The Cougars Gain Some Ground at Pequea Valley!

After a tough league tournament the previous weekend, the Downingtown East wrestlers licked a few wounds and had a solid week of preparation.
On Saturday 12/17, they visited Pequea Valley HS just west in District 3 for their annual Winter invitational. The Cougars competed well with a young team that was missing a few injured first-team wrestlers.
In the end, East finished in 4th place out of 8 teams and had 9 members place in the top four. Steven Elinski (139) captured the team’s lone championship, while Adham Abouraya (285) continued his strong campaign finishing 2nd . Valen Piff (121) and Tommie Grizzanti (189) also captured silver finishes. The Cougars secured 3rd place medals from Declan McDowell (127), Josh Hillestad (152), and Cade McDowell (160). Felix Mason (215) finished 4th along with team newcomer and freshman contributor Caleb Aikens (172). Christian Fosmire (107) finished 6th in his wrestling debut.
Overall, the event was a big step for the Cougar grapplers and gives them some ground to build on. Now, the team must use the rest of December to work smart and improve for the dual meet season that opens up in January.
Happy Holidays to all and see you on the mats in 2023!

The Chestmont League Tournament: A Stepping Stone

On Saturday 12/10, the Chesmont League hosted their annual league wrestling tournament at WC Rustin High School. The league tourney sets the stage for early heated combat every year, and the 2022 edition was no different. Downingtown East took a young line-up of 11 healthy wrestlers and managed to secure 5 places on the podium. Adham Abouraya (285) was East’s lone finalist and lost a close 3-2 decision in the finals. Josh Hillestad (152) and Tommie Grizzanti (189) both wrestled back hard for 5th place finishes, while Valen Piff (121) finshed 6th and Ryan Loraw (172) injury defaulted and settled for 6th. The team finished 9th out of 12 teams, keeping them from the basement, but also making it known that this season’s theme will be learning and progressing. East has to keep it’s nose to the grindstone and use each day as a stepping stone towards greater achievement. Next up, the Pequea Valley Invitational on Saturday 12/ 17. Good Luck Cougars!

East “Breaks The Ice” At Solanco

Pennsylvania’s official high school wrestling season opened this past weekend (12/2 and 12/3) and our own Downingtown East Cougars broke the ice at Solanco’s “Mule Invitational.” The tournament has been around for years and it’s an opening weekend meat-grinder. Licking some wounds from Fall sports, East sent 9 healthy wrestlers, all up a weight class, to engage in some early battle. In the end, 2 wrestlers snatched podium space. Seniors Josh Hillestad (152) and Ryan Loraw (172) placed in the top eight of their respective weight classes. Josh took 8th and Ryan took 5th. Gaining their first Varsity wins of the season were Frankie Hydutsky (133), Scott Zhang (139, and Steven Elinski (145). East finished in 21st place out of 25 teams, which serves as a significant wake-up call. The work has just started and there is much room for improvement! Next up, the ChesMont league tournament on Saturday 12/10.

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