News from April-November...2007


Ossie Bowers Wins Title, Parlin Nabs 5th
at the NHSCA Folkstle Nationals Open

Ossie Bowers cruised to the NHSCA Folkstyle Nationals, 80 lbs. elementary division title with 4 straight pins. Bowers so dominated his class, he only saw the second period once, when he pinned Maryland's Joe Zoller in 2:21. Ossie decked Jensen Foster of Maryland in 1:50 in the finals. Bowers became just the second McLane wrestler to win an NHSCA title. Branden Stearns grabbed the 189 lbs., high school division title in 2005.

McLane junior, Cyrus Parlin gained All-American status with a 5th place finish in the 125 lbs., high school division. Cyrus won his first four bouts to make the semifinals before dropping a 5-2 decision to eventual runnerup, Jake Fredrickson of Illinois. Parlin lost his consi semifinal bout 9-3 to Florida's Brent Jerge, but bounced back to take 5th with a 10-8 overtime win over Florida's Garrett Sioleau.

Three GM wrestlers also placed at the preliminary event, the NHSCA Beach Wrestling Championships. Cyrus Parlin won the 125 lbs. class, Ossie Bowers placed 1st at 80 lbs. and Tyler Bowers took 2nd at 103.

The Ragin' Raisins Wrestling Club, based in North East won their second consecutive NHSCA team title!!!

This year's event took place in Myrtle Beach, S.C. after being in Virginia Beach for several years previously.


Results of the Ragin' Raisins Wrestling Club from the 2007 NHSCA Folkstyle National Open:

Daton Burns 3rd, Ossie Bowers 1st, Cody Bowers 7th, Tyler Bowers DNP, Levi Morton 8th,
Amoni Bosko 5th, Kris Hess DNP, Jared Nash 4th, Dalton Lester DNP, Jacob Burnside 4th,
Cyrus Parlin 5th, Jon-Marc Burdick 2nd, Andrew Clement 2nd, Josh Miller DNP, Chris Reitz 7th, Edwin Taylor 3rd, Shane Nolan 2nd, Robert Ryhal 1st, James Henderson 2nd


Keith Scharrer Wins AAU Folkstyle National Title

Keith Scharrer added an exclamation point to a year filled with great wrestling accomplishments this weekend, when he won the 112 lbs. Elite Division title at the AAU Folkstyle World Championships in Detroit, Michigan. Keith opened the tournament with a 1:00 injury default win over Wisconsin state placewinner (5th), Ethan Pipping. Scharrer took Pipping to the mat and to his back for a 5-0 lead, early in the opening period. Pipping broke his thumb during the flurry and was unable to continue.

In the semifinals, Keith wrestled Steve Bassett, this year's Michigan (D4) state champion at 103 lbs. Bassett took a commanding 8-2 lead when he scored on a reversal and a couple of tilts. But Scharrer came roaring back with an escape, a takedown and a tilt to cut the deficit to a single point. A stalling call against Bassett late in the third period tied the score at 8. With 20 seconds remaining in the first overtime, Bassett hit a sneaky headlock that took Scharrer to his back, but Keith countered with a nice roll through and stole the win, 10-8.

In the finals, Scharrer gave up the first takedown to Michigan Upper Peninsula 112 lbs. champ, Chad Deno. Keith tied the score 2-2 with a reversal in the second stanza. Deno chose bottom in the final period hoping to score the winning points, but Keith did the scoring. He worked on Deno for well over a minute, then finally turned him in a tilt for 3 back points. That gave Keith a 5-2 decision and the title.

Scharrer's AAU National Folkstyle title was the just the second by a McLane wrestler and the first since Hayden Harrison won in 2004. He also became General McLane's first three time AAU Folkstyle National placewinner.

Seth Stonis went 1-2 in the 160 lbs. Elite Division. Stonis won his first bout by fall in 2:42 over Adam Powell of Michigan. He lost his next match, 7-4 to Quentin LeFear of Michigan who was 5th at last year's tournament and was then eliminated when he lost a 9-1 decision to an Illinois Regional runnerup, Ryan Leibford.

Parker Middle School youth wrestler, Tyler Hendricks placed 2nd in the 112 lbs. Novice Division. Hendricks lost his first match, but rallied in a round robin for two straight wins, including a pin to clinch the runnerup spot.

Former General McLane and Fort LeBoeuf wrestler, Denton Sauers (who now attends Westmister College), also grabbed runnerup honors. Sauers won a 4-2 decision over South Dakota's RJ Shope in the opening round. His only loss came in the semifinals to Michigan State wrestler, Blake Mesyn. Sauers rallied for 3 straight wins, an 11-5 decision over Josh Meyette of Michigan, a 9-1 major over William Higgins and a forfeit victory over Jesse Grenillo for true second.

Notes from Detroit:

Keith Scharrer became just the second GM wrestler to win an AAU title and the first to place three times at the event. Keith was 6th two years ago and 3rd last year.

Tyler Hendricks did a great job for his first time at the AAU Tournament. He lost a close decision in the opening round and then rallied for 2 wins to place 2nd.

Thanks to Coach Cook who made the off-season trip to Detroit for the 4th consecutive year. Not many wrestling programs are fortunate enough to have a coach who spends the amount of off-season time with his wrestlers that Coach Cook does. Thanks to Curt Hendricks for coming along to help with the stats and coaching chores.

Thanks to Henry Sauers for providing transportation, making hotel reservations and cooking breakfast.


GM Wrestlers at the 2007 AAU Folkstyle World Championships

112 (ELITE DIV.) - Keith Scharrer
QF-Scharrer won by injury default 1:00 Ethan Pipping (WI)
SF-Scharrer dec. Steve Bassett (MI) 10-8 OT
F-Scharrer dec Chad Deno (MI) 5-2

Tourn Record: 3-0 (PLACED 1ST)

112 (NOVICE DIV.) -Tyler Hendricks
1st R-Jake McKieran (MI) dec Hendricks 7-6
2nd R-Hendricks pinned Jerron Thomas (MI) 1:23
3rd R-Hendricks dec Donavan Fouchey (MI) 9-5

Tourn Record: 2-1 (PLACED 2ND)

160 (ELITE DIV.) - Seth Stonis
Prelim-Stonis pinned Adam Powell (MI) 2:42
Prelim-Quentin Lefear (MI) dec. Stonis 7-4
Cons-Ryan Leidford (IL) maj dec Stonis 9-1

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)



Six GM Wrestlers Make the Times-News All Star Team

Keith Scharrer (103), Cyrus Parlin (119), Eric Zelina (135) and Clay Steadman (171) were all named to the first team of the 2007 Times-News Region 4 All Star Team. Joe Zimmerman (130) and Lou Decker (160) were second team selections.

Keith Scharrer, the lone state placewinner from District 10 AAA, was also named to the first team of the All-District 10 Team at 103 pounds. The Times-News All-District 10 Team combines the top wrestlers from both AA and AAA.

The Times-News Co-Wrestlers of the Year were Fort LeBoeuf's Steve Waite and Sharon's Kellen Harris. Both wrestlers won AA state titles this year. Harris finished the season unbeaten at 44-0.
Click here for the entire listing of Region and District 10 All-Stars.






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