News from February...2007

McLane Wrestlers Snag Their Second
Consecutive District 10 AAA Title!

After a season of just shorts and almosts, Coach Cook finally got his Big Red Machine tuned up and running on all 14 cylinders. The Lancers put a tournament high, six wrestlers into the finals and won their second consecutive District 10 AAA title by 30 points over runnerup, Meadville.

Senior, Keith Scharrer and junior, Cyrus Parlin won their first District 10 crowns and neither was seriously challanged. Scharrer pinned Prep's John Agnello in the semis, then shutout Meadville's Shelton Mack, 9-0 in the finals. Parlin scored a pair of falls over Franklin's Travis Adams and Warren's Paul Slagle in the semis, then followed with a 9-0 major decision over Strong Vincent's Mike Krysiak in the finals. Eric Zelina, Lou Decker, Clay Steadman and Shawn McFadden were GM's other finalists.

Eric Zelina was leading Warren's Dan Pascuzzi, 3-2 with seconds remaining in their finals bout. Eric appeared to be on his way to a second District 10 title when Pascuzzi scored a takedown at the edge of the mat just before time expired. Lou Decker, a first time District 10 finalist, scored the first takedown against Meadville's Bryan Towers, but couldn't mount an offense after that. Towers went on to post a 10-3 decision.

Clay Steadman was also denied a second crown when he dropped a heart breaking, 2-0 decision to Alex Hamilton, one of the District's toughest wrestlers. Clay constantly pressed the action and nearly took the Bulldog down several times. But neither wrestler was able to score until the final 17 seconds when Hamilton was awarded a controversial reversal.

Shawn McFadden had the toughest road to the finals. McFadden was trailing Strong Vincent's Antre Lindsey in the third, when he hit a perfect hip roll, took Lindsey to his back and pinned him with 1:44 left in the match. Shawn then pulled off a 5-3 triple overtime win over Conneaut Lake's top-seeded Kris Tursky in the semis. In the finals, McFadden lost to Titusville's Travis Chappel, 3-2 in double overtime.

McLane had two other placewinners. Joe Zimmerman and Jake Carter both finished 4th, one win short of a regional berth. Zimmerman went 3-2, suffering a pair of tough losses to McDowell's Matt McCullough. Jake went 2-2, losing to eventual champion, DeAndre Bell and 3rd placer, Dom Knapp. Dan McConnell, Tyler Bowers and Glen Sult won't be moving on, but they were major contributors to the team's cause. The three wrestlers posted 2 falls each for important bonus points.

Scharrer, Parlin, Zelina, Decker, Steadman and McFadden will all advance to next weekend's NW Regional Tournament in Altoona.


Notes from the District 10 AAA Tournament:

This was General McLane's second consecutive District 10 Title. GM never won a District title until the 2002-2003 season. Since then the Lancers have claimed 3 of the last 5 and finished 2nd the other two years.

Cyrus Parlin became the second GM wrestler to reach the 30 win mark for the season when he beat Mike Krysiak in the finals. He also added two falls to bring his season total to 15. Cyrus also moved up to claim the number 5 spot on the "single season 3 point near falls" list with 27.

Eric Zelina leads the team in wins this season with 32. He secured his 109th career win in the semifinals and needs just one more to tie Hudson Harrison for the number 7 spot.

Lou Decker posted his 20th and 21st wins of the season. His win in the semifinal round was the 93rd of his career. Lou also scored a couple of reversals to tie Brandon Stearns for the most "career reversals" (78).

Dale Sanders, Ethan Polaski and Glen Sult wrestled their final matches for GM this weekend.
Dale Sanders was one of the hardest workers in the practice room and always gave his team 100%. He put in many hours of wrestling during the off-season in an effort to improve his skills. Glen Sult was a team player and always willing to wrestle where he was needed. He came on strong during the second half of this season and broke the 20 win mark, finishing with 21. Sult also posted the fastest pin at the District 10 tournament (9 seconds). Ethan Polaski got a late start this season because he was helping the GM football team win a state football title. But Polaski contributed 11 wins, 5 pins and had a key win in the final dual meet of the year, against Saegertown. Congratulations to all three of them.


Team Scores: 1. General McLane 166.5 , 2. Meadville 136.5, 3. Cathederal Prep 134.0,
4. Conneaut Lake 118.0, 5. McDowell 114.5 , 6. Titusville 108.0, 7. Warren 101.5,
8. Corry 95.5, 9. Strong Vincent 60.5, 10. Franklin 57.5, 11. Central 3.0

2007 District 10 AAA Finals
103-Keith Scharrer (GM) maj dec Shelton Mack (Meadville) 9-0.
112-Steve Mancuso (McDowell) dec Rocco Welleck (Cathedral Prep) 6-3.
119-Cyrus Parlin (GM) maj dec Mike Krysiak (Strong Vincent) 9-0.
125-Matt Laird (Conneaut Lake) maj dec Rusty Woodrow (Meadville) 12-2.
130-Anthony Blaszczyk (Cathedral Prep) dec Josh Keach (Meadville) 6-1.
135-Dan Pascuzzi (Warren) dec Eric Zelina (GM) 4-3.
140-Jamal Lyons (Cathedral Prep) dec Brian Greenlee (Franklin) 3-1.
145-Nick Perrine (Franklin) dec David Tudor (Warren) 6-2.
152-Cash Horne (Conneaut Lake) dec Brandon Eck (Corry) 3-2 (3 OT).
160-Bryan Towers (Meadville) dec Lou Decker (GM) 10-3.
171-Alex Hamilton (Meadville) dec Clay Steadman (GM) 2-0.
189-DeAndre Bell (Strong Vincent) dec Edwin Taylor (McDowell) 2-1.
215-John Mangol (Corry) pinned Tommy Fredericks (Warren) 1:46.
285-Travis Chappel (Titusville) dec Shawn McFadden (GM) 3-2 (2 OT).

Consolation Finals
103-Shawn Stancliff (McDowell) dec John Agnello (Cathedral Prep) 4-0.
112-Brandon Fronk (Corry) pinned Cody Bump (Franklin) :31
119-Chris Squeglia (Cathedral Prep) dec Alex Flick (Meadville) 3-2.
125-Mike Gustafson (Warren) dec Keith Burns (Titusville) 6-0.
130-Matt McCullough (McDowell) dec Joe Zimmerman (GM) 5-0.
135-Nick Endres (Titusville) dec Jake Kondrlick (Corry) 6-4.
140-Clint Copeland (Conneaut Lake) pinned Dylan Huffman (Titusville) 1:35.
145-Jordan Easter (Cathedral Prep) dec Zach Hamilton (Titusville) 7-3.
152-Nick Milano (Cathedral Prep) dec Ben Anderson (Titusville) 3-1.
160-Joe Anderson (Titusville) dec Jermaine Easter (Cathedral Prep) 3-2.
171-Matt Morian (Conneaut Lake) dec Ryan Smith (Corry) 4-2.
189-Dom Knapp (Meadville) pinned Jake Carter (GM) 3:06.
215-Eric Fenton (McDowell) dec Kurt Ledebur (Titusville) 3-1.
285-Charles Wilson (McDowell) dec Kris Tursky (Conneaut Lake) 1-0.



Individual GM Wrestlers at the 2007 District 10 AAA Tournament

103-Keith Scharrer
QF: bye
SF: Scharrer pinned John Agnello (Prep) 1:39
F: Scharrer maj dec Shelton Mack (Mead) 9-0

Tourn Record: 2-0 (PLACED 1ST)
Qualified for Regionals

112-Tyler Bowers
Prelim: Bowers pinned Jason Parrett (Centr) 1:16
QF: Rocco Welleck (Prep) pinned Bowers 1:116
Cons: Bowers pinned Allen Schley (Titus) 2:46
Cons QF: Brandon Fronk (Cor) maj dec Bowers 12-2

Tourn Record: 2-2 (DNP)


119-Cyrus Parlin
Prelim: Bye
QF: Parlin pinned Travis Adams (Frank) 3:05
SF: Parlin pinned Paul Slagle (War) 4:42
F: Parlin maj dec Mike Krysiak (Str Vinc) 9-0

Tourn Record: 3-0 (PLACED 1ST)
Qualified for Regionals


125-Glen Sult
Prelim: Sult pinned Nick Wadding (McD) 1:16
QF: Keith Burns (Titus) dec Sult 9-4
Cons QF: Sult pinned Trey Thayer (Prep) :09
Cons SF: Mike Gustafson (War) dec Sult 13-6

Tourn Record: 2-2 (DNP)

130-Joe Zimmerman
Prelim: Zimmerman pinned John Nicklin (Frank) 1:07
QF: Matt McCullough (McD) dec Zimmerman 6-4
Cons QF: Zimmerman dec Jesse Preisler (Cor) 7-1
Cons SF: Zimmerman dec Jake Rendulic (CL) 5-3
Cons F: Matt McCullough (McD) dec Zimmerman 5-0

Tourn Record: 3-2 (PLACED 4TH)


135-Eric Zelina
Prelim: Bye
QF: Zelina pinned Andy Blakeslee (Meadv) 1:48
SF: Zelina maj dec Nick Endres (Titus) 8-0
F: Dan Pascuzzi (War) dec Zelina 4-3

Tourn Record: 2-1 (PLACED 2ND)
Qualified for Regionals

140-Dan McConnell
Prelim: McConnell pinned Stefan Galovic (McD) 1:43
QF: Clint Copeland (CL) pinned McConnell 2:34
Cons: McConnell pinned DeAngelo Ramos (Cent) :22
Cons QF: Beau Norton (Cor) pinned McConnell 1:44

Tourn Record: 2-2 (DNP)


145-Dale Sanders
Prelim: Sanders dec Andy Borst (McD) 8-2
QF: Nick Perrine (Frank) pinned Sanders 1:25
Cons QF: Michael Pollard (Cor) pinned Sanders 1:43

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)

152-Seth Stonis
Prelim: Andy Travis (War) dec Stonis 8-3
Cons: Brent Williamson (Str Vinc) dec Stonis 4-3

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)


160-Lou Decker
Prelim: Bye
QF: Decker tech fall Nick Gardner (McD) 19-2
SF: Decker dec Joe Anderson (Titus) 4-3
F: Bryan Towers (Mead) dec Decker 10-3

Tourn Record: 2-1 (PLACED 2ND)
Qualified for Regionals


171-Clay Steadman
Prelim: Bye
QF: Steadman pinned Sean Cogswell (Frank) 3:05
SF: Steadman pinned Ryan Smith (Cor) 3:37
F: Alex Hamilton (Mead) dec Steadman 2-0

Tourn Record: 2-1 (PLACED 2ND)
Qualified for Regionals


189-Jake Carter
QF: Carter dec Eric Bimber (Titus) 2-0
SF: DeAndre Bell (Str Vinc) dec Carter 6-2
Cons SF: Carter wb inj def Ross Rundstedler (Prep)
Cons F: Dom Knapp (Mead) pinned Carter 3:06

Tourn Record: 2-2 (PLACED 4TH)

215-Ethan Polaski
Prelim: Bye
QF: Kurt Ledebur (Titus) pinned Polaski 2:33
Cons QF: Polaski dec Caleb Wesman (Prep) 9-2
Cons SF: Eric Fenton (McD) pinned Polaski 3:14

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP


285-Shawn McFadden
QF: McFadden pinned Antre Lindsey (Str Vinc) 4:16
SF: McFadden dec Kris Tursky (CL) 5-3 (3 OT)
F: Travis Chappel (Titus) dec Shawn McFadden 3-2 (2 OT)

Tourn Record: 2-1 (PLACED 2ND)
Qualified for Regionals



Lancers Rack up Win Number 13 Over
Saegertown at McComb Fieldhouse

Two years ago, then sophomore, Glen Sult was decked by Scott Baron at McComb Fieldhouse. The Lancers ended up losing to Saegertown by a point (35-34). Friday night at McComb, Glen had his revenge against the Panthers. With GM precariously clinging to a nine point lead with two bouts to go, Sult waded into Pat Byham, took the Panther to his back and pinned him. That clinched a General McLane victory.

Eric Zelina opened the match with a solid win over Joe Duda at 135. Eric took Duda down quickly and spent most of the first four minutes trying turn him. Zelina was only leading, 4-0 at the start of the 3rd, but changed his tactics and turned into a takedown machine. He took Duda to the mat three times and ended up winning a 10-2 major decision.

Saegertown won the next three bouts, all worth bonus points to take a 14-4 lead. But Seth Stonis would win what would turn out to be a key swing bout at 160 lbs. Stonis, trailling Matt Bras, 1-0 with just seconds to go, lowered his level, sprung in on a single leg and scrambled to take the Panther to his back for a 4-1 win.

Clay Steadman unexpectedly suffered his first loss of the season to 18th ranked, Scott Stearns at 171 lbs. Clay took Stearns down and scored back points to take a 4-0 lead into the second period. He appeared to be on his way to another big win. But Stearns, who's known for his ability to dominate opponents on the mat, stepped over Steadman and took him to his back to grab a 5-4 lead. Stearns used a tenacious leg ride and what can only be described as a semi-choke hold, for the entire final period to hang on for the win. Saegertown added another six team points at 189 and held a comfortable 23-7 lead at that point. But the Lancers weren't done yet.

Ethan Polaski started a McLane rally when he pinned Kyle Hudson at 215. Saegertown forfeited the next two weight classes to put McLane back on top, 25-23. Keith Scharrer used two takedowns, an escape and a third period reversal to post a convincing, 7-1 win over Sam Higby at 112. At 119 lbs., Cyrus Parlin was nearly taken to his back with chancellor by Tim Clark in the first period of their bout. But Buzzsaw Cyrus powered out of it and ended up with the takedown. He used a series of bar arm combos to run up a workmanlike, 8-0 major decision. That win gave the Lancers a 32-23 lead with two bouts to go and set the stage for Glen Sult's match clinching pin.

The dual between General McLane and Saegertown was a prelude to the evening's main event. The sixth ranked, Division I Edinboro Fighting Scots ran their season record to 15-1 with a 33-6 win over Cleveland State. Matt Hill scored his 100th career win with a 14-7 decision over Victer Crenshaw and Deonte Penn posted his record 48th career fall, a 22 second job over Shaun Mitchell.


Notes from the GM-Saegertown Dual:

Eric Zelina became the first GM wrestler to reach the 30 win plateau this season with his major decision over Joe Duda. That win was the 107th of his career. Eric needs 3 more wins to tie Hudson Harrison for the number 7 spot on the all-time wins list. Zelina has also posted 18 consecutive wins. His last loss was in the Tool City Tournament to Reynolds' Corey Brown.

Glen Sult needs one more win to go over the 20 win mark for the season. Sult has come on strong during the second half of the season. Glen's posted a 12-3 record in his last 15 bouts after starting the season at 7-7.

Keith Scharrer scored his second straight major decision Friday night and has won 15 of his last 16 bouts.


General McLane 38 Saegertown 29
135 Eric Zelina (GM) maj dec Joe Duda 10-2
140 Sean Lyons (S) tech fall Dan McConnell 17-2
145 Chad Hunter (S) maj dec Dale Sanders 10-2
152 Mike Sloat (S) tech fall LeRoy Jenkins 15-0
160 Seth Stonis (GM) dec Matt Bras 4-1
171 Scott Stearns (S) dec Clay Steadman 5-4
189 Caleb Jones (S) pinned Jake Carter 1:23
215 Ethan Polaski (GM) pinned Kyle Hudson 2:19
285 Shawn McFadden (GM) won by forfeit
103 Tyler Bowers (GM) won by forfeit
112 Keith Scharrer (GM) dec Sam Higby 7-1
119 Cyrus Parlin (GM) maj dec Tim Clark 8-0
125 Glen Sult (GM) pinned Pat Byham 1:08
130 Mike Mitchell (S) pinned Joe Zimmerman 1:21



GM Clobbers Grapepickers

The McLane wrestlers nailed down their 12th win of the season, 49-21 over host North East. Dan McConnell pinned Bobby Lewis at 140 lbs. to give the Lancers a 6-0 lead. After the Lancers forfeited at 145 lbs. Dale Sanders won a big 5-0 decision over Jordan Elchinski at 152 to put GM up 9-6. Clay Steadman had his hands full with a very game Frank Vicary, but still managed to pin the grapepicker at the 4:50 mark. North East gave up three straight forfeits at 189, 215 and 285 to give the Lancers a commanding, 33-9 lead.

At 103, Keith Scharrer gave up the first takedown, but came storming back to win a 14-3 major decision over Tony Langdon. Cyrus Parlin dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker to 21st ranked Matt Gregory at 119 and Joe Zimmerman lost a 10-8 squeaker to Cody Warr at 130 lbs. Zimmerman nearly had Warr pinned in a headlock when the final buzzer sounded.

Eric Zelina racked up his 16th pin of the season with a 1:40 stretch job over Zach Duda in the final bout of the night. The Lancer wrestlers will be back in action next Friday in a dual meet against Saegertown at McComb Fieldhouse.


General McLane 49 North East 21
140 Dan McConnell (GM) pinned Bobby Lewis 2:49
145 Brett Blue (NE) won by forfeit
152 Dale Sanders (GM) dec. Jordan Elchinski 5-0
160 Brian Elchinski (NE) dec. Seth Stonis 4-3
171 Clay Steadman (GM) pinned Frank Vicary 4:50
189 Jake Carter (GM) won by forfeit
215 Ethan Polaski (GM) won by forfeit
285 Shawn McFadden (GM) won by forfeit
103 Keith Scharrer (GM) maj. dec. Tony Langdon 14-3
112 Levi Morton (NE) pinned Tyler Bowers 5:43
119 Matt Gregory (NE) dec. Cyrus Parlin 3-2
125 Glen Sult (GM) won by forfeit
130 Cody Warr (NE) dec Joe Zimmerman 10-8
135 Eric Zelina (GM) pinned Zach Duda 1:40


Notes From North East:

Clay Steadman remained unbeaten and ran his season record to a stellar, 17-0 with 10 falls.

Eric Zelina won his 29th match of the season and the 106th of his career tonight. Zelina's pin tied him with Keith Scharrer for the team lead with 16.

Keith Scharrer looks like he's on a roll. He gave up the first takedown to Tony Langdon (ranked 4th in AA NW Region), but after that, it was all Scharrer. Keith has won 14 of his last 15 bouts, 11 by fall.

The Edinboro Youth Wrestling Club wrestled a preliminary dual against the North East club. It was a very exciting match and came down to the last bout. The little Lancers won it by a score of 26-25. Great job guys!!!






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