Following the Whippets win at the Octorara Duals, Downingtown West coach Darrin Cummings was quick to point to that the competition was going to get a lot tougher the following week at the Parkland Duals. After all, the Whippets first round opponent at Parkland was scheduled to be Connellsville, the defending Class AAA state duals champions. After falling to Connellsville 41-21, the Whippets rebounded to win three straight, and finished third in the event.
Picking up wins against Connellsville were Rob Akers, Patrick May, D.J. Evans, Jake Miller and Joe DeGaravilla.
"There were a few close matches where we might have been able to pull out a win, but we just didn't match-up that well with Connellsville," said Cummings. "Everyone wrestled tough and it's always good to see how you stack up with the top teams."
Up next was host Parkland. Despite wins from Akers, May, D.J. Evans, Steve Rathfon, Josh Homer, Paul Roseberry and DeGaravilla, the Whippets trailed 30-28 heading into the final bout, an match-up of West's Alex Bause and Parkland's Chris Moyer. Bause decked Moyer in 5:10 to give the Whippets the 34-30 win.
"We've been putting in freshman Josh Homer in at a couple of different weights, and he's been coming up with some big wins for us," said Cummings. "He's really been wrestling well. He always battles hard in every match, and works hard in the room. He's done a great job for us, despite us moving him around so much."
A 43-24 win against Blue Mountain landed West in the third place match, against a fellow District 1 team, Pennridge.
The bout at 145-featured two of the top wrestlers in District 1 at the weight in Rathfon and Penridge's Ed Geib. Geib came into the match ranked 12th in the state. In the end, Geib came out of a close match as a 4-3 winner.
"It came down to the end," said Cummings. "Steve was down one with thirty seconds to go, and got in a few good shots on Geib, but couldn't finish up, and Geib won. But I think Steve showed he can wrestle with any of the top guys in the weight, and it's that kind of competition that will help him down the line."
Nojan Zamorrodian used an escape and a take down to beat Will Goldenberg 3-2 in another tight match at 215, and Akers, May, Evans, Scanlon, Uhler, Homer, Miller Roseberry, DeGaravilla and Bause also won in a 58-14 rout of their District 1 rivals.
"Anytime you're in a tournament with other teams from District 1, you want to finish higher," said Cummings. "It gives you an idea of where you stand when it comes time for District Duals or any of the post season tournaments. Pennridge is a pretty good team, so I think this lets us know that we are up there with the top of the District."
Four Whippets finished the day with perfect 4-0 record. Akers, May, Evans and DeGaravilla each went through the day without a loss.