Our Downingtown East wrestlers opened their competitive season this past weekend at the Ephrata Duals. Saturday saw the Cougars unveil their young starting line-up for the first time and achieve some positive results. They defeated Biglersville, Columbia, and Hempfield, but lost a tough one to Reading, and learned a tough lesson from Spring Grove. The day’s 3-2 record revealed some definite improvement as well as some clear needs to be addressed in the practice room. Seniors Jack Lawton (152) and Josh Wileczek (195) both went 5-0 on the day, while Keanu Manuel (106), Lukas Richie (132), Brett Horne (138), and Matt Romanelli (170) finished with 4-1 marks. Congrats go out to the Cougar grapplers for opening with a solid effort and setting the stage for next weekend’s first individual tournament at Archbishop Wood. Have a great week Cougars!
This past weekend, the 17-18 Downingtown East Cougar wrestlers hopped in the wagons and took a trip to Allentown, PA to take in an NCAA dual of heavy proportions. On Sunday 12/4, #1 Penn State wrestled #5 Lehigh at Allentown’s PPL Center, home of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms hockey team. The place was packed with wrestling fans, and the Cougars were there to witness the fray. There were pins, takedowns, and back-points flying everywhere in a heated college dual meet for ranking supremacy. In the end, PSU nipped Lehigh 22-19, but the stage has been set for more head-to-head battles down the road at the NCAA tournament. The East wrestlers saw some great action, but more than that, were able to see the discipline, athleticism, and confidence needed to compete at that high level. Their goal now is to emulate as best they can what they’ve seen demonstrated by their NCAA heroes! Good luck at this coming weekend’s duals gentlemen!
After a busy pre-season, it’s time to start the journey for pay-off. Good luck to all of the student-athletes and their coaches!! Go Cougars!
Congratulations to the following Cougar wrestlers for their inclusion in this season’s All-Chesmont selections!
Lukas Richie (113)
Brett Horne (126)
Brendan McGinley (285)
Connor Birzes (132)
Josh Wileczek (195)
The final days of the 2016-2017 PIAA wrestling season found the Cougars down to one student-athlete, competing on the biggest stage. Lukas Richie (113) took to the mats at the GIANT Center in Hershey, PA in the PIAA State Tournament. The Cougar faithful cheered his efforts, but in the end, Lukas came up just shy of progression. He lost his opener 5-3 to his opponent from Shikellamy, and his first wrestle-back 4-2 to his competitor from Plymouth-Whitemarsh. However, the experience will prove extremely valuable as Lukas still has two more years to progress and get on the podium. Along with his teammates, Lukas must now regroup and decide how they would like to improve for 2017-2018. It will take a collective effort, and an unwavering commitment to make sure the team returns more focused and competitive. Good luck to the Cougars in that process and always know that the coaches and community will be there to support all of the team’s endeavors! INVICTUS
On the weekend of 3/3-3/4, the remaining four Cougar grapplers took to the stage at District 1’s illustrious Regional Tournament at Souderton HS. Only the top 5 finishers in each weight were granted the opportunity to compete at the state tournament. When the dust settled, East’s Lukas Richie (113) claimed a silver medal putting on his hard-hat and working tirelessly to breach the championship finals. There, he lost a close 4-2 decision to Boyertown’s Matt Wilde, but his efforts won him a trip to the big show in Hershey PA next weekend. Also battling were Brett Horne (126), Connor Birzes (132), and Brendan McGinley (285), but their fortunes were not as great as the great state tournament eluded them. DE Wrestling would like to thank Connor and Brendan as graduating seniors and we wish them the best of luck with their future endeavors! They will always have a home at Downingtown East. And finally, good luck to Lukas Richie at the PIAA State Tournament! The final week of PA wrestling culminates in Chocolatetown USA!
Once again, the Cougars surpassed expectations and left a clear mark at this season’s District 1 Central tournament at Quakertown High School. East’s nine qualifiers let it fly and secured a 5th place finish out of 20 teams amassing 93 points. Lukas Richie (113) took his second title in two weeks with a solid 7-4 victory in the finals. Brett Horne (126) and Connor Birzes (138) wrestled strong back through the consolations to take 3rd place finishes, while Brendan “Beef” McGinley pushed himself into the championship finals, but was unable to compete due to injury and settled for 2nd place. Josh Wileczek (195) fell one place short of advancement taking 5th, but will serve as the first alternate should his number be called. Congrats also go out to Jett Lucas-Murphy (145), Jake Neubaum (152), Jack Lawton (160), and Zach Aceto (220) who were able to register wins, but unable to get in the placing rounds. Coaches and fans would like to wish the remaining four the best of luck at next weekend’s regional tournament at Souderton. May Cougar pride carry you all the way to the top five and a ticket to Hershey!