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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