News from April...2009

Four McLane Wrestlers Named To All-Region 4 Team

Four General McLane wrestlers were named to the 2008-2009 Erie Time-News Region 4 All-Stars Team on Wednesday. Freshman Tim Wheeling and Senior Seth Stonis were named to the first team at 103 pounds and 189 pounds.

Junior Tyler Bowers and sophomore Caleb Baker were named to the second team at 119 and 285 pounds.

Bowers won 24 matches this season, placed 3rd at Districts and went 2-2 at the NW Regional Tournament. Stonis was the 2008-2009 McLane Team Captain. He won 37 bouts, placed 2nd at the District 10 Tournament and took 4th at regionals.

Baker had a phenomenal sophomore season, posting 39 wins and 25 falls. He took 2nd at the District 10 Tournament and placed 4th at regionals, coming within one point of qualifying for the state tourney. Wheeling was McLane's lone state qualifier this season. He posted 33 victories, won the District 10 Tournament and placed 3rd at regionals. Wheeling was only the second McLane freshman to ever qualify for the state tournament.


Caleb Baker Wins NHSCA Sophomore Nationals Title

To say that Caleb Baker had a successful 2008-2009 wrestling season would be a terrible understatement. McLane's 285 pounder piled up more wins and pins than any sophomore in the history of the wrestling program, and came within a single point of moving on to the state finals in Hershey.

Baker added to his growing list of accomplishments this weekend when he won the 2009 NHSCA Sophomore Nationals heavyweight title in Virginia Beach, VA. The most impressive thing about Baker's performance was the fact that he kept his composure, winning 3 of 4 bouts by two points or less. His victory in the finals came by way of ultimate tie breaker.

Caleb beat Dylan Kniska of Connecticut, 6-4 in the preliminary round, then ground out a 5-4 decision over Virginia's Ross Burbank in the quarterfinals. Baker really shined in the semifinals when he posted a fall in 5:22 over West Virginia state champ, Casey Hogg. He then won the title with a 4-3 triple overtime decision over Daniel Davis of Virginia.

Baker became just the 5th G.M. wrestler to snag a national title and the first to win a Sophomore Nationals crown. Congratulations to Caleb!!!







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