The Cougars push 9 through to Districts!

On Saturday 2/17, the Chesmont held its annual league wrestling tournament at WC Rustin High School. As a member of the 13-team league, the Cougars sent their starting fourteen wrestlers in hopes of placing individuals in the top six and moving them on to the District 1 West tournament the next weekend. East performed well, especially in the latter rounds where they were able to advance 9 of their 14 entries to the next stage of the post season. The team finished in second place with 145.5 points, coming in behind league champs, D-West. Lukas Richie (126) and Josh Wileczek (195) collected championships while Keanu Manuel (106) finished in 2nd place. Grinding through the wrestle-backs, Jett Lucas Murphy (145), Matt Romanelli (160), and Zach Aceto (285) captured 3rd place finishes, while Jack Lawton (152) took 4th, Brett Horne (138) took 5th, and Spencer Uggla (170) finished in 6th. Senior captain Brett Horne also picked up his 100th win during the event! Special thanks go out to Alex Hillestad (113), Sean Mullen (120), Kyle Mittelstadt (132), PJ Grubb (182), and Kyle Hodges (220), who missed qualification, but helped the team to its tremendous overall result. Going forward, the remaining 9 must stay focused and set sights on a top-four finish next weekend at Interboro. Once again, a wrestler’s season is on the line as the post-season windows grow smaller and smaller. Good Luck Cougars!

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