News from March...2010

Three McLane Wrestlers Place at PAJW Championships

Three Edinboro area wrestlers placed at the PAJW state championships this past weekend in Wilkes-Barre, PA. McLane freshman 145 pounder, Tyler Hendricks took 7th place, Eighth grader, Ken Stoll took 8th and 10 year old Ethan Laird nabbed runnerup honors.

Tyler Hendricks won his first match 4-3 over Daniel Sullivan of Bethel Park. He lost his 2nd match to 2x state champion Tristen Sponseller 9-0, then beat Devin Stacey of Central Mountain, 5-0. He lost his 4th match 3-1 in O.T. to Eric Capra of McGuffey. Then Hendricks bounced back with a big win over Mac Mitchell by a fall in 1:42 of the 2nd period to take 7th.

Ken Stoll lost in the opening round, 13-0 to Ian Moritz of Fox Chapel. He won his 2nd match over Phillip Stahlman of Trinity by fall 1:43 of the 2nd period. He won his 3rd match 8-7 over Nick Moss of Conneaut Lake. Stoll posted another win by a score of 6-1 over Garret Foster of Somerset, then lost 6-0 to Justin Patrick of Ligonier Valley. Ken finished with a 7-1 loss to Max Kubas of Franklin Regional to take 8th.

Ethan Laird won his 1st match 6-2 over Cameron Tinner of Shippensburgh, then had successive wins over Tyler Parks of Brookville by fall :42, and a 6-5 squeaker over Chris Kober of Haverford to make the finals. Laird dropped his finals bout by a score of 11-2 to Michael Beard of Daniel Boone.


Baker Named to All District 10 Team
Wheeling, DJ Myers, Lester and Doug Myers
Garner All Region Honors

GM state placewinner, Caleb Baker was named District 10's outstanding 285 pounder by the Erie Times News on March 17th. The District 10 All-Star team selection was made from a pool of wrestlers from both the AA and AAA ranks. This year's All-Star team consisted of 11 AA wrestlers and only three AAA wrestlers. The three AAA stars were: Baker, Jermaine Easter (Prep) and Steve Spearman (McDowell) who became the first AAA state champ from District 10 since Meadville's Disty Heist in 2000.

Tim Wheeling was named to the Region 4 All-Star first team at 112 pounds. D.J. Myers, Dalton Lester and Doug Myers all garnered 2nd team honors.

2010 District 10 All-Stars
103-Tyler Pier, Harbor Creek
112-Nate Dias, Commodore Perry
119-Mason Beckman, Reynolds
125-Dylan D'Urso, Reynolds
130-Steve Spearman, McDowell
135-Riley Smith, Fort LeBoeuf
140-Cody Copeland, Greenville
145-Jordan Moss, Sharon
152-Jeremy King, Fort LeBoeuf
160-Wes Phipps, Grove City
171-Jermaine Easter, Cathedral Prep
189-Steve Ceremuga, Commodore Perry
215-Jared Burger, Union City
285-Caleb Baker, General McLane


2010 Region 4 All-Stars

First team
103 Paul Deitz McDowell 9
112 Tim Wheeling General McLane 10
119 Shelton Mack Meadville 12
125 Dan Yori Cathedral Prep 10
130 Steve Spearman McDowell 10
135 Cody Nolan McDowell 9
140 Tyler Parsons Cathedral Prep 11
145 Jake Kondrlik Corry 12
152 Zach Towers Meadville 10
160 Grant Chase Cathedral Prep 11
171 Jermaine Easter Cathedral Prep 12
189 Michael Pollard Corry 12
215 Kevin Thompson Meadville 11
285 Caleb Baker General McLane 11

Second team
103 Ryan Ward Titusville 10
112 Nick Gibson McDowell 9
119 Austin Gillihan Corry 11
125 Dylan Matz McDowell 11
130 Kasey Davis Meadville 12
135 D.J. Myers General McLane 10
140Jake Rendulic Conneaut Lake 12
140 Mike Vollant McDowell 11
145 Curtis Delattre Warren 12
152 Dave Heynoski Cathedral Prep 11
160 Dalton Lester General McLane 12
171 Dustin Taubert Corry 11
189 Doug Myers General McLane 11
215 Nash Walters Corry 11
285 Tyler Covatto McDowell 11


Caleb Baker Nabs 5th Place at State Tournament

Caleb Baker made McLane wrestling history this past weekend in Hershey when he became first heavyweight to qualify and place at the PIAA Championships. Baker went 3-2 and took 5th place, thanks in large part to a stunning comeback over 4th ranked, Cole Dillman of Conestoga Valley in the final seconds of regulation in the preliminary round. Trailing by a score of 4-1 with just 9 seconds remaining, Caleb hit a quick single leg and spun behind for the tying takedown just as his opponent was penalized one point for stalling. That tied the score at 4 and sent the bout into overtime.

After a scoreless first overtime period, Baker gave up an escape to Dillman and trailed 5-4. In the second overtime, Dillman broke Caleb down flat and had an arm pinned behind his back. Just when it looked like time was going to run out on the Lancer big man, he hit a roll, knocked Dillman off his base and escaped. That knotted the score at 5 each. Four seconds later Caleb scored the winning takedown.

Baker followed up with a workmanlike, 5-1 win over 10th ranked, Dave Dewan of Springfield Delco. He scored two takedowns and an escape to secure a top six finish for himself. In the semifinal round, Caleb ran into returning state champ and top ranked, Evan Craig of Abington Heights. The two were locked in a scoreless battle when Craig pinned the Lancer at the 3:40 mark. That dropped Caleb into the consy semis where he lost a dramatic, 4-2 decision to Norristown's Marcus Robbins on a last second takedown.

Baker rebounded in the 5th/6th place wrestle off against number 2 ranked, Averee Robinson of Sesquehanna Township. Caleb took a 2-0 lead in the second period when he reversed Robinson. Robinson tied the score when he got a takedown with 27 seconds remaining in the bout, but Baker escaped almost immediately and held on to win a 3-2 decision.

Tim Wheeling went 0-2 in a very tough, 112 pound weight class. Wheeling dropped a 20-4 technical fall to 4th ranked, Josh DiSanto of Pennsbury in the preliminary round and then lost a 5-1 decision to 10th ranked, John Brigham of Cumberland Valley.

General McLane finished 52nd out of 126 teams at this year's tournament.

News and Notes:

Caleb Baker is the first McLane underclassman to place at the state tournament since Mike Caro did it in 1986. Baker also racked up win number 40 in his final bout. Only three other General McLane wrestlers have scored more wins in a single season (Hayden Harrison 41, Donald Osinski-42 and Hadley Harrison-48).

Tim Wheeling is also setting some new McLane wrestling standards. He is the first GM wrestler to qualify for the state tournament back to back in his freshman and sophomore years. Wheeling has also been winning matches at a torrid pace, posting 70 wins in his first two seasons.

Placing at the AAA state tournament is no easy feat. Only three other Distict 10 wrestlers managed to do it. McDowell's sophomore sensation, Steve Spearman won his and McDowell's first state wrestling title. Congratulations to Spearman and first year head coach, Shane McChesney. Michael Pollard of Corry took 5th and Jermaine Easter of Cathedral Prep placed 7th.


McLane Wrestlers at the 2009-2010 PIAA AAA Championships

112-Tim Wheeling
Prelim: Josh DiSanto (Pennsb) wbtf Wheeling 20-4 5:03
Cons: John Brigham (Cumb V) wbd Wheeling 5-1

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)

285-Caleb Baker
Prelim: Baker wbd Cole Dillman (Con Val) 7-5 TB
QF: Baker wbd David Dewan (Spr Delco) 5-1
SF: Evan Craig (AB Hgts) wbf Baker 3:40
Cons SF: Marcus Robbins (Nor) wbd Baker 4-2
5th/6th: Baker wbd Averee Robinson (Sesq Twp) 3-2

Tourn record: 3-2 (PLACED 5TH)


103 Conner Schram, Canon McMillan, dec. Austin Miller, Hempfield, 2-1 UTB
112 Jimmy Gulibon, Derry Area, dec. Corey Keener, Blue Mountain, 12-5
119 Nico Megaludis, Franklin Regional, dec. Anthony Marino, Bethlehem Liberty, 8-4
125 Mitchell Port, Bellefonte, dec. Zach Horan, Nazareth, 6-3
130 Steve Spearman, Erie McDowell, dec. Tyler Buckman, Central Dauphin, 7-6 TB
135 Josh Dziewa, Council Rock South, pinned Shawn Greevy, Cumberland Valley, 1:28
140 Josh Kindig, Blue Mountain, dec. Lorenzo Thomas, Pittsburgh C.C., 8-3
145 Andrew Alton, Central Mountain, won by tech. fall over Aaron McKinney, West Allegheny, 23-8 5:46
152 Dylan Alton, Central Mountain, dec. Shane Springer, LaSalle, 11-4
160 Marshall Peppelman, Central Dauphin, pinned Troy Reaghard, West Allegheny, 3:02
171 Kenny Courts, Central Dauphin, dec. Tristan Warner, Cumberland Valley, 6-4
189 Jamie Callender, Council Rock North, dec. Andre Petroski, Springfield Delco, 7-5 OT
215 Spencer Myers, Selinsgrove, dec. Zach Nye, East Pennsboro, 5-3
285 Evan Craig, Abington Heights, pinned Zach Corl, Central Mountain, 2:45

103 Jordan Conaway, New Oxford, dec. Chris Vassar, Cedar Cliff, 3-1
112 CJ Palmer, Delaware Valley, dec. Dereck Enders, Big Spring, 3-1
119 Brandon Choate, Blue Mountain, dec. Matt Harkins, Hatboro Horsham, 11-5
125 Casey Kent, LaSalle, dec. Jordan Glykas, Northampton, 5-4
130 Tyler Rauenzahn, Blue Mountain, dec. Dan Neff, Solanco, 9-4
135 Nicholas Catalano, Canon McMillan, dec. Travis Shaffer, Derry Area, 8-6
140 Mark Hartenstine, Easton, dec. Joe Marino, Garnet Valley, 5-0
145 Bo Candelaria, Middletown, dec. Ryan Krecker, Nazareth, 3-2
152 Austin Sommer, Northampton, dec. Zack Shannon, Kiski Area, 5-2
160 John Staudenmayer, Plymouth Whitemarsh, dec. Colton Spade, Lewistown, 3-2
171 Jared Kay, Hazleton Area, dec. Josh Popple, James M. Coughlin, 4-3
189 Antonio Giorgio, Warwick, dec. Phil Sprenkle, Dallastown, 8-3
215 Nick Ruggear, Oxford Area, dec. Joe Stolfi, Souderton, 9-4
285 Adam Lazenga, Bethel Park, dec. Marcus Robbins, Norristown, 6-2

103 Anthony Cabrera, Bethlehem Liberty, dec. Evan DiSora, Easton, 3-0
112 Tom Traxler, Bellefonte, dec. Paul Bewak, Hempfield Area, 5-2
119 Derrick Nelson, Waynesburg Central, dec. Nick Bongard, Monsignor Bonner, 3-1 OT
125 Cameron Throckmorton, South Western, maj. dec. Scott Wolfinger, Quakertown, 11-3
130 Mitchell Minotti, Easton, dec. Jordan Toledo, Pleasant Valley, 4-0
135 Alex Pellicciotti, Boyertown, dec. Jake Chamberlain, Pleasant Valley, 7-0
140 Brian Brill, Central Mountain, dec. Matt Martoccio, Council Rock South, 4-0
145 Andy Candiello, North Allegheny, pinned Billy Randt, West York, 1:33
152 Matt Hundenski, Hopewell, pinned Cameron Fine, Elizabeth Forward, 1:50
160 Wade Rivera, Parkland, won by forfeit
171 Tyler Wilps, Chartiers Valley, pinned Robbie Fitzgerald, Downingtown East, 4:53
189 Mike Pollard, Corry Area, pinned Kyle McWreath, Trinity, 4:35
215 Sean Sadosky, St. Mary's, dec. Taray Carey, Whitehall, 8-3
285 Caleb Baker, General McLane, dec. Averee Robinson, Susquehanna Township, 3-2

103 Ethan Kenney, Connellsville, dec. Billy Rappo, Council Rock South, 6-3
112 Devon Lotito, Bethlehem Liberty, won by disq. over Kevin Flack, William Tennent, 2:47 Flagrant
119 Matt Malfaro, Boyertown, dec. Dylan Nguyen, Red Lion, 7-0
125 Matt Rappo, Council Rock South, pinned Dylan Mogan, Bethel Park, 2:41
130 Mason Popham, Unionville, dec. Erik Galloway, State College, 3-2
135 Joe Mazzi, LaSalle, pinned Seth Ehlo, Central Bucks West, 0:25
140 Anthony White, Northeast Catholic, dec. Brett Harner, Norristown, 3-1
145 Donald-Paul Miller, Pocono Mountain East, dec. Justin Harold, Kiski Area, 2-1
152 Will Resnick, Penncrest, dec. Jayshon Wilson, Carlisle, 4-3 OT
160 John Bolich, Upper Moreland, dec. Nick Bonaccorsi, Bethel Park, 3-1
171 Jermaine Easter, Erie Cathedral Prep, dec. Matt Transue, Stroudsburg, 7-5
189 Eric Shaffer, Greater Latrobe, dec. Tarik Haddad, Parkland, 2-0
215 Brandan Clark, Methacton, dec. Travis Friend, Cumberland Valley, 2-1 TB
285 Cody Mason, Jersey Shore, dec. David Dewan, Springfield Delco, 5-1


Baker and Wheeling Qualify for PIAA Championships

All that stood between Caleb Baker and his first Regional title was six seconds, unfortunately he needed seven. Trailing Central Mountain's Zach Corl by a single point with six seconds remaining in the championship bout, Caleb exploded from the bottom, stood up and rolled Corl to his back just as the final horn sounded. The call could have gone either way, but the officials ruled the clock had expired just before Baker established control. Final score: Corl 4 Baker 3.

Caleb wrestled an aggressive, smart match and had the 3rd ranked Corl on the ropes as the clock ticked down to the final seconds. In the first period the Lancer 285 pounder took Corl down and straight to his back, but was denied back points because Corl's shoulders landed out of bounds. The two wrestlers were tied 2-2 at the end of two periods, but Baker regained the lead with an escape in the third stanza. He held off the Central Mountain big man for most of the final period, but Corl got the clutch takedown at the out of bounds stripe with just 6 ticks left.

Baker won his quarterfinals bout by fall over Altoona's Braedon Luciano and followed with a solid 4-2 win over District 9 champ, Andre Buck of Clearfield to make the finals. Caleb may have had to settle for 2nd place this weekend, but he will head to Hershey with a burning desire to make some noise at the state tournament.

Tim Wheeling took 3rd place for the second consecutive year and did it the hard way. After beating Clearfield's Shane Peters 8-1, Tim lost a major decision to eventual champ, 3rd ranked, Tom Traxler of Bellefonte in the quarterfinals. The determined Lancer 112 pounder, then rattled off four straight wins. Two of those wins came against opponents who had beaten Wheeling earlier in the season.

In the consy semis, Wheeling posted a one sided 7-2 win over Trevor Graham of Franklin. Graham had beaten Wheeling, 4-3 just a week ago in the District 10 finals. He followed that amazing feat by posting a surprisingly easy 5-1 decision over TJ Stanton of DuBois who had beaten Tim 3-1 in the Tool City finals in January.

Senior 160 pounder, Dalton Lester came up just one win short of making the PIAA championships. Dalton lost his first and last bouts of the tournament to Central Mountain's Tyler Buckwalter. After his opening round loss, Lester posted three straight wins, one of them over Titusville's Dylan Huffman who had beaten him a week earlier in the District 10 semis. Dalton finished the tournament with another loss to Buckwalter in the consy finals.

189 pounder, Doug Myers went 2-2, posting wins in the opening round and in the first consolation round. Tom Nuhfer went 1-2 at 171 pounds. He posted a 9-5 opening round win over District 9 runner up Logan Shadeck, but then suffered back to back losses to eventual champ, Jermaine Easter of Prep and Titusville 3rd placer, Jake Burnside. Junior, Kyle Kuntz went 0-2 at 103 pounds in his first trip to the Regional tournament.

News and Notes:

8th ranked Caleb Baker wrestled very well in Altoona and certainly opened some eyes by nearly beating 3rd ranked Zach Corl of Central Mountain. Caleb also added another pin to run his season total to 23 and career total to 48. Caleb could very well be on his way to setting a new standard for "career falls."

Tim Wheeling showed what a wrestler can accomplish with enough focus and determination. Many wrestlers would have folded up when faced with the challenge of wrestling two opponents who had already beaten them during the season. But that challenge just seemed to ignite Wheeling, who buzzed right through both wrestlers. Tim also became the first McLane wrestler to qualify for the state tournament back to back years as a freshman and sophomore.

Senior, Dalton Lester finished the season with a team leading 38 wins and also set a new record for most reversals in a single season. Dalton's 38 wins also tied him for 9th place on the "Season Wins" list with Branden Stearns and Jake Keene. Congrats to Dalton for a great year.

Good luck to all of the GM senior wrestlers. It's been a pleasure watching you.


GM Wrestlers at the 2009-2010 NW Regional AAA Tournament

103-Kyle Kuntz
Prelim: Nick Bogacki (DuB) wbf Kuntz 1:14
Cons: Logan Bechdel (C Mt) wbf Kuntz 2:45

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)

112-Tim Wheeling
Prelim: Wheeling wbd Shane Peters (Clrf) 8-1
QF: Tom Traxler (Bellef) wbmd Wheeling 12-1
Cons: Wheeling wbf Delijaah James (Oliv) 1:24
Cons QF: Wheeling wbmd Amedeo Perini (Alt) 8-0
Cons SF: Wheeling wbd Trevor Graham (Frnkl) 7-2
Cons F: Wheeling wbd TJ Stanton (DuB) 5-1

Tourn Record: 5-1 (PLACED 3RD)
*Qualified for PIAA Tournament

160-Dalton Lester
Prelim: Tyler Buckwalter (C Mt) wbd Lester 5-4
Cons: Lester wbd Wil Beauseigneur (Clrf) 4-0
Cons QF: Lester wbd Dylan Huffman (Titusv) 3-1
Cons SF: Lester wbd Brad Grieb (Bellef) 2-1
Cons F: Tyler Buckwalter (C Mt) wbd Lester 5-0

Tourn Record: 3-2 (PLACED 4TH)

171-Tom Nuhfer
Prelim: Nuhfer wbd Logan Shadeck (Clrf) 9-5
QF: Jermaine Easter (Prep) wbd Nuhfer 10-4
Cons: Jake Burnside (Titusv) wbd Nuhf 6-5

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)

189-Doug Myers
Prelim: Myers wbf Sheridan Pyles (Schen) 1:42
QF: KJ Walters (Alt) wbtf Myers 16-0 3:22
Cons: Myers wbmd Tige Woodson (Punxy) 13-5
Cons QF: Cliff Hill (Clrf) wbf Myers 1:50

Tourn Record: 2-2 (DNP)

285-Caleb Baker

QF: Baker wbf Braeden Luciano (Alt) 3:14
SF: Baker wbd Andre Buck (Clrf) 4-2
F: Zach Corl (C Mt) wbd Baker 4-3

Tourn Record: 2-1 (PLACED 2ND)
*Qualified for PIAA Tournament


Team Scores at NW AAA Regionals:
1. 193.5 Central Mountain, 2. 95.0 Cathederal Prep, 3. 79.0 Clearfield, 4. 78.0 Corry, 5. 69.0 Meadville, 6. 68.0 Bellefonte, 7. 56.5 Lewistown, 8. 52.5 McDowell, 9. 50.5 State College, 10. 48.0 General McLane, 11. 47.5 Bradford, 12. 42.5 Altoona, 13. 38.5 Bald Eagle Area, 14. 38.0 Warren, 15. 37.0 Punxsy, 16. 34.0 DuBois, 17. 28.0 St Marys, 18. 19.0 Franklin, 19. 15.0 Hollidaysburg, 20. 14.5 Johnstown, 21. 14.0 Indian Valley, 22. 13.0 Brashear, 23. 12.0 Strong Vincent, 24. 11.0 Titusville, 25. 10.0 Philipsburg-Osceola, 26. 9.0 Conneaut Lake, 27. 7.0 Central, 28. 6.0 Peabody, 29. 4.0 Carrick, 29. 4.0 Schenley, 31. 3.0 Oliver, 31. 3.0 Perry, 33. 1.0 Allderdice,
34. 0.0 Langley, 34. 0.0 Westinghouse

Consolation Finals
(Top Three Placewinners advance to PIAA State Championships)
103: Nick Bogacki, DuBois, dec. Paul Deitz, McDowell, 6-4.
112: Tim Wheeling, General McLane, dec. T. J. Stanton, Dubois, 5-1.
119: Kaleb Loht, Indian Valley, dec. John Agnello, Cathedral Prep, 6-3.
125: Nolan Barger, Clearfield, dec. Dan Yori, Cathedral Prep, 5-3.
130: Kasey Davis, Meadville, dec. Kody Young, Punxsutawney, 3-1 OT
135: Adam Powers, State College, dec. Zach Britton, Bradford, 7-6.
140: Tyler Parsons, Cathedral Prep, dec. Nick Limano, Meadville. 11-4.
145: Curtis Delattre, Warren, dec. Garrett Chase, Cathedral Prep, 3-2.
152: Damian Lascoli, Hollidaysburg, dec. Coleman Hoffman, Bald Eagle Area.
160: Tyler Buckwalter, Central Mountain, dec. Dalton Lester, General McLane, 5-0.
171: Jake Burnside, Titusville, dec. Dustin Taubert, Corry, 2-1 OT
189: Tyson Searer, Lewistown, major dec. Cliff Hill, Clearfield, 13-3.
215: Cody Dolan, Central Mountain, pinned Aaron Bell, Strong Vincent, 1:25.
285: Andre Buck, Clearfield, dec.Logan Thompson, Cathedral Prep, 3-2 OT

Championship Finals
103: Christian Stone, Clearfield, dec. T. J. Brandt, Altoona, 4-2.
112: Tom Traxler, Bellefonte, major dec. Seth Spack, Punxsutawney, 14-1.
119: Shelton Mack, Meadville, dec. Austin Gillihan, Corry, 7-4.
125: Mitchell Port, Bellefonte, pinned Amani Bosko, Warren, 3:37.
130: Steve Spearman, McDowell, dec. Erik Galloway, State College, 9-3.
135: Jordan Rich, Central Mountain, major dec. Jake Schultz, Lewistown, 8-0.
140: Brian Brill, Central Mountain, dec. Scott Bosak, State College, 5-1.
145: Andrew Alton, Central Mountain, won by technical fall over Jake Kondrlik, Corry, 23-8, 3:27.
152: Dylan Alton, Central Mountain, won by technical fall over Zach Towers, Meadville, 22-7, 5:30.
160: Mark Havers, Bradford, dec. Colton Spade, Lewistown, 3-2.
171: Jermaine Easter, Cathedral Prep, dec. Dylan Caprio, Central Mountain, 8-6.
189: Michael Pollard, Corry, major dec. Kevin Walters, Altoona, 13-1.
215: Sean Sadosky, St. Marys, dec. Jon Gingrich, Bald Eagle Area, 3-2.
285: Zach Corl, Central Mountain, dec. Caleb Baker, General McLane, 4-3.






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