News from February...2014
GM Crowns 5 District Champs
10 Move on to Regionals

The Lancers put seven wrestlers in the finals of the District 10 AAA Tournament and won five titles at Central Tech on Saturday. Despite having more finalists and champions than any other team, the Lancers were unable to repeat as team champions. McDowell took the team title with four champs and twelve regional qualifiers. Ten GM wrestlers will make the trip to Altoona on February 28th.

Joe Wheeling made his fourth appearance in the finals and won his second title by pinning Titusville's Kaleb Chase in the semis and then beating Prep's Ta'Nauz Gregory, 11-1 in the finals. Keller Watkins took the 138 lbs. crown with a wild win by fall in the finals over Dalton Burns of Titusville. Burns took a 4-0 lead in the first period when he took Watkins down to his back during a scramble. In the second stanza Keller took a 7-4 lead when he reversed Burns and turned the Rocket wrestler with a couple of tilts. Burns tied it up again when he took Keller to his back again briefly, but Watkins reversed Burns and then stuck him with 28 seconds left in the bout. Keller made the ffinals with a couple of shutout wins, a 15-0 tech fall over Meadville's Brock Ridgeway and a 2-0 decision over McDowell's Lukas Peterson.

Deane Twitchell took top honors in the 145 lbs. weight class with a 7-2 win over Oil City's Alex Hargenrader in the finals. Twitchell reversed a loss he suffered at the hands of Hargenrader in McLane's final dual meet on February 4th. Deane majored Meadville's Kris Nottingham, 9-1 in the quarterfinals and then shut out Teagan O'Sullivan of Prep, 4-0 in the semis. Chris Laird won his second straight District 10 title by posting a pair of major decisions. Laird beat Central's Sampson Kafando, 15-3 in the semifinals and then took Prep's Phil Selker to the woodshed with 9-1 win in the finals. Ian Mallory was GM's final titlist at 220 lbs. Mallory posted a 9-3 decision over East's Damarius Murel in the quarters, then beat Warren's Alex Streitch, 3-1 in overtime in the semis. Ian grabbed the gold with a 3-1 win in the finals when he a took down McDowell's Ben Bish in overtime.

Mike Sutton took 2nd place at 152 lbs. Sutton was a District 10 champ last year, but was upset in this year's finale by McDowell's Ryan Dailey by a score of 6-3. Mike made the finals by pinning Nate Park of Warren and beating Prep's Connor Wurst, 10-5. Ethan Laird was GM's other runnerup. Laird made the finals of the 160 lbs. weight class by posting a couple of falls. In the finals, Ethan ran into the state's 4th ranked 160 pounder, Ehrin Lee of Titusville. Laird wrestled a great match, but the Titusville senior prevailed with a 9-2 decision.

Hunter Hendricks, Owen Watkins and Jacob Lenhart all placed 4th and also qualified for the NW Regional Tournament. The McLane wrestlers will be back in action on Friday and Saturday, February 28th and March 1st at the Northwest Regional Tournament in Altoona, PA. The top 3 wrestlers in each weight class will advance to the PIAA Championships in Hershey.

Notes From the District 10 AAA Tournament:

Joe Wheeling's 2 wins put him at 30 for the season. He is also now tied with his brother Tim for 3rd place on the career wins list with 126. Joe is also ranked 2nd in the state at 113 lbs. in the latest PA. Power Rankings!

Chris Laird leads the team with 31 wins on the season. He now has 108 career wins and is ranked 12th in the latest PA. Power Rankings. Mike Sutton has 116 career wins. That ties him with Tom Kirdahy for the number 8 spot on the career wins list. Deane Twitchell needs just one more win to join the Lancer 100 win club.

Keller Watkins has 25 career tech falls. That's more than twice as many tech falls as second placer Mike Caro who recorded 12 in his career.

Owen Watkins did a great job at Districts. The freshman has been in and out of the lineup all year due to injury, but he got it done this weekend. He lost to McDowell's Noah Burkhart twice in OT, but had a couple of pins in the tournament and pulled off a 4th place finish! Ethan Laird also deserves to be recognized for his performance. His only loss in the tournament was in the finals to Ehrin Lee who is ranked 4th in the state. Ethan pinned his first two opponents! Not too shabby for a freshman in an upper weight class. Ian Mallory also got the job done, winning his first District 10 title. I must admit he had me worried a couple of times, but he hit those singles when he had to and it paid off!

Deane Twitchell turned it around on Oil City's Alex Hargenrader. After losing to Hargenrader less than two weeks ago, Twitchell dominated this time. Nice job Deane! What can I say about Joe Wheeling and Chris Laird. Those two guys looked like well oiled machines out there this weekend. Keep it rolling! A tip of the cap to our other placers, Jacob Lenhart and Hunter Hendricks. Jacob lost twice, but to the same wrestler both times! He also pinned one of his opponents in the consi quarters. Hunter is nursing an injury and had to default a couple of bouts, but got a couple of wins to qualify for regionals. Even though Mike Sutton lost in the District finals I expect he will be ready to rumble in Altoona. Let's go Mike! Keller Watkins had us squirming in our seats in the finals. That match may have been the most exciting one of the tournament. Way to hang in there and get the pin Keller!


Team standings: 1. McDowell (Mc) 206, 2. General McLane (GM) 169, 3. Cathedral Prep (CP) 145, 4. Titusville (T) 104, 5. Strong Vincent (SV) 86½, 6. Warren (W) 82½, 7. Meadville (Mv) 72, 8. Oil City (OC) 45, 9. Central Tech (CT) 35, 10. East (E) 28.

Championship Finals
106 Charlie Lenox (McD) wbd Carmine Ciotti (SV) 6-4 (OT)
113 Joe Wheeling (GM) wbmd Ta’Nauz Gregory (CP) 11-1
120 Jake Gromacki (CP) wbd Josh Caban (SV) 6-2
126 D.J. Fehlman (War) wbtf Benji Yates (McD) 16-0
132 John Ciotti (SV) wbd Alex Root (CP) 3-1
138 Keller Watkins (GM) wbf Dalton Burns (Titus) 5:32
145 Deane Twitchell (GM) wbd Alex Hargenrader (OC) 7-2
152 Ryan Dailey (McD) wbd Mike Sutton (GM) 6-3
160 Ehrin Lee (Titus) wbd Ethan Laird (GM) 9-2
170 Trent Zdarko (OC) wbd Chris Starocci (SV) 6-2
182 Tyree Spearman (McD) wbd Mike Hughes (CP) 9-4
195 Chris Laird (GM) wbmd Phil Selker (CP) 9-1
220 Ian Mallory (GM) wbd Ben Bish (McD) 3-1 (OT)
285 Scot Augustine (McD) wbd Deiontre Plott (E) 3-0

Consolation Finals
106 Brandon Sauers (CP) wbf Steve Machen (Titus), 1:42
113 Aaron Ehrgott (Mdv) wbf Kaleb Chase (Titus), 3:52
120 Keegan Fordyce (McD) wbd Hunter Wagner (Titus) 7-1
126 Kyle Luben (Mdv) wb injury default Hunter Hendricks (GM)
132 Noah Burkhart (McD) wbd Owen Watkins (GM) 4-2 (OT)
138 Andy Hutzel (CP) wbd Robert Harris (Centr) 8-6
145 Teagan O’Sullivan (CP) wbd Jake Paulson (McD) 1-0
152 Connor Wurst (CP) wbmd Jared Carlson (SV) 10-2
160 Joe Campanella (McD) wbf Cameron Demaison (Mdv), :59
170 Coleman Cousins (McD) wbd Garrett Smead (War) by forfeit
182 Dan Stearns (Titus) wbd Cody Gunn (War) 4-3
195 Zack Rindfuss (McD) wbf Samson Kafando (Centr), 2:54
220 Luke Carr (Mdv) wbd Alex Streich (War) 5-2
285 Jason Oakes (Titus) wbd Jacob Lenhart (GM) 5-2


Individual Results at the 2014 District 10 AAA Tournament

106-Tony Damore
QF: Steve Machen (Titus) wbf Damore 1:03
Cons: Damore wbd Cam Myers (OC) 2-1
Cons SF: Brandon Sauers (CP) wbf Damore 0:48

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)

113-Joe Wheeling
QF: Bye
SF: Wheeling wbf Kaleb Chase (Titus) 0:36
F: Wheeling wbmd TNauz Gregory (CP) 11-1

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

120-Brandon Koehler
QF: Hunter Wagner (Titus) wbd Koehler 8-7
Cons: Kyle Nash (Centr) wbd Koehler 4-2

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)

126-Hunter Hendricks
QF: Benji Yates (McD) wb inj def Hendricks
Cons: Hendricks wbtf Gabriel Barnett (Centr) 16-1
Cons SF: Hendricks wbd Chase Ackerman (Titus) 5-0
Cons F: Kyle Luben (Mdv) wb inj def Hendricks

Tourn Record: 2-2 (PLACED 4TH)
Qualified for Regionals

132-Owen Watkins
QF: Noah Burkhart (McD) wbd Watkins 7-5 (OT)
Cons: Watkins wbf Isaac Donovan (Titus) 2:28
Cons SF: Watkins wbf Collin Delattre (War) 2:34
Cons F: Noah Burkhart (McD) wbd Watkins 4-2 (OT)

Tourn Record: 2-2 (PLACED 4TH)
Qualified for Regionals

138-Keller Watkins
QF: Watkins wbtf Brock Ridgeway (Mdv) 15-0
SF: Watkins wbd Lukas Peterson (McD) 2-0
F: Watkins wbf Dalton Burns (Titus) 5:32

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

145-Deane Twitchell
QF: Twitchell wbmd Kris Nottingham (Mdv) 9-1
SF: Twitchell wbd Teagan OSullivan (CP) 4-0
F: Twitchell wbd Alex Hargenrader (OC) 7-2

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

152-Mike Sutton
QF: Sutton wbf Nate Park (War) 1:01
SF: Sutton wbd Connor Wurst (CP) 10-5
F: Ryan Dailey (McD) wbd Sutton 6-3

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

160-Ethan Laird
QF: Laird wbf Tyler Hammerman (E) 1:01
SF: Laird wbf Dan Henry (War) 2:54
F: Ehrin Lee (Titus) wbd Laird 9-2

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

170-Jim Nuhfer
QF: Garrett Smead (War) wbd Nuhfer 9-4
Cons: Louis Crawford (Mdv) wbf Nuhfer 3:44

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)

182-Adam Steiner
QF: Cody Gunn (War) wbmd Steiner 13-3
Cons: Steiner wbd Nate Morrison (OC) 5-1
Cons SF: Dan Stearns (Titus) wbmd Steiner 11-2

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)

195-Chris Laird
QF: Bye
SF: Laird wbmd Sampson Kafando (Centr) 15-3
F: Laird wbmd Phil Selker (CP) 9-1

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

220-Ian Mallory
QF: Mallory wbd Dimarius Murel (E) 9-3
SF: Mallory wbd Alex Streich (War) 3-1 (OT)
F: Mallory wbd Ben Bish (McD) 3-1 (OT)

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

285-Jacob Lenhart
QF: Jason Oakes (Titus) wbd Lenhart 3-0
Cons: Lenhart wbf John White (SV) 0:47
Cons SF: Lenhart wbd Stephen Crone (War) 3-0
Cons F: Jason Oakes (Titus) wbd Lenhart 5-2

Tourn Record: 2-2 (PLACED 4TH)
Qualified for Regionals


McLane Beats Oil City in Final Dual of the Year

The General McLane wrestling team rolled over Oil City, 61-15 on Wednesday at home in their final dual meet of the season. The win secured a share of the Region 4 title for the Lancers who finished tied for 1st place with McDowell and Cathedral Prep.

Kendrick Storm-Bailey, Hunter Hendricks, Jon Carrier, Mike Sutton and Ethan Laird posted falls for the Lancers. Tony Damore won by major decision at 106 and Cody Lentz picked up a 5-0 shutout at 182 lbs. Joe Wheeling, Brandon Koehler, Chris Laird and Ian Mallory all picked up forfeits.

The GM wrestling team finished the dual meet season with an overall record of 13-4, a regular season record of 12-3 and an 8-1 Region 4 record.

They will be back in action shooting for their second straight District 10 AAA Tournament title at Central on February 14th and 15th .

Notes From the Oil City Dual:

Joe Wheeling picked up his 124th career win. That ties him for 4th place with DJ Myers. Mike Sutton posted his 114th career win and Chris Laird has 106. Deane Twitchell is at 96.

Joe Wheeling, Mike Sutton and Chris Laird will be looking to defend District 10 titles next weekend. Hunter Hendricks and Keller Watkins will try to improve on their second place finishes from a year ago. Look for the Lancers to advance 10-11 wrestlers to the NW Regional Tournament in Altoona.

Seven McLane wrestlers have 20 or more wins this season. Joe Wheeling, Hunter Hendricks, Keller Watkins, Deane Twitchell, Mike Sutton, Ethan Laird and Chris Laird have all reached the 20+ mark. Chris Laird's next win will be #30 on the season.

Coach Cook finished the dual meet season with 132 career coaching wins. Cook needs six more victories to become the winningest coach in McLane history.


285 Kendrick Storm-Bailey (GM) wbf Mike Milner 1:54
106 Tony Damore (GM) wbmd Cameron Myers 11-1
113 Joe Wheeling (GM) wbff
120 Brandon Koehler (GM) wbff
126 Hunter Hendricks (GM) wbf Dylan Beach 2:24
132 Jon Carrier (GM) wbf Nick Dobson 3:16
138 Derrick Bish (OC) wbff
145 Alex Hargenrader (OC) wbd Deane Twitchell 5-2
152 Mike Sutton (GM) wbf Jimmy Heasly 0:17
160 Ethan Laird (GM) wbf Zeb Lewis 2:57
170 Trent Zdarko (OC) wbf Riley vaughn 3:06
182 Cody Lentz (GM) wbd Brandon Stoyer 5-0
195 Chris Laird (GM) wbff
220 Ian Mallory (GM) wbff


Lancers Beat Central 75-6

The McLane wrestlers beat Central 75-6 on Saturday at Central Tech High School and ran their overall record to 12-4. They are 7-1 in Region 4 and tied for first place with Cathedral Prep and McDowell with one dual meet to go.

Mike Sutton, Cody Lentz, Chris Laird, Ian Mallory, Hunter Hendricks, Brandon Koehler and Deane Twitchell all had falls for the Lancers. Jacob Lenhart came from behind to post a 3-2 win at 285 lbs. Ethan Laird, Riley Vaughn, Tony Damore, Joe Wheeling and Jon Carrier all won by forfeit.

The McLane wrestlers will be back in action on Wednesday at home for their final dual meet of the year against Oil City.


152 Mike Sutton (GM) wbf Mike Kotanchiyev 0:46
160 Ethan Laird (GM) wbff
170 Riley Vaughn (GM) wbff
182 Cody Lentz (GM) wbf Daquan Pope 1:34
195 Chris Laird (GM) wbf Samson Kafando 3:31
220 Ian Mallory (GM) wbf Seth Brown 2:34
285 Jacob Lenhart (GM) wbd Devion Coleman 3-2
106 Tony Damore (GM) wbff
113 Joe Wheeling (GM) wbff
120 Hunter Hendricks (GM) wbf Kyle Nash 2:58
126 Brandon Koehler (GM) wbf Gabe Barnett 4:36
132 Jon Carrier (GM) wbff
138 Robert Harris (C) wbf Jordan Motter 1:35
145 Deane Twitchell (GM) wbf N. Boneventure 3:09






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