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Districts 2019

[March 1] — Last weekend the Downingtown West Whippets started their post season journey, on the road to Hershey. Overall, Downingtown West finished in 3rd place with a total of 162.5 team points. Ethan Niemeyer (120) took 6th place at the District 1 AAA Section West tournament, which ended his senior year with a total of 17 wins. Dan Lilley (152) finished his sophomore season with a 6th place finish and a total of 14 wins. Matt Micale (285) took home a 5th place medal and ended his sophomore season with 21 wins.

The Whippets have 5 wrestlers who are continuing on the “road to Hershey” and will be competing this coming weekend at the Regional Tournament at Souderton High School. Last weekend at Rustin Dominic Findora (106) started his day with a bye, earning himself 2 big wins before meeting Keanu Manuel in the finals; Dominic finished in 2nd place after a tough loss in sudden victory. Maximus Hale (170) found himself on the top of the podium at the 1st place finisher for his weight class. Maximus started his day with a bye, beat his next two opponents with falls, and then won by major decision in the championship round. Joe Shafer (195) carried on the theme of first round byes and then moved on to win in the next two rounds. Joe’s win in the semi-final round secured his spot in the 100 win club. Those wins also secured Joe a spot in the championship bout where he came out on top with a fall in 1:32. Pat Cusak (220) had a bye in round 1, pinned his next two opponents, and earned a spot in the final match against Hunter Catka. Pat wrestled hard and ended up taking 2nd place.

Chase Mielnik (182) is also continuing on his “road to Hershey.” Chase started the tournament out with a bye in round 1 before pinning his next two opponents. This paved the way for Chase to the championship bout against Tyler Mousaw. After 3 very well wrestled periods, Chase was the victor by a 7 – 2 decision. The night became extra special for Chase when he was awarded Outstanding Wrestler for the entire tournament.

Please continue to support Dominic, Maximus, Chase, Joey, Pat, and the entire Whippets Wrestling community at the Regional Tournament this Friday and Saturday. Wrestling starts at 5:30 pm on Friday night at Souderton High School and continues at 9:30 am on Saturday morning.

Wrestling Info: 

Souderton Area High School - 625 Lower Rd., Souderton, PA 18964

Tickets are $5 on Friday, $10 for Saturday AM session and $10 for Saturday PM session. Or you can purchase an all session pass for $20.


2-27-18 — Saturday at Districts, which were held at Interboro High School, Downingtown West earned the team title and had 9 wrestlers qualify for the southeast regional tournament. Marco Cardi (113) took home the fourth place medal after a close match against Dom Chaclas from Unionville. The Whippets had three wrestlers earn third place finishes; Max Hale, 170, winning by decision (11-5), Joe Shafer, 195, winning by decision (5-1), and Chris Madanat, 220, who also won by decision (2-1). Chase Mielnik at 182 took home a second place medal after a tough bout against Noah Harvey from Chichester.

Downingtown West had the most champions with 4 wrestlers at the top of the podium. Jesse Cook (285) pinned his opponent in 3 minutes and 40 seconds and earning his first District title. Also earning his first district title was Gavin Hale (152) who came out on top with a 7-0 decision. Nick Lilley (138), coming back from an injury, earned himself gold after beating Brett Horne 12 to 6. Doug Zapf had a big day; district champ at 120, earned his 150th career win, and was District 1 West’s Outstanding Wrestler.

The road to Hershey continues Friday night with Oxford High School hosting Regionals; wrestling starts at 5:30 pm and at 9:30 am on Saturday.  

Ches-Mont League Tournament

2-22-18 — The Ches-Mont League Tournament was held last weekend at W.C. Rustin. Both sides of the Ches-Mont were there to earn spots in the upcoming District Tournament and continue the on the road to Hershey. At this year’s Ches-Monts Downingtown West came out on top with a total of 186.5 team points and the team title. Helping earn this team title were the 11 wrestlers that will be moving on to Districts this coming Saturday.

Downingtown West will be sending the most wrestlers to Districts out of the Ches-Mont. Heading to Disctricts are Marco Cardi (113), Chase Hanak (132), and Nick Lilley (138) who all ended the day with 6th place medals. Pat Cusack (160) and Joe Shafer (195) will be making their way to Districts, as they ended last Saturday with 5th place finishes.

Downingtown West had the most guys wrestle in the Championship bouts at Ches-Monts.  Earning second place finishes were Chase Mielnik (182) and Chris Madanat (220) and will be moving on to Districts this weekend. West had 4 first place medals last Saturday with Jesse Cook (285) and Max Hale (170) being two. Doug Zapf, who not only took first at 120, but also earned himself his third straight Ches-Mont Title.  At 152, Gavin Hale earned his 100th win before earning himself a spot at the top of the podium.

The 11 wrestlers will continue their road to Hershey with Districts being held at Interboro High School. Action starts at 9 am on Saturday February 24th – see you in the stands!

Looking back…

2-15-18 — Downingtown West Whippets wrestled their first official action of the season back in the beginning of December. Since the first tournament of the year in Cumberland Valley the team has wrestled 25 matches and 2 other tournaments. This season the guys saw action at big tournaments like Powerade and against 2 of the best High School teams in the nation; Bethlehem Catholic (2 in the state, 11th in the nation) and Malvern Prep (3 in the state, 16th in the nation).

Overall Downingtown West Wrestling ended the regular season with 21 wins and only 4 loses. Sixteen of those wins the Whippets beat their opponents by 20 points or more. Those wins reflect the hard work that all of these wrestlers put in all season and the importance of bonus points.

After a 6th place finish at the Cumberland Valley Kick Off Classic the team went on to take 3rd at the Comet Classic, earned wins over Chichester and Boyertown in a tri-meet, and finish 21st at Powerade. The Whippets started 2018 at the Rockyard Duals where they beat Archbishop Wood, North Penn, William Tennentt, and Spring-Ford to take home 1st.

After the Rockyard Duals the Whippets wrestled their first league match against Avon Grove beating them 56 to 14. Then it was the battle of the school district with the Whippets beating the Cougars by 25 points. A break in league action took the Whippets to the Exeter Duals where they earned 4 more wins and a second place finish after their first loss on the season to Malvern Prep.

Then next they faced a week of back to back wrestling! The Whippets beat West Chester East 48 to 14 before taking on Hatboro Horsham in the first round of District Duals. After earning a win against Hatboro-Horsham we finally got to wrestle Coatesville after needing to be rescheduled, and earned another league win. The last league match of the year was against West Chester Henderson, at home, for Senior Night. That night the Whippets earned a farewell win for their Seniors and another league victory when they beat Henderson 51 to 21.

District Duals were back in action with Whippets facing West Chester Rustin and earned a 54 to 18 win. Unfortunately, things did not go the same way in the next round of District Duals when the Whippets lost against Spring-Ford and sending them in the consolation round for District Duals.

Once in the consolation round, the Whippets beat West Chester Henderson for the second time this season before moving on to wrestle against Boyertown. Downingtown West placed 3rd with a 42 to 24 win over Boyertown and moving them in to the PIAA Class AAA State Tournament. However, before a trip to Hershey they needed to wrestle Archbishop Ryan in a pigtail match whom they beat by 37 points and earning the team’s first trip to Hershey for the PIAA team championship tournament.

The first match in Hershey was against a 5 time state class AAA team champion, Bethlehem Catholic, in which we faced our 3rd loss of the season. Dropping down to the consolation round we faced Cumberland Valley and earned our 21st win of the season with a score of 50 to 20. Our final match of the season before the individual road to Hershey was against Nazareth which did not end with a W for Downingtown and forced the Whippets to make their way home from Hersey.

Coming off of an awesome regular season and looking back at the accomplishments of each wrestler and the entire team makes it more exciting to see what the post season is going to look like. Post season action starts on Saturday (February 17th) at West Chester Rustin with wrestling starting at 9 am.


Over this past weekend Downingtown Middle School wrestled at SEPA. The eleven young men went to what could be considered one of the toughest middle school tournaments in southeast PA and finished in 8th place out of 32 teams.

Downingtown had 6 wrestlers take the podium with Adam Rowland (124 lbs), Mason Hale (140 lbs), and Michael Geffert (212 lbs) all earning 6th place medals. Nick Bournazel wrestled at 82 lbs and earned himself a 4th place finish. At the top of the podium for Downingtown Middle were Dominic Findora at 97 lbs and Coz Villari at 167 lbs.

Also taking on the challenge of the SEPA tournament but unfortunately not making the medal round were Chase Worth (77 lbs), Ryan Note (87 lbs), Mateusz Suchecki (92 lbs), Matthew Lohr (112 lbs), Ben Henrichsen (117 lbs). Congratulations on your hard work!

Senior Night

On Wednesday January 31, 2018 Downingtown West hosted West Chester Henderson for their last match of the regular season. It was this night that the coaches, wrestlers, and fans recognized 8 individuals that have been a part of the team for 4 years; those 8 wrestlers who are embarking on their final post season wrestling adventure as a Whippet.

All-in-all it was a good night for all the wrestlers, regardless of class, as the Whippets won 10 of the 14 bouts and earned themselves a 51 to 21 win over West Chester Henderson and their second straight Ches-Mont National Division title. But that night was about honoring the Seniors and realizing their impact on each other and the team.

Chris Madanat (220) was our first Senior to take the mat against Henderson. Chris earned bonus points with a fall in 1 minute and 38 seconds. Following Chris was Jesse Cook (285) who also won by fall, pinning his opponent in 2 minutes and 50 seconds. At 120 Doug Zapf pinned his opponent in 1 minute and 46 seconds and adding 6 more points to the board.

Next up at 126, Mitchell Byers, earning the 4th senior pin of the evening in 2 minutes and 45 seconds. At 132 Chase Hanak added a bonus point to the team score by winning his bout with a major decision of 9 to 0. Nick Lilley had the quickest pin of the night, 59 seconds, and adding 6 points to the team score. The last senior to wrestle was Gavin Hale at 152 who beat his opponent with a 3 – 0 decision.

As these Seniors wrestle their way through post season and enjoy their last months before moving on to something beyond Downingtown West High School, we will continue to sit in those stands and show our support for a great class and a great team. The support continues tonight, Friday 2/2/18, for the Quarterfinals of District Duals which are being held at Upper Dublin High School. Downingtown will wrestle at 6 pm and again at 7:30 pm.

Three Days of Wrestling

1-29-18 — Over the last few days the Whippets traveled around the area for league matches and the start of District Duals. On Wednesday 1/24/18 it started at West Chester East for a league match with the Whippets coming out on top 48 to 14. Helping the Whippets earn the team win were Max Hale (170) and Jesse Cook (285) with decisions over their opponents and 3 team points. There were 5 Whippets who earned major decisions over their opponents and each adding 4 points to the team total; Chase Hanak (138), Nick Lilley (145), Pat Cusack (160), Joe Shafer (195), and Doug Zapf (126).

Continuing to add bonus points to the board was Gavin Hale who beat his opponent by a tech fall in 2 periods. Three Whippets won with pins over their opponents; Chase Mielnik (182) earned himself a pin in the first period and Chris Madanat (220) won by fall in 2 minutes and 29 seconds. The third pin was by Ethan Niemeyer (106) who pinned his opponent in 24 seconds and adding bonus points to help Downingtown West with the win.

On Friday 1/26/18 the Whippets faced the Red Raiders at Coatesville in a rescheduled match from earlier in the season. Downingtown had 9 wrestlers earn Ws and earning West a 51 to 24 victory in another league match. At 120 Doug Zapf pinned his opponent with Mitchell Byers (126) quickly following with another 6 points. At 138 Nick Lilley won by major decision and adding 4 more points to the team score.

Gavin Hale (152) beat his opponent by tech fall in three minutes and sixteen seconds. Pat Cusack (160), Max Hale (170), Chase Mielnik (182), Joe Shafer (220), and Jesse Cook (285) all beat their opponents with falls and adding bonus points to the team score. Each Downingtown win against Coatesville earned bonus points to help catapult the Whippets to another victory.

Between these two matches on Thursday 1/25/18 Downingtown West also wrestled the first round of District Duals which was held at West Chester Rustin. Chase Mielnik (182) earned the first team points with a pin over his opponent with Joe Shafer (195) also winning by fall. At 220 Chris Madanat won by decision and adding 3 points to the board.

West also had wins at 106 (Ethan Niemeyer), 126 (Doug Zapf), 132 (Chase Hanak), and 138 (Nick Lilley) adding a total of 22 team points to the score. At 152 Gavin Hale won by a major decision, followed by a fall for Pat Cusack (160), and a major decision win by Max Hale at 170. With Max’s win that ended the first match of District Duals ensure a victor of Hatboro Horsham, 51 to 20.

 Wrestling continues on Wednesday 1/31/18 at home with action against West Chester Henderson. Not only is this the last match of the regular season but it is also the night where Downingtown West Whippets will honor and recognize their seniors; JV starts at 6:15 pm with Varsity following.

Quarterfinals of District Duals will be wrestled on Friday 2/2/18 at Upper Dublin High School (Fort Washington, PA) with Downingtown West taking on West Chester Rustin at 6 pm.

Blue and White Duals

1/20/18 – This past Saturday Downingtown West Whippets wrestled in the Blue and White Duals which are hosted by Exeter High School. A total of 10 teams participated in the dual meet tournament from different areas bringing an array of talent.

Downingtown wrestled Red Land in the first round coming out on top 50 to 24. This match started at 138 with Nick Lilley earning 5 team points with a tech fall in 3 minutes and 15 seconds. Gavin Hale (152) pinned his opponent with 3 second left in the 1st period. Following Gavin was Pat Cusack with a 8-4 decision over his opponent. Max Hale mimicked his big brother with a pin in the first period at 170.

At 195 Joe Shafer earned 6 team points with a pin over his opponent. At 220 and 285 both Chris Madanat and Jesse Cook won by FFT. Marco Cardi continued with adding 6 points to the team score with a pin in 3 minutes and 29 seconds. The last bout of the match earned 6 team points but did not provide any action for Doug Zapf due to a win by FFT.

In round 2 Downingtown faced Quakertown with 9 matches won and a final score of 40 – 22. Gavin Hale was the first Whippet to add team points to the board with a fall in 1 minute and 6 seconds. Six more Whippets followed suit with Pat Cusack (160; 3-1), Max Hale (170; fall), Chase Mielnik (182; fall), Joe Shafer (195; 11-4), Chris Madanat (220; 3-1), and Jesse Cook (285; fall) all victors over their opponents. At 126 Doug Zapf won by a 5-0 decision and at 138 Nick Lilley added a bonus point to the team score with a win by major decision 16-3.

In round 3 Downingtown faced Belmont and won by a score of 74-6. Gavin Hale, Pat Cusack, Max Hale, Chase Mielnik, Jesse Cook, and Nick Lilley all won by FFT, with Kane Hayford (145) winning by a DQ. Chris Madanat (220), Marco Cardi (113), and Chase Hanak (132) all earned bonus points for the team score with pins over their opponents. Ethan Niemeyer (106) and Mitchell Byers (126) also earned Ws over their opponents; Ethan by tech fall and Mitchell with a 9-2 decision.

In the fourth round Downingtown faced Stroudsburg in a very close match and a final score of 30-29. Whippets earned 50% of the wins with Max Hale (170) earning bonus points with a 19-4 win. Following Max was Chase Mielnik (182) who won with a 3-2 decision. At 220, Chris Madanat pinned his opponent in the first period and at 285 Jesse Cook won with a 3-1 decision. Ethan Niemeyer added 6 points to the team score due to winning by injury default. Doug Zapf earned his third win on the day with a 3-2 decision over his opponent. Nick Lilley (138) helped the team with another bonus point earned by beating his opponent with a 16-3 major decision.

With 4 team wins under their belts the Whippets were headed to the Championship round to face Malvern Prep.  The Whippets had 4 guys with wins; Jesse Cook (285) won by a 3 – 0 decision, Doug Zapf won by tech fall (16-0), Nick Lilley was on top with a 2 – 1 decision, and Pat Cusack earned 6 points with a fall in the third period. Downingtown fell to Malvern Prep with a final score of Downingtown 17 and Malvern Prep 49.

Tonight the Whippets wrestle at West Chester East with JV wrestling at 6:15 pm and Varsity starting at 7 pm. Action continues Thursday night with the first round of District 1 Duals as the Whippets take on Hatboro Horsham at approximately 7 pm. Friday night 1/26 West will be traveling to Coatesville for the  rescheduled match with the Red Raiders.

Battle of the School District

Last night Downingtown East hosted the Whippets for the annual battle of the school district. The gym was crowded with wrestlers and fans from years past, current family and friends, and little ones dreaming of being on one of these two teams in the years to come.

Depending on which side of the district you are on influenced how you felt about last night’s match. However, the feeling that starts the match every year between East and West is the same; one of excitement with a little bit of anxiety. This year was no different.

The match started in traditional fashion at 106 where East came out on top earning 6 team points. Marco Cardi (113) tied the team score with a pin early in the 3rd period and Matt Wolf (120) followed up by adding 3 team points with a 7-1 decision over East’s Sean Mullen. Mitchell Byers took West to 12 team points with a 5-2 decision at 126.

Moving on to 132, the match of the night and the fifth time these two have met; Doug Zapf took on Lukas Richie. Throughout the years these two have wrestled tight matches and last night was no different. Going all 6 minutes and ending with a 3-1 decision, Zapf came out on top and the fans to their feet.

Nick Lilley (138) was up next and earned himself a win with a 12-5 decision over Brett Horne. At 145 East added 6 more points to their team score but Gavin Hale (152) followed up with 4 team points and a 9-0 major decision over his opponent. East came out on top at 160 but West answered back with Max Hale pinning Spencer Uggla at 170. Chase Mielnik wrestled at 182 and earned himself a fall and 6 more team points.

At 195 East came out on top with a decision and 3 more team points. At 220 Chris Madanat earned the team bonus points with a pin and Jesse Cook (285) finished the night for the Whippets with a 7-1 decision over Zach Aceto. After all 14 bouts were wrestled; West ended up winning 10 of them and earned the team win over East with the final score of 43 to 18.

On Saturday 1/20 the Whippets will be wrestling at the Exeter Duals at Exeter High School with the action starting at 9 am.

Rockyard Duals

Over the weekend the Whippets took on four different teams at the Rockyard Duals which were held at Council Rock North High School. In the first round the Whippets faced Archbishop Wood and came out on top with a team score of 48-20. Helping get the win for the team were Chris Madanat (220), Jesse Cook (285), Chase Mielnik (170), Max Hale (182), and Joey Shafer (195) who all pinned their opponent. Other winners in round 1 were Doug Zapf (126) with a 7-2 decision and Nick Lilley (138) with a 10-4 decision. Gavin Hale (152) and Ethan Neimeyer (106) also received wins by forfeit.

Onto round 2 went West Wrestling where they went head to head with North Penn. Chase Hanak (132), Nick Lilley (138), Max Hale (182), and Joey Shafer (195) all earned the team 6 points by beating their bouts by falls. Jake Digiamberardino (120) earned himself a varsity win in round 2 with a 9-4 decision. Jesse Cook (285) saw tough competition this round when he went up against the 2nd seed in the region, Ryan Cody. The match ended up in sudden victory where Jesse came out on top with a 4-2 win. Gavin Hale (152) added 4 to the team score with a major decision (10-1) win over his opponent. Doug Zapf (126) added a second win to his record this round with a tech fall (17-1). Downingtown ended up beating North Penn 42-22 moving them on to William Tennent in round 3.

Round 3 against William Tennent ended with 4 forfeits, 2 tech falls, 3 pins, a major decision, and a decision bringing the team score to 50-9. Ethan Neimeyer (106) earned a second win for himself with a tech fall (17-2) over his opponent. Max Hale (182) also added 4 to the team score with a win by tech fall (17-2). Marco Cardi (113), Gavin Hale (152), Pat Cusack (160), and Jesse Cook (285) all added a win to their records with forfeits. Jake Digiamberardino (120), Kane Hayford (145), and Chase Mielnik (170) all pinned their opponents. Chris Madanat (220) won by a major decision with a score of 8-0. Doug Zapf (126) wrestled the number 1 seed in the region at 126 and won by a 5-1 decision. The win against William Tennent moved Downingtown West into the Championship Round.

In the Championship Round Downingtown faced the Spring-Ford Rams. Doug Zapf (126) earned his 4th win on the day with a major decision (13-3) and earning 4 team points. Nick Lilley (138) earned his 3rd win and 6 team points with a fall in round 4. At 152 Gavin added to the team score with a 7-2 decision in his bout and a 4-0 record for the day. Moving to 170, Chase Mielnik also went 4-0 winning his fourth match with a 5-0 decision. Max Hale (182) who also went 4-0 on the day won his final match by a 7-3 decision. Joey Shafer added another win to his day, ending up 3-1, with a forfeit in round 4. Jesse finished his day with a pin over his opponent taking his record to 4-0 for the Rockyard Duals.

Downingtown West ended the day with the first place trophy and the title of Rockyard Duals Champions. There was a lot of talent at the Rockyard Duals and the Whippets faced many highly recognized kids in the region; not all were wins but Coach Breese was happy with the opportunity to face some of these guys and see how the Whippets looked against such talent. JV also wrestled over the weekend at Council Rock South with Matt Micale, Harry Snyder, and Connor Smith all going undefeated on the day. Both JV and Varsity will wrestle at Avon Grove on Wednesday 1/10/18 with JV starting at 6:15 pm and Varsity at 7 pm.

Powerade Tournament

Friday and Saturday December 28th and 29th Downingtown West Whippets wrestled at the Powerade Tournament which was held at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg, PA. This tournament brought in 52 teams from Pennsylvania(41), Florida(1), West Virginia(3), Virginia(1), New Jersey(2), Maryland(1), Ohio(1), New York(1), and California(1) with a total of 548 wrestlers.
Wrestling on the 9 different mats brought for a lot of action for all the fans. Downingtown West ended up with a team total of 74.5 points and finishing in 21st place. Helping the Whippets earn 74.5 team points with 2 wins on the day was Ethan Niemeyer at 106. Ethan lost his first bout dropping him down to wrestle backs where he beat a kid from Moon by a 12-5 decision. Ethan followed that match up with a fall in 4 minutes and 30 seconds. Other Whippets that made an impact on the team score were Pat Cusack(160), Joe Shafer (195), and Jesse Cook (285) who all had 2 wins, along with Nick Lilley (138), Kane Hayford (145), and Chris Madanat (220) who all earned a win.

Downingtown had 2 wrestlers make it to the blood round, which is one match away from medaling. This is a huge feat for a tournament of this caliber. Gavin Hale (152) met his first opponent of the day, a kid from Norwin, with a fall in a minute and twenty-six seconds. Gavin’s second match was against a wrestler from St. Paul’s in Maryland and Gavin edged out with a 9-6 decision win. Gavin ended up finding his way to the consolation bracket his next match but was quick to earn himself a spot in the blood round after a 6-4 decision over a wrestler from Reynolds. Gavin ended the tournament with a 3-2 record.

Chase Mielnik also made the blood round at 170. Chase had a bye in the round of 64 and earned himself a win with a 12-5 decision over a kid from Independence- West Virginia.  After a loss in the round of 16 Chase found himself wrestling a kid from Reynolds and a big win in sudden victory with a score of 3-1. Chase then faced a wrestler from Penfield in New York where he won by fall in 2 minutes and 19 seconds earning him a spot in the blood rounds and ending the tournament with a 3-2 record.

Downingtown West also had two wrestlers earn medals. Max Hale who wrestled his way at 182 pounds to a 7th place finish started the tournament off with a fall in 1 minute and 2 seconds against a kid from Bishop McCort. In the round of 32, Max beat a wrestler from Waynesburg by a 5 – 1 decision followed by a 9-3 decision over a kid from Chestnut Ridge. In the quarterfinals Max had a tough loss to a wrestler from Mifflin County who ended up taking 1st and found himself in wrestle backs. After dropping down to wrestle backs Max won in a 5-3 decision over a wrestler from Kiski and moving into the medal round. Max lost a tough bout to a kid from Erie Prep and putting him in for 7th place where he beat a wrestler from Cedar Cliff with a 10-9 decision earning him a 7th place medal.

Doug Zapf also saw the medal round at 120 finishing the tournament with a 5th place medal. Doug’s journey to that medal started with a bout against a wrestler from Moon with a fall in 34 seconds. His second match wasn’t quite as quick but he did tech fall a kid from Trinity in under 2 minutes with a score of 17-2. In the round of 8 Doug faced a wrestler from Battlefield out of Virginia and earned a W with a 9-4 decision. The next bout changed the way for Doug; he wrestled a kid from Cannon-McMillan and ended up losing by a 3-2 decision. Doug’s next match went to a double tie breaker and an unfortunately loss for Doug placed him in the match for 5th. Doug faced a wrestler from Greater Latrobe and came out on top with a 5-2 decision and a 5th place medal.

It was a long tournament with a lot of great matches wrestled but we are ready to look ahead. Next up we will see the Red Raiders at Coatesville on Friday 1/5/18 with JV starting at 6:15 pm and Varsity at 7 pm.


Christmas Eve Duals

Spectators filled the Whippets gym on Saturday December 23rd for the Christmas Eve Eve Duals to watch the West Whippets take on the Chichester Eagles and the Boyertown Bears. During the first meet the Whippets beat Chichester 58-6 with 5 pins, 1 tech fall, 2 major decisions, 3 regular decisions, and a forfeit.

Nick Lilley (138), Max Hale (182), Joe Shaffer (195), and Chris Madanat(220) all earned 6 points for the team score. With his first varsity action of the season, Matt Micale (285) also earned 6 points for the overall team score by pinning his opponent. Zapf (126) worked hard and won by a tech fall. While Gavin Hale (152) and Marco Cardi (120) won by major decisions.  Pat Cusack (160) and Chase Mielnik (170) won their first matches of the day with decisions over their opponents.

Mitchell Byers wrestling at 132 also had a decision over his opponent that morning. That might have started the greatest day ever for Mitchell. It was a year ago to the day that Mitchell found himself at a dual meet 2 days before Christmas; however the difference was how Mitchell felt when he left the gym that day.

Fast forward to this year – Downingtown is wrestling Boyertown and the team score is 24 – 24. Not that it was the last match of the night like the year before but none-the-less a tie score and only 2 matches remain after Mitchell’s – a win is crucial. Mitchell knew what he needed to do; he probably replayed his match against Methcaton over and over again in his head.  A nail biting 6 minutes later, the crowd is on their feet, and Mitchell had the biggest smile – he did it, Mitchell won 3 – 2 making the team score 27-24. A Christmas present to himself - a win and the feeling of success. Mitchell walked out of that gym quite different this year than he did the year before.

Along with Mitchell’s stellar performance the Whippets had 4 pins with Gavin Hale, Chase Mielnik, Max Hale, and Doug Zapf all adding 6 points to the score board. Nick Lilley also helped the Whippets move past Boyertwon with a tech fall against his opponent.

Saturday proved to be a great day of wrestling and added 2 wins to the Whippets record. Next we will be headed to Powerade in Canonsburg, PA where the JV will wrestle on Thursday December 28th and the Varsity will see their mat time on Friday December 29th and Saturday December 30th.

Comet Classic

12.18.17 — Friday and Saturday we had the opportunity of participating in the Comet Classic held at Penn Manor High School. Over the 15th and 16th the Whippets worked hard and earned enough points to place 3rd overall. Helping lead the Whippets to a 3rd place team finish was Ethan Niemeyer (106) with his first varsity action of the year and a 7th place medal. Chris Madanat (220), also seeing his first mat time of the year, placed 4th. Chase Mielnik added to the overall team score by earning a 4th place finish and Max Hale took 3rd two weeks in a row.

Matt Wolf earned himself his first varsity win of the season at 120 and Marco Cardi (113) earned himself another win this season. Chase Hanak (132) and Pat Cusack (160) each were one win away from placing. Joe Shafer (195) had his first mat time of the season losing 2 very close matches and earning him 1 win. Unfortunately, Jesse Cook (285) sustained an injury that forced him to default out of the tournament.

We had 3 Whippets making their way to the finals. At 152 pounds Gavin Hale placed 2nd. At 138, Nick Lilley earned himself a first place medal after beating the same kid in the final bout 2 weeks in a row. Doug Zapf saw the top of the podium over the weekend taking 1st at 126 pounds. The JV saw action at the Comet Classic with a lot of great matches being wrestled and Mitchell Byers being undefeated on the day and taking home the gold medal.

We hope to give you the gift of great wrestling as we head into the Christmas Holiday with a double header next weekend, 12/23, at home. The Whippets will be wrestling Chichester at 9 am and Boyertown at 11 am, hope to see you there!

Kickoff Classic

12.11.17 — On Saturday December 9th the Whippet Wrestling Team traveled to Cumberland Valley High School to participate in the Kickoff Classic for the 6th year in a row. This year we had our best finish since participating in the tournament with the team score landing us in 6th place. The Kickoff Classic is always a tough tournament and one we look forward to each year.

Matt Wolf, a Freshman, got his first official action as a Whippet at 120. Our Sophomore class also saw good competition throughout the tournament. At 145, Kane Hayford, ended the day with one win and at 160, Pat Cusack was only one win away from placing. Two other Sophomore Whippets ended the day on the podium with Third place medals; Chase Mielnik at 170 and Max Hale at 182. For our Junior class, Harry Synder saw action at 195. The Senior class also had a great tournament. Marco Cardi (113) and Chase Hanak (132) each finished the day with 1 win, along with Gavin Hale (152) who earned himself 2 wins. Rounding out the senior class was Jesse Cook (285) with a third-place finish, Doug Zapf (126) with a second-place finish, and Nick Lilley (138) on top of the podium, earning himself a gold medal.

The JV team also saw action at the Kickoff Classic. Ethan Niemeyer and Jake DiGiamberardino each earned themselves 3 wins and Mitchell Byers and Connor Smith ended the day each earning 2 wins. The rest of the JV team; Matt Barrett, Owen Dougherty, Jack Duffy, Ryan Gallagher, Dan Lilley, Damian Marx, Justin McDowell, Matt Micale, and Aidan Nash all wrestled very well and most of them earning themselves a win on the day.

Both JV and Varsity will be wrestling next Saturday, 12/16/17, at the Comet Classic which is held at Penn Manor High School.

It’s Been a While…..

Happy New Year! It has been a while since our last update and a lot has happened. Besides celebrating the holiday and enjoying the break, the Whippets were busy at the end of 2015.

The Whippets finished 12th out of 22 teams at the Chambersburg Varsity Tournament on December 28/29 with Cole and Doug Zapf finishing 4th and Chase Hanak bringing home a 7th place medal.

The JV team ended the year at the Rustin Duals. Ethan Niemeyer, Marco Cardi, Mitch Byers, Dan Segura, Cameron Patchel, Parker Childs, Kyle Clements, Gavin Strauss, Harry Synder, Chris Madanat, and Jaiven McIntosh wrestled very well in 4 dual meets on the day.

Twenty-sixteen got off to a great start with the Whippets going 3-0 at the Harinton Duals. The Whippets took down Overbrook 80-0, beat Academy Park 63-3, and were victors over Coatesville 48-22. Eight wrestlers; Chad Giles, Max Titus, Cole Zapf, Joe Schaffer, Alex Murta, Joe Rennie, Chase Hanak, and Doug Zapf were also 3-0 at the end of the day.

Whippets were happy to welcome back Nick Lilley who came back strong with a 2-0 record on the day. Matt Duplicki had his first action of the season with a 2-1 record.

Opening the first league match of the season on January 13th we honored our 5 seniors and battled WC Henderson. It was a good night of wrestling with the Whippets coming out on top 46-24.

Rounding out the week at Garnet Valley Individual Tournament the JV team competed and brought home 3 medals; Marco Cardi finished 1st, Mitch Byers was awarded second, and Cameron Patchel earned a 3rd place finish.

This Saturday the Whippets travel to Exeter for the Exeter Duals and tonight action continues at Coatesville when the Whippets take on the Red Raiders at 6 pm for a league match.