Englas was born in Otepää.
In the 1952 Summer Olympics, after defeating Adil Atan, Shirang Vithoba Jadav and Max Leichter, and losing against Henry Wittenberg and Viking Palm, he took fourth place. He won the gold medal at the 1953 and 1954 World Championship.
- "August Englas Bio, Stats, and Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
- ERR (21 March 2017). "Suri kahekordne maadluse maailmameister August Englas". err.ee. Retrieved 22 March 2017.