For the first time in years, D-East wrestled in a tri-meet on Saturday 12/14. They travelled north to the upper corner of District 11 to take on Bangor and Central Bucks South. In the end, the Cougars had a strong day defeating Bangor 45-28 and CB South 75-8. The team stepped up their game and wrestled with more intensity and quality. Double winners were Ryan Loraw (113), Keanu Manuel (120), Bo Horvath (152), Matt Romanelli (170), Spencer Uggla (182), and Zach Aceto (285). East now stands at 4-3 and gains some momentum for next weekend’s ChesMont Tournament at WC Rustin. Good luck Cougars!
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!