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Mar 1, 2010 12:58 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Southampton's Anglickas showing his skills at NCAA level

Mar 1, 2010 12:58 PM

Southampton resident and former high school wrestling stand out Julius Anglickas has had the rare opportunity to continue wrestling at the collegiate level and he isn’t taking it for granted.

Anglickas is now attending S.U.N.Y. Brockport and is wrestling in the 285-pound weight class, up from the 215-pound weight class he was used to wrestling at the Suffolk County Division II level that he dominated. The native Lithuanian finished second in the county his sophomore year, won his first county title and finished fifth in the New York State championship as a junior and then won another county title his senior year and placed fourth upstate. But the weight class change was something Anglickas personally wanted to make.

“I was wrestling at 215, but my weight was at 213 and I knew I was going to get bigger and bigger,” he said in a phone interview. “I was trying to keep around 197 and I knew that was going to be miserable for me so I just wanted to be relaxed and not think about my weight.”

Anglickas continued and said he also likes to have that David versus Goliath image, the smaller wrestler going against the much larger wrestler. Anglickas is not even close to the 285-pound mark, usually weighing somewhere closer to 220, while most of his opponents will weigh in between 230 and 250 pounds.

Not only has Anglickas had to deal with the changes in weight class but also the changes in the way he wrestles. Brockport head wrestling coach Don Murray said the difference between the weight class is surprisingly more of a technique difference rather than strength.

“It’s a different strategy completely,” he said. “You don’t want to get underneath someone, you want to get to the side. When you shoot, and you have a guy much larger than you sprawling, you ain’t getting out from underneath there.”

Murray added that Anglickas has “adjusted tremendously” from not only the weight class change but also in facing much tougher competition at the NCAA level. He said one of Anglickas’ problems back home on Long Island was that he didn’t really have anyone with his size and skills to practice with on a regular basis. At Brockport, he has three other freshmen to practice with and the results are starting to show.

“He is doing great,” Murray said. “He’s improving a lot. He is holding his own and is doing very well. His goal next year is to become an All-American and that’s certainly within his grasp.”

Anglickas said the competition is really that much harder.

“In high school, the majority of the kids, no one took it as serious,” he said. “In college, you’re getting kids who want to do good. Everyone is putting in work to get better so I have to work harder. The coaches push you. There is mandatory lifting every night and coach expects everyone to win. In high school, it’s not like that.”

Towards the end of the season, the result of all the hard work Anglickas was putting in started to show. The freshman Golden Eagle won the 285-pound weight class at the John Summa Invitational February 7 at Baldwin Wallace College, marking his first college tournament win. Anglickas defeated his first opponent, Rich Janicki of Waynesburg College, in a 5-3 overtime decision. He then pinned Kraig Smith of Thiel College in 2:18 in the quarterfinals and then defeated Baldwin Wallace’s Ryan Jones in an 11-7 decision in the semifinals. The finals matchup had a Brockport setting as Anglickas went against teammate and fellow freshman Pat Krenz. Krenz pinned Anglickas in last year’s state tournament, which pushed Anglickas into the wrestleback bracket. Needless to say, Anglickas wanted revenge against his teammate and did so with a 4-2 decision.

“I didn’t want to lose to him this time,” he said. “The whole tournament I had this mindset I was going to beat every single guy. The first match was one of the hardest matches I’ve wrestled, but something inside of me just said keep going, I couldn’t lose it.”

With all of the changes Anglickas has had to make to his wrestling forte, he’s had to make just as many changes if not more to his everyday life being a freshman at a university. Anglickas wakes up almost every morning at 7 a.m. to get to class at 8. He will then come back to his dorm where he’ll either do homework, or, if he has time, go back to sleep. Then he goes to lunch and then heads to practice at 4 p.m. which runs for about two hours. Right after practice, he’ll go eat dinner and then has study hall from 8 to 9:30. Right after study hall, the team meets in the weight room to do its mandatory lifting.

“At first it was little different, having classes, walking from building to building,” he said. “At one point, I thought it should be much harder. It’s not as hard as I thought it was going to be, but it’s still tough.”

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You ain't seen nothing yet from this young man, just keep watching! Way to go Julius!
By Lester Ware (15), Sag Harbor on Mar 3, 10 10:15 AM
Living proof of how hard work and dedication can lead to success! This young man put wrestling back on the map for Southampton and we wish him continued success!
By mexicokid (21), brooklyn on Mar 4, 10 6:54 PM
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