News from March...2016

Six GM Wrestlers Named to All-Region Team

A 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.

Second 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 squad.

Unfortunately no GM wrestlers were selected for this year's All-District 10 Team, which combines the AAA and AA classes.


Times-News Region 4 All Stars

First team
106: Jeff Boyd, fr., McDowell
113: Tyler McKinney, so., Cathedral Prep
120: Leno Ciotti, so., McDowell
126: Brett Mallory, so., General McLane
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 McLane
182: Jake Paulson, jr., McDowell
195: Ian Malesiewski, so., Cathedral Prep
220: Phil Selker, sr., Cathedral Prep
285: Kawaun DeBoe, fr., Cathedral Prep

Second team
106: Hunter Thompson, fr., Titusville
113: Jacob Frankhouser, jr., Warren and Chris Wig, jr., Titusville
120: Brandon Sauers, sr., Cathedral Prep
126: Alex Simos, sr., McDowell
132: Hunter Wagner, jr., Titusville
138: Hunter Hendricks, sr., General McLane
145: Briggs Twitchell, sr., General McLane and Kyle Luben, sr., Meadville
152: Owen Watkins, jr., General McLane
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
285: Jacob Lenhardt, jr., General McLane
Region 4 wrestler of the year — Carter Starocci, fr., Cathedral Prep


Ethan Laird Comes Up Just Short In Hershey

Ethan 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 pounders.

In 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.

Notes From the State Tournament:

Ethan 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!

Ethan's 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.


Individual Wrestlers at the 2016 PIAA Championships

170-Ethan Laird #9
Prelim: Bye
1st Round: Laird wbd #12 Edwin Morales (Mariana Bracetti Academy) 5-3
QF: Santino Bonaccorsi (Bethel Park) wbmd Laird 11-3
Cons: #5 Jake Schaffer (Greater Latrobe) wbd Laird 7-1

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)




106 Tyson Klump, Nazareth dec. Louis Newell, Seneca Valley, 9-3.
113 Julian Chlebove, Northampton dec. Matt Parker, Pennridge, 3-0.
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, Hazleton, 6:00.
138 Luke Pletcher, Latrobe dec. Evan Fidelibus, Easton, 3-1.
145 Cameron Coy, Penn-Trafford major dec. Brock Wilson, Nazareth, 9-1.
152 Hayden Hidlay, Mifflin County major dec. James Saylor, Easton, 13-4.
160 Kaleb Young, Punxsutawney dec. Trent Hidlay, Mifflin County, 5-3.
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, 1-0.
220 Jacob Robb, Armstrong pinned Michael McAleavey, Peters Township, 2:23.
285 Andrew Gunning, Liberty dec. Tommy Killoran, Boyertown, 2-1.

Consolation Finals
106 Dalton Rohrbaugh, Spring Grove dec. Brandon Meredith, Spring Ford, 10-3.
113 Gage Curry, North Hills dec. Chris Wright, Central Dauphin, 4-0.
120 K.J. Fenstermacher, Liberty dec. Hunter Baxter, Pine-Richland, 4-3.
126 Cole Manley, Altoona pinned Chandler Olson, Shippensburg, 1:19.
132 Luke Kemerer, Hempfield D-7 dec. Brett Kulp, Exeter Township, 2-0.
138 Sammy Sasso, Nazareth pinned Colin Cronin, Upper Darby, 2:29.
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, Pennridge, 6-2.
170 Austin Bell, Belle Vernon dec. Noah Stewart, Mifflin County, 6-1.
182 Kyle Gentile, Pennridge dec. Drew Peck, Chambersburg, 3-2.
195 Anthony Piscopo, LaSalle dec. Joe Doyle, Council Rock South, 2-1.
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.

Fifth-Place Consolations

106 Zach Glenn, Bethlehem Catholic dec. Geo Barzona, Central Mountain, 3-1.
113 Luke Werner, Liberty dec. Devin Schnupp, Warwick, 10-4.
120 Dan Moran, Northampton dec. Noah Levett, Kiski Area, 4-2.
126 Wade Cummings, Downingtown East dec. Chris Eddins, Greensburg-Salem, 9-7.
132 Zachary Hartman, Belle Vernon major dec. Zack Trampe, Council Rock South, 16-4.
138 Shaun Wilson, Waynesburg dec. Jake Hinkson, North Allegheny, 7-4.
145 Luke Gardner, Pottsville major dec. Kevin Edwards, Avon Grove, 11-3.
152 Jonathan Ross, Northern York dec. Cole Karam, Beth. Cath., 2-1.
160 Bailey Shutt, Lower Dauphin dec. Jonah Barley, Penn Manor, 4-1.
170 Jake Shaffer, Latrobe dec. Jared Siegrist, Manheim Central, 4-3.
182 Gregg Harvey, Boyertown by forfeit over Josh Colello, Cedar Cliff.
195 Trey Hartsock, Mifflin County dec. Dylan Harr, Governor Mifflin, 3-0.
220 Garrett Zobel, LaSalle dec. Drew Boob, Selinsgrove, 3-0.
285 Josh Fye, Bald Eagle dec. Isaac Reid, Kiski Area, 2-0.

Seventh-Place Consolations
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 Valley, 6-5.
126 Ethan McCoy, Latrobe dec. Kordell Rush, Pennridge, 3-0.
132 Seth Koleno, Bald Eagle dec. Ryan Vulakh, North Penn, 4-3.
138 Garrett Kyner, Chambersburg dec. Carter Starocci, Cathedral Prep, 7-4.
145 Brock Port, Bellefonte dec. Edmond Ruth, Susquehanna Twp, 5-2.
152 Chase Stephens, Coatesville dec. Gage Thomas, South Western, 6-0.
160 Hadyn Swartwood, Jersey Shore dec. Dan Iredale, Conestoga, 6-5.
170 Steve Rice, Spring Ford by forfeit over Jack Zimmerman, Penn Manor.
182 Colin McCracken, Waynesburg pinned Evan Morrill, Lower Dauphin, 0:21.
195 Francis Duggan, North Allegheny dec. Eli Grape, Upper St. Clair, 12-6.
220 Jesse Enck, Daniel Boone dec. Gavin Caroff, Quakertown, 6-2.
285 Kawaun DeBoe, Cathedral Prep dec. Zack Jablonski, Montour, 2-1.


Laird Takes Runnerup Honors - Twitchell 4th at Regionals

Briggs 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.

Ethan 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.

Owen 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.

Jacob 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.

The Lancers finished 6th out of 31 teams. It was the lowest finish for a McLane wrestling team since 2011 when they were 7th.

Notes from Regionals:

Ethan Laird went 3-1 in Altoona. He now has 34 wins this season and 98 career wins. That's amazing for a junior!

Hunter 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.

Briggs 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!


Championship Finals
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

Consolation Finals
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


Team 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 Perry 0.


GM Wrestlers at the 2015-2016 NW Regional AAA Tournament

106-Andrew Brest
Prelim: C Fisher (Mifl Co) wbf Brest 3:43
Cons: H Thompson (Titus) wbd Brest 7-1

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)

120-Brad Motter
Prelim: M Johnson (P-O) wbf Motter 3:56
Cons: J Shooley (Selins) wbd Motter 6-3

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)

126-Brett Mallory
Prelim: Bye
QF: Mallory wbd H Blake (Clrf) 4-0
SF: #4 C Manley (Alt) wbtf Mallory 16-1
Cons SF: #24 G Rigg (BEA) wbf Mallory 4:24

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)

138-#18 Hunter Hendricks
Prelim: Hendricks wbd D Keane (Bradf) 8-3
QF: B Adams (DuB) wbd Hendricks 5-3
Cons: Hendricks wbf K Johnson (Westing) 1:24
Cons QF: C Weaver (Ct Mt) wbmd Hendricks 14-3

Tourn Record: 2-2 (DNP)

145-#17 Briggs Twitchell
Prelim: Twitchell wbtf T Norris (Clrf) 18-3
QF: #2 B Port (Belf) wbd Twitchell 4-0
Cons: Twitchell wbmd R Lowrie (Wmspt) 11-0
Cons QF: Twitchell wbmd D Barger (St Col) 15-1
Cons SF: Twitchell wbd E Lambiotte (Punnx) 2-0
3RD/4TH: #12 D Weitoich (P-O) wbd Twitchell 6-5 (3 OT)

Tourn Record: 4-2 (PLACED 4TH)

152-#13 Owen Watkins
Prelim: Watkins wbf K Pecht (St M) 4:34
QF: #1 H Hidlay (Mifl Co) wbf Watkins 4:44
Cons: Watkins wbf B Cummings (War) 0:53
Cons QF: Watkins wbmd D Parker (Shik) 12-0
Cons SF: #12 D Casto (McD) wbd Watkins 3-0

Tourn Record: 3-2 (DNP)

160-Jordan Motter
Prelim: #9 H Swartwood (Jers Sh) wbd Motter 8-1
Cons: Motter wbd L McClure (Bellef) 4-3
Cons: C Urbas (St Col) wbf Motter 1:27

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)

170-#9 Ethan Laird
Prelim: Laird wbf H OConnor (Jers Sh) 4:26
QF: Laird wbmd C Turner (Ct Mt) 9-0
SF: Laird wbd #10 L McGonigal (Clrf) 3-1 (OT)
F: N Stewart (Mif Co) wbmd Laird 10-0

Tourn Record: 3-1 (PLACED 2ND)
Qualified for state tournament

182-Riley Vaughn
Prelim: Vaughn wbf M Kisnor (Per) 0:13
QF: #16 B Wilson (Mifl Co) wbd Vaughn 3-2
Cons: Vaughn wbf J Zdarko (OC) 3:45
Cons QF: C Steffan (St M) wbd Vaughn 4-1

Tourn Record: 2-2 (DNP)

220-Adam Steiner
Prelim: Steiner wbf PHaffner (St Col) 5:38
QF: #11 P Selker (CP) wbd Steiner 9-4
Cons: P Sidorick (P-O) wbd Steiner 5-1

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)

285-#24 Jacob Lenhardt
Prelim: Lenhardt wbf R Kline (St M) 3:09
QF: #2 J Fye (Bald E) wbf Lenhardt 2:27
Cons: Lenhardt wbf J Arrington (Punx) 1:36
Cons QF: J Bacon (Shik) wbd Lenhardt 6-1 (SV)

Tourn Record: 2-2 (DNP)





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