News from March...2015

Nine McLane Wrestlers Make Region 4 All-Star Team

Carmine Citotti (113 lbs) and Keller Watkins (152 lbs) were both named to the Erie Times-News All District 10 Team. The team is made up of wrestlers from both the AA and AAA classes. Nine GM wrestlers were named to the Region 4 All-Star Team. Carmine Ciotti (120), Hunter Hendricks (126), Giovanni Ciotti (138), Owen Watkins (145), Keller Watkins (152) and Kyle Sult (182) were all first team selections. Leno Ciotti (113), Briggs Twitchell (160) and Ethan Laird (170) were named to the second team.

First team
106: Brady Sittinger Cathedral Prep 10
113: Charles Lenox McDowell 11
120: Carmine Ciotti General McLane 11
126: Hunter Hendricks General McLane 11

132: D.J. Fehlman Warren 12
138: Giovanni Ciotti General McLane 12
145: Owen Watkins General McLane 10
152: Keller Watkins General McLane 12

160: Teagan O'Sullivan Cathedral Prep 12
170: Ryan Dailey McDowell 11
182: Kyle Sult General McLane 11
195: Phil Selker Cathedral Prep 11
220: Luke Carr Meadville 12
285: Ben Bish Meadville 11

Second team
106: Chris Wig Titusville 10
113: Leno Ciotti General McLane 9
120: Aaron Ehrgott Meadville 12
126: Jacob Engstrom Warren 10
132: Kyle Luben Meadville 11
138: Dalton Burns Titusville 12
145: Derek Ridgeway Meadville 11
152: Connor Wurst Cathedral Prep 12
160: Briggs Twitchell General McLane 11
170: Ethan Laird General McLane 10
182: Mike Hughes Cathedral Prep 10
195: Dan Stearns Titusville 12
220: Alex Streich Warren 12
285: Jason Oakes Titusville 12
Region champion: General McLane
Region Wrestler of the Year: D.J. Fehlman (Warren)


Erie Times-News 2014-15 District 10 All-Star Wrestling Team
106 pounds: Abe Guarriello, jr., Fort LeBoeuf, 40-9. Section 1-AA and District 10 Class AA champion.
113: Carmine Ciotti, jr., General McLane, 35-6. District 10 and Northwest Region Class AAA champion.
120: Cole Matthews, fr., Reynolds, 43-6. Section 2-AA, District 10, Northwest Region and PIAA Class AA champion.
126: Seth Hogue, jr., Reynolds, 41-6. Section 2-AA, District 10 and Northwest Region Class AA champion; PIAA finalist.
132: D.J. Fehlman, sr., Warren, 35-3. Won fourth District 10 Class AAA title; Northwest Region champion; placed fourth at PIAA tournament.
138: Tyler Vath, sr., Saegertown, 43-7. Won fourth Section 1-AA, District 10 and Northwest Region Class AA titles; PIAA finalist.
145: Nick Monico, jr., Saegertown, 26-7. Section 1-AA and District 10 Class AA champion; Northwest Region finalist; placed fourth at PIAA tournament.
152: Keller Watkins, sr., General McLane, 38-5. District 10 Class AAA champion; Northwest Region finalist; PIAA qualifier.
160: Cody Mulligan, fr., Saegertown, 41-7. Section 1-AA and District 10 Class AA champion; Northwest Region finalist; PIAA qualifier.
170: Mike Millero, sr., Reynolds, 34-12. Section 2-AA, District 10 and Northwest Region Class AA champion; PIAA qualifier.
182: Dakota Geer, sr., Franklin, 37-1. Section 2-AA, District 10, Northwest Region and PIAA Class AA champion.
195: Dylan Reynolds, sr., Saegertown, 50-0. Section 1-AA, District 10, Northwest Region and PIAA Class AA champion.
220: Zach Stafford, jr., Cambridge Springs, 34-6. Section 3-AA and District 10 Class AA champion; Northwest Region finalist; placed sixth at PIAA tournament.
285: Gene Ringer, jr., Reynolds, 41-11. Section 2-AA and District 10 Class AA champion; placed third at Northwest Region tournament; placed sixth at PIAA tournament.
District 10 Wrestler of the Year: Dylan Reynolds (Saegertown).


Lancers Successful Season Ends Abruptly at PIAA's

It was a tough day for the Lancers at the PIAA Wrestling Championships on Thursday. Carmine Ciotti was the only GM wrestler to advance to the quarterfinal round on day one. Five other GM wrestlers lost their opening round matches and Ian Mallory was eliminated in the first consolation round. Besides Carmine winning his first round bout, the other bright spot was Ethan Laird's performance. Ethan Laird won his pigtail match to move into the preliminaries. He then lost to #1 ranked Kyle Gentile of Pennridge but bounced back to win in overtime against Joe Doyle of Council Rock South in the first consolation round.

As tough as Thursday was, Friday was even tougher for the Lancers. Carmine Ciotti suffered an 11-3 loss to #8 Dan Moran of Northampton in the quarterfinals. That seemingly set off a chain reaction of six straight McLane losses that would end their tournament a full day early. As bad as it all sounds, there were some valiant efforts by the GM wrestlers. Hunter Hendricks nearly pulled off an upset over #11 Tyler Kenney in the 2nd consi round. Hendricks trailed for most of the match, but reversed Kenney with just 2 seconds remaining to send it into overtime. Unfortunately Hendricks lost the bout on a controversial takedown call in OT. Giovanni Ciotti also lost his bout due to a couple of questionable calls at 138 lbs. He was leading, 1-0 over #7 Demetri DOrsaneo in the 3rd period and riding tough when he was called for stalling twice. That proved to be the difference in the match.

Keller Watkins also lost a close one at 152 lbs. to #5 Ethan Smith of Greater Latrobe. Keller gave up and early takedown and then got one back. He trailed 5-3 in the 3rd but just couldn't take Smith to the mat again. Ethan Laird was the next GM wrestler to bow out. Ethan just couldn't get anything going against #5 Niyaz Bakradze at 170 lbs. in his final match, losing by 11-3 major decision. Kyle Sult easily took down and rode out Penncrest's #13 Joe Pyfer at 182 lbs. in the opening stanza. He appeared to be on his way to an upset when he tried to hit an ill advised lateral drop and got caught on his back for the fall.

The season ended for Carmine Ciotti and the McLane wrestling team when Ciotti lost a controversial decision at 113 lbs. against #12 Hunter Baxter of Pine-Richland. Both wrestlers came close to taking the other down in the first period. Baxter and Ciotti were scrambling at the end of the period when the officials awarded Baxter a takedown at the buzzer. The officials even took a few moments to talk it over, but the call stood. That was the difference as Carmine came out on the short end of a 2-0 decision.

Notes on the PIAA Championships and the Season:

It's difficult if not impossible to compare teams from different eras, but this McLane wrestling team has to be one of the best, most successful teams in the program's history. They sported an overall 17-3 record. All 3 of those losses were at the hands of state ranked teams (#11 AAA Canon-McMillan, #8 AAA Parkland, #12 AAA Council Rock South). Two of those three losses were by a mere 4 points (with an injured GM starter out of the lineup). The Lancers also had wins over some state ranked teams (#14 AAA Spring-Ford, #14 AA Montoursville and #22 AA Greenville).

They won their 3rd straight Region 4 title, the Fred Bell and Tool City Tournaments, The Clearfield Bison Duals, the District 10 AAA Team Duals, the District 10 AAA Tournament and finished a close 2nd at the 2015 NW Regional Tournament. The Lancers also finished the season with their highest ever state team ranking (#13). Congratulations on an awesome season!

Ethan Laird was the victim of the PIAA's new 20 man bracket. For many years the state tournament has been a 16 man bracket with all 16 wrestlers starting on the same footing. Ethan was randomly placed in a pigtail round. He ended up having to wrestle 3 times on Thursday (winning twice), just to end up in the same place most of the wrestlers in his weight class were after they suffered a loss in the preliminary round. Since this tournament is not seeded based on records or similar criteria, I think this is grossly unfair. I hope they come up with a better system than the one they tried this year. Under the old system Ethan would have been a medalist. At any rate, congratulations to Ethan for posting 2 wins at what is arguably the country's toughest wrestling tournament!

Senior, Giovanni Ciotti wrestled his last high school match for GM on Friday at Giant Center. He ended the season with a 34-7 record. He won the 138 lbs. title at Fred Bell and the District 10 Tournament title. He finished 2nd at regionals. He ended his high school career with 99 wins!

Ian Mallory, also a senior, finished 2nd at Districts. With his 3rd place finish at regionals Ian became a rare, 2 time state qualifier this year. Ian racked up 69 wins in his 3 years as a starter.

Keller Watkins finished his high school career with a stellar, 125-34 record. His 125 wins is 5th best in McLane history. Keller also set records for Career technical falls (50), Season tech falls (25), Career reversals, Career 3 point near falls, Career 2 point near falls, Season 2 point near falls and Season 3 point near falls. Watkins also won numerous tournament titles. He was a 4 time District 10 AAA tournament finalist and won 2 titles. He was also a 4 time NW Regional place winner and a state qualifier this year.

It's a long time between now and next December but I have a feeling next year's team will also be a very successful one. Several talented underclassmen starters will be returning (4 of the 7 state qualifiers were underclassmen). There is also some untapped talent waiting in the wings to fill in the gaps left by the graduating seniors. The 2015-16 season should be an exciting one.


McLane Wrestlers at the 2014-2015 PIAA AAA Championships

113-Carmine Ciotti #9
Pre: Ciotti wbd #16 Jake Cherry (Cen Daugh) 3-0

QF: #8 Dan Moran (Northampt) wbmd Ciotti 11-3
3rd Con: #12 Hunter Baxter (Pine-Richl) wbd Ciotti 2-0

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)

126-Hunter Hendricks #17
Pre: #2 Wade Cummings (Down E) wbmd Hendricks 15-7
2nd Con: #11 Tyler Kenney (Connel) wbd Hendricks 7-5 OT

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)

138-Giovanni Ciotti #13
Pre: #9 Dan Ritz Crestwood (Crestw) wbd Ciotti 4-2
2nd Con: #7 Demetri DOrsaneo (Frnk-Reg) wbd Ciotti 3-1

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)

152-Keller Watkins #8
Pre: #7 Michael Labriola (Beth-Cath) wbd Watkins 5-3

2nd Con: #5 Ethan Smith (G Latrobe) wbd Watkins 5-3

Tourn record: 0-2 (DNP)

170 -Ethan Laird #15
Laird wbd #17 Brooks Wilding (U St Clair) 10-4
Pre: #1 Kyle Gentile (Pennr) wbf Laird 0:51
1st Con: Laird wbd #28 Joe Doyle (CRS) 6-2 OT
2nd Con: #11 Niyaz Bakradze (Scrant) wbmd Laird 11-3

Tourn Record: 2-2 (DNP)

182-Kyle Sult #23
Pre: #11 Derek Spachman (Hazlet) wbd Sult 11-4
2nd Con: #13 Joe Pyfer (Penncrt) wbf Sult 2:09

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)

220-Ian Mallory #28
Pigt: #15 Jake Vaxmonski (Pittst) wbf Mallory 6:24 OT
1st Con:
#9 Billy McGinley (Down E) wbd Mallory 3-1 OT

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)


1. Tyson Klump, Jr, Nazareth
2. Cole Manley, So, Altoona Area
3. Jakob Campbell, So, Boyertown
4. Aiden Burke, So, Council Rock North
5. Matt Parker, So, Pennridge
6. Geo Barzona, So, Central Mountain
7. Chris Wright, Fr, Central Dauphin
8. Louis Newell, Fr, Seneca Valley

1. Devin Brown, Sr, Franklin Regional
2. Gage Curry, Jr, North Hills
3. Dustin Steffenino, Sr, Upper Perkiomen
4. Daniel Moran, So, Northampton
5. Austin DeSanto, So, Exeter Township
6. Devin Schnupp, Jr, Warwick
7. K.J. Fenstermacher, So, Liberty
8. Hunter Baxter, So, Pine-Richland

1. Spencer Lee, So, Franklin Regional
2. Sammy Sasso, Fr, Nazareth
3. Tyshawn White, Jr, Central Dauphin
4. Brett Kulp, Jr, Exeter Township
5. Derek Wilson, Jr, South Western
6. Derek Gulotta, Sr, Owen J. Roberts
7. Zachary Hartman, Fr, Belle Vernon
8. Jake Reigel, So, Bethlehem Catholic

1. Luke Karam, Jr, Bethlehem Catholic
2. Zach Trampe, So, Council Rock South
3. Ethan McCoy, Jr, Greater Latrobe
4. Wade Cummings, Jr, Downingtown East
5. Lucas Miller, Jr, Boyertown
6. Chandler Olsen, So, Shippensburg
7. Joe Blumer, So, Kiski Area
8. Roshaun Cooley, Sr, Williamsport

1. A.C. Headlee, Sr, Waynesburg
2. Luke Pletcher, Jr, Greater Latrobe
3. Evan Fidelibus, Jr, Easton
4. D.J. Fehlman, Sr, Warren
5. Jake Hinkson, So, North Allegheny
6. Brock Port, So, Bellefonte
7. Josh Ridgeway, Sr, Norwin
8. Lucas Schaf, Jr, Emmaus

1. Sam Krivus, Sr, Hempfield Area
2. Cameron Coy, So, Penn-Trafford
3. Zach Elvin, Sr, Central Dauphin
4. Dom Giannangeli, Sr, Franklin Regional
5. Demetri DOrsaneo, Sr, Owen J. Roberts
6. Stephen Maloney, Jr, Bethlehem Catholic
7. David Rump, Sr, Chambersburg
8. Dan Ritz, Sr, Crestwood

1. Michael Kemerer, Sr, Franklin Regional
2. Patrick Duggan, Sr, Cumberland Valley
3. Hayden Hidlay, Jr, Mifflin County
4. Jared Verkleeren, So, Belle Vernon
5. Jonathan Ross, Jr, Northern
6. Chase Gallik, Sr, Wallenpaupack
7. James Saylor, Jr, Easton
8. Alex Klucker, Sr, East Pennsboro

1. Vincenzo Joseph, Sr, Pittsburgh Central Catholic
2. Josh Maruca, Sr, Franklin Regional
3. Michael Labriola, So, Bethlehem Catholic
4. Kaleb Young, Jr, Punxsutawney
5. Kazim Bakhriyev, Sr, Scranton
6. Nino Bonaccorsi, So, Bethel Park
7. Hadyn Swartwood, Jr, Jersey Shore
8. Zach Dellicompagni, Sr, Coatesville

1. Nick Shields, Sr, Franklin Regional
2. Cody Cordes, Sr, Wyoming Valley West
3. Noah Stewart, Jr, Mifflin County
4. Paul Dunn, Sr, Bethel Park
5. Tony Palumbo, Sr, Pittsburgh Central Catholic
6. Bailey Shutt, Jr, Lower Dauphin
7. Frankie Krauss, Sr, Spring-Ford
8. Alex Elliott, Sr, Sun Valley

1. TeShan Campbell, Sr, Penn Hills
2. D.J. Hollingshead, Sr, Altoona
3. Austin Bell, Jr, Belle Vernon
4. Jake Shaffer, Jr, Greater Latrobe
5. Kyle Gentile, Jr, Pennridge
6. Jared Siegrist, Jr, Manheim Central
7. Matthew Mirth, Sr, Southern Lehigh
8. Chance Norris, Jr, Garden Spot

1. Kellan Stout, Sr, Mount Lebanon
2. John Jakobsen, Jr, Stroudsburg
3. Casey Glunt, Sr, James Buchanan
4. Evan Wilson, Sr, Central Bucks East
5. Josh Colello, Jr, Cedar Cliff
6. Gregg Harvey, Jr, Boyertown
7. Josh Bahr, Sr, West Allegheny
8. Jayden Reyes, Jr, Dieruff

1. Jan Johnson, Sr, Governor Mifflin
2. Tommy Rayhart, Sr, Big Spring
3. Drew Phipps, Jr, Norwin
4. Zach Smith, Sr, North Allegheny
5. Matt Wagner, Sr, Delaware Valley
6. Francis Duggan, Fr, Cumberland Valley
7. Trey Hartsock, Jr, Mifflin County
8. Eli Grape, So, Upper St. Clair

1. Jordan Wood, Jr, Boyertown
2. Seth Janney, So, South Western
3. Omar Haddad, Sr, Parkland
4. Tyler Worthing, Jr, Kiski Area
5. Andrew Gunning, Jr, Liberty
6. Fred Mantsch, Sr, Hempfield Area
7. Ezra Outlaw, Sr, Pennridge
8. Zeb Pfeiffer, Sr, Penn Manor

1. Andrew Dunn, Sr, Bethlehem Catholic
2. Bo Spiller, Sr, Solanco
3. Ryan Monk, Sr, Dallas Area
4. Mears, Greater Latrobe
5. Graeber, Neshaminy
6. Killoran, Boyertown
7. Jablonski, Montour
8. Bish, Meadville








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