Downingtown East Wrestling achieved full recovery this weekend after a tough mid-week. The Cougars claimed five efficient wins on their way to a 3rd consecutive championship at Neshaminy’s “Redskin Duals.” They defeated Bensalem 60-6, Twin Valley 70-3, Martin L. King 80-0, Archbishop Carrol 70-10, and Archbishop Ryan 80-0. Brett Horne (106), James Strommer (113), Wade Cummings (126), Austin Lillis (145), Dalton Burt (152), James Meyer (160), Alec Horne (170), Brent Czajkowski (182), and Billy McGinley (220) all went a perfect 5-0 on the day. In the JV competition, Shea Milligan (126), Connor Birzes (120), and Josh Wileczek (195) all collected championships. Congratulations to the Cougars for displaying an impressive rebound and using the opportunity to sharpen their skills for a big week ahead! Next up, more league action against Downingtown West, and a Friday night date with quarter-final District 1 Duals action! Good Luck East!
The District 1 Dual tournament began Thursday evening 1/22 at WC Rustin. The Cougars felt they were comfortably seeded against familiar foe, Upper Darby. There was nothing comfortable about it. The dual finished in a 28-27 score-line, with Downingtown East picking up the winning point on criteria. Although the Cougars claimed victory, mediocre performances, injuries, and inadequate preparation led to a complete “dog fight” in Bayard Rustin’s gym. Nik Zimmerman (120) and Wade Cummings (126) picked up falls for East, while Dalton Burt (152) and Brent Czajkowski (182) won gritty matches to help secure victory. James Strommer (113) once again defeated a strong opponent to contribute. If the Cougars learned anything, it’s that past results mean nothing and every match is a new beginning. So, best to always be prepared to climb uphill. There are no easy rides in this sport! Good luck this weekend!
This past Saturday 1/17 saw the East-side Cougars pack the bus and travel to Garden Spot HS for their annual “Tom Hecker Duals.” The event commemorates the passing of a beloved Garden Spot coach and draws ten formidable teams from District 1 and 3. After the competition ended, the Cougars finished the day 4-1, again finding themselves against perennial power Central Dauphin in the final. They dropped the final 37-27, winning half of the contested bouts, but were unable to secure the bonus points needed to notch a win. On their way into the final, East collected victories against Dallastown 44-15, Upper Darby 49-15, LaSalle 54-12, and North Penn 58-18. Nik Zimmerman (120), Wade Cummings (126), James Meyer (160), Alec Horne (170), and Owen Morris (HWT) all went 5-0 on the day, while Bret Horne (106), James Strommer (113), Austin Lillis (145) and Billy McGinley (220) finished with 4-1 marks. At the JV competition, Jarrett Hansen (113), Phips Jules (182), and Josh Wileczek (195) all went undefeated with 3-0 finishes. Nice job to all DE wrestlers, and best of luck as more league action and a date with the District 1 Dual tournament approaches! Time to crank it up another notch!
On Wednesday evening 1/14, the Cougar wrestlers opened up their den for another league dual against visiting West Chester East. With the home crowd in full support, D-East executed a strong team performance and defeated the Vikings 63-3, winning 13 of 14 bouts. Wade Cummings (126), Jude McDowell (138), and Jason Gibson (182) recorded falls while Austin Lillis (145) and James Strommer (113) secured technical falls. Also contributing were major decisions by James Meyer (160) and Alec Horne (170). Brent Czajkowski (195) revisited his Viking opponent from two weeks ago and collected the “revenge” win in a sound 5-1 victory. The Cougar JV contingent also impressed with wins from Jack Clay (152), Josh Wileczek (195), Carter Regitz (195), Jarrett Hansen (113), Shea Milligan (126), Wayne Salt (145), Luke Moran (145), and Brendan McGinley (220). Congratulations on another fine league outing! Next up, the prestigious Tom Hecker Duals at Garden Spot HS on Saturday. Best of luck Cougars!
This Saturday 1/10, Downingtown East Wrestling travelled down 202 South to compete at Garnet Valley HS’s “Rage in the Cage!” The eight-team bracketed dual meet tournament saw the Cougars dominate as they defeated Interboro 63-18, Garnet Valley 62-9, and West Chester Rustin 44-17 to win the championship. Bret Horne (106), James Strommer (113), Nik Zimmerman (120), Wade Cummings (126), Austin Lillis (145), James Meyer (160), Alec Horne (170), Jason Gibson (182), and Billy McGinley (220) went undefeated on the day. Brent Czajkowski (195) and Jude McDowell (138) finished 2-1. D-East put on a solid performance and capitalized on multiple bonus-point scenarios throughout the day. Well done Cougars! Now it’s time to move forward and concentrate on more league competition coming this week as well as next weekend’s grueling Tom Hecker duals!