D-East opens and shuts the cage down in Concord Township!

This Saturday 1/10, Downingtown East Wrestling travelled down 202 South to compete at Garnet Valley HS’s “Rage in the Cage!” The eight-team bracketed dual meet tournament saw the Cougars dominate as they defeated Interboro 63-18, Garnet Valley 62-9, and West Chester Rustin 44-17 to win the championship. Bret Horne (106), James Strommer (113), Nik Zimmerman (120), Wade Cummings (126), Austin Lillis (145), James Meyer (160), Alec Horne (170), Jason Gibson (182), and Billy McGinley (220) went undefeated on the day. Brent Czajkowski (195) and Jude McDowell (138) finished 2-1. D-East put on a solid performance and capitalized on multiple bonus-point scenarios throughout the day. Well done Cougars! Now it’s time to move forward and concentrate on more league competition coming this week as well as next weekend’s grueling Tom Hecker duals!

Dual Meet against Coatesville

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Photos from Coatesville Dual Meet

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The Cougars route the Red Raiders!

On Wednesday evening, the East side Cougars began their Chesmont National campaign while visiting the black and red of Coatesville. By the evening’s end, it was the blue and gold who emerged victorious. The Cougars defeated Coatesville 45 -17 winning 10 of 14 bouts and securing 5 falls. Brett Horne (106), James Strommer (113), Nik Zimmerman (120), Jason Gibson (182) picked up falls along with junior captain Wade Cummings (126), who notched his 100th career win when the ref slapped the mat. In the bout of the night, senior captain James Meyer (160) continued his rampage in District 1 by defeating another regionally ranked opponent in Zach Dellicompagni, 5-2. And once again, East light-heavyweight Owen Morris topped another monstrous opponent in 284 lb. Chris Bermudez 7-5 to give the Cougars another fine performance in the line-up’s top shelf. Congrats to the team for breaking the league ice and collecting the victory, but now it’s time to move on as the “Rage in the Cage” approaches this Saturday.

Photos from Ralph Wetzel Classic Tournament

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Ralph Wetzel Classic Wrestling Tournament

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The Cougars invade Hatboro!

Thanks to a total team effort, top to bottom, the Downingtown East Wrestling team captured the 2014 “Ralph Wetzel Classic” at Hatboro-Horsham HS. Finishing the two-day event with 248 pts., the Cougars distanced themselves from second place Pennsbury by almost 100 pts. The 32 team event presented countless displays of District 1 battle, but in the end, Downingtown East won the war. Led by champions Wade Cummings (126), Jude McDowell (138), and James Meyer (160), the Cougars boasted 10 place-winners out of the 14 available weight classes. Silver medals went to Austin Lillis (145), Alec Horne (170), Jason Gibson (182), and Billy McGinley (220) after hard-fought defeats in the finals, while James Strommer (113) and Owen Morris (HWT) rounded out strong performances with 3rd place finishes. Brent Czajkowski (195) took 4th after stringing together 4 straight wins and a tough consi-final loss. Congrats also go out to the JV Cougars who collected championships from Connor Birzes (120), Shea Milligan (126), and Carter Regitz (195). Jarrett Hansen (120) picked up a silver, and Harris Alliger (126) and Josh Wileczek (195) secured bronze medals. This Wetzel Classic finish will propel East into the new year where league matches and district dual match-ups await them. Best Wishes to all after a long 2014, and here’s to achieving more goals in 2015!

JV Cougars go to Pennsbury Classic

Pennsbury Classic

Just ripe for the holidays, the “Pennsbury JV Classic” came calling for the JV Cougars! On Saturday 12/20, fourteen DE grapplers hit the PA turnpike with the compass dialed in for Fairless Hills, home of the “Falcons.” The tournament was a meat-grinder with teams such as CB East, Neshaminy, CR North, Father Judge, Saucon Valley, Quakertown, and Upper Darby. Congratulations to Brett Horne (106) and Jarrett Hansen (113) for collecting championships! Brett won a in an overtime skirmish and Jarrett teched and majored his way to gold. Hats off also go to freshman Carter Regitz (195) who fell in the finals 4-3 to pick up the silver. Connor Birzes took the “route of the warrior” losing a tight one in the semis and coming back to secure 3rd with a last period fall. Also, freshman Josh Wileczek (220) picked up 4th place after battling back through a tough heavyweight consolation bracket. But, maybe the greatest highlight of the tournament rested in the resolve of 1st year wrestler, Wayne Salt (138). Wayne fought tooth and nail winning his way to the semi-finals where he eventually fell, but wow, what a ride for our exciting new team member! The Pennsbury Classic gave our JV athletes a platform to sharpen their skills and ready themselves to push our varsity team to its limit. Good luck to all of our wrestlers as the Ralph Wetzel Classic approaches, and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

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