James Sharp’s comeback season is progressing and the Englewood junior wrestler is focused on moving forward. Sharp, a 182-pound wrestler who was a defensive end on the football roster, broke his …
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James Sharp’s comeback season is progressing and the Englewood junior wrestler is focused on moving forward.
Sharp, a 182-pound wrestler who was a defensive end on the football roster, broke his foot when wrestling practice resumed after winter break in December 2017 and he was sidelined for the rest of last season.
This season his self-determination has been strong and he’s been wrestling well.
“That injury has kind of pushed me this year,” said Sharp. “I broke my foot and was unable to participate in our own tournament, regionals, leagues or any of the big tournaments.”
He didn’t enjoy being a spectator and is hoping to make up for missed time this season.
“I want to make it to state,” said Sharp. “That’s one of my biggest goals. At each tournament I want to place and get on the podium. At leagues, I want to win leagues and win my weight division. I have more wins this year. I’ve done a lot better than past years.”
Sharp compiled a 14-5 record in matches through Jan. 12. He won the North Vikings Invitational, took third in the SkyView Invite and was a semifinalist at the Englewood Pirates Invitational.
“He’s had an excellent start to the season. He grew up in the youth wrestling program. After the injury, he is hungry this year and determined and willing to work hard.”
Englewood wrestling coach
Q&A with James sharp
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
I’m split between Jordan Burroughs and Howie Long. Burroughs is just a big idol for me in wrestling. Howie Long in football because I play the same position as him and wear the same number (75).
What or who motivates you most to excel in sports?
My cousins Travis and Trenton Stickney, who wrestled for Conifer. I want to be as good as them.
What would be a perfect performance in wrestling?
Getting a pin in the first period. Or if I don’t get the pin, just winning by points.
What do you like to do away from sports and school?
I work out, homework and school stuff. I hang out with friends sometimes.
What are your plans after high school?
If I don’t get a scholarship, just straight into the military. I want to be a pilot, either in the Army/Air Force or just the Air Force.
What is the hardest facet of wrestling?
Escapes. Wrestling on the bottom, you have to escape from the person and if he is real good, they will break you down and you have to keep building yourself back up trying to get away from him.
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