News from March...2008

Lancer Wrestlers Place In Off Season Tournaments

Doug Myers and Caleb Baker made some waves in off season tournaments in two different states this past weekend. Baker took runnerup honors in the 285 lbs. class in the NHSCA Freshman Nationals Tournament in Virginia Beach, VA. While Baker was busy in Virginia, freshman Doug Myers placed in the 2008 PAJW State Tournament.

Myers racked up three wins and made the semifinals before he suffered his only loss to eventual runnerup, John Rizzo of Richland. Rizzo was the 11-12, 160 lbs. PAJW champ in 2006. Doug bounced back and scored a pair of wins in the consolation rounds to claim 3rd place. Doug's 3rd place finish is the best by a McLane wrestler since Hadley Harrison took 2nd in 2002. Hadley and Hudson Harrison were also McLane's last PAJW State Champs. Both wresters won titles in 2000.

Parker Middle School wrestler Tyler Hendricks and Edinboro Youth Club wrestler Joe Wheeling also placed at the PAJW Tournament. Both wrestlers nabbed 7th place.


Four GM Wrestlers Named to All-Region 4 Team

Four McLane wrestlers received post-season honors when they were named to the Erie Times News All Region 4 Wrestling Team on Wednesday. Cyrus Parlin was named to the first team at 119 lbs. for the second straight year.

Jake Carter (189), Paul Scharrer (103) and Zac Baumgartner (135) were all picked as second team selections. The Region 4 Wrestling Team is selected by voting of the Region 4 coaches.


Parlin and Zimmerman Wrestle
One Last Time In Hamot Sports Medicine Senior Showdown

Cyrus Parlin and Joe Zimmerman donned their Lancer wrestling singlets one last time Wednesday night at Harborcreek High School for the 2nd Annual Hamot Sports Medicine Senior Showdown. The event featured some of District 10's most talented AA and AAA senior wrestlers in a charity event which benefits the District 10 Scholarship Fund.

Cyrus clinched the win for the AAA team when he beat AA Regional qualifier Billy Kuhn of Jamestown, 5-2. Cyrus dominated the match with two takedowns and an escape before Kuhn scored a reversal with seconds remaining in the final period. Joe dropped a 4-0 decision to AA Regional runnerup Chris Rowe. Zimmerman couldn't get an offense going against Rowe but held his own against the Sharpsville state qualifier who sported a 114-26 career record.

This year's teams were coached by Skip Laird of Corry (AAA) and Brian Hills of Reynolds (AA). Coach Cook was Laird's pick for assistant coach. Cook coached the AAA team in last year's battle of the seniors. The AA squad won the inaugural Showdown, 31-21.


AAA-30 AA-19
135 Nick Endres (Titusville) dec Adam Trimble (Harborcreek) 4-0
140 Cash Horne (Conneaut Lake) dec Craig Johnson (Grove City) 5-4
145 Ben Anderson (Titusville) dec Sean Lyons (Saegertown) 1-0
152 Jacques Moss (Sharon) dec Jordan Easter (Prep) 3-1
160 Randall Wagner (Prep) dec Carl Parkin (Cambridge Springs) 5-3
171 Travis Booth (McDowell) dec Josh Chiesa (Northwestern) 7-1
189 Edwin Taylor (Strong Vincent) pinned Tim McAndrew (Harborcreek) 1:39
215 DeAndre Bell (Strong Vincent) pinned John Apa (Hickory) 3:30
285 Phil Catrucco (Sharpsville) pinned Travis Chappel (Titusville) 1:02
103 Tony Langdon (North East) maj dec Matt Lewis (Corry) 20-6
119 Cyrus Parlin (General McLane) dec Billy Kuhn (Jamestown) 5-2
125 Chris Rowe (Sharpsville) dec Joe Zimmerman (General McLane) 4-0
130 Corey Brown (Reynolds) dec Anthony Blaszcyk (Prep) 5-4



Cyrus Comes Within One Win of Placing in Hershey

Cyrus Parlin had his brilliant wrestling career come to end in Hershey on Saturday. But not before the McLane senior fired up the buzzsaw one more time and cranked out his 40th win of the season. Parlin's final win as a Lancer was a 10-7 decision over Jersey Shore's Zach Ulmer in the first consolation round Friday evening. Cyrus dominated Ulmer and nearly pinned his opponent in a bar arm combination before time expired in the 2nd period.

Parlin's losses came in the opening round and in the second consi round. He dropped a 12-5 decision to 6th ranked (and eventual 4th placer) Robert Gribschaw of Hatboro Horsham in the preliminaries. He bounced back with the 10-7 win over Ulmer, but had his bid for a medal ended abrubtly when he was caught and pinned in a cradle by eventual 6th placer, David Calambas of Reading.

Notes from Hershey:

Cyrus's win in the first consolation round was the 106th of his career. He is now the ninth winningest wrestler in GM history. Cyrus made quite an impact during his career. He set or tied McLane Wrestling records in three categories and made the top 10 in eight others. His talent, dedication and work ethic will be missed in the wrestling room and on the mat.

Cyrus will make one final appearance in a McLane singlet on Wednesday, March 19th at Harborcreek High School in the 2008 Senior Showdown. He will face off against Billy Kuhn of Jamestown. Kuhn was an AA Regional qualifier this year. Teammate Joe Zimmerman is also slated to wrestle in the event if he has fully recovered from an injury he sustained in the District 10 Tournament.


Individual Wrestlers at the 2008 PIAA Championships

119-Cyrus Parlin
Prelim: Robert Gribschaw (Hatboro Horsham) dec Cyrus Parlin 12-5
1st Cons: Cyrus Parlin dec Zach Ulmer (Jersey Shore) 10-7
2nd Cons: David Calambas (Reading) pinned Cyrus Parlin 1:47

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)


2008 PIAA AAA Championships
Giant Center-Hershey, PA. 3/6-8/08

103-Mark Rappo, Council Rock South dec. Zachary Horan, Nazareth, 6-1.
112-Shane Young, Penn-Trafford dec. Taylor Brown, Emmaus, 8-3.
119-Kegan Handlovic, Easton dec. Matt Snyder, Lewistown, 9-4.
125-Cortlandt Choate, Blue Mountain dec. Chris Albright, Red Lion, 2-1.
130-Jordan Oliver, Easton dec. Joshua Kindig, Blue Mountain, 4-2.
135-Dylan Alton, Central Mountain dec. Adam Will, Indian Valley, 8-2.
140-Marshall Peppelman, Central Dauphin dec. Bryce Busler, Cumberland Valley, 1-0.
145-Joey Napoli, Cumberland Valley dec. Walter Peppelman, Central Dauphin, 7-6.
152-Mallie Shuster, Big Spring dec. Robbie Robinson, Pittston Area, 4-3, 3OT.
160-Jake Kemerer, Hempfield (Dist. 7) dec. Steve Bosak, State College, 6-5.
171-Quentin Wright, Bald Eagle pinned Joe Loffredo, Jersey Shore, 2:28.
189-Joe Kennedy, Delaware Valley dec. Antonio Giorgio, Warwick, 8-4.
215-Jordan Enck, Manheim Central dec. Dan Utchel, Chartiers Valley, 5-2.
285-Sean Owen, Clearfield dec. Evan Craig, Abington Heights, 9-7.

Consolation Finals
103-Nico Megaludis, Franklin Regional dec. Cameron Throckmorton, South Western, 3-2, 4OT.
112-Simon Rice, Central Dauphin dec. Jordan Rich, Central Mountain, 7-2.
119-Nico Cortese, Hempfield (Dist. 7) dec. Robert Gribschaw, Hatboro-Horsham, 2-1, 4OT.
125-Joe Waltko, North Allegheny dec. Sam Sherlock, West Mifflin, 3-2 3OT.
130-Nick Kristich, Lower Dauphin dec. Kyler Killian, Middletown, 5-1.
135-Colin Johnston, Canon-McMillan dec. Jake O'Hara, Crestwood, 3-0.
140-Andrew Alton, Central Mountain dec. Donnie Tasser, Belle Vernon, 7-5.
145-James English, Central York dec. Braden Turner, Northampton, 4-2.
152-James Sheptock, Northampton pinned Jonathan Weibel, Quakertown, 3:59.
160-Mike Evans, Cumberland Valley major dec. Nick Milano, Cathedral Prep, 8-0.
171-Lance Bryson, Albert Gallatin dec. Edward Ruth, Susquehanna Township, 11-8.
189-Matt Wilps, Chartiers Valley dec. Nate Eachus, Hazleton, 4-3.
215-Jason Dominick, Scranton dec. Carl Buchholz, Great Valley, 6-5.
285-Justin Haines, Connellsville pinned Daniel Nickoli, Central Dauphin East, 4:13.

Fifth Place Consolations
103-Clayton Youtz, Central Dauphin dec. Scott Wolfinger, Quakertown, 9-6.
112-Matt Prestifilippo, North Penn major dec. Erik Galloway, State College, 17-5.
119-Chris Kochinsky, Middletown dec. David Calambas, Reading, 4-2.
125-Zach Oberlander, Dallastown dec. Chad Frankhouser, Indian Spring, 3-0.
130-Jonathan Quiggle, Central Mountain dec. Preston Snyder, Bellefonte, 8-6.
135-Shane Fenningham, Northampton dec. Jayshon Wilson, Carlisle, 5-1.
140-Ben Rento, Parkland dec. Cash Horne, Conneaut Lake, 6-4.
145-James Fleming, West Mifflin pinned Mike Ganley, Bethel Park, 2:27.
152-Tony Dallago, Central Dauphin pinned Eric Resch, Warwick, 0:50.
160-Aaron Ernest, Selinsgrove dec. Ed Shupe, Pennsbury, 10-3.
171-Andre Petroski, Springfield Delco dec. Giovanni Ortiz, Reading, 2-1.
189-Mike Salopek, Norwin dec. T.J. Valore, Hempfield (Dist. 7), 6-5.
215-Chris Carabello, Governor Mifflin by forfeit over Mike Hull, Canon-McMillan.
285-Mike Horton, Philipsburg-Osceola dec. Danny Estricher, Mechanicsburg, 4-2.

Seventh Place consolations
103-James Bak, Harry S. Truman pinned Ryan Bohince, Penn-Trafford, 0:58.
112-Shane Miller, Middletown dec. Tim Santry, Upper Moreland, 3-1.
119-Kyle Liberato, Great Valley dec. Patrick Wieger, Central Dauphin, 2-1.
125-Kyle Bove, Kennett dec. Rocco Wellek, Cathedral Prep, 4-0.
130-Alex Pellicciotti, Boyertown dec. Zach Zummo, Plum, 6-3.
135-Jack Bachman, Hempfield (Dist. 7) dec. Matt Laird, Conneaut Lake, 5-3.
140-Bobby Ward, Nazareth major dec. Alexander Martinez, North Hills, 10-0.
145-Eric Burgey, Easton dec. Nick Fuschino, Owen J. Roberts, 7-6.
152-Christopher Servian, Pleasant Valley pinned Nick Bonaccorsi, Bethel Park, 4:01.
160-Michael Wechsler, Northampton pinned Jacob Boyer, Belle Vernon, 1:32.
171-Karl DeCiantis, North Allegheny dec. Keith Dahlheimer, Red Lion, 8-5.
189-Joseph Piro, Northampton pinned Anthony Fulginitti, Lower Merion, 0:35.
215-DeAndre Bell, Erie Strong Vincent dec. Jamie Reitzi, Middletown, 3-2.
285-Zach Collins, Glen Mills dec. Eric Kush, Chartiers Valley, 6-3.



Cyrus Parlin Headed for Hershey
Tyler Bowers Snags 4th

Cyrus Parlin started his wrestling career very late by today's standards. The McLane senior didn't put on a singlet until 8th grade and posted just 7 wins that year as a member of the Parker Middle School team. But Cyrus was a fast learner. By the end of his freshman year he had a winning record and demonstrated that he was willing to do whatever it took to reach his goals.

His hard work finally came to fruition Saturday evening in Altoona. Cyrus posted his 39th win of the season, a 1-0 nailbiter over Zach Hoy of Saint Mays in the consolation finals. Five years after he started wrestling, the McLane senior has 105 career wins and is poised to make a run at a state title. Cyrus summed it all up, "It felt awesome to win that (consolation finals) match. I've been working for this for a long time."

Cyrus earned the only remaining 119 lbs. state qualifier spot after suffering a disappointing loss in the semifinals to Bellefonte's Nate James, a wrestler he had beaten twice last season. Cyrus couldn't seem to get anything going offensively against James, who scored two takedowns on counter shots. When asked how he felt about the loss to James, Cyrus said, "I beat him twice last year, but he got me this time. He just out thought me. I was really down after losing, but I turned it into anger and made up my mind I was going to beat my next opponent badly. It all worked out."

Cyrus opened the tournament with solid 6-1 win over District 6 runnerup, Scott Bosak of State College. After his semifinal loss to James he bounced back with a 10-3 decision over Bald Eagle's Coleman Hoffman to put himself in a position to wrestle for that remaiming state qualifier spot.

Tyler Bowers also put on a great performance in Altoona. He came into the tournament with a modest 22-19 record, but won 4 tough matches and nabbed a 4th place medal. Bowers moved into the quarters with a 5-2 win over Forrest Bechdal of Central Mountain, but then dropped a 10-4 decision to District 9 champ, TJ Stanton of DuBois. He bounced back in the first consi round with a 5-2 win over Chris Barksdale of State College.

Tyler made the consolation semifinals when he was awarded a forfeit over Dasean Jennings of Perry, who failed to make weight Saturday morning. In the consi semis, it looked like his luck was about to run out. Tyler was losing, 8-0 to Altoona's Jacob Hines midway through the 3rd period. Then the McLane sophomore stunned everyone, including his opponent when he scored a reversal, took Hines to his back and stuck him at the 4:54 mark.

That set up a consolation finals rematch with Forrest Bechdal of Central Mountain. With a trip to Hershey on the line, the two determined wrestlers fought an all out war for 8 exhausting minutes. Unfortunately when the smoke cleared Tyler found himself short end of a 7-6 triple overtime decision.

Freshman Zac Baumgartner was given an unexpected opportunity to wrestle in the NW Regional Tournament when Titusville's Nick Endres suffered an injury during practice earlier in the week. Zac went 1-2 but posted a fall over Wayne Murphy of Brashear in the first consolation round. Zac wrestled three matches and gained some valuable experience that could pay dividends next season.


Notes from the NW AAA Regional Tournament:

Cyrus posted career wins 103, 104 and 105 this weekend and became the 9th winningest wrestler in General McLane history!!! His 39 wins this season also tied him for 5th on the all-time Season Wins list.

Tyler Bowers did a great job in the post season after dropping to 103 lbs. He took 3rd at Districts and followed that up with a 4th place finish at Regionals. The sophomore posted 7-3 record over that two week stretch.

Coach Cook was pleased with both wrestlers and said about his Regional Qualifiers, "I am proud to have coached Cyrus during his high school career. I've coached very few kids who deseved a trip to states as much as Cyrus does. He is a great example of what heart, dedication and hard work can accomplish. He set a standard for our program that will last for quite some time. Tyler has been following the example Cyrus set and it almost took him to states as a sophomore."


Team Scores: 1. 144.5 Central Mt, 2. 128.0 Bellefonte, 3. 101.0 Indian Valley, 4. 70.5 Bald Eagle, 5. 62.0 Philipsburg-Osc, 6. 61.0 DuBois, 7. 59.5 Cathedral Prep, 8. 55.0 St. Marys, 9. 51.0 Conneaut Lake, 10. 46.0 Clearfield, 11. 45.5 Lewistown, 12. 44.5 Meadville, 13. 42.5 State College, 14. 32.0 Punxsutawney, 15. 28.0 Erie Strong Vin, 16. 26.5 Corry, 17. 26.0 Gen McLane, 18. 24.0 Franklin, 19. 22.0 Bradford, 20. 14.5 Altoona, 21. 13.5 Johnstown, 22. 12.0 Brashear, 22. 12.0 Titusville, 24. 11.0 McDowell, 25. 9.0 Perry, 26. 6.0 Carrick, 27. 5.5 Warren, 28. 4.0 Hollidaysburg, 29. 3.0 Langley, 30. 2.0 Peabody, 31. 0.0 Allderdice, 31. 0.0 Oliver, 31. 0.0 Westinghouse

2008 NW AAA Regional Championship Finals
103 Shelton Mack, Meadville, maj. dec. T.J. Stanton, Dubois, 17-4
112 Jordon Rich, Central Mountain, dec. Mitchell Port, Bellefonte, 6-2
119 Matt Snyder, Lewistown, dec. Nate James, Bellefonte, 6-0
125 Chad Frankhouser, Indian Valley, dec. Addison Snyder, Bellefonte, 6-5
130 Preston Snyder, Bellefonte, dec. Jonathan Quiggle, Central Mountain, 7-6
135 Dylan Alton, Central Mountain, pinned Adam Will, Indian Valley, 1:32
140 Andrew Alton, Central Mountain, pinned Tye Boyer, Indian Valley, 0:36
145 Shane Alterio, Bellefonte, dec. Brian Greenlee, Franklin, 3-2
152 Mark Havers, Bradford, dec. Billy Morrison, Dubois, 5-4
160 Steve Bosak, State College, dec. Nick Milano, Erie Cathedral Prep, 7-0
171 Quentin Wright, Bald Eagle Area, maj. dec. Steven Cressley, Punxsutawney, 9-1
189 Bo Reifer, Philipsburg Osceola, dec. Edwin Taylor, Erie Strong Vincent, 3-1 OT RO
215 Glenn Barnes, Central Mountain, dec. Sean Sadosky, St. Mary's, 8-1
285 Sean Owen, Clearfield, dec. Tim Watson, Bald Eagle Area, 10-3

Consolation Finals:
103 Forrest Bechdel (CM) dec. Tyler Bowers (GM) 7-6 RO.
112 Erik Galloway (SC) dec. Kody Young (Pu) 3-2.
119 Cyrus Parlin (GM) dec. Zach Hoy (SM) 1-0.
125 Rocco Wellek (CP) maj. dec.d David Whitaker (Du) 9-0.
130 Tyler Bedelyon (IV) pinned Anthony Blaszczyk (CP) :46.
135 Matt Laird (CL) dec. Josh Keach (Me) 6-3.
140 Cash Horne (CL) pinned Kurt McCamley (PO) 2:37.
145 Colton Spade (Le) dec. Cory Battista (IV) 6-4.
152 Jordan Easter (CP) dec. Shane Claar (SM) 5-4.
160 Michael Pollard (Co) dec. Caleb Hoffman (BEA) 14-7.
171 Eric Lundgren (Du) dec. Will Harris (Jo) 5-1.
189 Josh Wensel (Be) dec. A.J. Robinson (BEA) 2-1 TB.
215 DeAndre Bell (SV) dec. Dmitri Sidorick (PO) 3-2.
285 Mike Horton (PO) dec. Kris Tursky (CL) 4-2.


Individual GM Wrestlers at the 2008 NW Regional Tournament

103-Tyler Bowers
Prelim: Bowers dec Forrest Bechdel (Ct Mt) 5-2
QF: TJ Stanton (DuBois) dec Bowers 10-4
Cons: Bowers dec Chris Barksdale (SC) 5-2
Cons QF: Bowers wb forfeit Dasean Jennings (Perry)
Cons SF: Bowers pinned Jacob Hines (Altoona) 4:54
Cons F: Forrest Bechdel dec Bowers (Ct Mt) 7-6 (3 OT)

Tourn Record: 4-2 (PLACED 4TH)

119-Cyrus Parlin
QF: Parlin dec Scott Bosak (St C) 6-1
SF: Nate James (Bellefonte) dec Parlin 5-1
Con SF: Parlin dec Coleman Hoffman (Bald Eag) 10-3
Cons F: Parlin dec Zac Hoy (St Marys) 1-0

Tourn Record: 3-1 (PLACED 3RD)
*Qualified for the PIAA Championships

135-Zac Baumgartner
Prelim:Will Williams (Peab) dec Baumgartner 12-11
Cons:Baumgartner pinned Wayne Murphy (Brashear) 2:09
Cons QF: Josh Keach (Mdv) dec Baumgartner 7-1

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)






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