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Wrestling wrap: Manuel leads medal haul for Downingtown East; Lucier paces Coatesville

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Buckskin Classic (Conestoga Valley High)
Downingtown East had five wrestlers take the medal stand while finishing seventh among the 27 teams, led by Keanu Manuel’s gold at 106.
Manuel went 4-0 with two pins, taking the championship match with an 11-2 major decision over Sean Logue (Father Judge). Matt Romanelli (170) also reached the championship round for the Cougars but settled for the silver because of injury default at the end of a 3-1 run that included two pins.
Earning thirds for D-East were Lukas Richie (4-1 with pin at 138) and Jack Scheerer (4-1 with two falls, major at 195). Rounding out the Cougars’ medalists was Zach Sharaf (285) at the end of 2-3 day with both wins coming via the fall.
Also in the Buckskin Classic, Coatesville’s Nathan Lucier decisioned Josh Miller (Central Dauphin) SV1, 4-2 to bring home the 113-pound title.
Coatesville was 20th in the field of 27 with 63.5 points and also got fifth-place efforts from Elizia Juan Lavalais (4-2 with 3 pins at 106) and Ayden Geter (3-2 with 3 pins at 285).
The top three teams at the Buckskin Classic were Central Mountain (177 points), Father Judge (167) and Central Dauphin (159.5).
 
Trojan Wars (Chambersburg)
Downingtown West’s Maximus Hale lost to Luke Nichter (Chambersburg) by tech fall in the 170-pound final to key the Whippets’ 15th-place performance in the 48-team field.
Hale was 4-1 with two falls and two majors en route to the final. Other medalists for D-West included Chase Mielnik (third at 182, 3-1 with two pins), Pat Cusack (fourth at 220, 5-2 with two pins) and Dominic Findora (eighth at 106, 3-2).
The top three teams at Chambersburg were Southern Columbia (194), Chambersburg (166) and St. Christopher’s, VA (157).
Unionville finished 31st at Chambersburg, led by strong individual performances from Tyler Mousaw and Elijah Lyons. In the 182-pound final, Mousaw lost by tech. fall to Jackson Turley (St. Christopher’s, VA) to finish the event 3-1 with a pin. Lyons, who reached the quarterfinals with pins in the opening two rounds, settled for sixth at 285 with two medical forfeits shortcircuiting his bid to finish higher.
 
Ralph Wetzel Classic – Hatboro-Horsham
Avon Grove finished 13th with 88 points in the 30-team field, led by 152-pound champion Nick Barnhart, second-place finisher Chris Buonocore at 182 and sixth-place Cesar Rodriguez at 195.
Barnhart ran the table with three pins in four bouts, including a 3-0 decision over Davis Wheeler (Hatboro-Horsham) in the championship final.  Buonocore fell to Mason Novak (Upper Dublin) 6-0 in the 182-pound championship match, finishing the tournament 3-1 with two pins. Rodriguez finished the event 2-2 with one fall, losing his final two matches because of a medical forfeit.
Kennett also competed at Hatboro-Horsham, placing 22nd as a team with 57 points. Leading the Blue Demons were silver medalists Darrale Barrett (106) and Trent Kochersperger (120).
Both wrestlers lost their championship matches by identical 1-0 counts, Barrett falling to Colin Higgins (Upper Dublin) and Kochersperger losing to TJ England (William Tennent).
The top three teams at the Wetzel Classic were Interboro (161), Harry S. Truman (148) and Hatboro-Horsham (140.5).
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