The Cougars Scratch and Claw on the Mountain!

King of the Mountain Tournament

Once again in December, Central Mountain HS in Lock Haven hosted one of the state’s toughest tournaments, “The King of the Mountain.” Once again, the Cougar grapplers threw their names in the mix and faced some of the greatest challenges in PA wrestling. Downingtown East finished in 25th place out of 32 teams and placed one wrestler, Wade Cummings who took 2nd at 132lbs. The competition was stiff and East took several lumps as the two-day event lit up the Central Mountain gym. Lukas Richie (106) went 3-2 with 3 technical falls, but fell one match short of placing. Also going 3-2 were James Strommer (113), Alec Horne (170), and Brendan McGinley(285). Wade Cummings fell in the final to District 1 nemesis Zach Trampe of CR South, 6-2. The crowd saw an exciting final, and we’re sure they can’t wait to see the re-match whenever it goes down. Above all, the Cougars learned what is necessary to compete at the highest level in this state. It takes unwavering commitment and a winning attitude no matter who is standing in the opposite corner. East will now lick their wounds and get back to work as they await the Ralph Wetzel Classic at the end of the month. Merry Christmas and happy Winter Break!

King of the Mountain Photos

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King of the Mountain Action

Downingtown East participates in the King of the Mountain tournament held at Central Mountain High School.

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The Cougars head north to take on the Mountain King!

This past weekend, the second in December, was action-packed and certainly a true test of Downingtown East Wrestling’s fortitude! The Cougars journeyed to Central Mountain HS in Lock Haven PA to take part in one of Pennsylvania’s most challenging events, “The King Of The Mountain.” This 34 team individual tournament boasts some of the state’s toughest opposition and a two-day grind no wrestler will ever forget. By Saturday evening, the Cougars claimed 19th place out of the 34 with three wrestlers earning hardware; Wade Cummings (126) took 5th, Billy McGinley (220) took 7th, and Owen Morris (Hwt) took 8th. Coming one victory shy of the medal rounds and earning three victories were James Strommer (113), Austin Lillis (145), and James Meyer (160). Needless to say, the tournament taught D-East many lessons, the most important being that preparation of the highest level is needed to compete in a wrestling state such as Pennsylvania. Now, it’s time to spend holiday time with family and friends and continue to train for the upcoming Ralph Wetzel Invitational at Hatboro-Horsham HS, as well as the dual meet season that comes quick after the new year. Congrats to the wrestlers for clawing through another tough weekend!