On Saturday 12/7, Downingtown East Wrestling kick-started the 19-20 season by returning to Ephrata and competing at their annual season-opening duals. The five-dual event hosts some of the best District 3 teams as well as some hammers from outside the area. As always, the opener is the first time hitting the official scales for weigh-ins and clashing with opponents for a score that really counts. At the end of a long day, the Cougars finished in 4th place by defeating Ephrata 54-21 and Biglerville 45-28, but fell to the top three in Stroudsburg 19-51, Hempfield 23-51, and eventual champions, Malvern 5-69. Ryan Loraw (113) and Keanu Manuel (120) went 4-1 at the event, while Bo Horvath (152), Matt Romanelli (170), and Ray Wileczek (220) all battled for a 3-2 mark. It was great for East to be in such a competitive environment early as the schedule has much in store and the many young wrestlers on the team can now see what sport is all about. Next up is a new tri-meet up in District 11 against CB South and Bangor. Good Luck Cougars!