D-East brings Blue and Gold to the Big Red!

Following Wednesday’s league contest, the Cougar grapplers had an early Saturday rise and journeyed up the Northeast Extension to compete in Souderton High School’s “Big Red Duals.” The 16-team bracketed event began at 8:00am, and battled though each round until completion. East secured 9th place after falling in the first round, but fighting back to win their last three. The Cougars lost to Wissahickon by a  narrow 42-39 score, but bounced back to defeat Northeast 40-33, Pennsbury 35-34, and Penn Argyl 41-36. Lukas Richie (120), Brett Horne (132), Connor Birzes (145), and Brendan McGinley (285) went a perfect 4-0 on the day. Congrats also go out to Zach Aceto (220) who won by fall to clinch the Pennsbury dual, and Praneeth Ramesh (138) who wrestled up two weights to win a crucial match against Penn Argyl. The Cougars continue to scratch and claw for victories despite the odds. Next week, the league jumps back in to play and East will travel across town to take on district rivals D-West. Good luck to all!

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WC Henderson outmatches the Cougars

On Wednesday 1/11, Chesmont league action continued for Downingtown East wrestling as the team travelled to the borough of West Chester to take on WC Henderson. The two teams definitely had some big guns to depend on, but Henderson’s overall balance and level of experience bested the Cougars. Falling 46-24, East did get outstanding performances from Brett Horne (132), Josh Wileczek (195), and Brendan McGinley (285) who all won by fall. Captains Connor Birzes (145) and Lukas Richie (120) also earned victories over key opponents. Once again,  the Cougars made a valiant effort in the face of adversity as they forfeited two weights and sent out several first-year wrestlers. The league will continue, and opposition will be strong, but this East team seems to show its resilience no matter what. Good luck to them as they march on to the “Big Red Duals” at Souderton.

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D-East takes 4th at “The Rage in the Cage!”

Eight wrestling teams, including your Cougars, collected at Garnet Valley’s annual “Rage in the Cage” event on Saturday 1/7. East was able to put themselves in the medal round by defeating Central Bucks East 39-36, but fell to hosts Garnet 52-24 in the semi’s, and Chichester in the 3rd place round 36-34. The 4thplace finish was shy of expectations, but lessons must be learned. East’s Lukas Richie (120) and Connor Birzes (145) went 3-0 on the day, while Brett Horne (132), Jack Lawton (160), Josh Wileczek (195), and Brendan McGinley (285) went 2-1. Congrats also go out to sophomore Jett Lucas-Murphy (145) who collected his first Varsity win by fall in the day’s first round. This coming week, league contests continue as the Cougars will travel to West Chester borough to take on the Warriors of Henderson. Best of luck gentlemen!

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East falls in the “Battle of Route 100”

On Wednesday night (1/4), DE Wrestling opened its gymnasium doors for their home and league opener. They took on the Vikings of West Chester East in the “Battle of Route 100.” Wrestling alongside their “little brother” middle school teams of Lionville and Fugett, Downingtown and West Chester traded wins and losses during the heated event, with WCE claiming the victory and a 41-33 score. Giving up 3 forfeits, the Cougars were unable to gather the bonus points they needed to get ahead. Jack Lawton (160) and Brendan McGinley (285) managed to secure pins, while Lukas Richie (120) registered a technical fall. DE also logged wins from Brett Horne (132), Jake Neubaum (152), and Josh Wileczek (195). The match of the evening was senior captain Connor Birzes’ 8-2 decision over WC’s Tyler Blum at 145 lbs. Connor avenged a loss he suffered to the Viking not more than a week ago. DE learned some valuable lessons in the loss including the importance of saving or pursuing bonus points and making sure to be competitive at all times. Hopefully, these lessons will propel the young Cougars to their next stage of development. Good luck to the team at the “Rage in the Cage” this weekend!

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The Cougars place six at the Wetzel Classic!

Right before the turn of the new year, the Downingtown East wrestlers once again made their way up to Hatboro-Horsham HS to compete at their holiday classic, which celebrates the life-long efforts of local wrestling enthusiast and coach, Ralph Wetzel. The tournament collected 24 teams, from as far as Florida to the South, to Connecticut to the North. The matches were fast and furious, and when the dust had settled, the Cougars finished 5th with 114.5 points over two days of competition. With nine entered participants, they placed six in the medal rounds. East crowned two champions in Lukas Richie (120) and Josh Wileczek (195), while Brendan McGinley (285) placed 4th, Brett Horne (132) placed 5th, Connor Birzes (145) placed 6th, and Jake Neubaum (152) finished in 8th. The team went into the event a few men down, but persevered, and put forth the effort to keep them in the top five. Congratulations go out to all DE competitors, including the JV team who battled in the back gym for two solid days and found one medalist, Praneeth Ramesh (138) who took second after having to leave the tourney early and miss his final. Great job men, and good luck in 2017!

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Donegal serves up the main entrée: BEEF! 

This past weekend (12/17-12/18), DE Wrestling braved the first ice and snow of Winter to go out and face the monster known as the Donegal Holiday Tournament at Donegal HS. Known as Mt. Joy, the town hosted wrestlers from throughout the state, but the only visible joy came from those who stepped on the line and made it through the battle. Teams like East Stroudsburg South, Troy, Upper Dauphin, Notre Dame and Canton travelled the miles to compete. In the end, the Cougars placed 6th out of 16 teams, finishing with 118.5 points. Lead by champion Brendan “Beef” McGinley (285), they had 8 total place winners with Lukas Richie (120) placing second, Brett Horne (132), Connor Birzes (145), Jake Neubaum (152), and Josh Wileczek placing 4th, Zach Aceto (220) placing 7th, and Jack Lawton (160) finishing 8th. Beef McGinley highlighted the tourney as the very last match where he defeated the top seed  Brandon Tomeo of Camp Hill 12-5. Congratulations to the Cougars for being the highest finishers from District 1 and continuing to compete at a high level despite their overall youth and inexperience. Next up, the Ralph Wetzel Classic in Hatboro; time to once again ready the troops! Merry Christmas to all!

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The Cougars bring home silver from diamond spring water country!

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On Saturday 12/10, the Downingtown East Wrestlers headed westward and competed in the annual Ephrata duals. Despite the young and fresh nature of the team, the Cougars performed like journeymen and collected 4 dual meet wins before falling in the event’s final. They defeated Ephrata 52-18, Biglerville 45-21, Hanover 59-12, and Reading 35-30. In the final, East gave maximum effort, but struggled against PIAA state ranked Spring Grove and lost on a 54-15 score. Undefeated Cougars on the day were Connor Birzes (145), Josh Wileczek (195), and Brendan McGinley (285). Congrats also go out to first time varsity DE wrestlers Kyle Mittelstadt (126), Spencer Uggla (138), Jett Lucas-Murphy (145), PJ Grubb (170), Kyle Hodges (182), and Zach Aceto (220) for picking up their first wins in blue and gold and contributing to a great day for the team. The Cougars now have a week to train, re-focus, and set their sights on the newly scheduled Donegal Invitational next weekend. Best of luck to all!

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Downingtown East tackles second and final scrimmage!

On Saturday 12/3, the Cougar grapplers travelled for their last scrimmage before opening weekend. They made their way over to “Ram country” in Spring City/Royersford to train with Springford, Haverford HS, and Quakertown. The event had all the makings of a pre-competition grudge session with lots of drilling, situational wrestling, and plenty of live goes. It was great to see the efforts of our athletes new to wrestling like Will Vincent, Jake George, Marena Warta, Kyle Hodges, Aidan Virelli, and Alex Hoke. The coaches are very proud of them as well as the veteran wrestlers who put in two hard hours of work to get ready for the last week of practice before our opener in Ephrata. Well done team! Now, the time for first weigh-in and first official combat is fast approaching. Remember your goals and stay the course!

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Cougar_Academy_2010The 2017 Cougar Academy: Youth Wrestling and Combative Games is now open for registration!

The camp will be held 6/26 – 6/29 at the Downingtown East wrestling room.Register today!

Weekly Schedule

Attention DE Wrestlers/Parents:

Mon - No School - 10:00am to 12 noon (weight-training/wrestling)
Tues - 2:45 to 5:00pm (wrestling)
Wed - Away dual vs. D-West (all wrestlers arrive at 4:30pm) Weigh-ins are at 5:30pm; JV wrestling begins at 6:15pm
Thurs - 2:45 to 5:00pm (weight-training/wrestling)
Fri - 2:45 to 5:00pm (wrestling)
Sat - The Denver Duals at Cocalico HS (ALL wrestlers must arrive to locker-room at 6:45am) Weigh-ins are at 8:00am and wrestling begins at 9:00am. There will be 5 dual meets. JV's will wrestle in pools.

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