Englewood wrestlers will join athletes from 16 other schools at regionals as each individual seeks one of the coveted spots at the state tournament.
“The competition will be tough and our guys will have to wrestle their best to advance to state,” Pirates wrestling coach Jim Potter said. “I expect our heavyweight Damasejae Currington has a good chance to return to state. Several other wrestlers have the potential to do well at regionals if they wrestle the way they are capable of wrestling.”
The regionals will be held Feb. 15 and 16 at Mullen High School, 3601 S. Lowell Blvd. Teams at regionals include Broomfield, Denver North, Englewood, Mullen, Wheat Ridge, Pueblo Central, Denver South, Evergreen, Palmer Ridge, Arvada, Denver West, Green Mountain, Thomas Jefferson, Conifer, Elizabeth, Kennedy and Valor Christian.
Each team can enter one wrestler in each of the 13 weight divisions and the top four finishers in each weight division advance to the state tournament Feb. 21-23 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Englewood wrestled its final home match of the season Jan. 23 against Mullen. The Pirates took a short break in the action to honor the team's four seniors, Damasejae Currington, Trevor Kline, Cody Mikulecky and Shane Meneffe.
“We didn't wrestle very well against Mullen,” Coach Potter said after the match. “I had hoped we would do better. After all, this are wrestlers we will need to get by at regionals in order for our guys to qualify for state.”
Mikulecky wrestles at 132 pounds for the Pirates.
“This was my second season as a wrestler so it hasn't gone too well but not what I wanted it to be,” the senior said. “I have messed around with wrestling for several years and I decided to join the team last year because it gets me in good physical condition for lacrosse.”
He smiled as he said he quickly found out that being on a wrestling team was a lot more challenging and demanding than just messing around wrestling.
“Wrestling is a good sport and it helps me develop skills I use in soccer and in lacrosse,” he said. “On the mat, you have to be ready to react quickly to an opponent which helps me develop my reactions for the other sports.
He said he is sorry he didn't come out as a freshman because he likes wrestling.
“Wrestling is challenging but it is sort of fun too,” Mikulecky said. “The matches are fun because it is all on you and you can't blame anyone for your mistakes. But practices are tough. The coaches push you hard and it is challenging.”
Sophomore Tristen Cassilwatts said he decided to join the wrestling team this year because every day is a challenge.
“The sport is physically demanding and it is mentally challenging too,” he said. “I don't play any other high school sport so I have decided to wrestle all summer to try to get better.”
He is wrestling at 132 pounds and said he wants to move up to the 145 pound weight division.
“I know I have to get a lot stronger to do well in wrestling,” he said. “I plan to spend a lot of time in the weight room so I will be ready to compete as I move up to higher weight divisions.”