The Cougars bring home silver from diamond spring water country!

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On Saturday 12/10, the Downingtown East Wrestlers headed westward and competed in the annual Ephrata duals. Despite the young and fresh nature of the team, the Cougars performed like journeymen and collected 4 dual meet wins before falling in the event’s final. They defeated Ephrata 52-18, Biglerville 45-21, Hanover 59-12, and Reading 35-30. In the final, East gave maximum effort, but struggled against PIAA state ranked Spring Grove and lost on a 54-15 score. Undefeated Cougars on the day were Connor Birzes (145), Josh Wileczek (195), and Brendan McGinley (285). Congrats also go out to first time varsity DE wrestlers Kyle Mittelstadt (126), Spencer Uggla (138), Jett Lucas-Murphy (145), PJ Grubb (170), Kyle Hodges (182), and Zach Aceto (220) for picking up their first wins in blue and gold and contributing to a great day for the team. The Cougars now have a week to train, re-focus, and set their sights on the newly scheduled Donegal Invitational next weekend. Best of luck to all!

Downingtown East tackles second and final scrimmage!

On Saturday 12/3, the Cougar grapplers travelled for their last scrimmage before opening weekend. They made their way over to “Ram country” in Spring City/Royersford to train with Springford, Haverford HS, and Quakertown. The event had all the makings of a pre-competition grudge session with lots of drilling, situational wrestling, and plenty of live goes. It was great to see the efforts of our athletes new to wrestling like Will Vincent, Jake George, Marena Warta, Kyle Hodges, Aidan Virelli, and Alex Hoke. The coaches are very proud of them as well as the veteran wrestlers who put in two hard hours of work to get ready for the last week of practice before our opener in Ephrata. Well done team! Now, the time for first weigh-in and first official combat is fast approaching. Remember your goals and stay the course!

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Cougars Welcomed Many Alumni Back to the Training Grounds to Practice

This final weekend of November 2016 saw the Downingtown East Cougar wrestlers open up their den to DE alumni and teams from around the area to train and sharpen up the skills. On Friday 11/25, the Cougars welcomed many alumni back to the training grounds to practice, teach, and share old war stories. Current college wrestlers such as Wade Cummings (NC State), Billy McGinley (Ursinus), James Meyer (Kutztown), and NCWA wrestlers like TJ Nelson (PSU), Jude McDowell (PSU), James Strommer (Bloom), and Jason Gibson (WVU) all reunited at the DE wrestling room to give back to the current crop of young East wrestlers. The next day, DE hosted a tough group of local programs for their annual “first-weekend” scrimmage. Teams such as Norristown, Springfield (D), Lower Merion, Father Judge, Pequea Valley, and Malvern Prep brought their best and brightest to mix it up with the Cougars and burn off the Thanksgiving excess! The event was an intense two hours of training and a great stepping stone for the official start to competition in two weeks. We want to thank everyone who shared a great weekend of wrestling action with Downingtown East and give thanks for all of the opportunities we have in this greatest of sports!

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