News from January...2018

On January 11th, the McLane wrestling team suffered a 43-28 loss to Meadville. In that contest, the Lancers only won 5 of the 14 weight classes. In Wednesday's rematch at the District 10 AAA Team Duals, the Lancers completely turned the tables, winning 8 of 14 (6 of those by fall) and thrashed the Bulldogs by a score of 48-27. It was amazing enough that the Lancers managed to pull off the lopsided win against Meadville - but they did it with a severely depleted lineup. No less than six McLane wrestlers were sick or injured. Starters, Andrew Brest, Cayden Connolly and Clay Kuntz were unable to wrestle, two GM reserves were out sick and another wrestled at less than 100%. The Lancers even forfeited 3 weight classes, the final two after they had already clinched the victory.

Matt Leehan, Aric Sweet, Dom Shrader, Cody Stempka, Jack Kaulis and Dimitri Alberti all pinned their Meadville opponents. Matt Leehan registered the fastest stretch job in just 27 seconds. Dimitri Alberti pinned Ian Burns. Burns had beaten Alberti, 8-6 in their first meeting. Beau Caro and Brett Mallory both won by forfeit.

General McLane squared off against Cathedral Prep (the #2 ranked AAA team in the state) in the finals. GM had had suffered a 55-18 loss to the Ramblers on January 17th. This time, the short handed Lancers were unable to win a single weight class and suffered the first shutout loss in school history. Brett Mallory nearly pulled off a come from from behind effort that would have sent his match into overtime, but was unable to finish a takedown before time expired.

Notes from the D10 Team Duals:

The win over Meadville guaranteed the General McLane wrestling team it's 20th consecutive winning season. The Lancers are now 8-6 with just one dual meet left - against Oil City. The last time a GM team ended a season with a losing record was in 1997-98, when they finished 6-9. Ryan Cook has been the head coach for 14 of those 20 seasons.

This was the 15th District 10 Team Duals appearance for General McLane in the past 17 years. Cook coached 13 of those teams and Tim Mulholland coached 2.
General McLane Team Duals History

Matt Leehan posted a team leading, 14th fall over Meadville's Dakota Bish in the semis. Despite sitting out the contest, Andrew Brest still leads the team with 24 W's! Jack Kaulis has 23 and Leehan 22.

Cody Stempka (filling in for an injured Cayden Connolly) came up with a huge win against Meadville on Wednesday. He pinned his opponent in just 43 seconds!

The McLane wrestlers will be back in action at home in a Region 4 match against Oil City on Wednesday, February 6th at 7 PM.


2018 District 10 AAA Team Duals

Semi finals:
General McLane 48 Meadville 27
106 Beau Caro (GM) wb ff
113 Tanner Ehrgott (M) wb ff
120 Double forfeit
126 Matt Leehan (GM) wbf Dakota Bish 0:27
132 Aric Sweet (GM) wbf Layne Reeher 1:06
138 Dom Shrader (GM) wbf Isaac Chatman 3:10
145 Trent Tidball (M) wbd Brad Motter 6-2
152 Brett Mallory (GM) wb ff
160 Nick Rinella (M) wbf James Laird 1:07
170 Cody Stempka (GM) wbf Blake Polk 1:43
182 Jack Kaulis (GM) wbf Elijah Stephens 5:57
195 Dimitri Alberti (GM) wbf Ian Burns 1:51
220 Thomas Pollard (M) wb ff
285 Isaac Whistler (M) wb ff

Cathedral Prep 69 McDowell 9

Cathedral Prep 76 General McLane 0

113 Jamale Crockett (CP) wb ff
120 Alex Chelton (CP) wb ff
126 Paniro Johnson (CP) wbmd Matt Leehan 16-5
132 Tyler McKinney (CP) wbf Aric Sweet 0:16
138 Andrew Stark (CP) wbf Dom Shrader 1:50
145 KiShawn Higgins (CP) wbf Brad Motter 1:25
152 Albert Taylor (CP) wbd Brett Mallory 8-6
160 Carter Starocci (CP) wbf James Laird 0:49
170 Luke Sittinger (CP) wbf Cody Stempka 0:37
182 Luigi Yates (CP) wbd Jack Kaulis 10-3
195 Dorian Crosby (CP) wbf Dimitri Alberti 2:56
220 Kareem Carson (CP) wbf Seth Yarger 3:59
285 Kawaun BeBoe (CP) wbf Enrique Cornejo 0:14
106 Jacob Brumett (CP) wbf Beau Caro 0:59



Despite entering just 13 wrestlers - 6 of them freshmen, the McLane wrestling team managed to battle their way to a very respectable 3rd place finish in a 38 team field at the 2018 Fred Bell Tournament. They were led by Andrew Brest, Matt Leehan and Jack Kaulis, who all wrestled their way into the tournament finals. In the end, Leehan and Kaulis claimed titles and Brest finished 2nd.

Freshman, Matt Leehan may have been the biggest surprise to some at the tournament. Seeded 4th at 120 lbs. and coming off a modest 5th place finish at Tool City, Leehan received a first round bye and then posted back to back first period pins. In the semi final round, he easily beat Beaver's Brady Earhart, 7-1. In the finals, Matt found himself trailing, 2-0 when he gave up the first takedown to Redbank's Brayden Altobelli. But Leehan clawed his way back into the contest and took an 8-3 lead in the 3rd period. Altobelli scored a couple of late takedowns to close the gap, but Matt held him off to claim the 120 lbs. title.

Jack Kaulis got a first round bye, then flattened Clay Smith of Madison, OH. in the second round. He followed that up with solid wins by decision in his next two mat appearances to secure a spot in the finals. Kaulis faced off against McDowell's Alex Bielak in the title match and took control from the beginning. Jack scored the first takedown and never trailed on his way to a convincing 8-4 victory.

Andrew Brest rolled through his bracket into the finals with relative ease. He posted 2 falls and a technical fall before being tested by state ranked (7th AA), Caiden Eastman of North East. Andrew posted a convincing, 9-6 win in that contest. Brest faced off against another state ranked wrestler, Baylor Shunk of Penns Valley (7th AA@113#) in the finale. Brest had beaten Shunk handily in last year's Fred Bell semi final round (10-2), but he wasn't able to repeat that performance. Shunk shut down Brest's, usually formidable offense, held him to a single escape in the bout and eeked out a 3-1 decision.

No other GM wrestlers placed at the tournament, but Brad Motter and James Laird came close, losing just one bout short of the medal rounds. Motter lost by injury default and Laird dropped a 7-3 decision to Brody Arrundale of Madison, OH. in the consolation quarter finals. Brett Mallory went 3-2 with a pin and a major decision. Seth Yarger went 2-2, but scored some valuable bonus points for the team by posting a pair of falls. Dom Shrader and Cayden Connolly scored one win apiece. Connolly had to bow out due to an injury.

The Lancers will be back in action on Wednesday, January 31st at Cathedral Prep for the District 10 AAA Team Duals. The semi final round will feature #3 seed General McLane vs. #2 Meadville and #4 McDowell vs. #1 Cathedral Prep. The semis are slated for 5 PM and the finals at 7 PM.


Andrew Brest leads the team in wins with 24. Jack Kaulis and Matt Leehan are close behind with 22 and 21 respectively. Leehan leads the team with 13 falls, Brest has 12.

Congratulations to Matt Leehan for not only winning the 120 lbs. title, but for winning the Tom Tomeo - Most Promising Wrestler Award. Leehan, who finished 5th at Tool City, really seemed to crank his game up a notch at Fred Bell this weekend.


2018 Fred Bell Finals
106 Baylor Shunk (Penns Val) wbd Andrew Brest (GM) 3-1
113 Brock McMillan (Glend) wbd Hunter Thompson (Titusv) 7-0
120 Matt Leehan (GM) wbd Brayden Altobelli (Redb) 10-7
126 Jacob Ealy (Hopew) wbmd Tye Varndel (Camb Spgs) 10-2
132 Calden Mooney (NW) wbmd Clayton Royer (Penns Val) 11-3
138 Jeff Boyd (McD) wbtf Doug Bailey (Madison,OH) 19-5
145 Joe Demor (So Side) wbd Leno Ciotti (McD) 5-2
152 Alec English (Kane) wbd Isaac Krause (Glend) 6-3
160 Payton Hearn (Conn) wbmd Aiden Hulings (Kane) 14-6
170 Jacob Kalenborn (Port Al) wbd Christian Clutter (McG) 4-1 (2 OT)
182 Jack Kaulis (GM) wbd Alex Bielak (McD) 8-4
195 Clay Verbanac (Camb Spgs) wbd Tyler VanTassel (Keyst) 7-0
220 Kahlil Messai (Jamest) wbd Tyler Zabrovious (Lakev) 3-2
285 Bishop McCoy (So Side) wbd Steve McClure (Curwensv) 2-1

Team scores: 1. Kane 134, 2. McGuffey 126.5, 3.General McLane 116.5, 4. Union City 109, 5. Cambridge Springs 108.5, 6. Meadville 107.5, 7. Titusville 102, 8. McDowell 100, 9. Penns Valley 96, 10. Mercer 95, 11. Lakeview 93.5 , 12. Port Allegany 92.5, 13. South Side 87.5, 14. Conneaut 87, 15. Sharpsville 84, 16. Madison 82.5, 17. Redbank 80, 18. North East 75, 19. Glendale 74.5, 20. Clarion 73, 21. Warren 69.5, 22. Jamestown 69, 23. Curwensville 64.5, 24. Northwestern 63.5, 25. Franklin 60, 26. Hopewell 54.5, 27. Grove City 48, 28. Byron-Bergen 41, 29. Cochranton 33.5, 30. Keystone 29, 31. Beaver 27.5, 32. Youngsville 25, 33. South Park 23, 34. Cranberry 21, 35. West Middlesex 18, 36. Cardinal Wuerl 17, 37. Wilson 12, 38. Brookfield 10.


Individual GM Wrestlers at the 2018 Fred Bell Tournament

106-Andrew Brest #7 AAA (Seeded 1st)
1st Round: Brest wbf Roger Pieto (Souths) 1:12
2nd Round: Brest wbtf Trenton Rupp (Redbank) 17-2
QF: Brest wbf Brady Gould (Conn) 2:41
SF: Brest wbd #7 AA wbd Caiden Eastman (NE) 9-6
F: #7 AA (@113) Baylor Shunk (Penns V) wbd Brest 3-1

Tourn Record: 4-1 (PLACED 2ND)

113-Beau Caro
1st Round: Matt Vincent (Frnkl) wbf Caro 1:00
Cons: Henry Platt (Conn) wbf Caro 5:37

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)

120-Matt Leehan (Seeded 4th)
1st Round: Bye
2nd Round: Leehan wbf Lucas Keck (Shpsv) 1:06
QF: Leehan wbf Avery Smith (Warren) 1:49
SF: Leehan wbd #11 AA Brady Earhart (Beav) 7-1
F: Leehan wbd Brayden Altobelli (Redb) 10-7

Tourn Record: 4-0 (PLACED 1ST)

126-Clay Kuntz
1st Round: Layne Reeher (Mdv) wbtf Kuntz 15-0
Cons: Drake Shoemaker (Frnkl) wbf Kuntz 3:42

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)

132-Aric Sweet
1st Round: Alec Chess (Merc) wbf Sweet 0:51
Cons: Colton Smith (Camb Spgs) wbf Sweet 2:27

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)

138-Dominic Shrader
1st Round: Austin Chess (Mdv) wbf Shrader 1:32
Cons: Shrader wbf Chris Reeher (So Side) 1:58
Cons: Justin Boozer (Coch) wbf Shrader 2:52

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)

145-Brad Motter
1st Round: Motter wbmd Brent Kuhn (Glend) 11-3
2nd Round: Trent Tidball (Mdv) wbd Motter 7-0
Cons: Motter wbf Joel Finley (Titus) 2:41
Cons: Motter wbd Brenden Laird (Conn) 9-2
Cons: Motter wbd Kalob Brown (Coch) 9-7
Cons QF: Issac Smoker (Port A) wb inj def Motter 4:24

Tourn Record: 4-2 (DNP)

152-Brett Mallory
1st Round: Mallory wbd Jared Fregoe (Byr-Berg) 3-1
2nd Round: Estaban Waldman (UC) wbd Mallory 3-2
Cons: Mallory wbf Tanner Dobbins (Hopew) 1:20
Cons: Mallory wbmd Zach Royer (Penns V) 14-1
Cons: Owen Balas (War) wbf Mallory 4:52

Tourn Record: 3-2 (DNP)

160-James Laird
1st Round: Bye
2nd Round: Marshall VanTassell (UC) wbd Laird 6-1
Cons: Laird wbmd Donovan Edmonds (Keyst) 15-3
Cons: Laird wbd Josh Rees (Port A) 11-6
Cons: Laird wb inj def Cameron Prebble (Shpsv) 2:51
Cons QF: Brody Arrundale (Madison, OH) wbd Laird 7-3

Tourn Record: 3-2 (DNP)

170-Cayden Connolly
1st Round: Connolly wbf Andrew Rice (NW) 1:31
2nd Round: Logan Blough (Madis) wb inj def Connolly 3:18
Cons: Jaden Grubbs (Camb Spgs) wb ff Connolly

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)

182-Jack Kaulis (Seeded 3rd)
1st Round: Bye
2nd Round: Kaulis wbf Clay Smith (Madis) 0:55
QF: Kaulis wbd Holden Cook (Frnkl) 9-6
SF: Kaulis wbd Teddy Race (Kane) 8-3
F: Kaulis wbd Alex Bielak (McD) 8-4

Tourn Record: 4-0 (PLACED 1ST)


220-Seth Yarger
1st Round: Kahlil Messai (Jamest) wbf Yarger 1:08
Cons: Yarger wbf Dom Zirkle (Madis) 2:50
Cons: Yarger wbf Nate Redding (Keyst) 4:20
Cons: TJ Boggs (Mer) wbd Yarger 5-2

Tourn Record: 2-2 (DNP)

285-Enrique Cornejo
1st Round: Jacob Forrest (Hopew) wbf Cornejo 3:55
Cons: Tristan Stoner (Shpsv) wbf Cornejo 1:00

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)



The McLane wrestlers posted their 7th dual meet win of the year on Tuesday with a 49-22, come from behind victory over the Warren Dragons. The match started at 132 lbs. where the Dragons got off to a good start, winning three of the first five weight classes and taking a 16-9 lead. Cayden Connolly, Cody Stempka and Jack Kaulis put the home team back in front with three straight wins at 170, 182 and 195. Warren deadlocked the score at 22 when they picked up a forfeit at 220 lbs., but the Lancers ran the table after that, securing wins in each of the last five weight classes!

There was a bit of irony at work on Tuesday. On a night that was dedicated to honoring the GM senior wrestlers, it was the freshmen who really stepped up and helped get the job done. No less than seven freshman graced the mat in the contest and five of them came away with big wins. Cody Stempka nailed down his first varsity win with an 11-2 major decision at 182 lbs. Dom Shrader (138), Beau Caro (106), Clay Kuntz (120) and Matt Leehan (126), also posted victories for the Lancers. The Lancers picked up 5 pins in the contest, with Brad Motter, Jack Kaulis, Enrique Cornejo, Andrew Brest and Matt Leehan all sticking their opponents.

The McLane wrestlers will be back in action this weekend at the Fred Bell Tournament in Grove City.


Congratulations to Cody Stempka on his first varsity win! Also kudos to Andrew Brest for becoming the first GM wrestler to reach the 20 win mark! Andrew also leads the team in takedowns. He had 52 going into Tuesday's match and scored several more. Matt Leehan leads the team with 11 pins, Andrew Brest, Brett Mallory and Cayden Connolly are close behind with 10 each!

Congratulations and best wishes for the future to our seniors: Brad Motter, Brett Mallory, Cayden Connolly, Jack Kaulis, Dimitri Alberti and Enrique Cornejo.

General McLane 49 Warren 22
132 Donovan Fiscus (W) wbf Aric Sweet 4:42
138 Dominic Shrader (GM) wbd John Frankhouser 5-1
145 Brad Motter (GM) wbf Kyle Swick 5:27
152 Jameson Douvlos (W) wb ff
160 Owen Balas (W) wbmd James Laird 11-2
170 Cayden Connolly (GM) wbd Liam Stevenson 9-5
182 Cody Stempka (GM) wbmd Joey Arnold 11-2
195 Jack Kaulis (GM) wbf Mabrukhe Tagba 3:05
220 Thomas Lucks (W) wb ff
285 Enrique Cornejo (GM) wbf Matt Ristau 3:00
106 Beau Caro (GM) wb ff
113 Andrew Brest (GM) wbf Ryan Madigan 2:30
120 Clay Kuntz (GM) wbd Avery Smith 6-4
126 Matt Leehan (GM) wbf Alex Anderson 2:30



The General McLane wrestling team won 3 and lost 2 at the 2018 Bison Duals on Saturday in Clearfield. The Lancers pulled out a 36-28, come from behind victory over James M Coughlin in their opening dual, after trailing 24-8 after the 145 lbs. bout! Then they lost a 38-33 heart breaker to Saegertown. The Lancers held a 33-24 lead at one point, but that lead evaporated after some tough breaks in two of the last three bouts. They stumbled again against West Branch, dropping a 42-27 decision. But the Lancers finished the day with consecutive wins over Port Allegany (45-12) and Benton Area (40-30).

Two GM wrestlers went unbeaten on the day. Brett Mallory racked up 5 big wins, 3 by fall and 1 major decision. Cayden Connolly went 4-0 with 3 pins! Andrew Brest, Matt Leehan and James Laird all went 4-1. Brest got caught in a freak moved and pinned in his 1 loss, but came back strong, beating three state ranked opponents. Brad Motter, Jack Kaulis and Enrique Cornejo went 3-2 on the day.

The McLane wrestlers will be back in action on Tuesday evening (7 PM) against Warren for Senior Night!

General McLane 36 James M Coughlin 28
106 Andrew Brest (GM) wbtf Nino Cinti 20-5
113 Tino Morrow (JC) wbd Beau Caro 7-5
120 Matt Leehan (GM) wbd Darren Clarke 4-0
126 Patrick Clarke (JC) wbf Clay Kuntz 1:55
132 Jamie Pahler (JC) wbf Aric Sweet 1:23
138 Jake Brown (JC) wbf Dominic Shrader 1:05
145 Josh Brown (JC) wbd Brad Motter 5-4
152 Brett Mallory (GM) wbmd Tashawn Qualls 12-2
160 James Laird (GM) wbd Tanner Smith 11-6
170 Cayden Connolly (GM) wbf Joesph Davis 0:42
182 Jacob Cole (JC) wbmd Dimitri Alberti 17-4
195 Jack Kaulis (GM) wbf Aarron Warnagiris 3:22
220 Seth Yarger (GM) wbf Conner Lee 2:24
285 Enrique Cornejo (GM) wbd Corey Harrison 1-0

Saegertown 38 General McLane 33
113 Alex Kightlinger (S) wbf Andrew Brest 0:29
120 Matt Leehan (GM) wbd Jaden Reagle 8-1
126 Kenneth Kiser (S) wbf Clay Kuntz 1:05
132 Dawson Bartholemew (S) wbf Aric Sweet 3:07
138 Colton Beck (S) wbf Dominic Shrader 1:40
145 Brad Motter (GM) wbf Matt Pasego 2:35
152 Brett Mallory (GM) wbf Max Ravenscroft 4:10
160 James Laird (GM) wbf Taylor Luikart 3:00
170 Cayden Connolly (GM) wbf Masen McClure 1:28
182 Dimitri Alberti (GM) wbf Robert Brown 2:07
195 Cody Mulligan (S) wbtf Jack Kaulis 21-6 5:13
220 Austin Kimmel (S) wb disqual. Seth Yarger 5:35
285 Enrique Cornejo (GM) wbd Drake Hazlet 3-0
106 Brandon Gaus (S) wbd Beau Caro 3-0 URO

West Branch 42 General McLane 27
120 Tyler Denochick (WB) wbd Matt Leehan 5-3
126 Hudson Pase (WB) wbd Clay Kuntz 4-0
132 Hayes Jones (WB) wbf Aric Sweet 1:04
138 William Herring (WB) wbd Dominic Shrader 5-2
145 Brad Motter (GM) wb ff
152 Brett Mallory (GM) wb ff
160 James Laird (GM) wbd Ethan Yinkling 6-2
170 Josh Catolina (WB) wbf Cody Stempka 3:27
182 Derek Yinkling (WB) wbf Dimitri Alberti 1:54
195 Kyle Myers (WB) wbd Jack Kaulis 6-2
220 Nathaniel Thompson (WB) wb ff
285 Jacob Shaw (WB) wbf Enrique Cornejo 7:53
106 Andrew Brest (GM) wbf Nathan Graham 3:43
113 Chris Swoupe (WB) wbf Beau Caro 1:32

General McLane 45 Port Allegany 12
132 Aric Sweet (GM) wbf Montgomery Tanner 1:54
138 Dominic Shrader (GM) wbf Taro Tanaka 2:32
145 Brad Motter (GM) wbd Issac Smoker 14-9
152 Brett Mallory (GM) wbf Derek Kallenborn 0:34
160 James Laird (GM) wbd J Reese 3-2
170 Jacob Kallborn (PA) wbf Dimitri Alberti 0:11
182 Cayden Connolly (GM) wbd Justin Young 10-8
195 Jack Kaulis (GM) wbd Dalton Distrola 7-1
220 Double forfeit
285 Enrique Cornejo (GM) wbf Donald Michelitsch 3:24
106 Isaiah Caden (PA) wbf Beau Caro 3:52
113 Andrew Brest (GM) wbd Reese Vollmer 5-2
120 Clay Kuntz (GM) wbd Scott Fuller 7-2
126 Matt Leehan (GM) wbd E Petruzza 8-2

General McLane 40 Benton 30
126 Lucas Wetliser (B) wbf Clay Kuntz 3:40
132 Aric Sweet (GM) wb ff
138 Cole Rhone (B) wbf Dominic Shrader 1:11
145 Colton Babcock (B) wbf Brad Motter 1:04
152 Brett Mallory (GM) wbf Matt Meikyantz 0:23
160 Mason Wyatt (B) wbf James Laird 1:01
170 Cayden Connolly (GM) wbf Kaleb Michael 2:16
182 Dimitri Alberti (GM) wb ff
195 Jack Kaulis (GM) wb ff
220 Double forfeit
285 Zach Poust (B) wbd Enrique Cornejo 3-1
106 Andrew Brest (GM) wbmd Gable Strickland 10-0
113 Zack Kramer (B) wbd Beau Caro 11-4
120 Matt Leehan (GM) wbf Nico Amonle 1:20


Huskies Roll Past Lancers On TD-CF Night

Led by six state ranked wrestlers, Harborcreek handed General McLane their third straight defeat on Thursday evening, 45-27. There were some bright spots for the Lancers, however. GM found themselves down, 11-0 after the first two bouts. Freshman, James Laird wrestled a tough match, but lost by technical fall to state ranked, JT Bratt at 160 lbs. Another ranked Harborcreek wrestler, Shane Watkins, followed with a pin at 170. At 182 lbs., It looked like the Lancers were going to lose their third straight bout when Dimitri Alberti couldn't get anything going against his opponent in the first period. But Coach Cook sensed an opportunity and made a great call when he put Alberti in the top position to start the second stanza. Dimitri broke his opponent down, promptly locked up a crossface cradle and got the pin just 36 seconds into the period. Jack Kaulis followed by winning a 10-6 decision at 195 lbs. to tighten the team score to 11-9.

After suffering back to back pins at 220 and 285 lbs., Andrew Brest recorded his team leading, 15th win of the year over state ranked Joe Gabler at 106. Brest scored four first period takedowns and then cruised to a 20-4 technical fall. GM lost the next bout, but bounced back with a big, 7-4 win by Matt Leehan at 120 lbs. Leehan got caught in a headlock on a first period takedown attempt, but he used all of his strength to roll through it and come out on top. Matt escaped in the 2nd period and rode out the 3rd period to secure the decision. But the Huskies put the match out of reach by winning the next three bouts, all by fall.

The Lancers picked up wins from Brad Motter and Brett Mallory to finish the dual. Motter took down and planted Adam Parks with a crossface cradle in just 31 seconds. Mallory took a 5-0 first period lead at 152 lbs. and then rolled to a 15-2 major decision over Tyler Charlton.

It was a tough week for the Lancers. They had to face 3rd ranked (AAA) Cathedral Prep on Wednesday and 7th ranked (AA) Harborcreek on Thursday! They will try to get back on track at the Bison Duals in Clearfield on Saturday.

The Lancers may have suffered a loss to Harborcreek on the mat Thursday, but it was a WIN for those fighting with us against Cystic Fibrosis! A big crowd filled the General McLane gym and we got great support from Harbor Creek wrestling once again. A huge thank you to Mark Eisert and Millennium Sound Productions for the great show for our 6th annual Takedown Cystic Fibrosis Match - 43 total takedowns. 18 for General McLane and 25 for Harborcreek! $2,058.00 was raised at the door last night - with more donations still coming in!

You can still donate to Charlee's Angels on the Cystic Fibroisis Foundation web page!

It was great to see so many wrestling alumni coming out to support the program! The past two nights, former McLane wrestlers, Ryan Dunlap, Tim Casey, Paul Hayes, Paul Scharrer, Dennis Skelton, Jake Lenhardt, Riley Vaughn, Dylan Myers, Curt Hendricks and Gerry Goss were all in the crowd. My apologies to anyone I may have missed.

Andrew Brest is looking very tough. The GM 106 pounder is 15-1 on the year with 8 pins, 2 technical falls and a major decision to his credit. He's currently ranked 7th in the state at 106 lbs. by PA Power Wrestling! Andrew's only loss of the year came in the King of the Mountain Tournament finals to the state's 6th ranked, 106 pounder, Kyle Waterman of Council Rock South.

Matt Leehan is showing great promise as a freshman! Matt has posted a 12-4 record and leads the team with 9 pins! Keep those wins and pins coming, Matt!!!

Harborcreek 45 General McLane 27
160 JT Bratt (H) wbtf James Laird 20-5
170 Shane Watkins (H) wbf Cody Stempka 0:29
182 Dimitri Alberti (GM) wbf Nicke Bille 2:36
195 Jack Kaulis (GM) wbd Dom Viscuso 10-6
220 Lucas Folmar (H) wbf Seth Yarger 1:39
285 Collin Askins (H) wbf Enrique Cornejo 3:55
106 Andrew Brest (GM) wbtf Joe Gabler 20-4
113 Joe Capan (H) wbmd Beau Caro 9-0
120 Matt Leehan (GM) wbd Mike Gabler 7-4
126 Nick Osterkamp (H) wbf Clay Kuntz 0:52
132 Matt Stengar (H) wbf Aric Sweet 0:37
138 Sam Sallot (H) wbf Dominic Shrader 1:47
145 Brad Motter (GM) wbf Adam Parks 0:31
152 Brett Mallory (GM) wbmd Tyler Charlton 15-2


GM Drops Second Straight To Ramblers

The GM wrestlers lost their second straight dual meet on Wednesday evening to the Prep Ramblers at General McLane. The match started at 106 lbs. where Beau Caro picked up a win by forfeit. Andrew Brest followed with a pin at 113 lbs. That match was the highlight of the night for the Lancers, with Brest putting on a takedown clinic in the first period and then pinning his opponent in a bar arm - wrist combination, halfway through the second stanza.

The Lancers didn't pick up another win until the 160 lbs. bout and by that point they were down, 29-18. James Laird got McLane's second fall of the evening in 1:45. After that, the Ramblers ran the table, winning the last five bouts. The team was without starters, Matt Leehan, Cayden Connolly and Enrique Cornejo on Wednesday.

The Lancers will try to get back on track Thursday evening at home against Harborcreek. Thursday is Takedown For Cystic Fibrosis Night! Come on out and support a great cause!

Cathedral Prep 55 General McLane 18
106 Beau Caro (GM) wb ff
113 Andrew Brest (GM) wbf Jamale Crockett 3:12
120 Troy Lata (CP) wbf Patrick Angello 1:22
126 Ben Tirpak (CP) wbf Clay Kuntz 4:27
132 John O'Neil (CP) wbf Aric Sweet 2:28
138 Tyler McKinney (CP) wbtf Dominic Shrader 17-2
145 Andrew Stark (CP) wbd Brad Motter 15-8
152 Albert Taylor (CP) wbd Brett Mallory 9-2
160 James Laird (GM) wbf Sam Purchase 1:45
170 Carter Starocci (CP) wbf Cody Stempka 2:46
182 Luigi Yates (CP) wbtf Dimitri Alberti 17-0
195 Dorian Crosby (CP) wbd Jack Kaulis 5-1
220 Kareem Carson (CP) wbf Seth Yarger 1:06
285 Brayden Herbster (CP) wbf Hunter Dickson 1:41


Lancers Drop A 43-28 Decision To Bulldogs

The GM wrestling team lost for the first time in four dual meet outings to Meadville, 43-28 on Thursday. The Lancers managed to post wins in just five of 14 weight classes. Andrew Brest and Matt Leehan both got falls for GM. Brest's pin took just 24 seconds. James Laird racked up a dominating, 10-1 major decision. The Lancers' other two wins came by way of forfeit. Meadville had no entry at 120 lbs. where Clay Kuntz picked up a win and the Bulldogs opted not to send out a wrestler at 195, against Jack Kaulis, after clinching the team win.

The toughest part of General McLane's schedule is coming up next week when the Lancers face off against Cathedral Prep on Wednesday and Harborcreek on Thursday. Both matches will be at home.

Meadville 43 General McLane 28
220 Brennan Tracy (M) wbf Seth Yarger 1:34
285 Nick Morelli (M) wbf Enrique Cornejo 1:04
106 Vincent Rinella (M) wbmd Beau Caro 11-0
113 Andrew Brest (GM) wbf Joe Chapman 0:24
120 Clay Kuntz (GM) wb ff
126 Matt Leehan (GM) wbf Layne Reeher 2:38
132 Isaac Chatman (M) wbf Aric Sweet 1:11
138 Austin Chess (M) wbf Dominic Shrader 4:58
145 Trent Tidball (M) wbd Brad Motter 4-3
152 Nick Rinella (M) wbd Brett Mallory 2-1
160 Maxwell Brown (M) wbf Cody Stempka 4:25
170 James Laird (GM) wbmd Elijah Stephens 10-1
182 Ian Burns (M) wbd Dimitri Alberti 8-6
195 Jack Kaulis (GM) wb ff


Notes, Observations and Opinion:
Not to take anything away from Meadville, which has a very solid wrestling team - but the loss wasn't quite as bad as the team score might indicate. Three of those nine losses were by 2 points or less (Motter 4-3, Mallory 2-1, Alberti 8-6). Alberti nearly pinned his Meadville opponent in a cradle before giving up the last 6 points, and Brett Mallory wasn't at 100%. Also, a cold or flu bug hit some of the other GM wrestlers earlier in the week and it definitely affected their stamina. I noticed no less than three GM wrestlers who seemed to "run out of gas" toward the end of their bouts. Cayden Connolly was also out of the lineup due to injury.

With six freshman starters, this is a very young McLane wrestling team. But they are very talented freshman and I have no doubt they will continue to learn and improve weekly. Keep working hard guys and great things will happen eventually!


McLane Wrestlers Notch 3rd Straight Win Over Trojans

The General McLane wrestlers racked up their 3rd straight region win on Tuesday night at McDowell. The match started at 145 lbs. where McDowell's Leno Ciotti accepted a forfeit. That put the Lancers in a 6-0 hole, but Brad Motter, who bumped up a weight, pinned Jacob Onarato at 152 lbs. and knotted the team score at 6. Brett Mallory also moved up a weight class. He took his opponent right to the mat, locked up a bone crushing cradle and ended it in just 59 seconds. The Lancers went ahead, 12-6 and wouldn't relinquish the lead after that. Dimitri Alberti posted GM's third consecutive pin at 170 lbs. in just 1:24.

McDowell's Alex Bielak won a hard fought, 9-4 decision over Cayden Connolly at 182, making the team score, GM-18 McDowell-9. Jack Kaulis bumped up to 195 lbs. and scored the Lancer's quickest pin of the evening, when he decked Zack Edminston in just 41 seconds. The Trojans narrowed the team score to 24-21 with pins at 220 and 285, but that's as close as they would get. GM posted wins in the next four weight classes. Beau Caro won by forfeit at 106 lbs. and state ranked (6th), Andrew Brest followed with a dominating, 13-4 major decision at 113.

Clay Kuntz accepted a forfeit at 120 lbs. Then freshman, Matt Leehan bumped up to 126 and may have wrestled the most inspiring match of the night. Leehan scored an early takedown and kept the pressure on his stubborn opponent throughout the bout, nearly scoring back points a number of times. Late in the 3rd period, Matt was clinging to a tentative, 4-2 lead when he finally exposed his opponent's back to secure a 6-2 decision. Aric Sweet got the Lancers' final win of the night with a first period pin at 132 lbs. The Trojans won the last bout, but it was too little - too late. Final score, GM-49 McDowell-27!

The toughest part of the McLane wrestling schedule is coming up. They will face a tough Meadville squad on Thursday at home. Next week they will take on powerhouse Cathedral Prep on Wednesday the 17th and then a very solid Harborcreek team the following evening. Both of those dual meets will be at General McLane.

News and Notes:

The victory over McDowell last night was Ryan Cook's 175th head coaching win. He has racked up more wins than any other coach in McLane Wrestling history. Cook also has the highest winning percentage of any head coach (better than 75%) - and his teams have ended the season with winning records every single one of his 13+ years as head coach! I expect to see Coach Cook crack the 200 win mark sometime in the next two years! It's been a pleasure to have witnessed all 175 of those wins! Congratulations Coach Cook!

Here are the top four GM head coaches of all time: Ryan Cook - 175 (2004-to present), Tim Mulholland -137 (1986-88 & 1994-2004), Steve Samol - 100 (1965-1975), Gil Troutman - 80 (1979-1985).

145 Leno Ciotti (M) wb ff
152 Brad Motter (GM) wbf Jacob Onarato 1:11
160 Brett Mallory (GM) wbf Zach Corp 0:59
170 Dimitri Alberti (GM) wbf Noah Bielak 1:24
182 Alex Bielak (McD) wbd Cayden Connolly 9-4
195 Jack Kaulis (GM) wbf Zack Edminston 0:41
220 Matt Kurelowech (McD) wbf Seth Yarger 3:35
285 Mark Chambers (McD) wbf Enrique Cornejo 1:02
106 Beau Caro (GM) wb ff
113 Andrew Brest (GM) wbd Nathan Digello 13-4
120 Clay Kuntz (GM) wb ff
126 Matt Leehan (GM) wbd Hayden Butterfield 6-2
132 Aric Sweet (GM) wbf Kieler 1:06
138 Jeff Boyd (M) wbf Dom Shrader 1:42


Brest Wins Tool City Title - Three Others Place

Last year, Andrew Brest was upset in the Tool City finals by #6 seed, Trent Donahue of DuBois. This year, he made sure it didn't happen again. Brest racked up three first period pins to cruise into the finals and then handily defeated state ranked, Alejandro Herrera-Rondon of Seneca Valley, 6-2. Andrew ran his season record to 11-1 with 6 pins. His only defeat this year was in the King of the Mountain finals in December.

Matt Leehan, Brett Mallory and Jack Kaulis also placed in the top six at Tool City. Mallory (seeded 5th at 152) won his first bout by fall, before losing to eventual champ, Luciano DeRose of Titusville. Brett then won three straight to make consolation finals. Mallory lost a 2-1 heart breaker in the consi finals to #7, Trenton Pace. Brett was clinging to a 1-0 lead when he gave up a takedown in the final seconds of the match.

Matt Leehan (seeded 8th at 120 lbs), wrestled very well in the tournament. He won his opening round bout with a 48 second fall, before losing, 8-3 to 3 time AAA state qualifier and 2 time state finalist, Louis Newell of Seneca Valley. Leehan kept it close right up until the end, when he gave up the winning takedown on a desperation move. Matt won his next two, first by fall and the second, a 7-0 shutout. In the consolation semifinals, Leehan ran into #3 seed, Anthony Glasl of Brockway and dropped a 13-2 major decision. He finished the tournament with a pin of #6, Andy Dalton of Harborcreek, to grab 5th place.

Jack Kaulis (seeded 3rd at 182) went 3-2, making the semifinal round before dropping a 7-1 decision to eventual runnerup and last year's AA state place winner, Julian Gorring of Fort LeBoeuf. He lost his second straight match, a 2-1 nail biter to #5 Patrick Johnson of Seneca Valley in the consi semi round. Jack bounced back with a dominating, 9-0 major decision over Colby Tennyson of Boiling Springs in the 5th place match.

Brad Motter and Enrique Cornejo both went 2-2 before bowing out. Motter just missed the medal rounds when he dropped a heart breaking 3-1 decision in the consolation quarterfinal round. Cayden Connolly, Dimitri Alberti and Seth Yarger all went 1-2.

The McLane wrestling team managed to crack the top 10, finishing 9th, despite having six freshman on the squad!

The McLane wrestlers will be back in dual meet action on Tuesday, January 9th, at McDowell.



Individual GM Wrestlers at the 2017-2018 (39th Annual) Tool City Tournament

106-Andrew Brest #1
Pre: Brest wbf Cole Kushik (Shal) 1:18
QF: Brest wbf #8 Austin Mahoney (BS) 0:54
SF: Brest wbf #5 Joe Gabler (HC) 1:57
F: Brest wbd #3 Alejandro Herrera-Rondon (SV) 6-2

Tourn Record: 4-0 (PLACED 1ST)

113-Beau Caro
Pre: #8 Martin Bryant (Wmspt) wbd Caro 13-10
Cons: Andrew Stafford (BS) wbf Caro 0:23

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)

120-Matt Leehan #8
Pre: Leehan wbf Jared Jones (CS) 0:48
QF: #1 Louis Newell (SV) wbd Leehan 8-3
Cons: Leehan wbf Hunter Petchar (Shal) 1:52
Cons QF: Leehan wbd Alex Kightlinger (Saeg) 7-0
Cons SF: #3 Anthony Glasl (Brkwy) wbmd Leehan 13-2
5th/6th: Leehan wbf #6 Andy Dalton (HC) 4:13

Tourn Record: 4-2 (PLACED 5TH)

126-Clay Kuntz
Pigt: Lane Reeher (Mdv) wbf Kuntz 4:55
Cons: George Dawson (Coch) wbf Kuntz 2:04

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)

132-Aric Sweet
Pigt: Mitchell Marfinetz (Gir) wbf Sweet 2:46
Cons: Dawson Bartholemew (Saug) wbf Sweet 2:10

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)

138-Dominic Shrader
#4 Cam Dickey (Wmspt) wbtf Shrader ???
Cons: Quentin Edwards (Clf) wbd Shrader 4-3

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)

145-Brad Motter #5
Pre: Motter wbf Lucas Shoop (BS) 2:28
QF: #4 Ryan Whalen (Shpsv) wbd Motter 5-0
Cons: Motter wbd #7 Josh McCall (FLB) 5-3
Cons QF: Nick Marcenella (NA) wbd Motter 3-1

Tourn Record: 2-2 (DNP)

152-Brett Mallory #5
Pre: Mallory wbf Tyler Charlton (HC) 1:14
QF: #4 Luciano DeRose (Titus) wbd Mallory 4-1
Cons: Mallory wbf Michael Adamson (SV) 2:25
Cons QF: Mallory wbf Darian Pedrotty (Shal) 4:24
Cons SF: Mallory wbd Nick Rinella (Mdv) 7-5 2OT
Cons F: #7 Trenton Pace (FLB) wbd Mallory 2-1

Tourn Record: 4-2 (PLACED 4TH)

160-James Laird
Pre: #5 Hunter Wright (Clf) wbf Laird 1:47
Cons: Jacob Lloyd (FLB) wbf Laird 2:50

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)

170-Cayden Connolly #7
Pre: Connolly wbf Joel Friend (Gir) 5:20
QF: #2 Parker Harvey (Titus) wbd Connolly 7-3
Cons: Doug Lumley (Lkv) wb ff Connolly

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)

182-Jack Kaulis #3
Pre: Kaulis wbf Ian Heitman (Gir) 1:11
QF: Kaulis wbmd Jimmie Turici (NA) 10-2
SF: #2 Julian Gorring (FLB) wbd Kaulis 7-1
Cons SF: #5 Patrick Johnson (SV) wbd Kaulis 2-1
5th/6th: Kaulis wbmd Colby Tennyson (BS) 9-0

Tourn Record: 3-2 (PLACED 5TH)

195-Dimitri Alberti
Pre: #4 JM Siwiak (SV) wbf Alberti 3:22
Cons: Alberti wbd Chris Kowach (Howl) 12-8
Cons:Sebastian Titus (Titus) wbd Alberti 5-0

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)

220-Seth Yarger
Pigt: Yarger wbd Jamie Clevenger (Mdv) 1:04
Pre: #2 Brandon Matlock (Howl) wbf Yarger 0:34
Cons: Austin Kimmel (Saeg) wbd Yarger 12-5

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)

285-Enrique Cornjeo
Pigt: Cornejo wbf Steven Heme (Mplw) 1:20
Pre: #1 Chris Julian (Howl) wbf Cornejo 1:19
Cons: Cornejo wbd Kaleb Dunlap (Titus) 7-2
Cons: #6 Ethan Williamson (Wmspt) wbf Cornejo 0:27

Tourn Record: 2-2 (DNP)

2018 Tool City Brackets








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