News from February...2011

Eight GM Wrestlers Advance to Regionals

For the first time since 1996-97, the McLane wrestling team failed to crown a District 10 champ. But eight McLane wrestlers will advance to the NW Regional AAA Tournament in Altoona, which will be held on March 3rd and 4th.

Joe Wheeling, Zac Baumgartner, DJ Myers and Caleb Baker all made the finals, but came up one win short. Joe Wheeling pinned Warren's Nate Park in the opening round and then decisioned McDowell's Coleman Cousins to advance to the finals. That was a big win for Wheeling. Cousins had beaten him, 8-3 in the finals of the Fred Bell Tournament just last month. Wheeling lost to Prep's Jake Gromacki in the finals.

Zac Baumgartner posted a fall over Central Tech's Tony Mollinarro and a 12-2 major over Prep's Justin Wasmund before falling to McDowell's Cody Nolan. DJ Myers pinned Strong Vincent's Jeremy Perry in the quarterfinals and then ground out a 6-4 decision over McDowell's Ryan Kenski in the semis. Myers lost in the finals to Prep's state ranked (9th), Tyler Parsons.

Caleb Baker pinned Titusville's Van Stefaniszyn in the quarters and decisioned Prep's Logan Thompson in the semifinals. Caleb lost a heart breaking, 3-1 overtime decision to Corry's Alec Gluvna in the finals.

The disappointing showing in the finals was offset somewhat by a great showing in the consolation finals where McLane wrestlers won 4 out of 5. Deane Twitchell, Tim Wheeling, Bryan Campbell and Travis Bryant all wrestled back to claim 3rd's and advance to Regionals. Nate Ferrick claimed 4th place.

Notes from the D10 AAA Tournament:

Deane Twitchell wrestled very well this weekend, winning 3 of 4 bouts and placing 3rd. Deane's only loss was to eventual champion, Paul Deitz of McDowell in the semis.

Bryan Campbell lost his first round match to Central Tech's Santos Guerra, but then proceeded to pin his next three opponents and take home the bronze. Nice job Bryan!

Tim Wheeling was, without a doubt in the tournament's toughest weight class and still managed to place 3rd. After dropping a 1 point decision to McDowell's Shawn Spearman in the semifinal round, Tim bounced back with a tech fall and a 5-2 decision in the consy finals over Warren's state ranked (12th), Amani Bosko. This will be Wheeling's 3rd consecutive trip to Altoona.

Travis Bryant lost to McDowell's Mike Weissinger in the semis but bounced back with a pair of pins to take 3rd. Bryant now has 62 career pins (4th best all-time). He also has 24 pins on the season (6th best).

Caleb Baker lost a heart breaker in the finals to state ranked Alec Gluvna of Corry in the finals. But Caleb will move on to regionals and may get another shot at the Corry big man. Baker now has 115 career wins and needs just one more to tie Tommy Kirdahy for the number 4 spot. He also added a pin to his career falls record and now has 69.

Best of luck to our senior wrestlers who have wrestled their last matches as Lancers,
Kyle Kuntz, Paul Scharrer, Jared Hurta, Andy Stafford and Kenny Mayhue!


Final team standings: 1. Cathedral Prep (CP) 182 1/2, 2. McDowell (Mc) 169 1/2, 3. General McLane (GM) 153, 4. Corry (Cy) 146, 5. Central Tech (CT) 86 1/2, 6. Meadville (Mv) 79 1/2, 7. Franklin (F) 55 1/2, 8. Titusville (T) 46 1/2, 9. Warren (W) 44, 10. Strong Vincent (SV) 31.

2011 District 10 AAA Finals
103: Jake Gromacki (CP) p Joe Wheeling (GM) :36.
112: Paul Deitz (Mc) p George Burrows (Mv) 1:05.
119: Austin Gillihan (Cy) md Nick Gibson (Mc) 13-3.
125: Shawn Spearman (Mc) d Trevor Graham (F) 11-4.
130: Levi Catalfu (Cy) d Chris Capotis (CP) 2-0 OT.
135: Mike McBryde (CP) d Dylan Matz (Mc) 7-2 OT.
140: Cody Nolan (Mc) d Zac Baumgartner (GM) 7-2.
145: Tyler Parsons (CP) tf DJ Myers (GM) 15-0 3:30.
152: Khlique Harris (CT) d Mike Vollant (Mc) 5-3 OT.
160: Zach Towers (Mv) d Dave Heynoski (CP) 9-5.
171: Dustin Taubert (Cy) d Grant Chase (CP) 7-5.
189: Nash Walters (Cy) p Markel Keys (CP) 1:29.
215: Aaron Bell (SV) d Mike Weissinger (Mc) 3-1.
285: Alec Gluvna (Cy) d Caleb Baker 3-1 OT.

Consolation Finals
103: Kyle Luben (Mv) d Coleman Cousins (Mc) 2-0 OT.
112: Deane Twitchell (GM) d Ryan Ward (T) 5-2.
119: Ernesto Laureano (CT) d Nate Ferrick (GM) 9-3.
125: Tim Wheeling (GM) d Amani Bosko (W) 5-2.
130: Paul Mancuso (CT) d Garrett Smead (W) 5-4.
135: Ehrin Lee (T) md Brad Carlini (Mv) 9-0.
140: Justin Wasmund (CP) p Kyler Jolley (F) 2:03.
145: Corey Barirde (W) d Ryan Morris (Cy) 3-2.
152: Cody Brunst (T) d Garrett Chase (CP) 5-2.
160: Zac Morris (Cy) d Jimmy Paulson (Mc) 3-2.
171: Bryan Campbell (GM) p Santos Guerra (CT) 4:30.
189: Andrew Welton (CT) p Devin Dolan (F) 1:34.
215: Travis Bryant (GM) p Jeff Rial (F) 1:35.
285: Kevin Thompson (Mv) d Logan Thompson (CP) 1-0.


Individual GM Wrestlers at the 2011 District 10 AAA Tournament

103-Joe Wheeling
Wheeling p Nate Park (W) 1:18
SF: Wheeling d Coleman Cousins (Mc) 6-4
F: Jake Gromacki (CP) p Wheeling :36

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

112-Deane Twitchell
QF: Twitchell p Norberto Lopez (CT) 4:30
SF: Paul Deitz (Mc) md Twitchell 9-1
C SF: Twitchell d Kyle Shorts (W) 7-0
C F: Twitchell d Ryan Ward (T) 5-2

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

119-Nate Ferrick
QF: Ferrick p Hunter Cook (F) 2:21
SF: Austin Gillihan (Cy) p Ferrick 1:36
C SF: Ferrick p Blessing Mabugu (T) 1:53
C F: Ernesto Laureano (CT) d Ferrick 9-3

Tourn Record: 2-2 (PLACED 4TH)

125-Tim Wheeling
QF: Wheeling p Sawyer Yashinski (T) :34
SF: Shawn Spearman (Mc) d Wheeling 3-2
C SF: Wheeling tf Bobby Tuzynski (SV) 16-1 3:24
C F: Wheeling d Amani Bosko (W) 5-2

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

130-Jared Hurta
Prelim: Hurta p Brian Merkerson (SV) 3:08
QF: Steve Spearman (Mc) tf Hurta 18-2 3:25
C QF: Brandon Kenyon (F) p Hurta 2:51

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)

135-Parker McDermott
QF: McDermott p Drew Williams (W) :50
SF: Dylan Matz (Mc) md Parker McDermott 8-0
C SF: Brad Carlini (Mv) d McDermott 7-5 UTB

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)

140-Zac Baumgartner
QF: Baumgartner p Tony Mollinarro (W) 4:23
SF: Baumgartner md Justin Wasmund (CP) 12-2
F: Cody Nolan (Mc) d Baumgartner 7-2

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

145-DJ Myers
QF: Myers p Jeremy Perry (SV) :44
SF: Myers d Ryan Kenski (Mc) 6-4 SV
F: Tyler Parsons (CP) tf Myers 15-0 3:30

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

152-Tyler Hendricks
QF: Cody Brunst (T) d Hendricks 3-1
C QF: Hendricks d Grant Brown (W) 2-0
C SF: Garrett Chase (CP) d Hendricks 6-3

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)

160-Chris Laird
QF: Mike Silvis (CT) p Laird 3:50
C QF: Laird md Justin Daugherty (T) 13-2
C SF: Zac Morris (Cy) d Laird 7-4

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)

171-Bryan Campbell
QF: Santos Guerra (CT) d Campbell 9-4 SV
C QF: Campbell p Jon Dutton (Mc) 2:30
C SF: Campbell p Ray Gonzalez (CT) 3:28
C F: Campbell p Santos Guerra (CT) 4:30

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

189-Jake Baker
Prelim: Baker d Alex Williams (Mv) 10-4
QF: Nash Walters (Cy) tf Baker 18-1 4:28
C QF: Nate Warner (T) d Baker 4-1

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)

215-Travis Bryant
QF: Bryant - bye
SF: Mike Weissinger (Mc) d Bryant 9-2
C SF: Bryant p Seth Brown (CT) :09
C F: Bryant p Jeff Rial (F) 1:35

Tourn Record: 2-1 (PLACED 3RD)
Qualified for Regionals

285-Caleb Baker
QF: Baker p Van Stefaniszyn (T) :29
SF: Baker d Logan Thompson (CP) 2-0
F: Alec Gluvna (Cy) d Baker 3-1 OT

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



GM Beats McDowell, 51-18

The Lancers won their final dual meet on Tuesday over a McDowell backup squad. The McDowell coaching staff understandably made the decision to rest their starters for the upcoming State Team Duals, which begin on Thursday. The Trojans won the District 10 Team Duals title last week by beating Corry and Cathedral Prep.

With the win, McLane ran their overall dual record to 11-4 and Region 4 record to 8-1. The win over McDowell created the very real possibility that this year's Region 4 title could be shared by General McLane, Cathedral Prep and McDowell. McDowell and Prep will meet later in their Region dual meet. A McDowell win would leave all three teams with an 8-1 Region 4 record. Prep owns a win over the Lancers and since McLane beat McDowell, a McDowell win over Prep would create a deadlock.

McDowell's backup squad was actually quite impressive and possibly even talented enough to beat 3/4 of the varsity teams in the Region. The Trojans took a 12-0 lead with falls from Dave Rinderle and Devon Bogart. The Lancers replied with six straight wins. Parker McDermott, Chris Laird, Alex Thayer, Travis Bryant, Caleb Baker and Joe Wheeling all had pins for the Lancers.

DJ Myers added an 18-3 technical fall over Cameron Waters at 145 lbs. Zac Baumgartner posted a 3-1 decision over a very game, Kenny Rogers at 140 and Tyler Hendricks beat Chad Vankoot, 8-1 at 152. Deane Twitchell recorded a lopsided, 12-0 major decision at 112.

The McLane wrestlers will begin their post season quest on February 18th and 19th at the District 10 AAA Tournament, which will be held at Central Tech.

News and Notes:

Caleb Baker broke Hayden Harrison's record for Career Falls when he decked Scott Augustine for his 68th. Baker also tied Eric Zelina for 5th place on the Career Wins list with his 113th and became just the second McLane wrestler to rack up 33+ wins in three consecutive seasons. Donald Osinski was the only other GM wrestler to accomplish that feat. In addition, Caleb became the first Mclane wrestler to post 20 or more falls three times. Congrats!

Travis Bryant posted his 22nd fall of the year and the 60th of his career on Tuesday. That ties Bryant with Luke and Hadley Harrison for 5th place on the all time list.

DJ Myers has really hit his stride this season. He became the second Lancer wrestler to reach 30 wins for the season against just five losses. Myers has 80 career wins to his credit and still has another year of wrestling. DJ also leads the team in major decisions with nine.

Three other McLane wrestlers are close to the 30 win mark. Joe Wheeling has 29, Travis Bryant 26 and Zac Baumgartner 27. Parker McDermott, Nate Ferrick and Tyler Hendricks have all surpassed 20 wins.


General McLane 51 McDowell 18
125 Dave Rinderle (M) wbf Ryan Horn, 2:40
130 Devon Bogart (M) wbf Jared Hurta, 1:55
135 Parker McDermott (GM) wbf Matt Reim, :57
140 Zac Baumgartner (GM) wbd Kenny Rodgers, 3-1
145 DJ Myers (GM) wbtf Cameron Waters, 18-3
152 Tyler Hendricks (GM) wbd Chad Vankoot, 8-1
160 Chris Laird (GM) wbf Will Schmidt, 3:08
171 Alex Thayer (GM) wbf Jon Dutton, :42
189 Mitch Boecher (M) wbd Andy Stafford, 5-4
215 Travis Bryant (GM) wbf Kyree Dryer, :40
285 Caleb Baker (GM) wbf Scott Augustine, 3:20
103 Joe Wheeling (GM) wbf Emerson Sturdevant, 1:26
112 Deane Twitchell (GM) wbmd Jake Anderson, 12-0
119 Greg Schmidt (M) wbd Nate Ferrick, 8-5


McLane Wrestlers Stomp Bulldogs On Senior Night

It began with a festive atmosphere at General McLane High School on Thursday as coaches, fans and parents gathered at to honor the senior wrestlers and watch them perform on home turf one last time. It ended as a nearly perfect evening. The Lancers won 12 of 14 individual bouts and stomped the Meadville Bulldogs, 56-12 for their 10th dual win of the season.

The match started at 130 lbs. where senior, Jared Hurta received a forfeit. Parker McDermott rolled to a 10-5 win over Brad Carlini, Zac Baumgartner put on another dominating performance with a 19-3 technical fall at 140 lbs. DJ Myers won his 29th of the year via forfeit and Tyler Hendricks won by fall in 5:39 to spot the Lancers a 26-0 lead out of the gate.

Meadville's state ranked (7th), Zack Towers got the Bulldogs on the board with a pin at 160, but McLane went on a five bout binge after that. Bryan Campbell posted a 9-5 decision at 171, Andy Stafford followed with a fall over Alex Williams at 189, then Travis Bryant wowed the crowd with an 8 second flattening of Josh McDonald at 215 lbs. As he has done so many times, Bryant just waded into his opponent and pancaked him right to his back.

The marquee match of the evening was at 285 lbs. where 2 state ranked wrestlers (#9 Kevin Tompson and #10 Caleb Baker) went head to head for bragging rights and some post season momentum. Thompson stunned Baker last month at Tool City by pinning him in the finals. Caleb's mission was to prove that result was a fluke and he did just that.

There was no scoring in the opening stanza, but the McLane big man pushed Thompson hard and started to wear him down. After several unsuccessful attempts, Baker finally sat out, turned and then drove Thompson out of bounds to take a 1-0 lead in the second period. In the final period, Caleb rode Thompson with an intensity that appeared to frustrate the Bulldog, who kept looking to his coaches for help. Baker took a 2-0 lead when Thompson was mercifully called for stalling. Caleb decided to cut Thompson almost immediately after the penalty point and then cruised to a 2-1 win. That gave the Lancers a 44-6 lead.

Joe Wheeling had his hands full with Zac Luben at 103 pounds, Luben who dropped from 112 had an obvious edge in weight and strength, but Wheeling was tenacious and kept the score close. Trailing 5-4 in the final period, Joe managed to shrug Luben off the top, reverse him and then ride him out for the final 1:10.

Nate Ferrick ground out a 9-5 decision over Kris Nottingham at 119 and Ryan Horn received a forfeit win at 125. That made the final score, GM 56, Meadville 12.

News and Notes from the Meadville Dual:

Caleb Baker got his 112th career win against Thompson. That tied him with Branden Stearns for #5 on the Career Wins list. Caleb leads the team with 32 wins this season and needs just one more fall to break Hayden Harrison's career record of 67. But more importantly, Caleb appears to be at the top of his game and ready to rumble in the upcoming post season!!!

Travis Bryant recorded his 27th win of the season with an amazing 8 second fall. Travis leads the team with 21 pins on the year. He is just the 14th Lancer to record 20 or more falls in a single season. Bryant also has 59 career falls (#7 on the all-time list).

Zac Baumgartner looked absolutely dominating in his 19-3 win over James Shields Thursday. Look for the 140 pounder to make some waves in the post-season. Zac has 26 wins this season and 93 in his career.

Nate Ferrick has been quietly doing a great job this season. The Mclane junior just recorded his 20th win...and sophomore Parker McDermott posted his 21st. Congrats.

A special THANK YOU to managers, DJ Myers and Ashlee Cummings for all of their hard work and dedication over the past 4 seasons. Though they don't get a lot of press, they have been an integral part of the team. The girls shoot video, compile box scores/stats and perform a variety of other important tasks. Thank you girls and good luck to both you!

Congratulations and best of luck to all of the Mclane wrestling seniors. May the wind always be at your back!


General McLane 56 Meadville 12
130 Jared Hurta (GM) wbff
135 Parker McDermott (GM) wbd Bradliegh Carlini 10-5
140 Zac Baumgartner (GM) wbtf Louis Crawford 19-3
145 DJ Myers (GM) wbff
152 Tyler Hendricks (GM) wbf James Shields 5:39
160 Zack Towers (M) wbf Chris Laird :49
171 Bryan Campbell (GM) wbd Ramon Gonzales 9-5
189 Andy Stafford (GM) wbf Alexander Williams 4:14
215 Travis Bryant (GM) wbf Josh McDonald :08
285 Caleb Baker (GM) wbd Kevin Thompson 2-1
103 Joe Wheeling (GM) wbd Zac Luben 6-5
112 George Burrows (M) wbf Kyle Kuntz 4:55
119 Nate Ferrick (GM) wbd Kris Nottingham 9-5
125 Ryan Horn (GM) wbff


Lancers Fall To Prep In D10 AAA Duals Semifinal Round

The Lancer wrestling team fell to Cathedral Prep in the first round of Tuesday's District 10 AAA Team Duals at McComb Fieldhouse. Prep won the match, 49-21 and used six pins to score 36 of those points.

Travis Bryant scored the only fall for the Lancers, a 48 second flattening of Pat Williamson. Zac Baumgartner and Caleb Baker each received forfeit wins. Nate Ferrick eked out an 11-9 decision over Aaron Crenshaw.

McDowell won the District 10 AAA Team Title with a 41-27 win over Corry in the semis and a convincing, 44-22 win over Prep in the finals.

The McLane wrestlers will be back in action on Thursday evening at home for a Senior Night dual against Meadville. The Lancers will try to secure their 10th dual win of the season.


112 Josh Caban (CP) wbd Kyle Kuntz, 12-6
119 Nate Ferrick (GM) wbd Aaron Crenshaw, 11-9
125 Chris Capotis (CP) wbf Ryan Horn, 3:16
130 Dan Yori (CP) wbf Jared Hurta, 1:22
135 Mike McBryde (CP) wbmd Parker McDermott, 12-2
140 Zac Baumgartner (GM) wbff
145 Tyler Parsons (CP) wbd D.J. Myers, 5-2
152 Garrett Chase (CP) wbd Tyler Hendricks, 5-2
160 Dave Heynoski (CP) wbf Chris Laird, 3:02
171 Grant Chase (CP) wbf Bryan Campbell, 1:37
189 Markel Keys (CP) wbf Andy Stafford, 1:09
215 Travis Bryant (GM) wbf Pat Williamson, :48
285 Caleb Baker (GM) wbff
103 Jake Gromacki (CP) wbf Joe Wheeling, 3:11






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