This past weekend marked the beginning of the post-season for all of the wrestlers in District 1. Downingtown East took to the mats at Oxford HS and the District 1 West tournament. 14 teams total from the Chesmont and Central leagues entered their best in 14 individual weight classes. Only the top 4 in each weight qualify to move on for the following weekend’s SEPA Regional tournament at Souderton. In the end, the Cougars finished in 2nd place behind WC Henderson with 7 wrestlers qualifying for the next stage. Keanu Manuel (106), Bo Horvath (152), and Matt Romanelli (160) collected championships for East, while Ryan Loraw (113) beat the odds and captured second place. Spencer Uggla (160), Ray Wilecezek (220), and Zach Aceto (285) worked hard for 4th place finishes and bids to advance. Waiting in the wings are Billy Dyer (182, 5th place) and Jackson Swearhart (195, 6th place). Congrats also go out to Josh Hilletstad (120, 0-2), Vic Cozzone (126, 1-2), Sean Mullen (132, 2-2), Alex Viscomi (138, 0-2), and Connor Huntoon (145, 1-2) who fought hard to pick up points for the team when they could. East’s second place finish with 183 points demonstrated their ability to put together a team performance despite the wide variety of experience on the team. Now, the remaining Cougars must prepare for the regional tournament where only the top five wrestlers in each weight will secure a coveted ticket to the PIAA State Tournament. Good luck gentlemen!