1974-1975 Wrestling Team
 
Erie County League Champs 14-0
  1974-75 Undefeated Lancer Wrestling Team. 14-0 ECL Champs.
  Back Row: Coach Gilbert, John Byrtus(Hwt), Henry Sauers(185), Randy Rounds(167), Jon Flood(155), Gerry Goss(145), Tim Harrison(138), Coach Samol
Front Row: Tom Hesketh(manager), Terry Skelton(132), Al Kirdahy(126), Mark Mehlenbacher(119), Phil Frndak(112), Ron McLaughlin(105), Greg Seth (98)


 
1974-1975 Schedule/DualMeet Results
 
 
Team
Us Them Result
         
 
Northwestern
48 6 Win
 
Harborcreek
39 11 Win
 
Fairview
41 14 Win
 
Cathedral Prep
34 13 Win
 
Seneca
25 13 Win
 
Erie Tech
39 11 Win
 
Fort LeBoeuf
30 17 Win
 
Union City
58 3 Win
 
Erie East
57 5 Win
 
Conneaut Lake
40 16 Win
 
Girard
44 11 Win
 
Iroquois
35 10 Win
 
North East
41 14 Win
 
Saegertown
42 12 Win
 
 
     
 
Overall Season Record... 14 Wins - 0 Losses
Erie County League...9 Wins - 0 Losses (ECL Champs)



 
Individual Records
 
 
Name
Wt
Yr
Record
Post Season
           
 
Greg Seth
98
 
Ron McLaughlin
105
 
Phil Frndak
112
So.
21-2
S-1st
 
Mark Mehlenbacher
119
 
Al Kirdahy
126
Sr.
25-4
S-1st, D 10-2nd, R-4th, SQ
 
Terry Skelton
132
Sr.
15-3
Sect-2nd
 
Tim Harrison
138
Jr.
24-5
S-1st, D 10-2nd, R-4th, State-2nd
 
Gerry Goss
145
Jr.
18-2
Sect-1st
 
Jon Flood
155
Sr.
12-5
 
Randy Rounds
167
 
Henry Sauers
185
Sr.
17-2-1
 
John Byrtus
Hwt
Jr.
24-2
           
           



 

 

 
1974-1975 Season Wrap Up

 

The 1974-75 Lancer team was arguably, the best team to ever grace the General McLane wrestling mats. This group of talented grapplers finished the season with a perfect 14-0 record. Two of General McLane's three state champions wrestled for this team.

The 1974-75 Lancer team sported 5 section champions in Phil Frndak (21-2), Al Kirdahy (25-4), Tim Harrison (24-5), Gerry Goss (18-2) and John Byrtus (24-2).

Tim Harrison was 2nd at the District 10 tournament and 4th at Regionals. But, Harrison really shined at the state tournament, where he wrestled his way into the finals, before finishing as the PIAA runner up. He would win the state title at 138 lbs. a year later.

Phil Frndak, only a sophomore this season, would become the Lancer's second state champion at the end of the 76-77 season.

Al Kirdahy won the 126 lbs. section crown, was a district 10 runner up and 4th at regionals. He qualified for the state tournament where he won his preliminary match, then narrowly lost in the quarter-finals to the eventual state champ.

Other Lancer standouts were John Byrtus (Hwt.) and Gerry Goss (145), who were both section champions and Henry Sauers who was a section runner up with a 17-2-1 record.

Steve Samol who had been at the helm of the Lancer wrestling team since 1965, reached the 100 wins mark as a head coach and retired at the end of the 1974-75 season.

His retirement marked the end of an era of Lancer wrestling. Between 1972-1975, GM grapplers won an incredible, record setting 38 straight matches, had back to back undefeated seasons and won three Erie County League titles. These accomplishments will be difficult to top.

   
   
 
   
 
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