joined the wrestlers from 23 teams who took part in the Dec. 5 Rebel Invitational Tournament at Denver South High School.

“I play three sports, football, lacrosse and wrestling, but wrestling is my favorite,” Sharp said during a break in the action. “The things I learn in each sport help me in the other spots. For example, I feel the use of leverage, footwork and balance that are so important in wrestling help me in the other two sports.”

He said this summer he is planning to attend wrestling camps.

“There are a lot of good camps held during the summer. I would like to attend the Iowa camp. Iowa is number one in wrestling in the Big 10 and their camp is highly rated,” he said. “There also a good camp at the University of Nebraska I would like to attend. I want to continue to become a better wrestler because after graduation I would like to wrestle in college and eventually earn the opportunity to wrestle in the Olympics.”

He said wrestling technique is very important in his weight division.

“In the 182-pound weight class strength is usually about equal,” he said. “That is why wresting techniques are so important in order to score points and win matches.”

Sharp wrestled Jacob Christenson of Alameda for fifth place at 182 pounds. The wrestlers grappled for an upper hand throughout the match, but Sharp took his opponent down twice and scored an escape as he won the match, 4-1.

Pirates coach Lorenzo Moreno said this year's team is made up mostly of sophomores and seniors.

“We have 15 wrestlers on the roster and about half are seniors wrestling for the first time plus we have a number of sophomores on the roster, so we are a young team as far as depth of mat experience goes,” Moreno said. “So because of their lack of mat experience I am entering a lot of our guys in junior varsity matches early in the season. I feel that additional mat experience is important if we move them up to the varsity level.”

He added that he expects the team to get stronger next season because there are a number of good junior high school wrestlers who are competing with the Englewood Youth Wrestling team.

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