News from February...2015


A Record 7 GM Wrestlers Advance To Hershey

The 2015 NW Regional Tournament was a bittersweet one for the McLane wrestling team. After winning the tournament last season, they came up just short of repeating as team champions. District 6 powerhouse, Mifflin County came from behind to edge the Lancers and steal the regional title by a mere 4 points. But there was also good news: Seven GM wrestlers advanced to the state tournament, that shattered the old record of 5. Three of the wrestlers moving on did it the hard way. Hunter Hendricks, Ethan Laird and Ian Mallory all had their backs to the wall, but pulled out wins in the consolation finals.

Four McLane wrestlers made it to the finals, Carmine Ciotti was the lone victor. He went 4-0 in the tournament, opening with a pair of technical falls before pulling off a close, 4-2 decision over a game Hunter Hilleman of Altoona in the semifinal round. In the finals, Ciotti had a battle with his old rival, #10 ranked Charlie Lenox of McDowell. The two wrestled evenly for nearly the entire bout, but Carmine took Lenox to his back for the deciding points in a 5-2 title clinching win.

Giovanni Ciotti, Keller Watkins and Kyle Sult also made the finals, but had to settle for silver. Giovanni won his first bout 10-3 over Bellefonte's Chase Gardner. His final two matches were a lot tougher. He prevailed in the semifinals, 3-2 after going to overtime with Dakota Weitoish of Philipsburg-Osceola. In the finals, Ciotti was taken to overtime again by Mifflin County's 14th ranked Trent Hidlay. Hidlay got the win in OT, 3-1. Keller Watkins had the most daunting task in the 152 lbs. finale. He had to face 2nd ranked (and last year's PIAA 5th placer), Kaleb Young of Punxsutawney. Watkins won his first two bouts by tech fall and then squeeked out a 2-0 decision over 12th ranked, Demetri Probst of Central Mountain. Keller just couldn't get anything going against Young in the finals and dropped a 15-4 major decision. Kyle Sult cruised into the 182 lbs. finals with a tech fall, a major decision and a lopsided 7-1 decision. But then lost a 5-1 decision in the finale to 14th ranked Nathan Bingaman of Selinsgrove.

Hunter Hendricks took the bronze medal at 126. He opened with a pin and a 4-0 white washing of 21st ranked Luke Leathers of Bellefonte before dropping a 6-1 decision to #14 Roshaun Cooley of Williamsport in the semis. Hendricks came roaring back, posting a major decision in the consi semis and an 11-5 win over #20 Nick Gittens of Shikellamy in the consolation finals. Ethan Laird battled to the bronze in what may have been the tournament's toughest weight class, 170. He started the tourney with a pin and a 6-2 win. Ethan dropped into the consolation semis when he suffered his only loss at the hands of 9th ranked Gavin Caprio of Central Mountain, 5-4. Laird almost came back to win that match when he took Caprio down and nearly scored back points at the final buzzer. Laird won by fall over Selinsgrove's Joey Radel in the consi semis to make the consi finals. Ethan had the unenviable task of facing a wrestler who had already beaten him 3 times this year, McDowell's Ryan Dailey. Laird proved to be up to the task by posting a convincing 6-3 decision over Dailey! Ian Mallory made it 3 for 3 in the do or die consolation finals. Ian won his first match, 5-4 over Jacob Scheinberg of Altoona, but then was shut out, 6-0 by eventual 220 lbs. champion, #15 Andrew Boob of Selinsgrove in the quarterfinals. But Mallory was on a mission. He came back to score 4 straight wins, all by close margins to snag 3rd.

Coming up just short in Altoona were Leno Ciotti and Owen Watkins who both bowed out in the consolation semifinals. Leno just missed making the 120 lbs. finals when he dropped a 1-0 decision to 14th ranked Keanan Bottorf of Central Mountain. Ciotti gave up an escape with just 2 seconds remaining in the bout. Owen started off with a win by fall and a major decision before losing a 4-1 decision to 6th ranked Trevor Corl of Central Mountain in the semifinal round. Watkins bowed out when he gave up a reversal to Clearfield's Luke McGonigal late in the 3rd period and suffered a 2-1 loss.

Briggs Twitchell went 2-2 at 160 lbs. He posted an 11-0 major decision in the opening round, but then lost, 5-3 in overtime to Christian Steffan in the quarterfinals. Twitchell bounced back with an 8-6 decision over Central Mountain's Caleb Turner. The tournament came to an end for Briggs when he dropped a close, 4-2 decision to Punxsutawney's Perry Errington in the consolation quarterfinals. Riley Vaughn and Kendrick Storm-Bailey went 0-2. Both wrestlers lost close matches in their final appearance on the mat in Altoona.

Notes From Altoona:

Keller Watkins had 2 technical falls at regionals. That brought his season total to 25 and his career total to 50. He also moved into 5th place on the career wins list with 125. Only Tim Wheeling (126), Hadley Harrison (130), Joe Wheeling (132) and Hayden Harrison (135) have more career wins. It was exciting to see Keller make the finals and qualify for the PIAA Championships. He placed 4th in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Fourth time's a charm!

After not being able to wrestle his sophomore year, Kyle Sult advanced to the state tournament with a solid showing at regionals. He won his first 3 bouts handily before losing in the finals. Way to go Kyle!

Hats off to Ethan Laird who made it out of regionals in what was probably the tournament's toughest weight class. No less than 5 wrestlers were state ranked at that weight and Ethan had to beat two of them to stay alive in the tournament. He really came through in the consolation finals when the pressure was on. With a trip to Hershey on the line he posted a convincing win over a wrestler who had beaten him three times this year.

Ian Mallory has had me on the verge of cardiac arrest several times this season. I'm not sure if I've seen anyone pull out so many come from behind, last second wins since the days of the Oakland Raiders' George Blanda.

Carmine Ciotti has quietly racked up the second best record on the team this season (33-4). After starting the season by losing 3 of his first 5 matches he has gone 31-1. His only loss in that stretch was to the 5th ranked 120 pounder in the state at the PIAA Team Duals!

Hunter Hendricks wrestled very well in Altoona. He knocked off two state ranked wrestlers to advance to the state tournament. His only loss this weekend was to #10 Roshaun Cooley of Williamsport. He beat 20th ranked Nick Gittens convincingly in the consi finals (11-5).

Giovanni Ciotti has also had a great season. The McLane senior racked up a 34-5 record and won the Fred Bell and District 10 AAA tournaments. Giovanni had 8 overtime matches this season and won 7 of them. Unfortunately the 1 OT loss he did suffer was in the regional finals.

Kendrick Storm-Bailey wrestled his final high school match at regionals. Kendrick stepped into the lineup at 285 after Jacob Lenhardt was injured and did a great job!

Remember you heard it here first. For the next two years Owen Watkins is going to be a force to reckon with. Even though he didn't place at regionals this year, he wrestled very well. He just seemed to get better every week as the season progressed. Owen has that rare ability to come out of nearly any scramble on top. He's also racking up the falls (he lead the team with 16). His junior and senior seasons should be interesting to say the least.

Six McLane wrestlers have 30+ wins this season. That ties the record for most 30+ match winners in one season. 30 match winners: Keller-38, Owen-35, Ethan-35, Giovanni-34, Leno-33 and Carmine-33. Hunter Hendricks and Kyle Sult both have 29.

The GM wrestling team has finished either 1st or 2nd at the NW Regional AAA Tournament 3 years in a row now!


106 Cole Manley (Altoona) wbd George Barzona (Central Mt) 1-0
113 #9 Carmine Ciotti (GM) wbd #10 Charlie Lenox (McDowell) 5-2
120 Keenan Bottorf (Central Mt) wbd Aaron Ehrgott (Meadville) 10-9
126 Seth Koleno (Bald Eagle Area) wbd Roshaun Cooley (Williamsport) 1-0
132 DJ Fehlman (Warren) wbd Brock Port (Bellefonte) 5-1 (OT)
138 #14 Trent Hidlay (Mifflin Co.) wbd #10 Giovanni Ciotti (GM) 3-1 (2 OT)
145 Hayden Hidlay (Mifflin Co) wbf Trevor Corl (Bellefonte) 1:54
152 #2 Kaleb Young (Punxsutawney) wbmd #7 Keller Watkins (GM) 15-4
160 Noah Stewart (Mifflin Co) wbd Cameron Jacobson (Allderdice) 3-1
170 D.J. Hollingshead (Altoona) wbmd Gavin Caprio (Central Mt) 11-3
182 #14 Nathan Bingaman (Selinsgrove) wbd #26 Kyle Sult (GM) 5-1
195 Trey Hartsock (Mifflin Co) wbmd Cory Dreibelbis (State College) 9-0
220 Andrew Boob (Selinsgrove) wbd Jake Huling (Jersey Shore) 2-1
285 Josh Fye (Bald Eagle Area) wbf Ben Bish (Meadville) 1:33

Consolation Finals:
106: Kolby Ho (DuBois) wbd Brady Sittinger (Cathedral Prep) 4-2
113: Hunter Zondory (Jersey Shore) wbmd Hunter Hileman (Altoona) 10-2
120: Noah Myers (Mifflin Co) wbd Brandon Sauers (Cathedral Prep) 8-7 (TB)
126 #17 Hunter Hendricks (GM) wbd #20 Nick Gittens (Shikellamy) 11-5
132: TaNauz Gregory (Cathedral Prep) wbd Dalton Long (Holidaysburg) 3-0
138: Noah Burkhardt (McDowell) wbd Dakota Weitosh (Philipsburg-Osceola) 1-0
145: Luke McGonigal (Clearfield) wbf Kyle Pecht (St Marys) 2:36
152: Hadyn Swartwood (Jersey Shore) wbd Isaac Underhill (Mifflin Co) 5-2
160: Perry Arrington (Punxsutawney) wbd Connor Wurst (Cathedral Prep) 3-2
170 #19 Ethan Laird (GM) wbd #15 Ryan Dailey (McDowell) 4-2
182: Isaac Porter (Central Mt) wbd Derek Reagle (Warren) 3-2
195: Loc Long (Central Mt) wbf Travis Ogden (Clearfield) 4:28
220 #18 Ian Mallory (GM) wbd #17 Luke Carr (Meadville) 3-1
285: Jason Oakes (Titusville) wbd Hunter Gill (Holidaysburg) 4-2 (OT)


Final team scores: 1. Mifflin County 140.5, 2. General McLane 136.5, 3. Central Mountain 127, 4. Cathedral Prep 83.5, 5. Altoona 75.5, 6. Jersey Shore 74.5, 7. McDowell 65.5, 8. Bellefonte 60.5, 9. Bald Eagle Area 55.5, 10. Meadville 53.5, 11. Clearfield 51, 11. Selinsgrove 51, 13. State College 48, 14. Punxsutawney 47, 15. Warren 45.5, 16. St. Marys 39, 17. Titusville 36, 18. Shikellamy 35, 19. DuBois 28, 19, Hollidaysburg 28, 21. Allderdice 23, 22. Philipsburg-Osceola 18, 23. Williamsport 16, 24. Carrick 5, 25. Brashear 4, 26. Obama Academy 4, 27. Bradford 2, 28. East 1, 29. Perry 1


GM Wrestlers at the 2014-2015 NW Regional AAA Tournament

113-Carmine Ciotti
Prelim: C Ciotti wbtf Matt Johnson (PO) 15-0 (5:35)
QF: C Ciotti wbtf Jared Prude (Ald) 15-0 (2:03)
SF: C Ciotti wbd Hunter Hilleman (Alt) 4-2
F: C Ciotti wbd Charlie Lenox (McD) 5-2

Tourn Record: 4-0 (PLACED 1ST)
Qualified for the state tournament

120-Leno Ciotti
Prelim: L Ciotti wbf Matt O'Connor (Car) 1:50
QF: L Ciotti wbd Garrett Rigg (BEA) 8-4
SF: Keanan Bottorf (C Mt) wbd L Ciotti 1-0
Cons SF: Noah Myers (Mif Co) wbd L Ciotti 3-1

Tourn Record: 2-2 (DNP)

126-Hunter Hendricks
Prelim: Hendricks wbf Jeremiah Fitton (Brad) 1:06
QF: Hendricks wbd Luke Leathers (Bel) 4-0
SF: Roshaun Cooley (Wmspt) wbd Hendricks 6-1
Cons SF: Hendricks wbmd Logan Gilbert (Clf) 9-0
Cons F: Hendricks wbd Nick Gittens (Shik) 11-5

Tourn Record: 4-1 (PLACED 3RD)
Qualified for the state tournament

138-Giovanni Ciotti
Prelim: Bye
QF: G Ciotti wbd Chase Gardner (Bel) 10-3
SF: G Ciotti wbd Dakota Weitoish (PO) 3-2 TB
F: Trent Hidlay (Mif Co) wbd G Ciotti 3-1 TB

Tourn Record: 2-1 (PLACED 2ND)
Qualified for the state tournament

145-Owen Watkins
Prelim: O Watkins wbf Dalton Barger (SC) 3:05
QF: O Watkins wbmd Kyle Pecht (St M) 14-2
SF: Trevor Corl (Bel) wbd O Watkins 4-1
Cons SF: Luke McGonigal (Clf) wbd O Watkins 2-1

Tourn Record: 2-2 (DNP)

152-Keller Watkins
Prelim: K Watkins wbtf Nathan Hagg (Hol) 15-0 (2:41)
QF: K Watkins wbtf Tallin Norris (Clf) 16-0 (2:44)
SF: K Watkins wbd Demetri Probst (C Mt) 2-0
F: Kaleb Young (Punx) wbmd K watkins 15-4

Tourn Record: 3-1 (PLACED 1ST)
Qualified for the state tournament

160-Briggs Twitchell
Prelim: Twitchell wbmd Parker McClellan (Alt) 11-0
QF: Christian Steffan (St M) wbd Twitchell 5-3 (OT)
Cons: Twitchell wbd Caleb Turner (C Mt) 8-6
Cons QF: Perry Arrington (Punx) wbd Twitchell 4-2

Tourn Record: 2-2 (DNP)

170-Ethan Laird
Prelim: Laird wbf Deontay Wadley (Per) 2:26
QF: Laird wbd William Roeshot (SC) 6-2
SF: Gavin Caprio (C Mt) wbd Laird 5-4
Cons SF: Laird wbf Joey Radel (Sel) 4:47
Cons F: Laird wbd Ryan Dailey (McD) 6-3

Tourn Record: 4-1 (PLACED 3RD)
Qualified for the state tournament

182-Kyle Sult
Prelim: Sult wbtf Josh Wayland (DuB) 16-0 (2:08)
QF: Sult wbmd Mike Bielski (Mif Co) 10-0
SF: Sult wbd Max Mason (JS) 7-1
F: Nathan Bingaman (Sel) wbd Sult 5-1

Tourn Record: 3-1 (PLACED 2ND)
Qualified for the state tournament

195 -Riley Vaughn
Prelim: Loc Long (C Mt) wbd Vaughn 10-3
Cons: Mitchell Taylor (BEA) wbd Vaughn 16-11

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)

220-Ian Mallory
Prelim: Mallory wbd Jacob Scheinberg (Alt) 5-4
QF: Andrew Boob (Selinsg) wbd Mallory 6-0
Cons: Mallory wbd Robert Zilhaver (DuB) 6-4
Cons QF: Mallory wbd Dan Salinas (St M) 3-2
Cons SF: Mallory wbd Hunter Weaver (C Mt) 5-3 OT
Cons F: Mallory wbd Luke Carr (Mdv) 3-1

Tourn Record 5-1 (PLACED 3RD)
Qualified for the state tournament

285-Kendrick Storm-Bailey
Prelim: Jeremy Bacon (Shik) wbf Storm-Bailey 5:31
Cons: Nate Lash (Clf) wbd Storm-Bailey 4-3

Tourn Record 0-2 (DNP)

NW Regional AAA Results


Lancers Win District 10 AAA Tournament

The 2014-15 McLane wrestling team is on a record breaking roll. Nine GM wrestlers advanced to the District 10 AAA Tournament finals and seven of them won titles, both are new records. They also tied the mark for regional qualifiers (12) that was set during the 2012-13 campaign. The Lancers ran away with the team title, their second in the last three years and Hunter Harrison was named the District 10 AAA Assistant Coach of the Year!

Hunter Hendricks, Giovanni Ciotti, Owen Watkins, Keller Watkins, Briggs Twitchell. Kyle Sult and Carmine Ciotti all won titles. Ethan Laird and Ian Mallory took silver medals. Leno Ciotti and Riley Vaughn both took 3rd place and Kendrick Storm-Bailey finished 4th. All 12 wrestlers will move on to the NW Regional Tournament slated for February 27th and 28th.

Carmine Ciotti dropped to 113 lbs. for the post-season and got off to a great start. He pinned Prep's Tyler McKinney and then beat McDowell's 8th ranked Charlie Lenox, 1-0 in the finals. Carmine's win over Lennox had to be particularly satisfying since Lenox had beaten him in last year's district and regional finals.

Hunter Hendricks was dominant at 126 lbs. He pinned his first two opponents and then beat McDowell's Keagan Fordyce, 5-2 in the finals. Giovanni Ciotti posted a couple of falls in his first two matches, but then had to battle hard for his gold medal. Ciotti and Noah Burkhart of McDowell finished regulation tied at 2, but Giovanni finally secured a title winning takedown in overtime.

Owen Watkins was a hammer at the tournament. He completely dominated the 145 lbs. weight class, posting two falls and a technical fall. His second fall was over Warren's Collin Dellatre in the finals. If Owen was a hammer, his brother Keller Watkins was all finesse. Keller scored 38 points in three bouts and did not give up a single point. He racked up two technical falls and then shut out Prep's Teagan O'Sullivan, 6-0 in the 152 lbs. finale.

Briggs Twitchell scored a pair of decisions to win the 160 lbs. weight class. He beat McDowell's Jake Paulson, 6-1 in the semifinals and then squeaked by Prep's Connor Wurst, 3-1 in the finals. Kyle Sult also coasted to the 182 lbs. title with an 11-0 major decision in the semis and then a second period pin in the finals against Warren's Derek Reagle.

Ethan Laird may well have been in the tournament's toughest weight class. Ethan placed 2nd at 170. He posted a 5-4, come from behind victory over Prep's Ian Malesiewski in the semifinal round, but then dropped a 4-2 decision to McDowell's 17th ranked Ryan Dailey in the finals. Ian Mallory surprised nearly everyone by making the 220 lbs. finals. He posted a 5-2 decision over Fernando Frye of McDowell in the quarterfinals. But in the semifinals he had the formidable task of taking on the state's 7th ranked 220 pounder, Alex Streich of Warren. The two wrestlers exchanged escapes and were tied at 1-1 through the first five and a half minutes. It looked like the bout was headed to overtime when Mallory dropped in on a single leg, powered Streich to the mat and rode him out for a 3-1 victory. Ian had to settle for a silver medal when he suffered a tough, 3-1 loss in overtime in the finals.

Leno Ciotti nabbed 3rd place at 120 lbs. Ciotti just couldn't seem to get an offense going in the semifinals against Prep's Brandon Sauers and dropped a 5-2 decision. Leno wrestled back and posted a pair of major decisions, the last one an 11-0 white washing of Warren's Bailey Winslow in the consolation finals. Riley Vaughn lost a close one to Titusville's Dan Stearns in the 195 lbs. semis. Stearns made a pair of takedowns and an escape hold up for a 5-3 decision. But Riley came roaring back, posting a major decision and then a fall in the consolation finals. Kendrick Storm-Bailey lost in the opening round, 7-0 to McDowell's Chris Larsen. He pinned Gabe Smead of Meadville and then beat Vincent's John White 3-0 to make the consi finals. Kendrick had to settle for 4th place when he lost to Larsen again, 4-2 in OT.

Mason Fitzsimmons helped the team cause by winning his first varsity match on the mat. Mason decked Central's Saul Rodriguez in 2:21 in the first consolation round. GM finished a whopping 44 points ahead of 2nd place Cathedral Prep in the team race. The Lancers will now try to add a second straight NW Regional title to their list of accomplishments when they travel to Altoona in 2 weeks.

Notes From the D10 AAA Tourney:

This is the 4th District 10 AAA title under Coach Cook's reign. Cook's Lancers also snagged District championships in 2006, 2007 and 2013. GM won their first ever District 10 tournament title under Coach Tim Mulholland in 2003 when Cook was an assistant. They also won their first NW Regional title that year. McLane won the regional title last season and finished 2nd in 2013.

Congratulations to Mason Fitzsimmons who nailed his fisrt varsity win on the mat. Mason won by fall in the first consolation round! Owen Watkins seems to get better with each match. The GM sophomore posted a modest 15-12 record last season and barely qualified for the regional tournament. This season he has more than doubled his win total and won a district crown! He also leads the team with 15 pins.

Keller Watkins leads the team with 35 wins and 23 technical falls. He owns 48 career tech falls. It'll be interesting to see if he makes it to 50. Watkins also moved into 6th place on GM's all-time wins list with 122. He needs just two more to break into the top 5.

Five McLane wrestlers now have 30 or more wins this season. Keller (35), Owen (33), Giovanni (32), Leno (31) and Ethan (31). Carmine needs one more win to join the club. Ciotti has 13 falls, 5 tech falls and 4 majors in those 29 wins!

Giovanni Ciotti went into overtime six times this season and won all six times. Now that's what I call responding well under pressure!

Four other McLane wrestlers that have also been getting the job done for the Lancers this season are: Hunter Hendricks, Briggs Twitchell, Kyle Sult and Riley Vaughn. Hendricks has quietly piled up 25 wins this year, 14 of those wins were worth bonus points. Sult has 26 wins, 11 of those came by fall. Briggs has been amazing this season. After going 5-3 in 2013-14, he's won 23 and lost just 4 this year. And Riley has 24 wins on the season after going 6-7 as a freshman!

Ian Mallory pulled out a huge win in the semifinals over 7th ranked, Alex Streich. Ian stunned the crowd when, seemingly out of nowhere he dropped in like lightning, snagged Streich's leg and drove him to the mat for the winning takedown. Streich came into that match with a 28-1 record. Way to get it done Ian!


2015 District 10 AAA Finals:
106-Brady Sittinger (CP) wbf Chris Wig (Titus) 1:26
113-#9 Carmine Ciotti (GM) wbd #8 Charlie Lenox (McD) 1-0
120-#21 Aaron Ehrgott (Mead) wbd Brandon Sauers (CP) 5-2
126-#18 Hunter Hendricks (GM) wbd Keagan Fordyce (McD) 5-2
132-#3 DJ Fehlman (W) wbd Kyle Luben (Mead) 5-1
138-#13 Giovanni Ciotti (GM) wbd Noah Burkhart (McD) 4-2 (OT)
145-#19 Owen Watkins (GM) wbf Collin Dellatre (War) 3:59
152-#8 Keller Watkins (GM) wbd Teagan O'Sullivan (CP) 6-0
160-Briggs Twitchell (GM) wbd Connor Wurst (CP) 3-1
170-#17 Ryan Dailey (McD) wbd #24 Ethan Laird (GM) 4-2
182-Kyle Sult (GM) wbf Derek Reagle (War) 3:43
195-Mike Hughes (CP) wbd Dan Stearns (Titus) 5-3
220-#24 Luke Carr (Mdv) wbd #23 Ian Mallory (GM) 3-1 (OT)
285-#23 Ben Bish (Mead) wbd Jason Oakes (Titus) 1-0

Consolation Finals:
106-Tyler Mahood (W) wbf Jawon Carr (E) 2:57
113-Tyler McKinney (CP) wbf Steve Machen (Titus) 1:52
120-#25 Leno Ciotti (GM) wbmd Bailey Winslow (W) 11-1
126-Jacob Engstrom (W) wbmd James Johnson (Titus) 10-0
132-Ta’Nauz Gregory (CP) wbmd Jose Lopez (McD) 13-5
138-Dalton Burns (Titus) wbd Alejandro Linan (CP) 5-3
145-Luke Peterson (McD) wbd Chuck Bizzarro (CP) 3-0
152-Jared Carlson (McD) wbtf Gary Williams (SV) 15-0 (2:58)
160-Jake Paulson (McD) wbd Easton Hogue (Titus) 9-3
170-Ian Malesiewski (CP) wbmd Tristan Nadolny (Titus) 8-0
182-Kyle Carter (CP) wbd Caleb Stephens (Mdv) 4-2
195-Riley Vaughn (GM) wbf Steven Crone (W) 2:36
220-Phil Selker (CP) wbf Logan Nosko (Titus) :55
285-Chris Larsen (McD) wbd Kendrick Storm-Bailey (GM) 4-2


Team Standings: 1. General McLane 212.5, 2. Cathedral Prep 168.5, 3. McDowell 127.5, 4. Warren 108.5, Titusville 106, 6. Meadville 87, 7. Strong Vincent 16, 8. East 10, 9. Oil City 9, 10. Central Tech 6.


Individual Results at the 2015 District 10 AAA Tournament

106-Mason Fitzsimmons
QF: Chris Wig (Titusv) wbd Fitzsimmons 9-2
Cons: Fitzsimmons wbf Saul Rodriguez (CT) 2:21
Cons: Tyler Mahood (W) wbd Fitzsimmons 9-2

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)

113-Carmine Ciotti
QF: Bye
SF: #9 C Ciotti wbf Tyler Mckinney 2:37
F: C Ciotti wbd #8 Charlie Lenox (McD) 1-0

Tourn Record: 2-0 (PLACED 1ST)

120-Leno Ciotti
QF: Bye
SF: Brandon Sauers (CP) wbd #25 L Ciotti 5-2
Cons SF: L Ciotti wbmd Alex Simos (McD) 9-0
Cons F: L Ciotti wbmd Bailey Winslow (W) 11-1

Tourn Record: 2-1 (PLACED 3RD)

126-Hunter Hendricks
#18 Hendricks wbf Ben Herman (OC) 0:49
SF: Hendricks wbf James Johnson (Titus) 3:23
F: Hendricks wbd Keagan Fordyce (McD) 5-2

Tourn Record: 3-0 (PLACED 1ST)

132-Brett Mallory
QF: D.J. Fehlman (W) wbtf Mallory 19-4
Cons: Ethan Krysiak (CT) wbd Mallory 6-5

Tourn Record:0-2 (DNP)

138-Giovanni Ciotti
QF: #13 G Ciotti wbf Zach Frazier (OC) 2:44
SF: G Ciotti wbf Deven Abbot (SV) 3:09
F: G Ciotti wbd Noah Burkhart (McD) 4-2 (OT)

Tourn Record: 3-0 (PLACED 1ST)

145-Owen Watkins
QF: #19 O Watkins wbf Garrett Fletcher (E) 0:52
SF: O Watkins wbtf Lucciano DeRose (Titus) 15-0 (2:34)
F: O Watkins wbf Collin Dellatre (War) 3:59

Tourn Record: 3-0 (PLACED 1ST)

152-Keller Watkins
QF: #8 K Watkins wbtf Noah Troyer (CT) 16-0 (1:56)
SF: K Watkins wbtf Gary Williams (SV) 16-0 (1:52)
F: K Watkins wbd Teagn O'Sullivan (CP) 6-0

Tourn Record: 3-0 (PLACED 1ST)

160-Briggs Twitchell
QF: Bye
SF: Twitchell wbd Jake Paulson (McD) 6-1
F: Twitchell wbd Connor Wurst (CP) 3-1

Tourn Record: 2-0 (PLACED 1ST)

170-Ethan Laird
QF: Bye
SF: #24 Laird wbd Ian Malesiewski (CP) 5-4
F: #17 Ryan Dailey (McD) wbd Laird 4-2

Tourn Record: 1-1 (PLACED 2ND)

182-Kyle Sult
QF: Bye
SF: Sult wbmd Michael Kurelowech (McD) 11-0
F: Sult wbf Derek Reagle (War) 3:43

Tourn Record: 2-0 (PLACED 1ST)

195-Riley Vaughn
QF: Vaughn wbd Zach Chaffee (McD) 5-0
SF: Dan Stearns (Titus) wbd Vaughn 5-3
Cons SF: Vaughn wbmd Dakota Turk (Mdv) 14-2
Cons F: Vaughn wbf Stephen Crone (W) 2:36

Tourn Record: 3-1 (PLACED 3RD)

220-Ian Mallory
QF: #23 Mallory wbd Fernando Frye (McD) 5-2
SF: Mallory wbd #7 Alex Streich (War) 3-1
F: #24 Luke Carr (Mdv) wbd Mallory 3-1 (OT)

Tourn Record: 2-1 (PLACED 2ND)

285-Kendrick Storm-Bailey
QF: Chris Larsen (McD) wbd Storm-Bailey 7-0
Cons: Storm-Bailey wbf Gabe Smead (Mdv) 0:21
Cons SF: Storm-Bailey wbd John White (SV ) 3-0
Cons F: Chris Larsen (McD) wbd Storm-Bailey 4-2 (OT)

Tourn Record: 2-2 (PLACED 4TH)


Lancers Make History at 2015 PIAA Team Championships

The McLane wrestlers made history on Friday at the 2015 PIAA Team Duals in Hershey. They hung on for a 29-25 victory over Spring Ford for their first ever win at the tournament. Even though the Lancers went 1-2, securing a win in Hershey was something no other GM team had ever been able to do. The 2002-03 team lost to Cumberland Valley in the opening round, 38-27 back when the tournament was single elimination. In 2006 the Lancers lost back to back matches to Easton, 41-25 and DuBois, 32-27. After losing to 11th ranked Council Rock South by the slightest of margins on Thursday, GM was 0-4 in three trips to the Giant Center. But the Lancers came out firing on all cylinders on Friday morning!

They won six straight matches in the middle weights against Spring Ford in the first consolation round to take a commanding, 26-7 lead. But things started to unravel when Spring Ford won the next four bouts, two by fall. McLane held a 26-25 lead with just one bout to go. The pressure fell squarely on the shoulders of freshman, Leno Ciotti and he responded like a seasoned veteran. With the score tied, 0-0 after two periods, Ciotti escaped in the 3rd period to eke out a heart pounding 1-0 decision! That gave the Lancers their historic win!

Keller Watkins and Ethan Laird both got bonus points for McLane in that match. Watkins won by technical fall and Laird by fall. Keller's technical fall was especially impressive. He bumped up to 160 lbs. and beat the #15 ranked wrestler in the state by a score of 16-0! The Lancers won six other bouts in the Spring Ford match, all by decision. Two GM wrestlers pulled out crucial victories by close margins. Kyle Sult held on for a 3-2 win at 182 lbs. and Giovanni Ciotti won a 9-4 decision in OT when he got a takedown and ended up in a Peterson position, collecting 5 points on the move.

The Mclane wrestlers tried their best to win a second time in the 2nd consolation round, but came up just short, losing 37-33 to Parkland. The Lancers held a 27-12 lead after Kyle Sult pinned his opponent at 195 lbs., but Parkland won five of the last six bouts (3 of them by fall) to steal the win. The two teams each won seven weight classes, but the Lancers gave up 5 pins and a major decision in those losses and were only able to respond with 4 pins and 3 decisions.

The McLane wrestlers will be back in action this coming weekend at Central. They will attempt to add a District 10 AAA Tournament title to this year's accomplishments. They have already won the Tool City and Fred Bell tournaments, the Clearfield Bison Duals, the Region 4 title and the District 10 AAA Team Duals title this season.

Notes From the 2015 PIAA Team Championships:

Even though the Lancers only won once, they were impressive in Hershey. Both of their losses were by very close margins. If just a break or two had gone in their direction they could easily have won 2 or 3 matches. Bad luck struck first when the team lost Jacob Lenhart for the season to an injury he sustained in the District 10 Team Duals. Lenhart was on fire, having won 12 matches in a row before the injury! GM lost a couple of bouts by freak pins that cost them dearly in both of their losses. They also lost the coin toss against Council Rock South which resulted in a couple of unfavorable matchups. But luck aside, this year's McLane wrestling team showed that they are capable of competing with the best AAA programs in the state!

Keller Watkins is really on a roll. After losing two close matches at the King of the Mountain Tournament back in December, he has rattled off 28 straight wins! 19 of those wins came via technical fall. Keller has 21 tech falls on the season and 46 for his career. His most impressive technical fall came in Hershey when he bumped up a weight class and beat the 15th ranked 160 pounder in the state, 16-0! He also holds 'career' records for 2 Point Near Falls, '3 Point Near Falls and Reversals. In addition, he set 'season' records for 2 Point and 3 Point Near Falls. Watkins also has 119 career wins. Only eight McLane wrestlers have more career wins.

Coach Cook made a gutsy call when he dropped Briggs Twitchell to 152 and bumped Keller up to 160 against Spring Ford. Both wrestlers won against tough competitors and got the team a cool 8 points.

Four GM wrestlers went unbeaten at the team duals in Hershey. Owen Watkins, Keller Watkins, Ethan Laird and Giovanni Ciotti all went 3-0.

Three McLane wrestlers now have 30 or more wins on the season. Keller has 32, Owen and Ethan have 30. Leno and Giovanni are right behind them with 29. Carmine should be joining the 30 win club shortly.

Kudos to freshman Leno Ciotti who pulled out a 1-0 decision to clinch the win against Spring Ford in the last bout. That's a lot of pressure for any wrestler to be under, but the freshman got the job done!


2nd Round Consolations:
Parkland 37 General McLane 33

132 Brayson Haas (P) wbf #12 Hunter Hendricks (GM) :30
138 #17 Giovanni Ciotti (GM) wbd Lee Todora (P) 3-1 (TB)
145 #18 Owen Watkins (GM) wbf Anthony Chidiac (P) 1:52
152 #9 Keller Watkins (GM) wbd Rob Wetherhold (P) 8-1
160 Briggs Twitchell (GM) wbd Edward Jordan (P) 6-0
170 #22 Ethan Laird (GM) wbf Justin Gonzalez (P) 3:29
182 #13 Frank Guida (P) wbf Riley Vaughn (GM) 4:16
195 Kyle Sult (GM) wbf Alexander Van Woert (P) 4:10
220 #4 Omar Haddad (P) wbf Kendrick Storm-Bailey 2:52
285 Jathan Worth (P) wbf #23 Ian Mallory (GM) 3:41
106 #16 Nick Dolak (P) wbf Tony Damore (GM) 0:20
113 #21 Carmine Ciotti (GM) wbf Zach Ortman (P) 4:50
120 Andrew Mastrangelo (P) wbd # 23 Leno Ciotti (GM) 8-5
126 #6 Jacob Lizak (P) wbmd Luke Soboleski (GM) 15-4

1st Round Consolations:
General McLane 29 Spring Ford 25
120 #11 Ryan Hayes (SF) wbmd #21 Carmine Ciotti (GM) 15-4
126 #12 Hunter Hendricks (GM) wbd Hunter Mitch (SF) 6-1
132 Jonathan Westlake (SF) wbd Luke Soboleski (GM) 6-2
138 #17 Giovanni Ciotti (GM) wbd Matt Krieble (SF) 9-4 (OT)
145 #18 Owen Watkins (GM) wbd Nick Beauchamp (SF) 7-3
152 Briggs Twitchell (GM) wbd Jonathan Cooper (SF) 3-0
160 #9 Keller Watkins (GM) wbtf #15 Frankie Krauss (SF) 16-0
170 #22 Ethan Laird (GM) wbf Danny Krieble (SF) 3:33
182 Kyle Sult (GM) wbd Steven Rice (SF) 3-2
195 Ryan Yanulevich (SF) wbd Riley Vaughn (GM) 8-6
220 Brendan Zimmie (SF) wbf #23 Ian Mallory (GM) 4:51
285 #11 Zach Dorsey (SF) wbd Kendrick Storm-Bailey (GM) 4-0
106 Brandon Meredith (SF) wbf Tony Damore (GM) 2:01
113 #23 Leno Ciotti (GM) wbd Jimmy Frank (SF) 1-0

Championship Round 1:
Council Rock South 31 General McLane 27
170 #22 Ethan Laird (GM) wbmd Joe Doyle (CRS) 13-5
182 #11 Ben Kenis (CRS) wbmd Riley Vaughn (GM) 10-2
195 Scott Mackin (CRS) wbf Kyle Sult (GM) 3:42
220 Thiason Nguyen (CRS) wbd Kendrick Storm-Bailey (GM) 4-0
285 Ian Mallory (GM) wbf Brandon Kohn (CR) 5:30
106 #1 Riley Palmer (CRS) wbf Tony Damore (GM) 0:23
113 Ben Radner (CRS) wbd #23 Leno Ciotti (GM) 9-2
120 #21 Carmine Ciotti (GM) wbf Troy Nation (CRS) 1:07
126 Robbie Fasciocco (CRS) wbd Luke Soboleski (GM) 2-1
132 #3 Zach Trampe (CRS) wbd #12 Hunter Hendricks (GM) 12-6
138 #17 Giovanni Ciotti (GM) wbd Joe Little (CRS) 5-0
145 #18 Owen Watkins (GM) wbd Lucas Martoccio (CRS) 9-2
152 #11 Dylan Schwartz (CRS) wbd Briggs Twitchell 6-4
160 #9 Keller Watkins (GM) wbtf Robert Cooper (CRS) 16-0






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