Six GM Wrestlers
Named to All-Region Team
total of six McLane wrestlers were named to the 2015-16
All-Region 4 Team by the Erie Times-News. Brett
Mallory and state qualifier, Ethan Laird were
first team picks. It was the third straight year Laird
has been named to the All-Region team. Mallory won his
first District 10 AAA title at 126 lbs. this year.
team Lancer selections were: Hunter Hendricks (138),
Briggs Twitchell (145),
Owen Watkins (152) and Jacob Lenhardt (285).
Hendricks is a two time pick, making first team last season.
Twitchell and Watkins also made last year's All-Region
no GM wrestlers were selected for this year's All-District
10 Team, which combines the AAA and AA classes.
Region 4 All Stars
106: Jeff Boyd, fr., McDowell
113: Tyler McKinney, so., Cathedral Prep
120: Leno Ciotti, so., McDowell
126: Brett Mallory, so., General
132: Carmen Ciotti, sr., McDowell
138: Ta'Nauz Gregory, sr., Cathedral Prep
145: Carter Starocci, fr., Cathedral Prep
152: Dazjon Casto, jr., McDowell
160: Ilyaz Veysalav, jr., McDowell
170: Ethan Laird, jr., General
182: Jake Paulson, jr., McDowell
195: Ian Malesiewski, so., Cathedral Prep
220: Phil Selker, sr., Cathedral Prep
285: Kawaun DeBoe, fr., Cathedral Prep
106: Hunter Thompson, fr., Titusville
113: Jacob Frankhouser, jr., Warren and Chris Wig, jr.,
120: Brandon Sauers, sr., Cathedral Prep
126: Alex Simos, sr., McDowell
132: Hunter Wagner, jr., Titusville
138: Hunter Hendricks, sr., General
Twitchell, sr., General McLane and Kyle Luben,
152: Owen Watkins, jr., General
160: Luigi Yates, so., Cathedral Prep
170: Ryan Dailey, sr., McDowell
182: Mike Hughes, jr., Cathedral Prep
195: Derek Reagle, sr., Warren
220: Ben Bish, sr., Meadville
Lenhardt, jr., General McLane
Region 4 wrestler of the year Carter Starocci,
fr., Cathedral Prep
Comes Up Just Short In Hershey
Laird came so close to nabbing a medal for the second
year in a row. Last year, Ethan started in a pigtail round
so he needed 3 wins to place. He got 2. This year he needed
2 wins to make the podium. He got 1. Laird opened the
tournament by beating 12th ranked, Edwin Morales of Mariana
Bracetti Academy, 5-3. Ethan took a commanding 4-1 first
period lead and hung on for the win. Unfortunately his
next two bouts would be against two of the PA's best 170
the quarterfinals, Laird dropped an 11-3 major decision
to Bethel Park's Santino Bonaccorsi (ranked 2nd in the
state and 12th in the nation). Ethan managed to get one
takedown and an escape in that loss. That dropped Ethan
into the 3rd consolation round. A win would secure a medal
for the McLane junior. But he wasn't able to make it happen
against 5th ranked Jake Schaffer of Greater Latrobe. Schaffer
wrestled well defensively, holding Laird to a single point
and went on to win, 7-1.
From the State Tournament:
had a great year and career so far (he's only a junior).
He finished the 2015-16 season with a stellar 35-6 record.
He reached 99 career wins faster than any wrestler
in GM history (Joe Wheeling had 96 at the end of
his junior season). Laird is already a 3-time state qualifier
and could become McLane's first 4-time state qualifier
next year. Good luck Ethan, stay healthy, keep the wins
coming and bring back some hardware next year!
two losses came against a state runnerup and and a 5th
placer. Noah Stewart of Mifflin Co., who beat Ethan in
the NW Regional finals finished 4th.
Wrestlers at the 2016 PIAA Championships
1st Round: Laird wbd #12 Edwin Morales (Mariana
Bracetti Academy) 5-3
QF: Santino Bonaccorsi (Bethel Park) wbmd Laird
Cons: #5 Jake Schaffer (Greater Latrobe) wbd Laird
Record: 1-2 (DNP)
INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS CLASS AAA
106 Tyson Klump, Nazareth dec. Louis Newell, Seneca Valley,
113 Julian Chlebove, Northampton dec. Matt Parker, Pennridge,
120 Spencer Lee, Franklin Regional tech. fall Austin DeSanto,
Exeter Township, 15-0, 3:43.
126 Luke Karam, Bethlehem Catholic dec. Tyshawn White,
Central Dauphin, 1-0.
132 Joey Gould, Bethlehem Catholic pinned James Hoffman,
138 Luke Pletcher, Latrobe dec. Evan Fidelibus, Easton,
145 Cameron Coy, Penn-Trafford major dec. Brock Wilson,
152 Hayden Hidlay, Mifflin County major dec. James Saylor,
160 Kaleb Young, Punxsutawney dec. Trent Hidlay, Mifflin
170 Michael Labriola, Bethlehem Catholic dec. Nino Bonaccorsi,
Bethel Park, 6-4.
182 Jake Woodley, North Allegheny dec. Milton Kobaly,
Belle Vernon, 8-4.
195 Jake Jakobsen, Stroudsburg dec. Drew Phipps, Norwin,
220 Jacob Robb, Armstrong pinned Michael McAleavey, Peters
285 Andrew Gunning, Liberty dec. Tommy Killoran, Boyertown,
106 Dalton Rohrbaugh, Spring Grove dec. Brandon Meredith,
Spring Ford, 10-3.
113 Gage Curry, North Hills dec. Chris Wright, Central
120 K.J. Fenstermacher, Liberty dec. Hunter Baxter, Pine-Richland,
126 Cole Manley, Altoona pinned Chandler Olson, Shippensburg,
132 Luke Kemerer, Hempfield D-7 dec. Brett Kulp, Exeter
138 Sammy Sasso, Nazareth pinned Colin Cronin, Upper Darby,
145 Dylan Chatterton, Central York dec. Lucas Martoccio,
Council Rock South, 4-2.
152 Travis Stefanik, Nazareth pinned Derek Verkleeren,
Belle Vernon, 4:35.
160 Nick Carr, Abington Heights dec. Joshua Stillings,
170 Austin Bell, Belle Vernon dec. Noah Stewart, Mifflin
182 Kyle Gentile, Pennridge dec. Drew Peck, Chambersburg,
195 Anthony Piscopo, LaSalle dec. Joe Doyle, Council Rock
220 Derek Berberick, Greensburg Salem dec. Evan Callahan,
Freedom (D-11), 8-3.
285 Bruce Graeber, Neshaminy dec. Niko Camacho, Bethlehem
Catholic, 2-1 TB.
106 Zach Glenn, Bethlehem Catholic dec. Geo Barzona, Central
113 Luke Werner, Liberty dec. Devin Schnupp, Warwick,
120 Dan Moran, Northampton dec. Noah Levett, Kiski Area,
126 Wade Cummings, Downingtown East dec. Chris Eddins,
132 Zachary Hartman, Belle Vernon major dec. Zack Trampe,
Council Rock South, 16-4.
138 Shaun Wilson, Waynesburg dec. Jake Hinkson, North
145 Luke Gardner, Pottsville major dec. Kevin Edwards,
Avon Grove, 11-3.
152 Jonathan Ross, Northern York dec. Cole Karam, Beth.
160 Bailey Shutt, Lower Dauphin dec. Jonah Barley, Penn
170 Jake Shaffer, Latrobe dec. Jared Siegrist, Manheim
182 Gregg Harvey, Boyertown by forfeit over Josh Colello,
195 Trey Hartsock, Mifflin County dec. Dylan Harr, Governor
220 Garrett Zobel, LaSalle dec. Drew Boob, Selinsgrove,
285 Josh Fye, Bald Eagle dec. Isaac Reid, Kiski Area,
106 Job Chishko, Penn Trafford dec. Patrick Gould, East
Stroudsburg South, 6-1.
113 Jakob Campbell, Boyertown dec. Vincent Distefanis,
Hempfield D-7, 5-3.
120 Noah Myers, Mifflin County dec. Jose Morales, Conestoga
126 Ethan McCoy, Latrobe dec. Kordell Rush, Pennridge,
132 Seth Koleno, Bald Eagle dec. Ryan Vulakh, North Penn,
138 Garrett Kyner, Chambersburg dec. Carter Starocci,
Cathedral Prep, 7-4.
145 Brock Port, Bellefonte dec. Edmond Ruth, Susquehanna
152 Chase Stephens, Coatesville dec. Gage Thomas, South
160 Hadyn Swartwood, Jersey Shore dec. Dan Iredale, Conestoga,
170 Steve Rice, Spring Ford by forfeit over Jack Zimmerman,
182 Colin McCracken, Waynesburg pinned Evan Morrill, Lower
195 Francis Duggan, North Allegheny dec. Eli Grape, Upper
St. Clair, 12-6.
220 Jesse Enck, Daniel Boone dec. Gavin Caroff, Quakertown,
285 Kawaun DeBoe, Cathedral Prep dec. Zack Jablonski,
Runnerup Honors - Twitchell 4th at Regionals
Twitchell came so close to punching his ticket to
states. He bounced back from a loss in the quarterfinals
to tournament champion Brock Port, winning three straight
to make the consi finals. It looked like he was on his
way to Hershey when he took a 4-2 lead over #12 Dakota
Weitosh in the second period. But Weitoch fought his way
back into the match and tied the score at the end of regulation.
Weitoch reversed Twitchell in the 2nd OT to take a 6-4
lead. Briggs got an escape in the 3rd OT to make it 6-5,
but couldn't get a takedown before time expired and had
to settle for 4th place.
Laird will make his third trip to the state tournament
after taking 2nd place at 170 lbs. Ethan won by fall to
open the tournament, took a 9-0 major decision in the
quarterfinals and then squeaked out a 3-1 overtime decision
over 10th ranked Luke McGonigal of Clearfield in the semis.
He lost in the finals to #4 Noah Stewart of Miflin Co.
Watkins had a tough luck tournament. He won his first
bout by fall, but then ran into top ranked Hayden Hidlay
in the quarterfinals and lost by fall. Owen posted a fall
and a major decision to make the consi semifinal round.
Unfortunately for Owen, Dazion Casto was disqualified
in the semifinals for an illegal slam. That dropped Casto
into the consolation semis against Watkins. Casto prevailed
by a score of 3-0. It was the 3rd time he decisioned Owen
this year. Brett Mallory made the semifinals before
losing to #4 Cole Manley of Altoona. He lost by fall in
the consolation semis to end his tournament.
Lenhardt, Riley Vaughn and Hunter Hendricks
all went 2-2 and ended their tournaments in the consolation
quarterfinals. Jordan Motter and Adam Steiner
both went 1-2.
Lancers finished 6th out of 31 teams. It was the
lowest finish for a McLane wrestling team since 2011 when
they were 7th.
Laird went 3-1 in Altoona. He now has 34 wins this
season and 98 career wins. That's amazing for a junior!
Hendricks, Briggs Twitchell, Jordan Motter
and Adam Steiner saw their high school wrestling
careers end on Saturday. We enjoyed watching all of you
wrestle over the years.
had a great season and entered the record books in two
categories. He ended the year with 34 wins and 6 major
decisions! Even after being sidelined due to sickness
for a couple of weeks Owen made it to 20 wins before
his season ended. He now has 70 career wins!
106 G Barzona (Ct Mt) wbd J Boyd (McD) 6-0
113 D Woodrow (DuB) wbd A stover (SC) 3-2
120 N Myers (Mif Co) wbd L Ciotti (McD) 3-2
126 C Manley (Alt) wbtf N Gittens (Shik) 17-2
132 T Gregory (CP) wbd C Ciotti (McD) 5-2
138 C Starocci (CP) wbd D Long (Hol) 7-1
145 B Port (Bel) wbd K Luben (Mdv) 5-0
152 H Hidlay (Mif Co) wbff C Garner (Bel)
160 K Young (Punx) wbd T Hidlay (Mif Co) 2-1
170 N Stewart (Mif Co) wbmd E
Laird (GM) 10-0
182 B Simington (Alt) wbd B Wilson (Mif Co) 7-3
195 T Hartsock (Mif Co) wbd T Ogden (Clrf) 6-2
220 D Boob (Sel) wbd P Selker (CP) 3-1
285 J Fye (BEA) wbd K DeBoe (CP) 3-1
106 B Sittinger (CP) wbd T Dilley (St M) 3-0
113 T McKinney (CP) wbf S Blake (Bel) 4:19
120 M Zondory (JS) wbmd M Johnson (PO) 12-0
126 B Bennett (PO) wbmd G Rigg (BEA) 9-0
132 S Koleno (BEA) wbd A Witherite (Bel) 3-1
138 C Weaver (Ct Mt) wbd B Adams (DuB) 5-3
145 D Weitosh (PO) wbd B Twitchell
(GM) 6-5 (3 OT)
152 D Casto (McD) wbmd C Hanna (DuB) 12-2
160 H Swartwood (JS) wbf I Vesylav (McD) 3:20
170 L McGonigal (Clrf) wbd R Dailey (McD) 3-2
182 J Paulson (McD) wbd D Kephart (Bel) 8-2
195 I Malesiewski (CP) wbd I Porter (Ct Mt) 3-1
220 H Weaver (Ct Mt) wbd N Worley (Hol) 3-1 (SV)
285 H Gill (Hol) wbd D Linnes (SC) 5-1
Scores: 1. Cathedral Prep 147.5, 2. Mifflin County 138.5,
3. McDowell 106 4. Bellefonte 85, 5. Central Mountain
80.5, 6. Gen McLane 68.5,
7. Altoona 59, 8. Bald Eagle Area 52, 9. Philipsburg-Osc
51, 9. Shikellamy 51, 11. Clearfield 50, 12. State College
49, 13. DuBois 48, 14. Hollidaysburg 46, 15. Jersey Shore
42.5, 16. St Marys 38, 17.Punsutawney 30.5, 18. Meadville
28.5, 19. Selinsgrove 27, 20. Warren 23, 21. Titusville
17.5, 22. Williamsport 14, 23. Allderdice 8, 24. Bradford
4, 25. Brashear 3, 26. Westinghouse 2, 27. Erie East 1,
27. Oil City 1, 27. Strong Vincent 1, 30. Carrick 0, 30