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.