News from March...2019

Eight McLane Wrestlers Make Region 4 All-Star Team

Eight General McLane wrestlers were named to the Times-News 2019 All Star team. Hunter Robison and Andrew Brest were picked for the 106 and 113 lbs. slots on the first team. James Laird made the cut at 170 lbs. as did 220 pounder, Seth Yarger. Matt Leehan (132), Michael Abbate (138), Cody Stempka (182) and Hunter Dickson (285) were all named to the second team. In addition, Jackson Spires made the District 10 All Stars second team at 145 lbs.

Region 4 All Stars
First team
106: Hunter Robison, fr., General McLane
113: Andrew Brest, sr., General McLane
120: Ethan Herman, jr., Girard
126: J.T. Ploss, sr., Fort LeBoeuf
132: John Wheeler, sr., Northwestern
138: Joel Huck, jr., Fort LeBoeuf
145: Caiden Mooney, sr., Northwestern
152: Dylan Muscarella, sr., North East
160: Jason Bratt, sr., Harbor Creek
170: James Laird, so., General McLane
182: Julian Gorring, sr., Fort LeBoeuf
195: Dom Viscuso, sr., Harbor Creek
220: Seth Yarger, jr., General McLane
285: Jordan Schell, so., Girard

Second team
106: Alex Cottrell, fr., Northwestern
113: Connor Pierce, fr., Harbor Creek
120: Thomas Johnson, so., Iroquois
126: Ryan Slupski, fr., Iroquois
132: Matt Leehan, so., General McLane
138: Michael Abbate, fr., General McLane
145: Owen Jefferson, jr., Seneca
152: Josh McCall, sr., Fort LeBoeuf
170: Brent Burbules, sr., Fort LeBoeuf
182: Cody Stempka, so., General McLane
195: Tim Church, so., Fort LeBoeuf
285: Hunter Dickson, jr., General McLane

Region champion — General McLane
Region wrestler of the year — John Wheeler, Northwestern

District 10 All Stars
145: Jackson Spires, so., General McLane


Robison and Spires One Win Short of Medaling in Hershey

The first day at the PIAA Championships was a tough one for GM's state qualifiers. Andrew Brest, Hunter Robison and Jackson Spires all lost their first round matches. For Brest, it was more than tough, it was disastrous! Andrew suffered an injury during a scramble in his first bout and was forced to forfeit his second match, which ended not only his tournament but his high school wrestling career.

Hunter Robison lost his preliminary round match by fall to 5th ranked, Noah Frack of Brandywine Heights. But Hunter was far from finished. He bounced back with two straight upset victories, one over #16 Brice Beatty of Mount Union. Robison used a front headlock to take Beatty to mat, then hit a chancellor and stepped over to score back points and take a 4-0 lead. He increased his lead to 7-1 when he escaped and hit a dump in the 2nd period. Robison was finally able to lock up a cradle and get the fall with 59 seconds remaining in the period. In the second consi round, Hunter pulled off an exciting 10-8 overtime win against #11 Easton Toth of Forest Hills. Robison took a 4-2 lead into the final period. He reversed Toth 23 seconds into the period to increase his lead to 6-2. Toth came roaring back and tied the score at 8 just as time ran out. But Hunter was unfazed and won the match with a double leg takedown just 8 seconds into sudden victory. His tournament came to an end just one match short of making the medal rounds when he dropped a heart breaking, 5-4 decision to #10 Gavin Bradley of Athens. Robison held a 4-1 lead late in the bout but Bradley scored a takedown and back points with just seconds left to win the 5-4 squeaker.

Jackson Spires lost his first match in the prelims to last year's state champ, 4th ranked, Nathan Haubert of Palisades by a score of 8-1. Jackson rebounded with two straight wins, the first over #18 Marshall Marfinetz of Girard. Spires took Marfinetz to the mat early in the first period and rode him out. In the 2nd stanza Spires reversed Marfinetz, locked up a cradle and got the pin. He pulled out a hard fought, 6-3 win over #20 Hunter Burke of Lake Lehman in the second consolation round. The tourney ended for Jackson when dropped a 10-6 decision to #8 Nick Rosengrant of Saucon Valley. Spires trailed 6-4 at the end of two periods but fought out of a crab ride, reversed Rosengrant and nearly scored back points to tie the score at 6. Unfortunately, he gave up a reversal and 2 backs with just 10 seconds remaining.

Andrew Brest lost his preliminary round match to #9 Cooper Gillham of Bald Eagle, 9-7. The two wrestlers went to the second period tied 2-2. Andrew was riding from the top postion when Gillham stood up, hit a whizzer and then a headlock at the edge of the mat. Andrew appeared to come down on his head and neck. After an injury time out the two resumed wrestling but Andrew didn't look like himself after that. Gillham was holding on to a 6-5 lead going into the 3rd. Brest cut Gillham loose to go for the winning takedown but Gillham fought out of a front headlock and dumped Andrew to take 9-5 lead with 1:15 remaining. Gillham was penalized for locked hands and Brest escaped at the buzzer, but it wasn't enough. After the match, Andrew was taken to the hospital to get checked out and his tournament was over.



Hunter Robison wrestled a great tournament, winning two matches and nearly nabbing a medal in Hershey. His two wins tied him with Joe Wheeling for the freshman record of 35 wins! He also added a pin, which gave him 21 for the year!

Andrew Brest finished his high school wrestling career with 112 wins. Only 12 GM wrestlers have won more matches. He also holds the #6 spot in the record books for career takedowns with 251. While it's unfortunate that Andrew's high school wrestling career ended with an injury, we're all thankful it wasn't more serious. He suffered contusions and trauma to the spine but is expected to make a full recovery.

Jackson Spires had an awesome sophomore season. After missing his entire freshman season and more than half of this season due to injury, he made the most of what was left of the year. He was section runnerup, bounced back to win a district title and finished 2nd at regionals. He wrestled very well at states, just missing the medal rounds! He finished the season with 15 wins-6 losses. Of those 6 losses, 1 was by injury default, 2 were to regional champ, Caiden Mooney and 3 to state place winners!

Matt Leehan, despite not making it to the state tournament, finished his season leading the team in wins with 36. He also made the GM record books with 20 pins!


Championship Finals
106 Sheldon Seymour (Troy) wbdd Levi Haines (Biglerville) 5-4
113 Jackson Arrington (Forest Hills) wbd Kole Biscoe (Southern Columbia) 10-3
120 Ryan Crookham (Notre Dame GP) wbd Beau Bayless (Reynolds) 3-0
126 Brock McMillen (Glendale) wbd Chase Shields (Bishop McDevitt) 3-2
132 Joshua Jones (Saucon Valley) wbd Tye Varndell (Cambridge Springs) 7-3
138 Jacob Ealy (Hopewell) wbd Kenneth Kiser (Saegertown) 7-5
145 Andrew Cerniglia (Notre Dame GP) wbmd Gabe Miller (Pequea Valley) 14-0
152 Ryan Vulakh (Pope John Paul II) wbtf Trent Schultheis (Freedom) 20-5 5:19
160 Thayne Lawrence (Frazier) wbd Alec English (Kane) 7-2
170 Jared McGill (Chestnut Ridge) wbd Christian Clutter (McGuffey) 8-2
182 Dayton Pitzer (Mount Pleasant) wbd Bryson Miller (Freedom) 3-1
195 Gaige Garcia (Southern Columbia) wbd Kolby Franklin (St Joseph’s Cath) 5-2.
220 Jacob McMaster (Greenville) wbd Dominic Deluca (Derry) 6-2 OT
285 Colby Whitehill (Brookville) wbd Jake Ryan (Mount Union) 5-2

Consolation Finals
106: Gary Steen (Reynolds) wbd Joey Fischer (South Park) 2-1 TB2
113: Ryan Michaels (Elizabeth Forward) wbmd Nate Holderbaum (Chestnut Ridge) 14-0
120: Nate Smith (Bishop McDevitt) wbd Hunter Thompson (Titusville) 1-0
126: Bronson Garber (Upper Dauphin) wbd Tyler Cymmerman (Derry) 7-2
132: Kaden Cassidy (Bedford) wbd Zack Witmer (St Joseph’s Cath) 6-5
138: Erik Gibson (Forest Hills) wbd Marckis Branford (Wilson) 14-7
145: Caleb Dowling (St Joseph’s Cath) wbd Gavin Garcia (Southern Columbia) 3-0
152: Keegan Rothrock (St. Joseph’s Cath) wbd Mason Karpinski (Greenville) 3-2
160: Matthew Arciuolo (Saucon Valley) wbd Tyler Stoltzfus (St Joseph’s Cath) 2-1
170: Derek Brown (Penn Cambria) wbf David Galasso (Athens) 2:02
182: Gavin Henry (Union City) wbmd Austin Walley (Ellwood City) 10-1
195: Colin Fegley (Mahanoy) wbd Hunter Tremain (North Star) 7-6
220: Preston Zachman (Southern Columbia) wbmd Cameron Wood (Montoursville) 10-2
285: Jalen Stephens (Meyersdale) wbd Lear Quinton (Southern Columbia) 3-1

106: Kai Burkett (Chestnut Ridge) wbd Gavin Bradley (Athens) 6-0
113: Gable Strickland (Benton) wbd Adam Jacob (East Pennsboro) 3-0
120: Ian Oswalt (Burrell) wbd Caydin Wickard (Boiling Springs) 4-2
126: Anthony Glasl (Brockway) wbd Brandan Chletos (Notre Dame GP) 5-2
132: Garret Cornell (Everett) wbf John Wheeler (Northwestern) 3:46
138: A.J. Corrado (Burrell) wbd Tyler Martin (Bishop McDevitt) 1-0
145: John Rocco Kazalas (Quaker Valley) wbmd Tristan Pugh (Berlin-Brothers V) 16-8
152: Sully Allen (Sharon) wbf Trenton Harder (Bermudian Springs) 4:36
160: Cooper Mosier (Towanda) wbd Cole Sossong (Portage) 1-0
170: Noah Hutcherson (Valley) wbd Tyler Fisher (Kutztown) 5-3
182: Derek Yingling (West Branch) wbd Garrett McClintock (Brockway) 6-1 OT
195: John Vargo (Bentworth) wbd Geoff Magin (Quaker Valley) 7-4
220: Kolby Flank (Wilson Area) wbd Cory Johnston (Glendale) 9-3
285: Matt Long (Union City) wbf Derrick Skeehan (Reynolds) 2:01

106: Noah Frack (Brandywine Heights) wbd Matt Vulakh (Pope John Paul II) 5-0
113: Connor Pierce (Harbor Creek) wbd David Kreider (Allentown CC) 7-2
120: Baylor Shunk (Penns Valley) wbd Blake Showers (Biglerville) 10-5
126: Tyler Denochick (West Branch) wbd Dalton Gimbor (Hamburg) 3-0
132: Kaeden Berger (Reynolds) wbd Joseph Hester (Montrose) 1-0
138: Malachi Duvall (Penns Valley) wbd Thomas Spirk (Saucon Valley) 9-8
145: Nathan Haubert (Palisades) wbd Nick Rosengrant (Saucon Valley) 2-1
152: D.J. Erickson (Hanover) wbd Hudson Holbay (Westmont-Hilltop) 3-1
160: Cade Linn (Southern Columbia) wbmd Austin Mele (Burrell) 9-0
170: Isaiah DeJesus (Notre Dame GP) wb forf Carl Harris (Littlestown)
182: Kaleb Kamerer (Slippery Rock) wbd Hunter O’Connor (Jersey Shore) 5-2
195: Gable Crebs (Montoursville) wbd Lawrence Richardson (Bishop McDevitt) 5-0
220: Connor Forrest (Hopewell) wbf Tyrone Fowler (Bishop McDevitt) 4:53
285: Kole Winfield (Southern Huntingdon) wbd Emmanuel Lawa l (Church Farm) 3-2 OT


Individual GM Wrestlers at the 2019 PIAA AA Championships

106-Hunter Robison #17
Pigt: Bye
Pre: #5 N. Frack (Brandy) wbf Robison 0:32
Cons: Robison wbf #16 B. Beatty (MU) 2:01
Cons: Robison wbd #11 E Toth (FH) 10-8 OT
Cons: #10 G Bradley (AA) wbd Robison 5-4

Tourn Record: 2-2 (DNP)

113-Andrew Brest #5
Pre: #9 C. Gilham (BEA) wbd Brest 9-7
Cons: M. Inman (Annv) wb forf Brest

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)

145-Jackson Spires #12
Pigt: Bye
Pre: #4 N. Haubert (Palis) wbd Spires 8-1
Cons: Spires wbf #18 M Marfinetz (Gir) 1:30
Cons: Spires wbd #20 H Burke (LL) 6-3
Cons: #8 N. Rosengrant (SV) wbd Spires 10-6

Tourn Record: 2-2 (DNP)


Three GM Wrestlers Advance To Hershey!

A trio of McLane wrestlers advanced to the 2019 PIAA state tournament, which will take place in Hershey, PA. from March 7th-March 9th. Hunter Robison, Andrew Brest and Jackson Spires all finished in the top four and earned the right to battle for a state medal in their respective weight classes. Matt Leehan took 5th place at 132 lbs. and will be an alternate.

Brest and Spires made it into the regional finals, but both lost and had to settle for silver medals. Andrew Brest opened his tournament with a first round bye and then registered a 7-3 decision over Titusville's Seth Donovan in the quaterfinals. Andrew moved on to the finals when he posted a 7-0 shutout over Cole Bayless of Reynolds. In the finals, he went head to head with 4th ranked, Logan Jaquay of Eisenhower for the 3rd week in a row. Brest got the better of Jaquay in the Section 1-AA Tournament finals but Jaquay turned it around and got the win at districts. In the regional finale, Andrew scored the first takedown but that was all the scoring he would do. Jaquay escaped and took Brest down to take a 3-2 lead into the second stanza. Andrew cut Jaquay loose with a minute left in the 2nd to go for a takedown, but Jaquay hit a low single and set him down on the mat. Brest tried to fight out of it but made the mistake of not bailing as soon as the takedown was awarded to Jaquay. That mistake cost Andrew not only the takedown but 3 back points. That made the score 9-2 in favor of Jaquay. Andrew chose the bottom position in the 3rd but was unable to escape.

Jackson Spires also met a familiar opponent in the finals, #11 Caiden Mooney of Northwestern. Mooney had scored a 14-6 major decision over Spires in the section tournament but Jackson shut Mooney out, 5-0 in last weeks district finals. In the region final, Spires started off the match by hitting a sweep single but Mooney countered it well and the two scrambled out of bounds with 50 seconds remaining in the 1st. Jackson immediately went to the sweep again and locked up a cradle. Mooney managed to belly out of it but not before Spires got 3 back points and took a 5-0 lead. Jackson took that lead into the 2nd period but Mooney looked like a completely different wrestler from that point on. Mooney reversed Spires in just seconds to cut Spires' lead to 5-2. Jackson escaped and and then hit that sweep single again. He locked up a cradle once again but Mooney stepped over and scored a reversal. Mooney turned Spires to his back twice after that and cruised to a 9-5 decision.

Hunter Robison went 3-1, losing only to 12th ranked, regional runner up, Owen Reinsel of Brookville in the semis. After an opening round bye, Robison pinned Mark Palmer of Brockway. After losing to Reinsel he bounced back with two straight close wins to earn the bronze! Matt Leehan won his first round match over Gannon Jaquay of Eisenhower with a 10-0 major decision. He was upset by #23 Ethan Wyant of Redbank Valley in the quarterfianls. Matt rebounded with two straight wins in the consis but then fell to #14 Kaeden Berger of Reynolds in the blood round. Matt finished his tournament with a 17-2 technical fall over Saegertown's Dawson Bartholomew and earned alternate status at 132 lbs.

Seth Yarger went 1-2 and James Laird 0-2 to end their seasons. The team finished in 8th place in a 42 team field. GM's three state qualifiers will be back in action in Hershey on Thursday.


Notes From Regionals:

With his 3 wins at regionals, Hunter Robison upped his season record to 33-6. If he can win at least 2 matches at the state tournament he would tie Joe Wheeling for the freshman record. Robison's pin in the quarterfinals of the NW Regional Tournament was his 20th of the season. He broke the freshman record last week. His pin at regionals put him on the list in the GM Wrestling record books for "Season Falls." Only 18 GM wrestlers have registered 20 or more falls in a season and he's the first freshman in the history of the McLane wrestling program to ever make that list. Hunter also is just the 7th freshman in GM history to advance to the state tournament. Of those 7 freshaman, all but one were coached by Ryan Cook! Phil Frndak made it to the state tournament as a freshman in 1974 and was coached by Steve Samol.

Matt Leehan's season ended at the regional tournament this weekend but not before he recorded his team leading, 36th win of the season! Matt has 64 career wins already and still has two high school wrestling seasons remaining! With two pins at regionals, Matt also made the 'Season Falls' list with 20!

Andrew Brest won two matches and improved to 35-6 on the season. He now has 112 career wins. That ties him with former GM standouts, Branden Stearns and Chris Laird for #13 on the list! Andrew also moved into the #7 spot for 'Career Takedowns' with 251.


Championship Finals
106 G Steen (Rey) wbmd D Reinsel (Brook) 9-1
113 L Jaquay (Eis) wbd A Brest (GM) 9-2
120 B Bayless (Rey) wbf B Johnson (PA) 5:51
126 B Knauf (Grv) wb forf A Glasl (Brock)
132 T Varndell (CS) wbd J Wheeler (NW) 9-3
138 K Kiser (Sae) wbd R Bartolo (Rey) 6-2
145 C Mooney (NW) wbd J Spires (GM) 10-6
152 S Allen (Shar) wbd M Karpinski (Grv) 5-2
160 A English (Kane) wbd P Hearn (Conn) 8-5
170 B Gentile (Grv) wbd E Finch (Shef) 14-7
182 G Henry (UC) wbd G McClintock (Brock) 5-2
195 C Black (Eis) wbd A Kelly (Conn) 3-2 OT
220 J McMaster (Grv) wbmd J Bauer (Eis) 16-6
285 C Whitehill (Brook) wbf D Skeehan (Rey) 0:55

Consolation Finals
106 H Robison (GM) wbd M Palmer (Brock)
113 C Pierce (HC) wbd C Bayless (Rey) 5-3
120 H Thompson (Titus) wbd A Kightlinger (Sae) 7-0
126 W Burgess (UC) wbd B Passarelli (Curw) 4-0
132 K Berger (Rey) wbmd E Wiant (Redb) 8-0
138 A Chess (Mer) wbd N Blankenship (Kane) 5-2
145 W Davenport (Conn) wbmd M Marfinetz (Gir) 16-4
152 G Musser (CP) wbd B Laird (Conn) 3-2
160 J Bratt (HC) wbd H Thompson (Rey) 4-3
170 C Whisner (Kane) wbd C Toy (Rey) 4-3
182 K Kamerer (SR) wbd T Race (Kane) 10-8
195 E Johnson (Brock) wbd E Ayers (Coud) 9-5
220 W Owen (Rey) wbd J King (Maplew) 6-3
285 M Long (UC) wb def M Wills (Grv)

106 B Johnson (PA) wbf A Armagost (CP) 1:44
113 S Donovan (Titus) wbd C McLaughlin (James) 2-1
120 B Altobelli (Redb) wbd H Morris (Kane) 6-4
126 A Ishko (Rey) wbd C Gill (Hick) 9-3
132 M Leehan (GM) wbtf D Bartholomew (Sae) 17-2
138 J Boozer (Coch) wbd J Gardner (UC) 8-2
145 K Brown (Coch) wbd C Giietler (Osw) 3-2
152 A Hulings (Kane) v C Casilio (Johns)
160 T Greer (GC) wbd L Gaston (Shar) 5-1
170 M Petrilla (Cor) wb def E Hilliard (SR)
182 B McCloskey (Rey) wbd B MacBeth (Brook) 5-0
195 H Linkerhof (Cor) wbf D Viscuso (HC) 2:09
220 T Stahli (Kane) wb def D Boozer (Coch)
285 J Schell (Gir) wbf H Thompson (Brock) 3:34


1. Reynolds 198, 2. Greenville 115, 3. Kane 95.5, 4. Brockway 87.5, 5. Union City 82, 6. Conneaut 74.5, 7. Eisenhower 70, 8. General McLane 69.5, 9. Brookville 57, 10. Saegertown 50, 11. Northwestern 43, 11. Harborcreek 43, 13. Cochranton 38, 13. Port Allegany 38, 13. Redbank Valley 38, 16. Sharon 34.5, 17. Titusville 33, 18. Commodore Perry 27, 18. Girard 27, 20. Corry 25, 21. Cambridge Springs 23, 21. Sheffield 23, 23. Slippery Rock 22, 24. Jamestown 19.5, 25. Maplewood 16, 25. Mercer 16, 27. Grove City 15, 28. Coudersport 14, 29. Curwensville 13, 30. Johnsonburg 10, 31. Hickory 8, 32. Fort LeBoeuf 7.5, 33. Franklin 7, 33. Oswayo Valley 7, 35. North East 5, 36. West Middlesex, 37. Clarion 0, 37. Iroquois 0, 37. Ridgway 0, 37. Seneca 0, 37. Sharpsville 0



Individual GM Wrestlers at the 2019 NW Regional AA Tournament

106-Hunter Robison
Pre: Bye
QF: Robison wbf M Palmer (Brock) 5:22
SF: O Reinsel (Brook) wbf Robison 1:30
Cons SF: Robison wbd A Armagost (CP) 4-2
Cons F: Robison wbd M Palmer (Brock) 5-3

Tourn Record: 3-1 (PLACED 3RD) Qualified for states

113-Andrew Brest
QF: Brest wbd S Donovan (Titus) 7-3
SF: Brest wbd C Bayless (Rey) 7-0
F: L Jaquay (Eis) wbd Brest 9-2

Tourn Record: 2-1 (PLACED 2ND) Qualified for states

132-Matt Leehan
Pre: Leehan wbmd G Jaquay (Eis) 10-0
QF: E Wiant (Redb) wbd Leehan 9-2
Cons: Leehan wbf D Kelly (Coud) 0:48
Cons QF: Leehan wbf T Henry (UC) 4:46
Cons SF: K Berger (Rey) wbf Leehan 1:24
5th/6th: Leehan wbtf D Bartholomew (Sae) 17-2

Tourn Record: 4-2 (PLACED 5TH)

145-Jackson Spires
Pre: Bye
QF: Spires wbd J Rodgers (Titus) 6-0
SF: Spires wbd W Davenport (Conn) 3-1
F: C Mooney (NW) wbd Spires 10-5

Tourn Record: 2-1 (PLACED 2ND) Qualified for states

170-James Laird
Pre: J Goodlin (James) wbf Laird 5:06
Cons: Bye
Cons: M VanTassel (UC) wbmd Laird 11-0

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)

220-Seth Yarger
Pre: J King (Maplew) wbf Yarger 1:56
Cons: Bye
Cons: Yarger wbd Z Nesevich (James) 3-2
Cons QF: T Stahli (Kane) wbd Yarger 4-2

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)







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