Introducing the Lancer Wrestling Coaches

High School Coaches

Head Coach: Ryan Cook

Head Coach, Ryan Cook took over the helm for Tim Mulholland, who retired at the end of the 2003-2004 season. Coach Cook was the Assistant for three seasons and was instrumental in developing a winning attitude among the McLane wrestlers. He was selected the District 10 "Junior Varsity Coach of the Year" in 2002-2003 and led the GM JV team to an unbeaten record and top finishes at the Corry and Maplewood Tournaments.

Mr. Cook is from Massena, N.Y. where he compiled a 95-15 career wrestling record in high school. He was a 3 time state qualifier, 4 year team captain and a 4 time team "Most Outstanding Wrestler."

He is also a former Edinboro University Wrestler and graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Studies.

In his 18 seasons at the helm, Coach Cook has compiled a 235 -90 dual meet record (a 72.31% winning percentage). His 2004-2005 team won the Salamanca and Redbank Valley tournaments, and took second place at the Tool City and District 10 post-season tournaments. During the 2005-2006 campaign, his team placed 4th at Tool City and third at the Seneca Valley tournament. They were crowned District 10 Team Duals Champions and District 10 Tournament Champions. In addition, Cook was honored as the District 10 AAA Coach of the Year! The 2006-2007 team won the District 10 AAA Tournament and posted 13 wins. Coach Cook's teams also won back to back Mountaineer Invitational Tournaments in 2009 and 2010. In 2011 his team won the Jarvis Wildcat Memorial Tournament.

In 2012-2013 Coach Cook's team finished the regular season at 15-0 (16-1 overall), won the Tool City and Fred Bell Tournaments, as well as the Clearfield Duals, the Region 4 AAA title and the District 10 AAA Tournament title. Coach Cook was also named the District 10 AAA Coach of the Year for the 2012-2013 season. The Lancers also took runnerup honors at the NW Regional AAA Tournament in Altoona. The 2013-2014 team were Region 4 AAA Co-champions and they won the NW Regional AAA Tournament team title.

The 2014-15 season was one of the best in McLane wrestling history. The team's overall record was 17-3. All 3 of those losses came at the hands of state ranked teams. The team made history by winning their first ever match at the state team duals. They also won the Region 4 AAA crown with a spotless 9-0 record. They won the Tool City and Fred Bell tournaments, the Clearfield Duals, the District 10 Duals and the District 10 AAA tournament title. They capped it off with a runnerup finish at regionals and qualified a record 7 wrestlers for the state tournament. The 2014-15 season also saw Coach Cook surpass Coach Mulholland and become the winningest coach in GM wrestling history. The 2015-16 team was crowned Tool City and Fred Bell Tournament Champs and Region 4 Co-Champs!

The team moved back to AA in 2018-19 for the first time since 1982-83. They won the Region 4 title with a perfect 7-0 record, the Section 1-AA title and placed 3rd at the District 10AA Tournament. Coach Cook's 2019-20 wrestling team had another successful season. They posted a perfect 7-0 Region 4 record and a 14-3 overall record. They placed 3rd at the District 10AA Team Duals and qualified for the state team duals. They placed 2nd at sections and 4th at districts. Coach Cook reached another milestone during the 2019-20 season when he recorded his 200th head coaching win!

The 2020-21 wrestling season was shortened by the Covid virus. The team moved back to AAA, but it was yet another successful season for Coach Cook's Lancers. The team finished the year with a 9-3 dual meet record and were Region runnerups. Coach Cook was named District 10 AAA Coach of the Year by his fellow coaches! The 2021-22 season was a challenging but rewarding year. The team was plagued by sickness and injuries for 3/4 of the campaign, which resulted in the first sub .500 season since Coach Cook took over the program. Although the team finished with a 10-11 dual meet record, they accomplished some amazing feats when they finally got healthy. After losing to Cathedral Prep by 10 points in January, the Lancers came back and beat the Ramblers in the District 10 AAA Team Duals Finals and earned a berth in the PIAA Team Duals Championships. They finished 2nd at the District 10 AAA Tournament, crowned 2 district champs, sent 11 wrestlers to regionals and advanced one wrestler to the state tournament. Coach Cook was also named the District 10 AAA Coach of the Year for the second straight year.

2022-23 saw the Lancers move back to the AA division. The 2022-23 season was a challenging, but ultimately successful campaign. The team was once again plagued by injuries for nearly half the season and wasn't able to field a healthy team until late January. In spite of that the Lancers still knocked off a couple of state ranked teams, won in the opening round of the District 10 Team Duals and finished the season with a 10-5 record. They placed 3rd at the Chartiers-Huston Invitational, took 2nd at sections, 3rd at districts and 5th of 39 teams at regionals. 3 GM wrestlers qualified for the state tournament and two of them placed and brought medals home!

Coach Cook has coached 8 section champions, 46 District X champions, 170 District 10 placewinners, 9 NW Regional champions, 72 NW Regional placewinners, 46 state qualifiers, 11 state placewinners and 2 state finalists. During the off season he also coached 7 National Folkstyle Champions and 27 National Folkstyle Placewinners.

Coach Cook's experience, innovation and enthusiasm are an asset to the General McLane wrestling program.

(updated: 4-05-23. Stats through the 2022-2023 season).

Assistant Coaches


Assistant: Hunter Harrison

Hunter Harrison graduated from General McLane in 2000. He is the son of former coach and state place winner, Dan Harrison. He has been an assistant coach since 2009. Hunter was named Section 1 Assistant Coach of the Year and District 10 AA Coach of the Year in 2020 and District 10 AAA Coach of the Year in 2021. Hunter was once again name District 10 AAA Coach of the year in 2021-22.



Middle School Coaches

Head coach: Zach Lucas,
Assistants: Zac Baumgartner, Zach Buell, Nathan Hartless
Missing: Andrew Brest

Zach Lucas was named Section 1-AA Jr. High Coach of the Year!



Former Wrestling Coaches

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