On Saturday 2/20, the post-season began for all District 1 wrestlers. For the Cougars, the journey began at Bayard Rustin HS in a 14-team league tournament where only the top 7 place-winners advance to the next weekend. Individuals were asked to concentrate on their own performances, and in turn, the team component would work itself out. In the end, East wrapped up their 4th consecutive Chesmont League Tournament championship, collecting 210 team points and outdistancing 2nd place D-West and 3rd place Rustin by close to 30 points. The Cougars qualified 11 wrestlers for next weekend’s District 1 Central tournament and none of them finished any lower than 5th place. Champions Wade Cumimings (126), Nik Zimmerman (138), and Owen Morris (220) led the charge while runners-up Lukas Richie (106), James Strommer (113), Jude McDowell (152), and Alec Horne (160) rounded out the championship finalists. Brent Czajkowski (182) and Brendan McGinley (285) took 4th place finishes, while Connor Birzes (132) and Josh Wileczek (195) fought back for 5th. The team held firm to their goals and put on a strong performance to secure that 4th title. Now, the road leads to Oxford HS and the District tournament where only the top 4 place-winners will proceed. Good luck to the Cougars as they chase more hardware and continue the journey towards Hershey!
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DE passes the first round of District 1 Duals with flying color
The Cougar wrestlers put on a strong performance Thursday night at the first round of District 1’s 16-team play-off. Facing the Panthers of Quakertown, East won 10 of 14 bouts and wrapped up the dual with a 44-20 scoreline. Wade Cummings (132), Nik Zimmerman (138), and Alec Horne (170) registered pins for the Cougars while Brett Horne (120) won by technical fall. Lukas Richie (106), James Strommer (113), and Connor Birzes (126) added to the total with dominant major decisions. With the victory, East advances to the next rounds of D1 action next weekend at Upper Dublin HS. The stakes get higher and the competition gets hotter! Good luck Cougars!
Chesmont League Tournament at West Chester Rustin
Photos from Chesmont League Tournament at WC Rustin
DE Wrestling “three-peats” as Chesmont Tournament champions!
Congratulations go out to the Downingtown East Wrestling team as they secured their 3rd straight Chesmont League Tournament championship with a total of 205 points. Held at WC Rustin high school, the event brings together the Chesmont National and American teams to put their skills to the test and see who rises supreme. The Cougars ended the event with 4 champions: Wade Cummings (126), Austin Lillis (138), James Meyer (152), and Billy McGinley (220), who all won by fall. Jude McDowell (132) and Alec Horne (170) finished with silver medals after tightly contested matches. Nik Zimmerman (120), Brent Czajkowski (195), and Owen “The Horse” Morris (285) battled through wrestle-backs to take consolation bronze. Other place finishers were Brett Horne (106) who came in 4th, James Strommer (113) who took 5th, and Jason Gibson (182) who collected 6th after an injury. Dalton Burt (152) and Jack Clay (160) battled but came up short of the podium. The Cougars will advance 12 out of 14 wrestlers to next weekend’s District 1 Central tournament at Wissahickon HS. Good luck to the advancing wrestlers and job well done to the D-East program for continuing their hard-earned success!
Downingtown East at District 1 Duals