News from February...2016



The McLane wrestling team came up short in their effort to repeat as District 10 AAA Tournament Champions this weekend. But they did crown two champs and 11 of 14 GM wrestlers will advance to the NW Regional Tournament in Altoona next weekend. Six Lancers advanced to the finals on Saturday. Brett Mallory (126), Hunter Hendricks (138), Briggs Twitchell (145), Owen Watkins (152), Ethan Laird (170) and Jacob Lenhardt (285) all made the finals. Five others made the consolation finals: Andrew Brest (106), Brad Motter (120), Jordan Motter (160), Riley Vaughn (182) and Adam Steiner (220).

Brett Mallory was crowned the champ at 126 lbs. in his first post-season tournament appearance after scoring back to back pins over Oil City's Cameron Myers and Titusville's James Johnson in the finals. Ethan Laird won his first District title, after finishing 2nd his freshman and sophomore years. He pinned Eli Lewis of Oil City and then pulled out a tough, 5-2 decision over McDowell's Ryan Dailey.

Hunter Hendricks returned after several weeks on the sidelines and made it to the final round. He knocked off McDowell's Keegan Fordyce, 10-6 and then Warren's Jacob Engstrom with a 12-4 major decision. He lost to Prep's Carter Starocci in the finals. Briggs Twitchell dominated his first two opponents, racking up a fall and a major decision, before losing a 5-4 heart breaker in the finals. Owen Watkins posted 2 falls on his way to the finals, but was unable to repeat as a champion. He dropped a wild, 11-6 decision to a feisty, Dazion Casto of McDowell. Jacob Lenhardt also had to settle for 2nd place when he lost to Prep's talented freshman, KaWaun DeBoe in the finals. Jacob won by fall in the quarters and then posted a solid, 4-0 decision in the semis.

Brad Motter went 3-1 and took 3rd at 120 lbs. He racked up a fall, tech fall and a decision in his effort. His only loss was to top seed, Leno Ciotti of McDowell in the semifinal round. Motter pulled out one of the tournament's wildest comebacks in the consolation finals. He was trailing Warren's Winslow, 7-2 late in the 3rd period when reversed the Dragon and took him to his back to tie the score at the end of regulation. He nailed the winning takedown in overtime. Riley Vaughn also went 3-1 and grabbed the bronze. He had a fall, major decision and a decision in his effort. Riley also won a nail biter in the consolation finals. He was awarded a penalty point in the 2nd period and took a 1-0 lead. He managed to keep his opponent from escaping in the 3rd period to pull off the win.

Placing 4th and moving on to regionals were Andrew Brest, Jordan Motter and Adam Steiner. Both of Brest's wins were pins. Jordan Motter and Adam Steiner both lost close decisions in their final matches. Andrew Brest was forced to forfeit his consi final bout due to a sore shoulder.

The Lancers will be back in action in Altoona on March 4th and 5th at the NW Regional Tournament. GM has done well at the tournament in recent years. They won it in 2013 and placed 2nd in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

Notes From the D10 Tournament:

Briggs and Ethan became the first GM wrestlers to reach the 30 win mark this year. Ethan has 31 and Briggs 30. Laird now has 95 career wins. Jordan and Riley both cracked the 20 win barrier.

This was the first time since 2011 a McLane wrestling team hasn't finished 1st or 2nd at the tournament. In the past 7 years, no GM team has finshed lower than 3rd!

Mason Fitzsimmons wrestled his final varsity match at Districts. Mason didn't even start wrestling until his sophomore year and still picked up 11 wins in a reserve roll. He got stronger and showed a lot of improvement over the past 3 years. Jay Hardy, who was basically a first year wrestler also did a great job for the Lancers. Hardy posted an 8-5 record before being sidelined by an injury at the end of the regular season. Congrats to both wrestlers and good luck!


Team scores: 1. Cathedral Prep (CP) 251, 2. McDowell (Mc) 195, 3. General McLane (GM) 193, 4. Titusville (T) 113.5, 5. Meadville (Me) 94, 6. Warren (W) 85.5, 7. Oil City (OC) 32.5, 8. East (E) 25, 9. Strong Vincent (SV) 23, 10.Central Tech (CT) 0

106 Boyd (Mc) wbd Thompson (T) 6-5
113 McKinney (CP) wbmd Fankhouser (W) 9-1
120 Sauers (CP) wbd Ciotti (Mc) 5-2 TB
126 Brett Mallory (GM) wbf Johnson (T) 5:54
132 Gregory (CP) wbd Ciotti (Mc) 5-3
138 Starocci (CP) wbf Hunter Hendricks (GM) 2:59
145 Luben (Me) wbd Briggs Twitchell (GM) 5-4
152 Casto (Mc) wbd Owen Watkins (GM) 11-6
160 Vesylav (Mc) wbd Yates (CP) 3-2
170 Ethan Laird (GM) wbd Dailey (Mc) 5-2
182 Paulson (Mc) wbd Hughes (CP) 13-8
195 Malesiewski (CP) wbmd Reagle (W) 12-2
220 Selker (CP) wbd Bish (Me) 3-2
285 DeBoe (CP) wbf Jacob Lenhardt (GM) 2:46.

Consolation Finals
106 Sittinger (CP) wb inj def Andrew Brest (GM)
113 Wig (T) wbd Carr (E) 6-5
120 Brad Motter (GM) wbd Winslow (W) 9-7
126 Simos (Mc) wbmd Myers (OC) 10-0
132 Wagner (T) wbmd Rinella (Me) 13-3
138 Abbott (SV) wb inj def Engstrom (W)
145 DeRose (T) wbd Taylor (CP) 3-0
152 Linan (CP) wbd Cummings (W) 10-4
160 Ridgway (Me) wbd Jordan Motter (GM) 5-4
170 Harvey (T) wbd Carter (CP) 6-3
182 Riley Vaughn (GM) wbd Zdarko (OC) 1-0
195 Craig (Me) wb inj def Kurelowech (Mc
220 Nosko (T) wbd Adam Steiner (GM) 4-2 SV
285 Morelli (Me) wbd Gibson (Mc) 4-0


Individual Results at the 2016 District 10 AAA Tournament

106-Andrew Best
QF: Brest wbf Anthony Moffatt (E) 2:56
SF: Hunter Thompson (T) wb inj def Brest
Cons SF: Brest wbf J Eherts (SV) 2:56
Cons F: Brady Sittinger (CP) wbff Brest

Tourn Record: 2-2 (PLACED 4TH)

113-Mason Fitzsimmons
QF: Jawon Carr (E) wbf Fitzsimmons 1:57
Cons: Chris Wig wbf Fitzsimmons 3:55

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)

120-Brad Motter
QF: Motter wbtf Patrick Dacus (C) 15-0
SF: Leno Ciotti (McD) wbd Motter 8-4
Cons SF: Motter wbf T Troutman (OC) 5:56
Cons F: Motter wbd B Winslow (W) 9-7

Tourn Record: 3-1 (PLACED 3RD)

126-Brett Mallory
QF: Bye
SF: Mallory wbf Cameron Myers (OC) 0:49
F: Mallory wbf James Johnson (T) 5:54

Tourn Record: 2-0 (PLACED 1ST)

132-Kyle Bloomquist
QF: Carmine Ciotti (McD) wbf Bloomquist 1:36
Cons: Mitchell Rossey (OC) wbmd Bloomquist 12-3

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)

138-Hunter Hendricks
Pre: Bye
QF: Hendricks wbd Keegan Fordyce (McD) 10-6
SF: Hendricks wbmd Jacob Engstrom (W) 12-4
F: Carter Starocci (CP) wbf Hendricks 2:59

Tourn Record: 2-1 (PLACED 2ND)

145-Briggs Twitchell
QF: Twitchell wbf Evante Dunlap (SV) 1:37
SF: Twitchell wbmd Nick Desimone (W) 11-3
F: Kyle Luben (Mdv) wbd Twitchell 5-4

Tourn Record: 2-1 (PLACED 2ND)

152-Owen Watkins
QF: Watkins wbf Jeric Johnson (E) 1:26
SF: Watkins wbf Brett Cummings (W) 5:28
F: Dazion Casto (McD) wbd Watkins 11-6

Tourn Record: 2-1 (PLACED 2ND)

160-Jordan Motter
Pre: Bye
QF: Motter wbd Kane Patron (SV) 3-0
SF: Luigi Yates (CP) wbd Motter 3-0
Cons SF: Motter wbf D Patterson (T) 2:54
Cons F: Derek Ridgway (Mdv) wbd Motter 5-4

Tourn Record: 2-1 (PLACED 4TH)

170-Ethan Laird
QF: Bye
SF: Laird wbtf Eli Lewis (OC) 15-0
F: Laird wbd Ryan Daily (McD) 5-2

Tourn Record: 2-0 (PLACED 1ST)

182-Riley Vaughn
QF: Vaughn wbf Stephen Crone (W) 0:36
SF: Mike Hughes (CP) wbmd Vaughn 17-8
Cons SF: Vaughn wbmd C Hall (SV) 13-1
Cons F: Vaughn wbd Jacob Zdarko 1-0

Tourn Record: 3-1 (PLACED 3RD)

195-Jack Kaulis
QF: Michael Kurelowech (McD) wbmd Kaulis 14-6
Cons: J Craig (Mdv) wbd Kaulis 6-5

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)

220-Adam Steiner
QF: Steiner wbmd Quenton Cook (McD) 9-0
SF: Phil Selker (CP) wbd Steiner 5-2
Cons SF: Steiner wbf J Dardaris (C) 2:27
Cons F: L Nosko (T) wbd Steiner 4-2

Tourn Record: 2-2 (PLACED 4TH)

285-Jacob Lenhardt
QF: Lenhardt wbf Mason Mohney (W) 1:47
SF: Lenhardt wbd Nick Morelli (Mdv) 4-0
F: KaWaun DeBoe (CP) wbf Lenhardt 2:45

Tourn Record: 2-1 (PLACED 2ND)



The McLane wrestling team knew they had an uphill battle heading into this year's District 10 AAA Team Duals Tournament. They were missing starters Hunter Hendricks, Jay Hardy, Adam Steiner and Jacob Lenhardt. On top of that, Andrew Brest was questionable due to a recent illness and Owen Watkins was not 100%. Sickness and injuries had taken it's toll on half the team. Despite all that, McLane managed to give a tough McDowell squad all they could handle. In fact the Lancers led the Trojans for most of the match and didn't give up the lead until there were just two bouts left.

Briggs Twitchell was the first wrestler to bring the screaming GM fans to their feet. He trailed Luke Peterson for most of his match. Briggs was still two points in the hole, but with just 33 seconds remaining he overpowered Peterson's whizzer attempt, took the Trojan to his back and decked him.

McDowell won the next two bouts at 152 and 160 which knotted the team score at 6. Ethan Laird won a hard fought decision over Ryan Dailey at 170, putting the Lancers back on top, 9-6. Riley Vaughn followed with a 5-4 decision over Mike Kurelowech in bout that wasn't as close as the score would indicate. Vaughn led for the entire match and 3 of Kurelowech's points were scored late in that match.

McDowell won with a major decision at 195 lbs. to pull to within 3 points of Lancers (12-9). The bout at 220 may have been the one that ultimately decided the outcome. In a match that could have gone either way, Trent Linder and Quentin Cook wrestled a wild one. Linder rolled through a Cook headlock and took the Trojan to his back at one point. But Cook caught Linder and decked him with just 11 seconds remaining in the second period. That gave McDowell back the lead, (16-12).

Backup heavyweight Tyler LaRocca came out and dominated Andre Gibson before pinning him at 3:54. That put McLane back on top, 18-16. Andrew Brest followed up at 106 with a solid, 3-0 win that made the team score, GM-21 McDowell-16. The Trojans tightened the score again (21-19) with a decision at 113. Brad Motter posted a dominating, 5-1 decision at 120 lbs. putting the Lancers out in front by five points again. But with a forfeit and the Ciotti brothers looming, it was obvious that lead wasn't going to be enough. McDowell took the last three weight classes to make the final score, 34-24.

The McLane wrestlers will be back in action for the post-season on February 26th and 27th at the District 10 AAA Tournament.

Notes from the D10 Duals:

I was very proud of the way the GM wrestlers battled through adversity last night. Kudos to Briggs Twitchell for the way he just kept coming at his opponent and finally getting the fall in the evening's first bout. I could tell Owen Watkins wasn't 100% last night, but he gave it his all in a losing effort to a wrestler he pinned twice last year. Jack Kaulis was outmatched by a much more experienced Trojan wrestler, but fought hard and avoided a technical fall, saving GM a team point.

Tyler LaRocca, in just his second varsity match, came out on the mat like he was on a mission. He went after McDowell's 285 pounder and kept the pressure on until he had Gibson on his back for good. Two varsity matches and two wins! WTG Tyler! Andrew Brest was questionable due to an illness, but he came out because his team still had a chance to win. He did what he needed to do early in his match and then coasted to a 3-0 victory. Mason Fitzsimmons fought hard at 113 lbs. and avoided going to his back several times against a more experienced wrestler. The McLane senior,who didn't start wrestling until his sophomore year has shown a lot of improvement over the past 3 seasons.

And finally, a tip of the cap to Brett Mallory. Mallory had the unenviable task of facing a state ranked wrestler late in the match. But the McLane sophomore kept his head, hung in there and held Leno Ciotti to a regular decision!

Congratulations to Coach Cook for another sucessful duals season. Cook finishes his 12th dual meet season with 161 wins, making him (by far) the winningest coach in GM wrestling history. In fact, under Coach Cook the Lancers have never had a losing season. His worst season since coming aboard in 2004 was 10-7 in 2008-09. Congratulations Coach!

I'm excited about the post-season. While this GM team doesn't have the number of dominant wrestlers they did last season, they are very solid and well balanced. If everyone heals and is healthy I think they have an excellent shot at winning the District 10 AAA Tournament!



McDowell 34 General McLane 24
145 Briggs Twitchell (GM) wbf Luke Peterson 5:27
152 Dazion Cast (M) wbd Owen Watkins 11-6
160 Ilyas Veysalov (M) wbd Jordan Motter 12-9
170 Ethan Laird wbd Ryan Dailey 7-5
182 Riley Vaughn (GM) wbd Mike Kurelowech 5-4
195 Jake Paulson (M) wbmd Jack Kaulis 17-3
220 Quentin Cook (M) wbf Trenton Linder 3:49
285 Tyler LaRocca (GM) wbf Andre Gibson 3:54
106 Andrew Brest (GM) wbd Sean Marsden 3-0
113 Jeff Boyd (M) wbd Mason Fitzsimmons 7-1
120 Brad Motter (GM) wbd Alex Simos 5-1
126 Leno Ciotti (M) wbd Brett Mallory 7-1
132 Carmine Ciotti (M) wbff
138 Keegan Fordyce (M) wbf Kyle Bloomquist 0:31

145 Starocci (CP) wbmd DeRose 9-0
152 Linan (CP) wbmd Jacobson 14-6
160 Yates (CP) wbtf Patterson 15-0 2:49
170 Harvey (T) wbd Carter 7-1
182 Hughes (CP) wbff
195 Malesiewski (CP) wbtf Nosko 16-0 5:22
220 P.Selker (CP) wbf Warner 1:40
285 DeBoe (CP) wbff
106 Thompson (T) wbff
113 McKinney (CP) wbf Wig 3:07
120 A.Stark (CP) wbd Hart 6-2
126 Sauers (CP) wbf Johnson 5:44
132 Wagner (T) wbd Staab 2-0
138 Gregory (CP) wbd Donovan 11-6.


152 Casto (Mc) wbd Taylor 8-4
160 Yates (CP) wbd Veysalov 8-6
170 Dailey (Mc) wbf Carter 1:09
182 Hughes (CP) wbmd Kurelowech 12-3
195 Malesiewski (CP) wbd Paulson 7-2
220 P.Selker (CP) wbmd Cook 11-3
285 DeBoe (CP) wbf Gibson 0:45
106 Sittinger (CP) wbf Marsden 0:52
113 McKinney (CP) wbd Boyd 4-3
120 A.Stark (CP) wbd Simos 3-1
126 L.Ciotti (Mc) wbd Sauers 4-2
132 C.Ciotti (Mc) wbf Staab 3:13
138 Gregory (CP) wbd Lopez 9-3
145 Starocci (CP) wbd Fordyce 7-0
138 Gregory (CP) wbd Donovan 11-6.



The McLane wrestling team pulled off a hard fought, 41-27 win over Titusville on Tuesday, despite having five starters missing from the lineup. The Lancers were forced to forfeit the 106 and 138 lbs. weight classes and were hanging on to a slim 23-18 lead. But they got two clutch wins from backups Trenton Linder and Tyler LaRocca that all but sealed the GM victory. The win gave the Lancers a share of the Region 4 title along with Cathedral Prep and McDowell. All three teams finished Region action with 8-1 records. It marked the 4th straight year McLane has won the title.

Titusville took a 12-0 lead out of the gate winning by fall at 132 lbs. and accepting a forfeit at 138. The Lancers finally got out in front, 13-12 after three wins by Briggs Twitchell, Owen Watkins and Jordan Motter. Titusville re-took the lead, 18-13 after they won by fall at 170. But Ethan Laird won by forfeit at 182 and then Riley Vaughn, Trenton Linder and Tyler LaRocca all rattled off wins to give the Lancers a nearly insurmountable 32-18 lead. Titusville got two more wins, a forfeit at 106 and Chris Wig's major decision at 113 to close the gap to 32-28. But Brad Motter came though in the bout of the night when he pulled off an 8-6 overtime decision against Nick Hart. Brett Mallory put the icing on the cake when he won by fall in the final bout.

The McLane wrestlers will face McDowell on Thursday at 5 PM at Cathedral Prep's new gymnasium. The Lancers will try to defend their District 10 AAA Team Duals title. But they will be without several key starters.

Notes from Titusville:

Congratulations to Trenton Linder and Tyler LaRocca who both nailed their first varsity wins with the Region 4 title hanging in the balance. WTG guys!

Brett Mallory joined Ethan Laird, Briggs Twitchell, Adam Steiner and Jacob Lenhardt in the 20+ season wins club. Jordan Motter needs one more win to become a member.


General McLane 41 Titusville 27
132 Hunter Wagner (T) wbf Kyle Bloomquist 0:50
138 Isaac Donnovan (T) wbff
145 Briggs Twitchell (GM) wbd Luciano DeRose 10-7
152 Owen Watkins (GM) wbf Chase Ackerman 0:40
160 Jordan Motter (GM) wbmd Josiah Jacobson 12-2
170 Parker Harvey (T) wbf Corey Myers 0:23
182 Ethan Laird (GM) wbff
195 Riley Vaughn (GM) wbmd Logan Nosko 12-0
220 Trenton Linder (GM) wbf Ethan Warner 3:29
285 Tyler LaRocca (GM) wbd Caleb Shrum 9-4
106 Hunter Thompson (T) wbff
113 Chris Wig (T) wbmd Mason Fitzsimmons 13-0
120 Brad Motter (GM) wbd Nick Hart 8-6 (OT)
126 Brett Mallory (GM) wbf James Johnson 3:22






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