News from March...2011

McLane Wrestlers Come Up Short at PIAA Championships

Joe Wheeling, Travis Bryant and Caleb Baker went to Hershey with dreams of glory last Thursday, but the brutal state tournament can be a dream killer. The Lancer trio was only able to muster a single win between the three of them.

The weekend had to be especially tough for Baker, who came away with a 5th place medal last year as a junior. Caleb opened with a 3-1 win in the preliminary round over Tim Maeshack of Willimsport and it looked like he was on his way to the medal stand again. Unfortunately, Dawson Peck, the eventual runnerup, put the brakes on Baker's momentum when he pinned the Lancer heavyweight 23 seconds into the final period. In the first consolation round, Caleb was in a tight one with Lasalle's Ryan Geiger until Geiger dropped him to the mat for a 5 pointer. Baker was eliminated when he lost that bout, 11-4.

Joe Wheeling lost both of his matches by major decsion. He dropped a 10-2 decision to eventual runnerup, Ethan Lizak of Parkland and then lost, 8-0 to 4th placer, Zach Fuentes.

Travis Bryant dropped an 8-0 major decision to 4th placer, Zach Nye of East Pennsboro and then lost a heart breaking, 4-3 decision to Jason Laboranti of Pittston Area.

Notes From the PIAA Championships:

Ironically, the 285 pound champion this year was Averee Robinson of Susquehanna Township, who was beaten by Caleb in last year's 5th place match. Robinson finished the season with a perfect, 43-0 record.

Even though he didn't place this year, Baker has many accomplishments to be very proud of. His 41 wins this season is third best all time, he set a new record for Career Falls with 72, has made the list for Season Falls all three years of his varsity career and his 121 career wins ranks as third best in the GM books. Caleb also has a 5th place medal from last year's state tournament. In fact, he is the only McLane heavyweight to ever medal in Hershey. He also holds the distinction of being the only McLane wrestler to win 40+ matches in a season more than once.

Joe Wheeling appears to have a great wrestling career in front of him. He may very well be wrestling at 103 pounds again next year. Joe set a new freshman record for wins with 35 this year. Look for him to improve on that number next season.

Travis Bryant had a stellar career as a McLane wrestler. Travis posted 33 wins this season and has 88 career wins. He tied the record for most falls in a single season with 28 and his 66 career falls ranks as third best all time.

Congratulations and good luck to our senior state qualifiers, Travis and Caleb.



McLane Wrestlers at the 2010-2011 PIAA AAA Championships

103-Joe Wheeling
Prelim: Ethan Lizak (Parkland) wbmd Wheeling 10-2
Cons: Zach Fuentes (Norristown) wbmd Wheeling 8-0

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)

215-Travis Bryant
Prelim: Zach Nye (E Pennsboro) wbmd Bryant 8-0
Cons: Jason Laboranti (Pittston Area) wbd Bryant 4-3

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)

285-Caleb Baker
Prelim: Baker wbd Tim Maeshack (Williamsp) 3-1
QF: Dawson Peck (Chambersb) wbf Baker 4:23
Cons: Ryan Geiger (Lasalle) wbd Baker 11-4

Tourn record: 1-2 (DNP)



2011 PIAA AAA Championships:

Championship Finals
103 Billy Rappo (Council Rock South) wbd Ethan Lizak (Parkland) 3-2 TB.
112 Jordan Conaway (New Oxford) wbd Connor Schram (Canon-McMillan) 10-4.
119 Corey Keener (Blue Mountain) wbd Mackenzie McGuire (Upper St. Clair) 3-2.
125 Nico Megaludis (Franklin Regional) wbmd Jeremy Minich (Boyertown) 16-4.
130 Zach Horan (Nazareth) wbd Tanner Hough (Westmont Hilltop) 5-1.
135 Dan Neff, Solanco wbmd Garett Hammond, Chambersburg, 11-3.
140 Mitchell Minotti (Easton) wbd Kevin Gooding (Central Dauphin) 12-6.
145 Brian Brill (Central Mountain) wbd Nick Catalano (Canon-McMillan) 6-2.
152 Chance Marsteller (Kennard-Dale) wbd Mark Havers (Bradford) 9-4.
160 Michael Ottinger (Parkland) wbd Jason Luster (Pittsb Centr Cath) 3-2 OT.
171 J.M. Staudenmayer (Plym Whitem) wbmd Neal Grudi (Spring Grove) 15-2.
189 Kenny Courts (Central Dauphin) wbf Josh Popple (Coughlin) 0:38.
215 Thomas Haines (Solanco) wbf Brandan Clark (Methacton) 4:23.
285 Averee Robinson (Susq Township) wbd Dawson Peck (Chambersburg) 10-7.

3rd Place Consolations
103 Colt Shorts (Canon-McMillan) wbmd Zach Fuentes (Norristown) 8-0.
112 Austin Miller (Hempfield) wbd Anthony Cabrera (Bethlehem Liberty) 3-2.
119 Tyson Dippery (Central Dauphin) wbd Matt Harkins (Hatboro Horsham) 11-7.
125 Devon Lotito (Bethlehem Liberty) wbmd Zach McGinnis (Waynesburg) 12-0.
130 Solomon Chishko (Canon-McMillan) wbd Joe Mazzi (LaSalle College) 4-2.
135 Mason Popham (Unionville) wbd Matt Rappo (Council Rock South) 8-5.
140 Matt Cimato (LaSalle College) wbd Shane Miller (Middletown) 6-2.
145 Jayshon Wilson (Carlisle) wbd Eric Nutter (Pittsb Centr Cath) 3-2.
152 Lorenzo Thomas (Pittsb Centr Cath) wbd Brett Harner (Norristown) 9-3.
160 Zach Thomson (Mechanicsburg) wbd Brady Grieb (Bellefonte) 6-3.
171 Nick Bonaccorsi (Bethel Park) wbd Cole Baxter (Butler) 3-0.
189 John Bolich (Upper Moreland) wbf Perry Hills (Pittsb Centr Cath) 2:47.
215 Joe Stolfi (Souderton) wbd Zachary Nye (East Pennsboro) 4-2 OT.
285 Cody Klempay (Canon-McMillan) wbd Jeremy Reith (Father Judge) 3-2 UTB.

5th Place Consolations
103 Tanner Shoap (Chambersburg) wbmff Jim Long (West Chester Henderson).
112 Rob D'Annunzio (Methacton) wbd Kenny Arentz (Governor Mifflin) 11-10.
119 Dereck Enders (Big Spring) wbd Thomas Traxler (Bellefonte) 9-2.
125 Bobby Rehm (Penn Manor) wbd Kaleb Loht (Indian Valley) 5-1.
130 Shyheim Brown (Central Dauphin) wbd Brandon Choate (Blue Mountain) 8-2.
135 Joseph Rizzolino (Easton) wbd Dylan Mogan (Bethel Park) 7-6.
140 Scott Bosak (State College) wbmd Tyler Manion (Pittsb Centr Cath) 8-0.
145 Garrett Peppelman (Central Dauphin) wbd Trey Duncan (Spring Grove) 6-1.
152 Geno Morelli (DuBois) wbd Thomas Demetrio (Pottsgrove) 8-4.
160 Shane Springer (LaSalle College) wbmff Ryan Krecker (Nazareth).
171 Connor Moran (Solanco) wbd Austin Coniker (Pittsb Centr Cath) 5-3.
189 Matt McCutcheon (Kiski Area) wbd Ryan Burnheimer (Westmont Hilltop) 5-1.
215 Matt Idelson (Garnet Valley) wbmff Scott Mohring (Latrobe).
285 Josh Duplin (Westmont Hilltop) wbd Alec Gluvna (Corry) 3-1 OT.

7th Place Consolations
103 Brett Marino (Bethlehem Liberty) wbd Jake Gromacki (Cathedral Prep) 6-2.
112 Godwin Nyama (Brashear) wbd Paul Bewak (Hempfield) 4-3.
119 Derrick Nelson (Waynesburg) wbd Jon Brigham (Cumberland Valley) 5-1.
125 Mike Fake (Parkland) wbd Daniel King (Susq Township) 2-1.
130 Celby Allen (Middletown) wbd John Pezze (Norwin) 4-3.
135 Dario Dobbin (Canon-McMillan) wbmd Eric Howey (Stroudsburg) 11-2.
140 Cody Zechman (Selinsgrove) wbd Matt Tadich (Norwin) 6-4.
145 Tyler Parsons (Cathedral Prep) wbd Justin Heller (Parkland) 11-4.
152 Tyler Buckwalter (Central Mountain) wbmd John Lambert (Northampton) 9-1.
160 Zack Towers (Meadville) wbd Nick Russell (Neshaminy) 3-2 UTB.
171 Shane Gilmore (Council Rock South) wbd Chad Hoffman (Hazleton) 3-2.
189 Phil Sprenkle (Dallastown) wbf Dominick Wolfe (Shikellamy) 3:43.
215 Tyson Searer (Lewistown) wbd Tarek Haddad (Parkland) 5-2.
285 Gavin Queenan (Norristown) wbf Ryan Geiger (LaSalle College) 0:23.


Three GM Wrestlers Advance to State Tournament

A trio of McLane wrestlers will head for Hershey this week to vie for high school wrestling's most coveted title. Joe Wheeling, Travis Bryant and Caleb Baker all placed 3rd at the 2011 Northwest Regional Tournament and qualified for the PIAA AAA Wrestling Championships in Hershey. The last time GM took three to the state tourney was in 2005 when Branden Stearns, Hadley Harrison and Donald Osinski made the cut.

Joe Wheeling was the first of the trio to qualify at 103 pounds, when he posted a 9-0 major decision over Holidayburg's Damian Huff in the cony finals. Joe started the tournament on Friday with an 8-2 win over Huff, before losing to eventual champion, Shane Peters of Clearfield. On Saturday, Wheeling put together three straight wins, including a fall over Bryan Descavish of Phillipsburg-Osceola, a 2-1 nail biter over Bald Eagle Area's Travis Giedroc and the 9-0 major over Huff.

Travis Bryant went 5-1 with 4 falls to nab 3rd place in the 215 pound weight class. Bryant opened the tournament on Friday with a 31 second fall over Carrick's Jesse Reid, before losing to eventual champ, state ranked, Tyson Searer of Lewistown in the quarterfinals. Bryant then rattled off four straight wins, two of them against district champs. In the consy finals, he pulled off a come from behind, 6-5 win over district 9 champ, Cliff Hill of Clearfield. Hill held a 3-1 lead early in the second period, but Bryant escaped and tossed the Bison to his back for a 4 spot. In the 3rd period, two late stalling calls on Bryant tied the score at 5. Just as the score was tied, Travis exploded to his feet and threw Hill off to secure a 6-5 win.

Caleb Baker took 3rd place in a very deep weight class, but it wasn't easy. Baker pinned Bradford's Dakota Sera to open the tournament, but then suffered a disappointing, 3-1 loss to state ranked (3rd), Josh Duplin in the quarterfinals. It was clear at that point that Caleb would have to beat not one, but two state ranked opponents if he was going to move on. Caleb pinned his foes in the first two consolation rounds, but he needed to pull off a couple of miracles after that.

In the consy semifinals, Baker faced off against Zac Corl. Not only was Corl last year's state runnerup, he had beaten Baker in the NW Region finals last year. Caleb scored a stunning upset over Corl by riding his Central Mountain opponent the entire second period, earning an escape and fending off Corl for a 1-0 decision.

In the consolation finals, Baker tangled with Meadville's 9th ranked, Kevin Thompson. The two heavyweights were 1-1 against each other this season, Baker beat Thompson 2-1 in the Meadville dual meet last month, but Thompson had pinned Baker in the Tool City finals in January. Baker prevailed in the rubber match, once again on the strength of his riding ability. He held a tentative, 1-0 lead with just seconds remaining when Thompson made a desperation headlock attempt. Baker went to the mat, but popped his head out and scored a takedown at the buzzer to secure a 3-0 win and the bronze medal.

Tim Wheeling just missed making his third consecutive trip to Hershey when he placed 4th in what was arguably, the tournament's toughest weight class. Tim made the semifinal round by beating Johnstown's district 6 runnerup, Malcolm Harris, 7-4 and decking district 8 champ, Henry Dietrick of Alderdice. In the semis, Wheeling faced district 9 champ, Kody Young of Punxsutawney. The two went toe to toe for six grueling periods. In the ultimate tiebreaker period, Young denied Tim an appearance in the finals when he finally managed to escape with just 3 seconds left on the clock. Wheeling bounced back with a hard fought, 3-1 decision over Franklin's Trevor Graham, but lost a 4-1 decision to McDowell's talented Shawn Spearman in the consolation finals.

DJ Myers went 3-2 at 145 pounds, but was one bout short of the medal round. Myers beat Clearfield's Shane Harper, 17-4 in the opening round but then lost to the top ranked 145 pounder in the state, Brian Brill of Central Mountain in the quarterfinals. DJ bounced back with two pins before falling to Phillipsburg-Osceola's Logan Walstrom in the consy semis.

Zac Baumgartner went 1-2 at 140 lbs. He lost his opening round bout, but picked up a 4-0 win over Sam Miller of St. Marys. Zac saw his Lancer wrestling career end in the consy quarterfinals when he dropped a heart breaking, 5-4 decision to Erie Prep's Justin Wasmund.

Senior, Bryan Campbell and freshman, Deane Twitchell both went 0-2.


News and Notes from Altoona:

Caleb Baker's win over Meadville's Kevin Thompson was his 40th this season. Only three other wrestlers have ever won 40 or more matches in a season, Hadley Harrison (48), Donald Osinski (42), and Hayden Harrison (41). But Caleb is the first and only McLane wrestler to do it twice. Baker also has 120 career wins, which ties him for the number 3 spot with Donald Osinski. Caleb did all of this in just 3 seasons (he only wrestled one varsity match as a freshman). Congrats big man!!!

This year's 285 pound weight class was as deep as I have ever seen it. Last year's state runnerup didnt even make it out of regionals (Zac Corl). District 10 was especially tough, winning three of the top four places (Gluvna/Corry-1st, Baker/GM-3rd and Kevin Thompson/Meadville-4th).

Travis Bryant made us all proud. The 215 pounder wasn't supposed to make it out of Regionals, coming in as a District 10 3rd placer. But Travis wrestled his heart out, beating two district champs on his way to a 3rd place finish. Bryant also tied the record for most falls in one season (28) which was held by Kyle Goss. His four pins this weekend also put him in 3rd place for career falls with 66. Only Caleb Baker (72) and Hayden Harrison (67) have more career pins. Bryant also accomplished these feats in just three seasons. Way to go!

DJ Myers set a new record for most major decisions in a single season. The 17-4 major decision over Shane Harper in the preliminary round was his 10th.

GM's undersized 103 pounder, Joe Wheeling made a statement this weekend with his 3rd place finish. He went 4-1 and ran his record to 35-9. Joe now owns the GM record for Most Freshman Wins. His brother, Tim set the record of 33 just two years ago.

Travis Bryant and DJ Myers became the newest additions to the "Seasons Wins" list. Myers has 35 and Bryant, 33.

Senior, Zac Baumgartner saw his GM wrestling career come to an early end on Saturday, but not before joining the 30 win club. He posted a 30-7 record this year and racked up 97 career wins. Zac has been a solid wrestler for the past 4 years and will be missed. Good luck at Edinboro.

Senior, Bryan Campbell also finished his Lancer wrestling career this weekend. Bryan went 0-2, but he beat the odds to qualify for Regionals. Nice job Bryan.


Final Team Scores:
1. Central Mountain 103.5, 2. Cathedral Prep 89.5, 3. Clearfield 89, 4. Westmont Hilltop 87, 5. Bellefonte 77.5, 6. Corry 76, 7. General McLane 74, 8. Punxsutawney 74, 9. Bald Eagle Area 69, 10. DuBois 55.5, 11. McDowell 52.5, 12. Lewistown 41, 13. State College 33, 14. Bradford 32.5, 15. Hollidaysburg 31.5.

Championship Finals:
103: Shane Peters, Clearfield, p Jake Gromacki, Cathedral Prep, 3:38.
112: Godwin Nyama, Brashear, d Thomas Brandt, Altoona, 7-6.
119: Tom Traxler, Bellefonte, d Josh Polack, Westmont Hilltop, 4-3.
125: Kody Young, Punxsutawney, d Kaleb Loth, Indian Valley, 7-6.
130: Tanner Hough, Westmont Hilltop, d Nolan Barger, Clearfield, 7-3.
135: Seth Spacke, Punxsutawney, d Michael McBryde, Cathedral Prep, 7-2.
140: Scott Bosak, State College, d Jake Schultz, Lewistown, 3-0.
145: Brian Brill, Central Mountain, p Tyler Parsons, Cathedral Prep, 3:04.
152: Mark Havers, Bradford, d Tyler Buckwalter, Central Mountain, 6-4.
160: Brad Grieb, Bellefonte, d Damian Lascoli, Hollidaysburg, 6-2.
171: Jacob Taylor, Bald Eagle Area, p Dustin Taubert, Corry, 3:42.
189: Ryan Burnheimer, Westmont Hilltop, d Nash Walters, Corry, 4-2.
215: Tyson Searer, Lewistown, d Aaron Bell, Strong Vincent, 2-1 OT
285: Alec Gluvna, Corry, d Josh Duplin, Westmont Hilltop, 3-1 OT

Consolation Finals:
103: Joe Wheeling, General McLane, md. Damian Huff, Hollidaysburg, 9-0.
112: Christian Stone, Clearfield, md Paul Deitz, McDowell, 8-0.
119: Austin Gillihan, Corry, Garrett Brown, DuBois, 5-0.
125: Shawn Spearman, McDowell, d Tim Wheeling, General McLane, 4-1.
130: Joey Miller, Central Mountain, d Neko Cappella, Punxy, 8-2.
135: Tom Sleigh, DuBois, d Kenny Myers, Philipsburg-Osceola, 4-3.
140: Logan Struble, Central Mountain, p Matt Ostrander, Bradford, 2:54.
145: Logan Walstrom, Philipsburg-Osceola, d Nathan McGregor, Punxy, 8-3.
152: Geno Morelli, DuBois, p Khlique Harris, Central Tech, 3:54.
160: Zack Towers, Meadville, d Zac Morris, Corry, 8-1.
171: Derek Danver, Clearfield, d, Grant Chase, Cathedral Prep, 3-1.
189: Andrew Welton, Central Tech, d Markel Keys, Cathedral Prep, 9-8.
215: Travis Bryant, General McLane, d Cliff Hill, Clearfield, 6-5.
285: Caleb Baker, General McLane, d Kevin Thompson, Meadville 3-0.


GM Wrestlers at the 2010-2011 NW Regional AAA Tournament

103-Joe Wheeling
Prelim: Wheeling wbd Damian Huff (Holid) 8-2
QF: Shane Peters (Clearf) wbf Wheeling 1:49
Cons: Bye
Cons QF: Wheeling wbf Bryan Descavish (P-0) 4:28
Cons SF: Wheeling wbd Travis Giedroc (BEA) 2-1
Cons F: Wheeling wbmd Damian Huff (Holid) 9-0

Tourn Record: 4-1 (PLACED 3RD)
*Qualified for PIAA Tournament

112-Deane Twitchell
Prelim: Logan Bechdell (Ct Mnt) wbd Twitchell 8-2
Cons: Anthony Vizza (DuBois) wbd Twitchell 6-3

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)

125-Tim Wheeling
Prelim: Wheeling wbd Malcom Harris (Johnst) 7-4
QF: Wheeling wbf Henry Dietrick (Alderd) 1:30
SF: Kody Young (Punx) wbd Wheeling 4-3 UTB
Cons SF: Wheeling wbd Trevor Graham (Frank) 3-1
Cons F: Shawn Spearman (McD) wbd Wheeling 4-1

Tourn Record: 3-2 (PLACED 4TH)

140-Zac Baumgartner
Prelim: Logan Struble (Ct Mnt) wbf Baumgartner
Cons: Baumgartner wbd Sam Miller (St Mar) 4-0
Cons QF: Justin Wasmund (Prep) wbd Baumgartner 4-0

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)

145-DJ Myers
Prelim: Myers wbmd Shane Harper (Clearf) 17-4
QF: Brian Brill (Ct Mnt) wbf Myers 4:39
Cons: Myers wbf Myan Haviv (Alderd) 1:57
Cons QF: Myers wbf Tanner Patton (W Hilltop) 2:12
Cons SF: Logan Walstrom (P-O) wbd Myers 9-4

Tourn Record: 3-2 (DNP)

171-Bryan Campbell
Prelim: Derek Danver (Clf) wbf Campbell 5:35
Cons: Laret Miller (Holid) wbf Campbell 4:11

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)

215-Travis Bryant
Prelim: Bryant wbf Jesse Reid (Carrick) :31
QF: Tyson Searer (Lewist) wbmd Bryant 11-1
Cons: Bryant wbf Austin Barr (DuB) :17
Cons QF: Bryant wbf Jim Antonelli (St Mar) 4:54
Cons SF: Bryant wbf Josh Visokey (Per) :22
Cons F: Bryant wbd Cliff Hill (Clearf) 6-5

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

285-Caleb Baker
Prelim: Baker wbf Dakota Sera (Bradf) :32
QF: Josh Duplin (W Hilltop) wbd Baker 3-1
Cons: Baker wbf Keith Stover (Brash) 2:09
Cons QF: Baker wbf Braeden Luciano (Alt) 1:24
Cons SF: Baker wbd Zac Corl (Ct Mt) 1-0
Cons F: Baker wbd Kevin Thompson (Mdv) 3-0

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






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