Congratulations to the Downingtown East JV wrestling squad as they journeyed East and competed at the 3rd annual Pennsbury JV Classic! Eight wrestlers made the trip, and the team finished with 4 place-winners in Josh Wileczek (195), Wayne salt (152), Fernando Gomez (152), and Jake Neubaum (145). Josh Wileczek went 3-0 and collected the gold medal. His performance throughout the day was sound and fundamental, a style he has adapted to put wins in the win column. Wayne Salt went 3-1 on the day and defeated teammate and wrestling newcomer, Fernando Gomez, for the bronze. Our sincerest congrats go out to Fernando and fellow fourth-place finisher, Jake Neubaum, who are brand new team members and competing for the very first time. Also wrestling were Stu Regitz (138, 1-2), Jett Lucas-Murphy (132, 1-2), Jack Hayward (152, 0-2), and Praneeth Ramesh (132, 1-3). The coaches and fans in attendance could not be more proud of the JV contingent and look forward to watching them return to action after Christmas at the illustrious Ralph Wetzel JV Classic! To the entire DE Wrestling family, please have a wonderful Christmas!
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!