Don Osinski Wins
Second Consecutive Keystone Games Title
Eric Zelina Places 3rd
Osinski won his second straight Keystone Games folkstyle wrestling
title. He placed first in the 145 lbs. Cadet Division Saturday
in York, PA. Donald did what he's done so many times before,
pulled out a couple of squeakers.
won a 5-4 decision over Delton Mitzell of Capitol Region then
pulled out a 2-1 win in the finals over Great Lakes Region's
Sean Mack. Donald went 3-0 in last year's tournament to claim
his first crown.
Eric Zelina took 3rd place in the 130 lbs. Schoolboy Division.
He lost his first bout by fall but came back to win 3 straight.
Eric was locked in a tight battle with Capitol Region's Kyle
Byerts in the quarterfinals when got caught in a headlock and
pinned. Zelina responded by pinning his next 3 opponents. He
pinned Kaufman (Capitol Region) in 32 seconds and Paul Griffith
(Lehigh Valley) in 58 seconds. In the consolation finals, Eric
disposed of Jordan Hernandez (Capitol Region) in 20 seconds.
Keystone Games were formed in 1983 and have become known as
Pennsylvania's largest amateur athletic event. Last
year's games were held in Wilkes Barre, PA.
Finally Strikes Gold
at NHSCA Folkstyle Nationals in Virginia Beach
They say the third time is a charm. After a 2nd place finish
at last year's NHSCA Folkstyle Tournament and a 2nd at this
year's AAU Nationals, Branden Stearns finally hit the
jackpot. And his timing couldn't have been better. In his last
bout as a high school wrestler, he racked up a convincing 8-4
decision over Illinois' Garrett Washington and won the NHSCA
Folkstyle Nationals 189 lbs. title.
an opening round bye, Stearns knocked off Californian, Jake
Bingham by a 5-1 count. Branden's scariest six minutes came
in the following round to Ohio's Brad Rice. Rice scored the
first 4 points and took a 4-0 lead into the 3rd period. Branden
rallied with 5 unanswered points to pull out a 5-4 win. In the
quarterfinals, Stearns knocked off North Carolina's Shane Bryant,
14-4. He made the finals when he beat fellow PA. wrestler Nate
Rapsey, 10-2 in the semis.
has been on a roll after a disappointing showing at the PIAA
tourney. Since PA. states he's had an 11-3 record at AAU, NHSCA
and Senior Nationals, including wins over two state champs and
a defending national champ. Congratulations Branden. What a
way to end a great high school wrestling career.
competing in this year's event for the Lancers were Dale Sanders,
Ben Rucker, Joel Stearns, Keith Scharrer, Eric Zelina, Brandon
Saraceno and Louie Decker. Ben Rucker had a good tournament.
He went 3-2 with 1 fall against some very tough competition
before bowing out in the consolation quarterfinals. Eric
Zelina went 2-2 and scored a fall. Brandon Saraceno
went 1-2. The other GM wrestlers all went 0-2.
Braden Bice won the 275 High School title. He pinned
all 5 of his opponents and was named the tournament's Outstanding
Wrestler. Josh Voelker from Harborcreek placed 5th in
the 152 lbs. high school class.
local wrestlers who placed in the event were:
Middle School Class
Andrew Church (Fort LeBoeuf) 5th place- 160 lbs.
Dylan Simmer (Ragin' Raisins Wrestling Club) 2nd place- 103
Devin Miller (Ragin' Raisins Wrestling Club) 4th place- 93 lbs.
Ryan Johnson (Ragin' Raisins Wrestling Club) 3rd place- 85 lbs.
Shawn Spearman (Ragin' Raisins Wrestling Club) 1st place- 70
Steve Spearman (Ragin' Raisins Wrestling Club) 2nd place- 80
Khlique Harris (Ragin' Raisins Wrestling Club) 8th place- 85
Kris Hess (Ragin' Raisins Wrestling Club) 7th place- 90 lbs.
Ryan Kenski (Ragin' Raisins Wrestling Club) 4th place- 95lbs.
year's NHSCA tournament was held in Virginia Beach, VA. from
June 26th throught the 29th.
McLane Wrestlers Qualify for NHSCA
McLane wrestlers placed at the The Ragin' Raisins 3rd Annual
Spring Tournament and qualified for the NHSCA Folkstyle Nationals
Tournament in Virginia Beach, VA. This weekend's qualifier was
held at Mercyhurst North East.
Rucker, Don Osinski and Brandon Saraceno placed 1st in the event.
Branden Stearns, Lou Decker and Keith Scharrer placed 2nd. Eric
Zelina, Shawn McFadden and Joel Stearns took 3rd. Seth Stonis
was 4th in the Middle School-152 Division.
won his quaterfinals bout by fall over Nordonia's Mike Tomaro.
He was leading 2-0 when he chin-dropped Tomaro and switched
off to a reverse half for the fall. Rucker then disposed of
Ragin' Raisins' Matt Boyd by fall in 45 seconds. Rucker secured
the High School, 189 lbs. title with a forfeit win over teammate
Branden Stearns. Stearns had to leave the tournament before
the finals match, because it was prom night.
Osinski wrestled in the High School 140 lbs. class and scored
a 9-0 major decision over Ragin' Raisin, Cody Warr. Osinski
used 3 single leg takedowns and a bar-arm turn for back points
to win the bout in dominating fashion. Donald was awarded the
title by forfeit over LeBoeuf's Scott Waite.
Saraceno took the 135 lbs. High School Class. In the semis,
he pinned Fairview's Brandon Pratt with a half nelson in 59
seconds. Brandon won by forfeit in the finals over Youngsville's
Stearns took the High School 189 lbs. runnerup spot with a pair
of impressive wins. He scored a 16-1 tech fall over Fairview's
Matt Michael in the quaterfinals. He followed with a 14-0 major
decision over Southwestern's Mike Bush in the semis. Stearns
forfeited to Ben Rucker in the finals.
Decker took 2nd in the High School 160 lbs. class. He won a
come from behind, 10-8 overtime barn burner over Union City's
Scott Bacon. Decker who was down 2-1 at the end of the first
period, took a slim 5-4 lead into 3rd. Louie found himself on
the short end of an 8-7 score late in the bout. He managed to
escape with 8 seconds remaining to tie the score and send it
into overtime. Louie scored a takedown on Bacon in the first
OT to pull out the win. Decker lost 8-2 in the finals to Meadville's
talented Alex Hamilton.
Scharrer took second in the High School 103 class. Keith dropped
his finals bout to Eden's Rob Broda.
Zelina had a third place finish in the High School 130 lbs.
class. He beat Connoton Valley's Anthony Nicholas in the quarters,
by a 16-1 technical fall. Zelina suffered his only loss in the
semis, a 9-1 major decision to Greensburg Central Catholic's
Rudy Chelednik (Chelednik was a 7th placer at this year's PIAA
state tournament). Eric was award a forfeit win in the consy
semis, then claimed 3rd place with a 2:42 fall over Anthony
Nicholas in the consolation finals.
other McLane wrestlers also competed in the event. Dan McConnell
(1-2), Kyle Goss and Corey Goss (0-2), Dale Sanders (0-2), Phil
Williams (0-2), and former McLane wrestler, Nate Saraceno (1-2).
Stearns Goes 2-2
at NHSCA Senior Nationals
Branden Stearns who wrestled in his last sanctioned high
school event, went 2-0
the first day of the National High School Coaches Association's
Senior Nationals Tournament. The grueling event was held in
Cleveland, Ohio for the fourth consecutive year. Stearns was
in a bracket with 61 other 189 pounders from all over the U.S.,
most of them state champions or runnerups. Senior Nationals
has long been considered one of the toughest high school wrestling
tournaments in the country.
got off to a good start by winning his opening round bout over
nationally ranked, Michael Hurst of California. Stearns got
the first takedown just 30 seconds into the bout to take a 2-0
lead. Hurst hit a reversal with 14 seconds remaining to tie
it, but Branden switched him 3 seconds later to go up, 4-2.
In the second period, Hurst chose down, escaped and nailed Stearns
with a headlock at the edge of the mat to take a brief, 5-4
lead. Branden reversed the Californian again to go back on top
6-5. In the final period, Stearns escaped and added another
takedown to win it by a score of 9-5.
his second round bout, Stearns wrestled Texas state champ, Matt
Cole. Cole got the first takedown 45 seconds into the fray.
Branden escaped to make it, 2-1. He then set up and hit a picture
perfect, jap whizzer that put Cole face down on the mat. He
added 2 near fall points with a tilt to go up 5-2. Cole chose
down in the 2nd period, but Branden did a masterful job of riding
his opponent for the entire period. In the 3rd period, Stearns
reversed Cole, locked up a cradle near the edge of the mat and
pinned his opponent at the 5:08 mark.
Saturday morning, Branden ran into nationally ranked (8th),
3 time Missouri state champion, Louis Caputo. Caputo racked
up two first period takedowns and took a 4-1 lead. Stearns gave
up a penalty point and an escape in the second stanza to make
the score, 6-1. He managed to escape early in the third period
to pull to within, 6-2. But Caputo got the final takedown to
win, 8-2. That sent Stearns to the consolation rounds.
lost his 4th and final bout to Nebraska's, 189 lbs. 2 time state
champ, Levi Wofford. Wofford is well known in his home state
for having pinned his way through the state tournament and racking
up a perfect 75-0 record over the past two seasons. He is also
a four time Nebraska state medalist.
wrestled a great match against Wofford. He scored the first
takedown to take a 2-0 lead into the 2nd period. Wofford scored
a reversal in the 2nd, but Branden escaped to take a 3-2 lead
into the 3rd period. He chose bottom and extended his lead to
4-2. Wofford scored a takedown to tie the score, but Stearns
escaped to go up, 5-4 again. Branden was clinging to that slim
lead when he attempted a jap whizzer, which had worked well
for him all season. He nearly scored but Wofford stepped over
with seconds left to get the takedown and a 6-5 win.
and Notes from Senior Nationals:
2nd win on Friday put him in 3rd place in the GM record books
for Career Wins. He now has 112, which moves him ahead
of Greg Leehan (111). He also added to his record for Career
Reversals and tied Jake Keene for 4th place on the Season
Wins list (38).
Stearns is McLaneWrestling.com's latest edition to the McLane
Wrestling Dream Team. He was included in the 171 lbs.
weight class along with Mike Caro and Tom Kirdahy.
also became the first G.M. wrestler to win matches at NHSCA
Senior Nationals. Hayden Harrison went 0-2 last year.