News from March...2007

Keith Scharrer Places 6th at PIAA Tournament

Keith Scharrer became just the 18th wrestler and first 103 pounder in the history of the McLane wrestling program to place at the PIAA State Tournament, Saturday in Hershey. Keith suffered an opening round loss to top ranked, Mark Rappo of Council Rock South, and then bounced back for three straight wins to claim a spot on the podium.

Rappo, the top ranked 103 pounder in the state, rolled to a 19-4 technical fall in just 3:54. Keith recovered from that loss to shut out Pleasant Valley's Jordan Toledo, 3-0 in the first consolation round. He and Toledo battled to a stalemate in the opening period, but Keith picked up an escape in the second and added a takedown in the final period, then rode Toledo out for last minute.

In the second consolation round, Scharrer faced Lower Dauphin's 10th ranked, Zach Barrick. The two wrestled to a 0-0 stalemate in the first period. Keith choose neutral in the second and then built a 5-0 lead when he took Barrick down and used a guillotine to turn him to for 3 near fall points. Barrick, chose the top position in the final period and tried to use a series of tilts to score. There were some anxoius moments, but Keith weathered the storm and came out on top by a score of 5-3. That win clinched a medal for Keith.

On Saturday morning Keith put himself in a position to finish 6th or higher, when he beat North Allegheny's 9th ranked Nick Rogers, 5-4 in the consi quarterfinals. He ran up a 4-0 lead on a first period takedown and second period reversal, before surrendering a pair takedowns in the final stanza. That win propelled Keith to the consi semis where he lost to 3rd ranked Desmond Moore of Easton. Keith dropped a 1-0 decision to Bellefonte's Mitchell Port in his final bout to place 6th.


Notes From the PIAA Tournament:

Keith showed a lot of heart when he shook off an opening round loss to Mark Rappo. He came back and won three straight matches to put himself in position to wrestle for 5th. The percentage of wrestlers that recover from a first bout loss, and then come back to place is extremely low. Keith came into the tournament ranked 11th, and had to knock off 13th ranked, Jordan Toledo and 10th ranked, Zack Barrick to clinch a medal. Not only did he do that, he added another win over 9th ranked, Nick Rogers.

Keith made it into the GM record book for Season Wins. His win over Rogers was his 34th this season. That ranks 22nd on the all-time list. Congratulations to Keith on a great year and career.

Here's what Marc Attivo from "PA. Wrestling Radio" had to say about Keith Scharrer in his article about the 103 pound weight class at the PIAA Tournament.

"103- .....

Biggest Surprise -There was nothing earth-shattering, but, I'll go with Keith Scharrer's victory over Zack Barrick to get into the medal rounds. I would go with Rappo losing, but, it became apparent as the season went on that Young was for real and the final would be a battle.

Heart Award -Once again, I'll go with Keith Scharrer of General McLane. The Senior battled back with 3 impressive wins in a row (Toledo, Barrick, & Rodgers) after being hammered by Rappo in the prelims. Nice effort and a solid way to finish his career."


2007 PIAA AAA Tournament

Championship Finals
103 Shane Young Penn Trafford DEC Mark Rappo Council Rock So 5-2
112 Kegan Handlovic Easton DEC Taylor Brown Emmaus 7-4
119 Jordan Oliver Easton DEC Nic Bedelyon Indian Valley 4-1
125 Corey Houser Governor Mifflin DEC Colin Johnston Canon McMillan 13-8
130 Tyler Nauman Middletown FALL Marshall Peppelman Central Dauphin fall 5:00
135 Walter Peppelman Central Dauphin DEC Mike Greck Nazareth 7-2
140 Zach Kemmerer Upper Perkiomen DEC Tony Dallago Central Dauphin 13-6
145 Nick Nelson Shaler DEC Steve Bosak State College 7-3
152 Tim Darling Nazareth DEC Ryan Goodman Greater Latrobe 2-1 TB
160 Quentin Wright Bald Eagle Area DEC Matt Ryan Canon McMillan 6-3
171 Rob Waltko North Allegheny DEC A.J. Brentzel Penn Trafford 6-3
189 Nate Eachus Hazleton DEC David Crowell Nazareth 9-7
215 Justin Wieller Northampton DEC Jordan Enck Manheim Central 6-4
285 Steve Santia Hempfield Area FALL Marcus Zimmerman Manheim Central fall 1:54

3rd Place Matches
103 Desmond Moore Easton DEC Simon Rice Central Dauphin 6-4 ot
112 Matt Snyder Lewistown DEC Chris Albright Red Lion 4-1
119 Christopher Sheetz Upper Perkiomen DEC Chris Kochinsky Middletown 7-1
125 Jonathan Crawford Lower Dauphin DEC Matt Scherich McGuffey 6-1
130 Andrew Alton Central Mountain FALL Grant Lowther Trinity fall :17
135 Bryan Ortenzio Cedar Cliff DEC Josh Long Middletown 5-1
140 James Fleming West Mifflin DEC Andrew Ritchie Nazareth 7-0
145 Mallie Shuster Big Spring DEC Grant Paswall Bald Eagle Area 6-3
152 Brian Letters Fox Chapel DEC Brian Tanen Souderton 3-1
160 Travis Uncapher Hempfield Area DEC Ryan Dill Red Land 4-3
171 Lance Bryson Albert Gallatin DEC Jesse Dewan Boyertown 5-4
189 Michael Salopek Norwin DEC Austin Carter Council Rock So 6-4
215 Kevin Struble Bald Eagle Area DEC Danny Vaughan Pittsburgh CC 1-0
285 Justin Haines Connellsville DEC Brad Ladd Dallastown 1-0

5th Place Matches
103 Mitchell Port Bellefonte DEC Keith Scharrer General McLane 1-0
112 Zach Cecchetti Kiski DEC Ken Trumbetta Greensburg Salem 6-3
119 Gary Atiyeh Whitehall DEC Nico Cortese Hempfield Area 3-1
125 Matt Bonson Lewistown DEC Zach Oberlander Dallastown 1-0
130 Brandon Bucher Northern DEC Nick Garber Waynesburg 5-3 ot
135 Ryan Kemmerer Upper Perkiomen FOR Josh Roosa Crestwood forfeit
140 Jarred Kane Lower Dauphin MAJOR Jonathan Weibel Quakertown 10-0
145 Donnie Tasser Belle Vernon DEC Jake Kemerer Hempfield Area 1-0
152 Mike Wechsler Northampton DEC Christian Mory Central Dauphin E 4-1
160 Edward Ruth Susquehanna Twp FALL Brad Clark Methacton fall 5:49
171 Corey Getz Warwick DEC Marcus Wilson Northampton 4-3 utb
189 Joe Kennedy Delaware Valley DEC Jon Moore Kiski 2-1
215 Brandon Miller Middletown DEC Dan Utchel Chartiers Valley 6-1
285 Sean Owen Clearfield DEC Michael Gesford Hershey 6-5 utb

7th Place Matches
103 Jordan Rich Central Mountain DEC Nick Rodgers North Allegheny 11-6
112 Nick Wykoff DuBois DEC Pat May Downingtown W 8-2
119 Steve Armor Springfield Delco DEC Kenny Stank Central Dauphin 2-1
125 Dylan Alton Central Mountain FALL Jake O'Hara Crestwood fall 2:01
130 Dexter Lederer Neshaminy DEC Rudy Chelednik Hempfield Area 2-0
135 Dave Cawley North Allegheny DEC Tony Clark Kiski 7-3
140 Jim Sheptock Northampton DEC Luke Miller Indiana 4-3
145 James English Central York DEC Colin Dailey Easton 2-1
152 Ethan Headlee Waynesburg DEC Robbie Robinson Pittston Area 4-2
160 Thad Frick Nazareth DEC Zach Lundgren DuBois 6-4
171 Mike Reilly Crestwood DEC Kevin Gerhart Lower Dauphin 7-3
189 Eric Fulmer Shaler DEC JC Laughlin South Western 5-0
215 Ray Bennett Abington Hts FALL T.J. Valore Hempfield Area fall 4:02
285 Eric Kush Chartiers Valley FALL Evan Craig Abington Hts fall 3:46



Individual GM Wrestlers at the 2007 PIAA AAA Tournament

103-Keith Scharrer

Prelim-Mark Rappo (Council Rock So.) tech fall Scharrer 19-4 (3:54)
Cons-Scharrer dec Jordan Toledo (Pleasant Valley) 3-0
Cons-Scharrer dec Zach Barrick (Lower Dauphin) 5-3
Cons QF-Scharrer dec Nick Rogers (North Allegheny) 5-4
Cons SF-Desmond Moore (Easton) pinned Scharrer 3:58
5th/6th-Mitchell Port (Bellefonte) dec Scharrer 1-0

Tournament Record: 3-3 (PLACED 6TH)



Keith Scharrer Qualifies for State Tounament
Lancers Finish 8th as a Team

It took Keith Scharrer three years to grow into the 103 pound weight class. But he's there and making the most of it. Keith qualified for next week's state tournament for the first time with an inspiring performance at the NW Regional Tournament in Altoona. He took 3rd place, losing only once to Central Mountain's 6th ranked Jordan Rich in the semifinals.

Scharrer lost on the scoreboard 8-6 to Rich, but should have received a couple of points for exposing Rich's back to the mat. The official clearly signalled a two count, but after Rich fought out of the situation, the points were never awarded. That sent Keith to the consolation semifinals where he clawed his way back.

Keith had an opening round bye, then beat 18th ranked, Gage Smith of Lewistown, 5-2 in the quarters. After losing to Rich in the semis, he knocked off St. Marys' Zach Hoy, 5-2 in the consi semis. He clinched a spot in the state tournament when he won a hard fought, 1-0 decision on a penalty point over 11th ranked, Erik Galloway of State College.

Also placing, but coming up one win short of qualifying for the state tournament were Eric Zelina and Clay Steadman. Zelina, a three time Regional qualifier, pinned Kyle Bish of St. Marys in the preliminary round. In the quarterfinals, he faced Central Mountain's Johnathon Qiuggle for the third time this season. Eric took Quiggle to the mat and scored back points take a 5-0 lead, but Quiggle rallied for an 8-5 win.

Zelina won by a 16-0 tech fall over Mike Richards of Langley in the first consolation round, then beat Tye Boyer of Indian Valley, 6-4 in overtime in the consi quarterfinals. In the consolation semifinals Eric nipped 23rd ranked, Stuart Rhodes of Holidaysburg, 4-3. That set the stage for a rematch of the 135 lbs. district final against old rival, Dan Pascuzzi of Warren. Once again the bout was decided by a single point with Pascuzzi winning 3-2.

Clay Steadman won his first bout 5-0 over Altoona's KJ Walters, then lost by fall to a very underrated 18th ranked, Will Harris of Johnstown in the quarters. Clay battled his way back to the consolation finals by beating Allen Dreibelbis of State College, 7-1, Jacob Riglin of Clearfield by fall and Alex Hamilton of Meadville. Clay took Hamilton straight to his back in the opening moments of their bout and nearly pinned the Bulldog. Hamilton survived the period and came back to tie the score 7-7. Steadman avenged last weekend's loss when he escaped and took Hamilton down to seal the win with just seconds remaining on the clock. Unfortunately, Clay saw his chances for a trip to Hershey evaporate when he dropped a 7-4 decision to Eric Lundgren of DuBois in the consolation finals.

Lou Decker posted a very respectable 3-2 record at Regionals. He pinned Central Mountain's Cody Dolan in the prelims, but then dropped a 7-2 decision to 12th ranked, Zach Lundgren of DuBois in the quarterfinals. He won a 16-3 major decsion over Calvin Greer of St. Marys and then pinned Sam West of Langley in the consis. Decker's run ended when he lost for the second time in a week to Meadville's Bryan Towers in the consi semis.

Shawn McFadden went 2-2. He won a hard fought, 4-2 decision over DuBois Luke Bennett in the preliminary round, then cruised to a 6-2 win over District 8 champ, Grover Walker of Peabody in the quarterfinals. Shawn suffered a heart breaking, 3-2 loss to eventual champ, Brant Clouser of Altoona in the semis and then dropped out of the tournament when he lost, 9-5 to 15th ranked Sean Owen of Clearfield in the consolation semifinal round.

Cyrus Parlin went 1-2. He scored a 16-0 technical fall over Clearfield's Holden Lowe in the quarterfinals after an opening round bye, then lost by fall to 4th ranked, Nic Bedelyon of Indian Valley in the semifinals. 22nd ranked, Brandon Potts sent Cyrus home with a 6-1 win in the consi semis.


Notes from the NW Regional Tournament:

This marks the sixth straight year General McLane has placed in the top 10 at the NW Regional AAA Tournament (01-02/ 8th, 02-03/5th, 03-04/1st, 04-05/9th, 05-06/ 6th, 06-07/8th). Coach Cook has now coached 10 District 10 Champs, 22 District 10 placewinners, 2 NW Regional Champs, 11 NW Regional placewinners and 5 state qualifiers. He also has compiled a 42-16 dual meet record in just three seasons ( a .724 winning percentage).

Senior, Eric Zelina ended a very distinquished high school wrestling career this weekend. He was a 3 time Regional qualifier and a District 10 champ last year. He had 113 career wins. Eric won numerous tournament titles and placed 4th in the 2005 AAU Folkstyle Nationals Tournament. His name is all over the GM record books (5th-career takedowns, 8th-career escapes, 5th-career wins, 7th-career major decisions, 8th-career falls, 1st-season major decisions, and he holds the number 9 and 14 spots for most wins in a single season with 36 and 35).

Senior, Clay Steadman may have broken many records if he hadn't spent much of his career sidelined with injuries. He was a two time District 10 finalist (winning it last year) and a two time Regional qualifier. When Clay was healthy he made a noticeable impact. Over the past two seasons, Clay's record was a stellar 38-8, with 4 of those 8 losses coming in the NW Regional Tournament.

Senior, Lou Decker also ended a fine career this weekend. He posted 96 career wins and 52 career pins (#7 on the all time list). Lou also won several tournament titles. He placed 6th at NHSCA Folkstyle Nationals last Summer and was runnerup at the AAU Folkstyle Nationals Tournament last Spring. Lou holds the top spot in the GM record books for career reversals, having broken Branden Stearns record this weekend in Altoona.

Senior, Keith Scharrer will be moving on to the PIAA Championships in Hershey. He became the third GM wrestler to break the 30 win plateua this season. Keith racked up 59 wins and 27 pins over the past two years. Good luck to Keith at states.

Junior, Cyrus Parlin had a great season. He won his first District title, posted 31 wins, 15 pins, 5 major decisions and 2 technical falls. One of his most notable wins was a 3-0 shutout over three time District Champ, Steve Mancuso at the War at the Shore.

Junior, Shawn McFadden also finished the year with a bang after returning from the football season. He placed 2nd at the District 10 Tournament, becoming a two time district placewinner and Regional qualifier.

Congratulations to all six regional qualifiers and best of luck to the Seniors.


Team Scores: 1. 147 Bald Eagle Area , 2. 134.5 Central Mountain, 3. 107 Bellefonte,
4. 94 Lewistown, 5. 81.5 Indian Valley, 6. 76 DuBois, 7. 63 Erie Cathedral Prep,
8. 54 General McLane
, 9. 45 Conneaut Lake, 10. 38.5 Altoona, 11. 26 McDowell,
11. 26 State College, 13. 25.5 Hollidaysburg, 14. 25 Warren, 15. 24 Johnstown,
16. 23.5 Meadville, 17. 22 Corry, 18. 20 St. Marys, 19. 18 Clearfield, 19. 18 Titusville,
21. 15 Philipsburg-Osceola, 22. 11 Erie Strong Vincent, 23. 9 Franklin, 24. 8 Allderdice,
25. 6 Punxsutawney, 26. 5 Langley, 27. 4 Brashear, 28. 3 Perry, 29. 2 Peabody

Championship Finals
103-Mitchell Port (Bellefonte) dec Jordan Rich (Central Mt.) 3-1
112-Matt Snyder (Lewistown) pinned Steve Mancuso (McDowell) 1:35
119-Nic Bedelyon (Indian Valley) dec Ethan Swope ( DuBois) 7-1
125-Dylan Alton (Central Mt.) dec Chad Frankhouser (Indian Valley) 7-3
130-Andrew Alton (Central Mt.) dec Mike Robinson (Lewistown) 3-2 2 OT
135-Jake Shirk (Bald Eagle Area) dec Johnathon Quiggle (Central Mt.) 13-9
140-Jamal Lyons (Cathedral Prep) dec Adam Will (Indian Valley) 11-5
145-Gran Paswall (Bald Eagle Area) dec Steve Bosak (State College) 5-1
152-Cash Horne (Conneaut Lake) dec Nick Milano (Cathedral Prep) 1-0
160-Quentin Wright (Bald Eagle Area) dec Zach Lundgren (DuBois) 5-3 OT
171-Will Harris (Johnstown) dec Ryan MacNamara (Bald Eagle Area) 11-5
189-Ryan Maggs (Central Mt.) pinned JR Brown (Bellefonte) 5:24
215-Kevin Struble (Bald Eagle Area) dec Josh Wensel (Bellefonte) 9-4
285-Brant Clouser (Altoona) dec Tim Watson (Bald Eagle Area) 5-4

Consolation Finals
103-Keith Scharrer (General McLane) dec Erik Galloway (State College) 1-0
112-Nick Wykoff (DuBois) dec Rocco Welleck (Cathedral Prep) 2-1 OT TB
119-Brandon Potts (Altoona) dec Colton Spade (Lewistown) 9-3
125-Matt Bonson (Lewistown) dec Addison Snyder (Bellefonte) 4-3
130-Preston Snyder (Bellefonte) pinned Anthony Blaszczyk (Cathedral Prep) 2:00
135-Dan Pascuzzi (Warren) dec Eric Zelina (General McLane) 3-2
140-Clint Copeland (Conneaut Lake) dec Brian Greenlee (Franklin) 2-0
145-Shane Alterio (Bellefonte) dec Billy Morrison (DuBois) 7-4
152-Matt Greg (Lewistown) dec Lynn Hakin (Central Mt.) 12-10 OT
160-Bryan Towers (Meadville) dec Joe Anderson (Titusville) 4-3
171-Eric Lundgren (DuBois) dec Clay Steadman (General McLane) 7-4
189-Brian Kochik (Bald Eagle Area) dec DeAndre Bell (Strong Vincent) 3-2
215-John Mangol (Corry) dec Brad Riggleman (Holidaysburg) 2-1
285-Sean Owen (Clearfield) dec Nate Knepp (Indian Valley) 4-3 ) OT TB

Complete results from the NW Regional AAA Tournament are here


Individual GM Wrestlers at the 2007 NW Regional AAA Tournament

103-Keith Scharrer

QF-Scharrer dec Gage Smith (Lewistown) 5-2
SF-Jordan Rich (Central Mt) dec Scharrer 8-6
Cons SF-Scharrer dec Zach Hoy (St Marys) 5-2
Cons F-Scharrer dec Erik Galloway (State College) 1-0

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


119-Cyrus Parlin

QF-Parlin tech fall Holden Lowe (Clearfield) 15-0 5:01
SF-Nic Bedelyon (Indian Valley) pinned Parlin 1:49
Cons SF-Brandon Potts (Altoona) dec Parlin 6-1

Tournament Record: 1-2 (DNP)

135-Eric Zelina

Prelim-Zelina pinne Kyle Bish (St Marys) 1:49
QF-Johnathon Quiggle (Central Mt) dec Zelina 8-5
Cons-Zelina tech fall Mike Richards (Langley) 16-0 3:00
Cons QF-Zelina dec Tye Boyer (Indian Valley) 6-4 OT
Cons SF-Zelina dec Stuart Rhodes (Holidaysburg) 4-3
Cons F-Dan Pascuzzi (Warren) dec Zelina 3-2

Tourn Record: 4-2 (PLACED 4TH)


160-Lou Decker

Prelim-Decker pinned Cody Dolan (Central Mt) 3:15
QF-Zach Lundgren (DuBois) dec Decker 7-2
Cons-Decker maj dec Calvin Greer (St Marys) 16-3
Cons QF-Decker pinned Sam West (Langley) 1:49
Cons SF-Bryan Towers (Meadville) tech fall Decker 15-0

Tourn Record: 3-2 (DNP)

171-Clay Steadman

Prelim-Steadman dec KJ Walters (Altoona) 5-0
QF-Will Harris (Johnstown) pinned Steadman 4:09
Cons-Steadman dec Allen Dreibelbis (State College) 7-1
Cons QF-Steadman pinned Jacob Riglin (Clearfield) 2:26
Cons SF-Steadman dec Alex Hamilton (Meadville) 10-7
Cons F-Eric Lundgren (DuBois) dec Steadman 7-4

Tourn Record: 4-2 (PLACED 4TH)

285-Shawn McFadden

Prelim-McFadden dec Luke Bennett (DuBois) 4-2
QF-McFadden decd Grover Walker (Peabody) 6-2
SF-Brant Clouser (Altoona) dec McFadden 3-2
Cons SF-Sean Owen (Clearfield) dec McFadden 9-5

Tourn Record: 2-2 (DNP)








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