Congratulations to D-East wrestling captain Wade Cummings for his 5th place finish at the nation’s illustrious SUPER 32 tournament held in Greensboro, NC! With 131 competitors loaded into the 132 lb. weight class, Wade wrestled 9 matches over two days to capture a 5th place medal with an overall record of 7-2. In the hectic field, Wade defeated Darius Wiles (Lake Braddock HS) Fall 3:39, Taner Day (Mounds View) 8-1, Evan Drill (Somerville) 3-2, Kizhan Clarke (Riverview) 5-4, Jake Spiess (Delta HS) 3-2, Jake Wasser (Palisades) 3-1 SV, and Durbin Lloren (Buchanan) 2-1. He fell to finalist Colby Smith (Holt, MO) and Sam Sasso (Nazareth, PA) for his only losses of the event. It was truly a great run for Wade and once again he’s put himself and Downingtown East wrestling among the stars of wrestling! Nice Job Wade!
The Summer of 2015 has seen its share of storms, but wrestling teams from across the tri-state area descended upon Bucknell University 7/11 – 7/15 to experience the hurricane! Downingtown East Wrestling attended Bucknell’s annual Bison Legend Duals and team camp to take on some of the best and learn some valuable technique. On Saturday’s “Bison Legend Duals,” the Cougars finished 2-2 dropping duals to Weaver Elite and Contender Elite, but defeating Manittuck and White Buffalo (NY). The competition was heavy and the learning curve high! Over the course of the university’s team camp, D-East went 11-1 in duals, falling in the final to District 7 giants Kiski Area HS 34-27. The Cougars captured 7 wins against Kiski, but lost the race for bonus wins. The Cougars defeated Souderton, Ridge (NJ), Smithtown East (NY), Hills Hollow East (NY), Foran (Conn.), Miller Place (NY), Selinsgrove, William Floyd (NY), Voorhees (NJ), Shoreham Wading-River (NY), and Garden Spot. Undefeated wrestlers on the week were Wade Cummings (132lbs., 12-0), Nik Zimmerman (138lbs., 12-0), and James Strommer (113lbs., 12-0). Brett Horne (120lbs.), Lukas Richie (103lbs.), Jude McDowell (152lbs.), and Carter Regitz (220lbs.) all finished 11-1, while Brent Czajkowski (170lbs.) and Alec Horne (182lbs.) ended 10-2. Congratulations to the Cougars for once again putting in a terrific effort at Bucknell and getting the most out of their Summer training! Now it’s time to fall back to set pre-season goals and search the soul to see what the team wants to accomplish in 2016! Stay hungry…
This past week, 20 of our Myrmidon wrestlers made the daily journey up to Boyertown to compete at their annual “Grizzly Duals.” From Monday to Wednesday, the team wrestled two to 3 matches a night and faced opponents such as Boyertown, O.J. Roberts, Springford, Methacton, Pottstown, and other local adversaries. The event draws Summer wrestlers looking to skip the weigh-ins and team scores and just WRESTLE! Wade Cummings wrestled to a 6-0 record, while Nik Zimmerman, Brett Horne, Brent Czajkowski, and Owen Morris collected 5-1 finishes. Congrats also go out to first time team members Lukas Richie (9th), Jett Lucas-Murphy (9th), and Zach Aceto (8th) for battling with their future teammates! Once again, the “Grizzly Duals” gave our grapplers the opportunity to measure their current level and identify what needs to be developed for the Winter season. Full-steam ahead….next up, Bucknell University’s team camp in July. Good luck gentlemen!
Congratulations go out to the following members of our 2014 – 2015 Chesmont championship wrestling team for their inclusion in the season’s “All-Area” (Chester County) team as selected by the Daily Local News!
Wrestler Of The Year
Wade Cummings (126 lbs.)
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As the snow could not stop the 2014-2015 PIAA Wrestling Championships in Hershey, PA, Downingtown East Wrestling marched forward and captured its second state medal in its 11 year history. Co-captain and 126 lb. standout Wade Cummings, claimed the 4th place prize and the honor of highest placing Chesmont League and Chester County wrestler with a tournament record of 4-2. Congratulations also go out to senior co-captains James Meyer (152, 1-2) and Billy McGinley (220, 3-2) who battled the toughest wrestlers in the commonwealth to etch their names in Downingtown East Wrestling history. The 14-15 season marked many milestones for the Cougars and their coaches, and their PIAA finish is a testament to their diligence and belief throughout the year. We’ll celebrate a memorable season next Sunday 3/15, with our annual banquet at Whitford Country Club, 5 to 8pm. Come with fond memories, an appetite for celebration, and a curiosity for what lies next for Cougar Wrestling: It’s never too early to plan for the next campaign! INVICTUS
Downingtown East wrestler Jason Gibson’s inspiring story is featured on chesmontsports.com. Please take a moment to read and share with others.