Wednesday night brought the final Chesmont National dual of the season to East’s home gym. The Cougars hosted crosstown rivals Downingtown West in the last league dual to see who would capture second place in the National. At the end of the annual “Battle of the Brandywine,” East fell 30-43 and learned a number of valuable lessons. Of all the sports in the PIAA, wrestling requires the most commitment, sacrifice, and preparation. If those criteria are not met, a team can certainly forget a league victory against a crosstown rival. Keanu Manuel (120), Sean Mullen (132), Bo Horvath (152), and Matt Romanelli (170) registered falls for the Cougars, while Spencer Uggla (160) and Zach Aceto (285) won decisions. In the end, it was not enough. In the JV competition, Josh Hillestad (113), Brandon Pacinelli (126), Jack Thompson (138), Alejandro Santiago (145), and Kevin Clark (220) earned victories to give their team the edge. Congrats to both programs for another exciting Downingtown battle! We’ll see everyone again at the District 1 West Tournament.