The Cougars struggle in final dual meet!

On Wednesday 2/13, East wrestling traveled out to Bucks County to take on the Neshaminy Redskins in a final non-league dual meet of the season. The Cougars knew the ‘Skins would be tough and well prepared as one of the more successful teams in District 1, but the line was drawn and the challenge had to be met. Neshaminy had too much fire-power and the battered Cougars gave all they had in a 49-24 loss. Keanu Manuel (106) and Lukas Richie (132) picked up falls for East, while Zach Sharaf (285) collected a forfeit. Jett Lucas-Murphy (138) and Spencer Uggla (170) both won hard-earned decisions for East’s remaining wins. As the dual meet season concluded, the Cougars finished 10-12, falling short of the .500 mark. There were many misfortunes with the team this season, among them, significant injuries and the lack of experienced members, but there was always a willingness to learn and fight. Hopefully, these values will continue on in the post-season and the years to come as East looks to rebuild. Good luck to all of the wrestlers as the Chester County JV Championships and the inaugural District 1 West tournament loom!

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East faces the PAC-12 and falls!

With a week of regular season left, Downingtown East used this weekend to take on PAC-12 upstarts Pottsgrove. In the final home dual of the season, the Cougars were missing the most wrestlers to date with illness/injury, and had to forfeit two weights while filling others with young and inexperienced wrestlers. The patchwork showed, and East fell 36-42. Each team won seven bouts, but the Cougars were unable to prevent the submission of bonus points. Lukas Richie (132), Billy Dyer “On Fire” (182), and Zach Sharaf (285) all secured pins for East, while Spencer Uggla (182) and Keanu Manuel (106) collected forfeits. Earning hard-earned decisions were Jett Lucas-Murphy (138) and Will Vincent (145). If there is any lesson to be learned, it’s that only a collective team of healthy, focused, and self-sacrificing individuals can get the job done. The Cougars have seen glimpses of this philosophy in 2018-2019, but glimpses are not enough. Good luck to the East grapplers as they face their last dual meet opponent this coming Wednesday night!

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The Cougars rise up to take the Brandywine!

This week of wrestling action saw the East grapplers face their final Chesmont National dual meet and the “Battle for the Brandywine” against crosstown rivals, Downingtown West. The Whippets hosted the dual on the traditional Wednesday night, spotlight out, and crowd thick with fans. Battered and bruised with injuries and illness, the Cougars assembled their best line-up and went for broke against a statistically superior team. When the final whistle blew, East manufactured a 36-35 win, demonstrating once again that it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog. The “Splendid Splinter” Alex Hillestad (113), Lukas Richie (138), Jett Lucas-Murphy (152), and Spencer Uggla (160) secured falls for East, while Kyle Mittelstadt (132) collected a tech. Other winners were Keanu Manuel (106) who won by major decision and Zach Sharaf (285) who stuck to his plan and won a tight 1-0 match. Regardless of the outcome, the wrestling atmosphere was awesome and congrats go out to all of the competitors, both East and West. If you were fortunate enough to be at the dual, you now understand the thrill and excitement of this great sport.

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The JV Cougars take Haverford by storm!

This past weekend, Haverford High School hosted their annual junior varsity competition and Downingtown East sent their squad to rumble with the Fords! Other attending schools like WC Henderson, Father Judge, Upper Darby, and Ridley sent their future stars as well! It was a great day of action, and East finished with a number of place-winners! Sean Mullen (126), Alex Viscomi (132), and Billy Dyer (170) all claimed championships after going 4-0 on the day! Alex Hillestad (106), Alejandro Santiago (138), Connor Huntoon (145), and Jackson Swearhart (195) took silver medals, and first-year wrestler John Palladino (152) wrestled back hard to collect the bronze. Victor Cozzone (138), and Jeff Scott (145) all collected wins, but fell just short of the top three finishes. Collectively, the JV Cougars wrestled well and showed the improvement they’ve been earning with those hours in the practice room! Congrats goes out to the squad! Here’s to a bright future as these grapplers continue reach new levels!

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The Cougars pin down another league dual!

The Chesmont National heated up again this Wednesday night as West Chester East hosted the Cougars in the  annual battle of Route 100! The action was back and forth with points flying everywhere. In the end, the Cougars used seven falls to secure a crazy 42-40 victory over the Vikings in “Shug” Byrne Gymnasium. Keanu Manuel (106), Kyle Mittelstadt (132), Lukas Richie (138), Jett Lucas-Murphy (145), Spencer Uggla (182), Ray Wileczek (195), and Zach Aceto (220) all collected pins to lead the blue and gold to victory. On the JV front, Alex Viscomi (132), Victor Cozzone (138), Connor Huntoon (145), and John Palladino (152) registered wins in a convincing fashion. The Cougars now stand at 9-10 with their last league dual next week at D-West. Good luck with the week’s preparation and remember to stay warm!

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Downingtown East collects the league victory on Senior Night!

On Wednesday 1/23, East wrestling hosted another Chesmont league dual, this time against the Coatesville Red Raiders! Both teams were pretty banged up, but league contests bring out some of the best efforts! After the final buzzer, the Cougars won 54-18. Zach Aceto (220), Lukas Richie (132), Kyle Mittelstadt (138), Jett Lucas-Muprhy (145), Will Vincent (152), Spencer Uggla (170), and Billy Dyer (182) all registered falls, while Alex Hillestad (106) and Ray Wileczek (195) picked up forfiets! It was a great victory, and it partnered with a wonderful celebration of East’s 5 seniors, the managers, and all of their devoted parents. Congratulations and many thanks go out to Lukas Richie, Jett-Lucas Murphy, Zach Sharaf, Jack Scheerer, Will Vincent, Audrey Romanelli, and Kaleena Czajkowski for their outstanding contributions to the East wrestling program! We all look forward to watching you continue to succeed at the next level. Good luck to all and many thanks to moms and dads!!!

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East continues to battle at the Denver Duals!

Over the wintry weekend of 1/19, the Cougars travelled west to Lancaster County and the town of Denver. Cocalico HS hosted it’s annual Denver Duals and East sent the able bodies that remain. The Cougars battled with what they had and managed to finish with a 1-2 record in the three dual event. They lost to Garden Spot 48-35 and Cocalico 44-35, but managed to snag a win against Lancaster Catholic 48-25. Keanu Manuel (106), Lukas Richie (132), Jett Lucas-Murphy (138), and Zach Sharaf (285) all went undefeated on the day, while Billy Dyer (170) and Zach Aceto (220) finished with 2-1 records. Next week holds more Chesmont league action so the Cougars must bounce back quickly. The remainder of this season’s dual meet competition awaits!

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Henderson outlasts the Cougars!

On Wednesday 1/16, East hosted West Chester Henderson for a league dual and their home opener. The night had a touch of nostalgia as Coach Horvath was honored for his 300thwin as head coach and the local wrestling community gathered to reminisce about the ol’ days. However, all good times must come to an end, and when the wrestling concluded, the Warriors handed East a tough 45-21 loss as the league mentality brought out some furious performances. Keanu Manuel (106) and Zach Sharaf (285) collected the only pins for the Cougars, while Spencer Uggla (182), Lukas Richie (132), and Jett Lucas-Murphy (138) earned decisions. During the JV competition, Alejandro Santiago (138) and Jackson Swearhart (195) looked great for East picking up victories and splitting the dual with the JV Warriors. In the end, the Cougars did not have the overall depth to keep up with Henderson, but they look forward to more league challenges in the near future. Good luck gentlemen!

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Weekly Schedule
Mon – 2:45 to 5:00pm (weight-training/wrestling)
Tues – 2:45 to 5:00pm (wrestling)
Wed – Away dual vs. Neshaminy (all wrestlers arrive at 3:30pm) Weigh-ins are at 5:00pm; JV wrestling begins at 6:00pm
Thurs – 2:45 to 5:00pm (weight-training/wrestling)
Fri – 2:45 to 5:00pm (wrestling)
Sat –
 9:00 to 11:00am (weight training/wrestling)
Sun – Mat set-up! 6 to 7:30pm – ALL wrestlers arrive to DE gym at 5:55pm
Mon – Varsity – 7:00 to 8:30am (weight-training/conditioning), then table-work 9:00am to finish!      JV – JV Chesmont Championship tournament at DE! All JV wrestlers must arrive at D-East at 7:15am! Weigh-ins are at 7:30am and wrestling begins at 9:00am.
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