Whether each of the Englewood High School wrestlers continues the season or turns in his gear rests on the outcome of the Feb. 13 and 14 regional …
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Whether each of the Englewood High School wrestlers continues
the season or turns in his gear rests on the outcome of the Feb. 13
and 14 regional state-qualifying tournament.
This year’s regionals will be held at Elizabeth High School and
the teams scheduled to take part include Alameda, Arvada,
Broomfield, Castle View, Conifer, Denver North, Denver West,
Elizabeth, Englewood, Evergreen, Fort Lupton, Golden, Jefferson,
Lewis-Palmer, Northridge, Rock Canyon, Thompson Valley and Wheat
The regional tournament will be set up on a traditional
16-wrestler, double-elimination bracket. The top four finishers in
each weight division qualify to go to the state tournament Feb.
19-21 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
At regionals, the wrestlers are seeded in the brackets according
to their records this season. Generally, the top-ranked wrestler
draws the 16th-ranked wrestler in the first round. In weight
divisions where there are more than 16 wrestlers, seeding will
determine who competes in the pig-tail matches necessary to trim
the field to 16.
Wrestling action begins at 2 p.m. Feb. 13 with the first-round
matches. Wrestling resumes at 5:30 with the second round
championship bracket matches and the first-round consolation
The championship finals are scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. Feb.
14 and will be followed by the second round of consolation
The third round of consolation matches is scheduled to start at
1 p.m. with the consolation semifinals scheduled to start at 3.
The gym will be cleared and, at 5 p.m. there will be matches to
determine the first through sixth-place finishers in each weigh
An adult all-tournament pass is $15 and the all-tournament pass
for seniors and students I $12. Admission to Friday’s matches is $5
for adults and $4 for students and seniors.
An all-day Saturday ticket is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors
and the price for finals tickets is $5 for adults and $4 for
students and seniors.
Englewood heavyweight Jason Williams has the best individual
record on the team and his goal isn’t just to win regionals but he
wants to qualify for state and win the Class 4A title.
Williams, who wrestled at 215 pounds last year, knows what it is
like to get to the final round as he finished second in state last
He said last week, he is where he wants to be at this point in
the season. He said his goal was to be ranked No. 1 in state going
into regionals and that is where he is ranked.
He quickly added that rankings are fine but that he just can’t
assume he’ll get to state and into the finals.
“I have to stay focused and work hard in practice to improve my
techniques,” the Pirate senior said. “Like everyone says, you have
to take it one match at a time. Go out there, win then move to the
next match. That’s what I want to do at regionals and then when I
get to state.”
Nick Sheppard is another Pirate looking to advance to state.
He said he worked harder this season and feels he is where he
wants to be as he prepares for regionals.
Coming into the week, Sheppard had a 20-7 record and should draw
good seeding in the 171-pound bracket at the regional
“I feel ready,” he said. “I have had a good regular season and I
have won some good matches this season and I want to keep that
string going as we advance to regionals.”
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