News from April-November...2006


Keystone State Games Results

112-Keith Scharrer (0-1) 3rd Place
135-Eric Zelina (1-1) 2nd Place
189-Lou Decker (1-1 / 1 fall) 2nd Place

* Eric Zelina's loss was to Holidaysburg's Stuart Rhodes who finished 2nd at the NW AAA Regional Tournament.



Hempfield Tournament Results

103-Keith Scharrer (1-2) 3rd Place
145-Eric Zelina (3-1 / 1 fall) 3rd Place
189-Lou Decker (2-1 / 1 fall) 3rd Place


Keith Scharrer, Lou Decker and Seth Stonis
Garner NHSCA All-American Honors

Keith Scharrer came screaming back from an 0-1 start to post six straight wins (including a pair of pins) to place 3rd in the High School 103 lbs. division at the 10th Annual NHSCA National Wrestling Open Championships Wednesday in Virginia Beach. Scharrer was trailing Massachusetts D2 state runnerup, Matthew Holubesko, 7-2 at the end of two periods in his consi finals bout when he was forced to take a brief injury time out. Keith returned with a vengeance and tied the score at 9 as time expired. He then dropped in for the winning takedown in overtime. "It was beautiful watching him come back after being down by so much." "It may have been the best match I ever saw him wrestle." said Coach Cook.

Lou Decker lost three close bouts Werdnesday to place 6th in the 171 lbs. High School division. Lou wrestled very well all three days, according to Coach Cook. His final three bouts were against top notch competition and went down to the wire. Lou lost a 9-5 overtime thriller to Maryland state runnerup, Nathan Bourne in the semifinal round, then dropped a 7-5 overtime squeaker to PIAA AA 4th placer, Derek Coffey of Lewisburg, PA. in the consi quarters. Decker's 12-10 overtime loss in the 5th/6th place wrestleoff was to this year's North Carolina 4A state champion, Austin Trotman.

Seth Stonis rounded out the Lancer placers by winning his last bout to secure 7th place in the 152 lbs. Middle School division. Stonis won by fall in the first round and pulled off a 5-3 overtime win in his 7th place match.

Donald Osinski fell into an extremely tough spot in his bracket and still managed to come up just one bout short of placing. In the consolation rounds, Donald lost a 7-2 decision to North Carolina's Steven Branch, who was this year's North Carolina 1A/2A state runnerup. His other loss came a day earlier in the quarterfinals, at the hands of 4 time Illinois state placer Aaron Winning (Winning posted 175 wins, 115 by fall in his high school career).

Eric Zelina returned from an elbow injury and won two bouts in the tournament but just missed placing when he lost a 9-7 overtime thriller to Maryland state 3rd placer, Tim Crocken in the consolation rounds.

This marks the first year three McLane wrestlers have placed in the event. Scharrer, Decker and Stonis join Travis Goss, Donald Osinski and Branden Stearns as NHSCA All-Americans. Stearns won the event in 2005. The Ragin Raisins Club based in North East, PA. was awarded the NHSCA State Team Trophy.

District 9 & 10 Placewinners:

Nick Milano-1st (MS 140) Ragin Raisins/Prep, Dylan Simmer-2nd (MS 112) Ragin Raisins/Iroquois, Kyle Eisaman-2nd (MS 125) Ragin Raisins/North East, Keith Scharrer-3rd (HS 103) Ragin Raisins/General McLane, Mike Paradise-3rd (MS 189) Ragin Raisins/Harborcreek, Robert Ryhal-4th (HS 275) Ragin Raisins/W. Middlesex, Mike Mishik-5th (MS 125) Ragin Raisins/Harborcreek, Lou Decker-6th (HS 171) Ragin Raisins/General McLane, Kevin Post-6th (MS 140) Ragin Raisins/North East, Cody Warr-6th (HS 130) Ragin Raisins/North East, Shane Nolan-6th (HS 189) Ragin Raisins/Girard, Seth Stonis-7th (MS 152) Ragin Raisins/General McLane, Beau Coletta-7th (E 75) Ragin Raisins/North East, Michael McBryde-7th (MS 93) Ragin Raisins/Team Erie, J.J. Rodgers-8th (MS 189) Ragin Raisins/W. Middlesex. Cameron Moran-3rd (HS 119) Ragin Raisins/Kane (D9) and Cody Young-1st (MS 85) Ragin Raisins/Punxy (D9).


GM Wrestlers at the 2006 NHSCA Open Wrestling Championships

103 (HS) - Keith Scharrer

Prelim: Mike Torres (FL) pinned Scharrer 4:35
Cons: Scharrer pinned Jimmy Pannullo (NY) 4:36
Cons: Scharrer pinned CJ Savage (MD) 2:26
Cons: Scharrer dec Taylor Goba (NY) 5-2
Cons QF: Scharrer maj dec Derek Lonergan (VT) 10-0
Cons SF: Scharrer dec Mike Tully (NJ) 4-3
Cons F: Scharrer dec Matthew Holubesko (MA) 11-9 (OT)

Tourn Record: (6-1) (PLACED 3RD)


152 (MS) - Seth Stonis

Prelim: Stonis pinned Tyler Rush (NC) 2:45
QF: Dale Kolhbach Jr (NY) pinned Stonis :33
Cons: Stonis dec BJ Moody (NC) 6-4
Cons QF: Eric Brown (VA) pinned Stonis
7th/8th: Stonis dec Isaac Riley (FL) 5-3 (OT)

Tourn Record: 3-2 (PLACED 7TH)

171 (HS) - Lou Decker

Prelim: Decker dec Joesph Mount (CA) 3-2
2nd Round: Decker dec Buck Budesheim (DE) 7-1
QF: Decker dec Dustin Harvey (GA) 7-5
SF: Nathan Bourne (MD) dec Decker 9-5 (OT)
Cons SF: Derek Coffey (PA) dec Decker 7-5 (OT)
5th/6th: Austin Trotman (NC) dec Decker 12-10 (OT)

Tourn Record: 3-3 (PLACED 6TH)


171 (HS) - Jake Carter

Prelim: Carter dec Ryan Kloepping (NC) 12-9
2nd Round Rick Nightingale (GA) dec Carter 8-4
Cons: David Close (IL) pinned Carter 2:02

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)

145 (HS) - Donald Osinski

Prelim: Osinski pinned Kyle Elithorpe (VT) 4:46
2nd Round: Osinski dec Zach Crawford (IL) 7-3
3rd Round: Osinski maj dec John Joyce (NC) 12-0
QF: Aaron Winning (IL) maj dec Osinski 15-3
Cons: Steven Branch (NC) dec Osinski 7-2

Tourn Record: 3-2 (DNP)


130 (HS) - Eric Zelina

Prelim: Zelina pinned Jamie McCloskey (DE) 2:40
2nd Round: Justin Davy (NY) dec Zelina 6-2
Cons: Eric Zelina dec Jared Ernst (IL) 8-1
Cons: Tim Crocken (MD) dec Zelina 9-7 (OT)

Tourn Record: 2-2 (DNP)


275 (HS) - Shawn McFadden

Prelim: Jeremy Baker (MA) dec McFadden 4-1
Cons: Christopher Brogan (OH) dec McFadden 9-5

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)


119 (HS) - Cyrus Parlin

Prelim: Michael Navedo (MA) dec Parlin 4-3
Cons: Parlin dec Nathan Bly (IL) 4-0
Cons: Brian Borst (NY) dec Parlin 7-4

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)


Update From NHSCA Folkstyle Nationals-Day 3

Three McLane wrestlers secured All-American status at the 10th Annual NHSCA National Wrestling Open Championships after day three of wrestling in Virginia Beach, VA. Lou Decker, Seth Stonis and Keith Scharrer will all finish in the top 8 of their respective divisions.

Lou Decker made the semifinal round and then lost a close decision to a 3 time Maryland state placewinner. That dropped him into the consolation semis where he's still guaranteed a top 6 finish. Lou's record stands at 3-1 in the tournament. Keith Scharrer came roaring back from an 0-1 start and posted 3 straight wins to make the consolation quarterfinals. Seth Stonis (3-1) won 2 straight on Tuesday and also made the consi quarters. Scharrer and Stonis will finish in the top 8.

Jake Carter (1-2), Cyrus Parlin (1-2), Donald Osinski (3-2), Eric Zelina (2-2) and Shawn McFadden (0-2) were all eliminated by the conclusion of Tuesday's wrestling.

Three District 10 wrestlers made the finals. Dylan Simmer, Kyle Eisaman and Nick Milano are still unbeaten. Beau Coletta, Michael McBryde, Mike Mishik, Kevin Post, Mike Paradise, J.J. Rodgers, Cameron Moran, Cody Warr, Shane Nolan and Robert Ryhal all secured top 8 finishes.

The final round of wrestling will be held on Wednesday.

Notes from Virginia Beach:

Donald Osinski wrestled his last match in a General McLane singlet Tuesday. Osinski's last bout, according to Coach Cook was vintage "Donald" too, except for the outcome. Donald was in a real battle, clinging to a precarious 2-0 lead with just seconds left when he was reversed to his back for a rare loss. I wish I could have been there to watch you wrestle your last few matches, Donald. But you have left me with some unforgettable memories! Best of luck at Pitt!!!


Update From NHSCA Folkstyle Nationals-Day 2

At least one GM wrestler was assured a medal after day two of the 10th Annual NHSCA National Wrestling Open Championships. Lou Decker made the semifinal round and guaranteed himself a top six finish.

Six other McLane matmen remained alive in the medal hunt after Monday's rounds. Keith Scharrer (0-1), Eric Zelina (1-1), Shawn McFadden (0-1), Seth Stonis (1-1), Cyrus Parlin (1-1) and Donald Osinski (3-1). Osinski suffered his only loss so far to 4 time Illinios state placer Aaron Winning (Winning posted 175 wins, 115 by fall in his high school career). Osinski and Stonis need one more win to secure medals and NHSCA All-American status.

Other District 10 wrrestlers who made the semis were, Dylan Simmer, Mike Mishik, Kyle Eisaman, Nick Milano, Cody Warr, Robert Ryhal and Mike Paradise. Wrestling resumes Tuesday.


Pride & Poise Boys Make a Splash at the
1st Annual NHSCA Beach Wrestling Tournament

General McLane's Pride & Poise Boys had a blast and made some waves at the opening event of the NHSCA Folkstyle Nationals Tournament on Saturday in Virginia Beach, VA. This year's Summer tournament opened with an ocean front wrestling tournament where some of the nation's best wrestlers displayed their skills on the beach.

The McLane contingent made a statement by snagging six medals. Keith Scharrer, Eric Zelina and Donald Osinski all won titles. Sean McFadden and Seth Stonis took 2nd place medals while Cyrus Parlin placed 3rd.

The main event, the 10th Annual NHSCA National Wrestling Open Championships will get under way on Sunday June 25th and run through the 28th. Lancer wrestlers have secured six medals at the Open Championships since 2002. Travis Goss, Donald Osinski and Branden Stearns have all placed at the event. Stearns won the title in 2005.


Eight GM Wrestlers Qualify for NHSCA Folkstyle Nationals

Eight McLane wrestlers tested their skills at the NHSCA Qualifier in North East on Saturday and all eight qualified for the NHSCA national tournament.

Lou Decker and Donald Osinski won their weight classes. Decker won the 189 lbs. weight class with three straight pins. His first win was over Johnathon Burwell of Massena, N.Y., (Massena is Coach Cook's hometown). Decker also pinned Cody Bernarding of Cochranton and Corry's Delbert Liller in the finals. Osinski won the 145 lbs. weight class with a pair of falls. He decked Colin Refuse of Nardonia and then flattened Harborcreek's District 10 AA fifth placer, Sam Kuhn in 31 seconds.

Corey Goss placed 2nd in the 145 lbs. Middle School division. He pinned Brockway's Joel Yahner and then lost by 25-8 technical fall to the Ragin Raisin's Jamal Lyons. Cyrus Parlin took 3rd place at 119 lbs. He lost by 16-0 tech fall to Greenville's Coty Burnett, but then came raoaring back with a major decision and a fall. Seth Stonis also placed 3rd in the 145 lbs. Middle School division. Stonis dropped his opening round bout, 7-3 to Jamal Lyons, but then scored back to back wins, a pin over Joel Yahner of Brockway and 12-1 major decision over Salamanca's Minner.

Jake Carter went 1-2 for a 4th place finish and Shawn McFadden went 2-2 to place 4th. Keith Scharrer went 0-2 but qualified for Nationals because the 103/112 weight classes were combined. Both of Keith's losses were to 112 pounders, one a 6-4 overtime loss.

The 10th annual NHSCA National Open Wrestling Championships will be held June 25th-28th in Virginia Beach, VA. Eric Zelina and Clay Steadman will also wrestle in the event via wildcard entries. Both wrestlers skipped the North East qualifier due to injuries.

Notes From North East Qualifier:

It was a real treat to see Donald Osinski healthy and back on the mat. Donald looked like his old self except for the extra 15 lbs. of muscle he was carrying. The extra weight certainly didn't seem to affect his ability to dominate opponents. Lou Decker was also up a couple of weight classes to 189 and put on three dominating performances, scoring falls against three good opponents.


News From the Annual McLane Wrestling Banquet

The General McLane wrestling team held their banquet on Sunday, April 30th, 2006 at the General McLane High School cafeteria. Coaches, administration and parents attended the annual event to honor the hard work and accomplishments of the Lancer wrestlers.

The banquet kicked off with a great meal and speeches by seniors Brandon Saraceno, Hadley Harrison and Donald Osinski. Middle school coaches Curt Hendricks and Tom Kirdahy followed by recognizing three outstanding middle school wrestlers:

Coach Hendricks presented the following awards: Coach's Award - Zach Baumgartner, Student Athlete - Zach Lucas and Outstanding Wrestler - Doug Myers. Myers posted a 17-4 record this season, won the Sub Area tournament, the Area VIII tournament and placed 3rd at PAJW states. JV coach John Mukina, presented the following awards: Impact Wrestler - Glen Sult, 110% Award - Seth Stonis and the Coach's Award - Phillip Williams.

Coach Ryan Cook was next up with the "Stats Awards". Most Bonus Points - Kyle Goss (78), Most Wins - Hadley Harrison (48), Most Pins - Kyle Goss (28), Most Takedowns - Hadley Harrison (107).

McLane Wrestling webmaster Don Goss, presented the Record Breaker Awards to four wrestlers who set new school wrestling records. They were:

Eric Zelina - Most Major Decisions (Season) -9
Kyle Goss - Most Falls (Season) -28
Hadley Harrison
- Most Wins (Season) -48 and Most Regional Titles Won -3
Donald Osinski - Most Wins by a Sophomore -35, Most Wins by a Junior -36
Most Wins in 3 Years -113, Most 35+ Win Seasons -3

Coach Cook presented the final five wrestling awards of the evening to the following wrestlers:

Coach's Award - Ben Rucker
Breakthrough Season - Clay Steadman
Breakthrough Season - Brandon Saraceno
Dedication, Determination, Desire - Donald Osinski
Outstanding Wrestler - Hadley Harrison

The most emotional moment of the banquet was the presentation of the second annual Tim Harrison Memorial Scholarship Award. Tim's mother, Sally Harrison proudly presented the award to outstanding student athlete, Donald Osinski. Osinski will be attending Pitt University this fall, majoring in Civil Engineering.

Special thanks were also extended to Mike and Becky Okel, Dave Masters, Rochelle Scharrer and Bill and Sally Harrison. The Okel's made a very generous contribution to the wrestling program this season and are also die-hard fans. Dave Masters has been the team's photographer for several years and travels extensively to take photos of the wrestlers in action throughout the season.

Rochelle Scharrer has been tireless in her support of the McLane wrestling program. She serves as the Wrestling Booster's secretary, organized and ran the Booster's biggest fundraiser, Night at the Races, and did most of the behind the scenes work to put on the annual wrestling banquet. Rochelle was also a big help at the 2005-2006 General McLane Duals. Bill and Sally Harrison are the parents of former McLane wrestlers Pat, Mike, Dan, Tim, Damon and Greg and are the grandparents of Luke, Hunter, Hudson, Hayden and Hadley. The elder Harrisons have been staunch supporters of the McLane wrestling program for the past 40 years.


Four GM Wrestlers Place at AAU Folkstyle Nationals

Four GM wrestlers placed at the 2006 AAU Folkstyle Nationals tournament this weekend (April 13th-15th) in Detroit Michigan. Lou Decker, Sean McFadden, Keith Scharrer and Kyle Goss all finished in the top three at the prestigious event. Decker and McFadden earned runnerup honors, while Scharrer and Goss both placed 3rd.

One point was all that kept Lou Decker from becoming General McLane's second AAU Folkstyle National champion. Decker rattled off three straight wins to make the finals of the 171 lbs. elite class, but was denied the title when he was hit with a controversial stalling call late in the bout. Lou was in a hole early against Michigan state qualifer, Adam Dropiewski but came storming back to take a one point lead in the third period.

It looked like Decker would ride his opponent out, when the official hit him for stalling because he had Dropiewski's leg inadvertantly trapped. With the score tied, Decker decided to cut his opponent loose and go for the winning takedown. Unfortunately Dropiewski was able to hold off Lou's final leg attacks and hung on for a 10-9 win. Decker secured the runnerup spot when he beat Carl Bonvillain of Illinois, 7-1 in the true second wrestleoff.

Shawn McFadden also garnered runnerup honors, posting a 3-1 record. McFadden pinned his first two opponents and won a 6-4 decision over Michigan's Frank Taylor in the semis. Shawn suffered his only loss of the tournament to Ohio state placewinner (6th) Adam Walls in the finals.

Kyle Goss also made the finals, but dropped a 7-4 decision to 3 time Michigan state placewinner (8th, 4th and 1st) William Rewitzer. Goss just missed taking the runnerup spot when he lost 6-4 to Florida 6th placer, Michael Heagney in the true second wrestleoff.

Keith Scharrer placed for the second straight year, by winning his final two bouts to take 3rd. Scharrer scored a 13-3 major over Stan Leonard of Michigan and then decked Michigan's Colin White.

Dale Sanders, Jake Carter and Seth Stonis also wrestled and won matches at the event. Carter went 2-2, Sanders and Stonis went 1-2. Both of Jake Carter's losses came at the hands of state qualifiers, Adam Dropiewski of Michigan and Richard Kokesh of South Dakota.

Four other area wrestlers made the trek to Detroit with the Lancer contingent. Fort LeBoeuf's Wes Stull snatched 5th place in the 171 lbs. Elite Division. Stull scored two falls in the tournament before dropping one point decisions to McLane's Lou Decker and South Dakota state placewinner (4th), Josh Geppert. He secured 5th place with an injury default win over Kameron Zitelli of Latrobe, PA.

Former McLane and LeBoeuf wrestler Denton Sauers placed 4th in the 185 lbs. Masters Division. District 7 wrestlers, Dave Camp and Gary Shay also wrestled in the event. Both wrestlers are fron Laurel High School in New Castle where Sauers was an assistant wrestling coach this past season.


Notes from AAU Folkstyle Nationals:

Lou Decker had an impressive weekend going 4-1. He lost a one point decision to Michigan's Adam Dropiewski in the finals, but pulled out one point wins over Ohio state placer (6th), Blaine Klaus in the quarterfinals and Fort LeBoeuf's Wes Stull in the semis.

Shawnn McFadden scored falls over his first two opponents and won a 6-4 squeaker to make the finals in his first try at the AAU Championships. Nice job Shawn!

Kyle Goss wrestled in the AAU Folkstyle Nationals tournament several times over the past six years, but this was the first time he brought home a medal. Kyle lost a close, 7-4 decision to William Rewitzer, a 3 time Michigan state placewinner (8th, 4th & 1st) in the finals. Rewitzer was this year's Division II state champ at 171 lbs. Kyle's 6-4 loss in the true second wrestle off was to a wrestler with equally impressive credentials, Michael Heagney of Florida. Heagney was a Southeastern Regional freestyle champ and placed 6th at the Florida 2A state tournament this season. Congratulations to Kyle on his 3rd place finish.

Keith Scharrer wrestled very well on Saturday, winning by major and by fall to take 3rd. The 13-3 major decison over Michigan's Stan Leonard was especially sweet for Keith because he lost to Leonard by fall at last year's tournament.

A tip of the cap to all of the area wrestlers who competed this past weekend in an effort to sharpen their skills. Good luck to them next season.

Coach Cook made the off-season trip to Detroit to coach the GM wrestlers for the third straight year. He made this year's trip very special by taking the McLane wrestlers to a Detriot Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians baseball game. The wrestlers thoroughly enjoyed an exciting game on a perfect 71° evening. The Tigers beat the Indians 5-1 and hit 4 homers.

Coach Cook's enthusiasm, dedication and love of the McLane wrestling program is obvious and very much appreciated by the wrestlers, parents and fans. Thanks Coach!


GM Wrestlers at the 2006 AAU Folkstyle Nationals Tournament

103 (Elite) - Keith Scharrer

Chad Dunn (MI) dec Scharrer 10-6
Steve Bassett (MI) pinned Scharrer (1st P)
Scharrer maj dec Stan Leonard (MI) 13-3
Scharrer pinned Colin White (MI) (3rd P)

Tourn Record: 2-2 (PLACED 3RD)

*This division was wrestled on a pool basis.

152 (Cadet) - Seth Stonis

1st R -Stonis pinned Justin Heupel (MI) (3rd P)
Cons-Dylan Peterson (SD) pinned Stonis (3rd P)
Cons-Marshall Johnson (MI) pinned Stonis (2nd P)

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)

171 (Elite) - Lou Decker

1st R -Decker pinned Scott Derther (MI) (3rd P)
QF-Decker dec Blaine Klaus (OH) 11-10
SF-Decker dec Wes Stull (PA) 3-2
F-Adam Dropiewski (MI) dec Decker 10-9
True 2nd-Decker dec Carl Bonvillain (IL) 7-1

Tourn Record: 4-1 (PLACED 2ND)

171 (Elite) - Jake Carter

1st R -Adam Dropiewski (MI) pinned Carter (3rd P)
Cons-Carter dec Kyle Hill (MI) 8-7
Cons-Carter dec Scott Derther 3-2
Cons-Richard Kokesh (SD) pinned Carter (2nd P)

Tourn Record: 2-2 (DNP)

160 (Elite) - Dale Sanders

1st R-Sanders dec Chris James (MI) 7-2
2nd R- Tyler Galloway (OH) maj dec Sanders 15-2
Cons-Dane Cope (OH) dec Sanders 9-5

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)

189 (Elite) - Kyle Goss

QF-Goss pinned Travis Beverly (MI) (1st P)
SF-Goss pinned David Newport (MI) (3rd P)
F-William Rewitzer (MI) dec Goss 7-4
True 2nd-Micheal Heagney (FL) dec Goss 6-4

Tourn Record: 2-2 (PLACED 3RD)

275 (Cadet) - Shawn McFadden

1st R- McFadden pinned Ken Wedgwood (MI) (1st P)
QF-McFadden pinned Charles Warner (MI) (1st P)
SF-McFadden dec Frank Taylor (MI) 6-4
F-Adam Walls (OH) pinned McFadden (2nd P)

Tourn Record: 3-1 (PLACED 2ND)





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