News from December...2013


GM Wrestlers Stun McDowell, 30-28

McDowell had every reason to be confident coming into Thursday's dual meet against General McLane. The Trojans were coming off a stunning win over perennial powerhouse Reynolds (who hadn't lost a dual meet at home in 20 years) and looked like they were going to be the team to beat in Region 4 this year. But the McLane wrestling team proved they were up to the challenge by pulling off a huge upset over the Trojans for the second straight year. The Lancers were down 19-6 after the first five bouts, but ran off six consecutive wins in the middle weights to go on top, 24-19. The comeback was stalled by McDowell's Coleman Cousins who posted hard fought, 7-2 win over freshman, Ethan Laird. Tyree Spearman won by forfeit putting McDowell back in front, 28-24 with one bout to go.

In came Cody Lentz. Cody took a commanding 5-0 lead into the last minute of his bout with Zach Rindfuss, but a win by decision wouldn't be enough to overcome McDowell's 4 point lead and Lentz knew it. Cody kept working the power half he had been trying to turn Rindfuss with for 2 periods and finally muscled the Trojan to his back for a 3 count. That would have given Lentz the major, and GM the win on criteria. But Cody wasn't taking any chances. He kept digging and adjusting until he flattened Rindfuss with just 6 ticks left on the clock. That brought the screaming McLane fans to their feet!

McLane was able to pull off the win over McDowell even without Joe Wheeling in the lineup. Wheeling was forced to sit out the dual meet due to an injury he suffered in practice earlier in the week. Coach Cook took a calculated risk at the start of the match and bumped Chris Laird up to 220, putting his faith in Cody to be the closer. It paid off!

GM took a 6-0 lead when Chris Laird decked Ben Bish in just over 5 minutes. McDowell won the next four bouts to go up 19-6. That's when McLane's tough middle weights stepped up to the plate. Hunter Hendricks posted a dominating 5-0 shutout over Benji Yates at 126 lbs. Owen Watkins pulled off a 1-0 squeaker over Lucas Peterson at 132. Watkins wrestled a very smart match earning the win on a penalty point. At 138, Keller Watkins was in control for all six minutes and posted a one sided 5-0 decision. Deane Twitchell had to battle to pull off his win over Jake Paulson at 145. Deane was in control for most of the bout, but Paulson pulled a slick move and tied the bout at 5 midway through the final period. Twitchell escaped and was able to hold off his opponent for a 6-5 victory. That brought the Lancers to within a point of the Trojans (19-18).

At 152, Mike Sutton decisioned Ryan Dailey, 2-0. That put McLane back in the lead. Justin Miller followed with 6-3 win over Cody Perry at 160 lbs. That made the score 24-19 in favor of the Lancers. Cousins and Spearman won the next two bouts, putting McDowell back on top and setting the stage for Cody Lentz's heroic finish.

Notes From the McDowell Dual Meet:

Cody Lentz was the hero last night. As the closer he pulled off a match winning pin against a very stubborn opponent. But the win really was a team effort. Ian Mallory did a great job of not giving up any bonus points against a seasoned opponent. Owen Watkins had his head completely in the game. The freshman didn't make any mistakes and that was the difference as he came out on top 1-0 on a penalty point. Deane Twitchell remained calm and focused in the face of some bad breaks and hung in there for a 6-5 win. Justin Miller seems to improve with every match and showed he has the ability to scramble out of trouble and come out on top. And Cody Lentz...we are all glad you came back!


220 Chris Laird (GM) wbf Ben Bish 5:06
285 Scott Augustine (McD) wbd Ian Mallory 5-0
103 Gabe Stoler (McD) wbmd Tony Damore 12-0
113 Charlie Lennox (McD) wbf Mason Fitzsimmons 0:15
120 Keegan Fordyce (McD) wbf Brandon Koehler 4:45
126 Hunter Hendricks (GM) wbd Benji Yates 5-0
132 Owen Watkins (GM) wbd Lucas Peterson 1-0
138 Keller Watkins (GM) wbd Noah Burkhart 5-0
145 Deane Twitchell (GM) wbd Jake Paulson 6-5
152 Mike Sutton (GM) wbd Ryan Dailey 2-0
160 Justin Miller (GM) wbd Cody Perry 6-3
170 Coleman Cousins (McD) wbd Ethan Laird 7-2
182 Tyree Spearman (McD) wbff
195 Cody Lentz (GM) wbf Zach Rindfuss 5:54.


Lancers Win Home Opener

The McLane wrestling team won big in their home opener over Strong Vincent on Tuesday evening. Keller Watkins posted a 3-2 decision over a game John Ciotti at 138 lbs. to give the team a 3-0 lead. Deane Twitchell received a forfeit at 145 and then Mike Sutton decked Gary Williams in 42 seconds at 152 lbs. to put the Lancers on top 15-0.

Jared Carlson got Vincent on the board with a wild 12-10 win over Justin Miller at 160. Miller gave the Colonel junior all he could handle and nearly pulled off an upset when he came close to pinning Carlson in a headlock. Freshman Ethan Laird looked impressive posting a 17-0 technical fall over Kane Patron at 170. That gave GM a 20-3 lead. Chris Laird got another six points for Mclane with an incredible 16 second fall at 195 lbs. Jake Lenhart and Ian Mallory also followed with pins at 220 and 285 to make the score 38-7.

Tony Damore received a forfeit at 106 to give the Lancers a commanding 44-7 lead. Joe Wheeling's bout with Carmen Ciotti looked like it was going to be a real battle at first, until Wheeling turned into a tilting machine and ran up a 10-0 lead before pinning Ciotti in just under 4 minutes.That made the score 50-7. The Colonels got wins at 120 and 126 before Owen Watkins closed it out with a win by forfeit 132. Final score: Lancers 56, Vincent 17.

General Mclane moved to 1-0 in Region 4 and 1-1 overall. They will get their biggest test of the season this Thursday against a very tough McDowell squad that snapped a 20 year Reynolds home winning streak last week with a 30-25 win over the Raiders.


138 Keller Watkins (GM) wbd John Ciotti 3-2
145 Deane Twitchell (GM) wbff
152 Mike Sutton (GM) wbf Gary Williams 0:42
160 Jared Carlson (SV) wbd Justin Miller 12-10
170 Ethan Laird (GM) wbtf Kane Patron 17-0
182 Chris Starroci (SV) wbmd Adam Steiner 10-0
195 Chris Laird (GM) wbf Cordiero House 0:16
220 Jake Lenhart (GM) wbf Ronald Marzka 5:07
285 Ian Mallory (GM) wbf John White 2:08
106 Tony Damore (GM) wbff
113 Joe Wheeling (GM) wbf Carmen Ciotti 3:58
120 Josh Caban (SV) wbmd Brandon Koehler 11-0
126 Radzahan Lomidze (SV) wbff
132 Owen Watkins (GM) wbff


Joe Wheeling Wins Second Straight KOM Title

Smokin' Joe Wheeling won his second straight King of the Mountain Tournament title this weekend at Central Mountain. Joe won 4 straight bouts to claim the 113 lbs. crown, giving up a grand total of 4 points along the way. Wheeling did have to battle it out with a very game Charlie Lennox of McDowell, winning a 2-1 squeaker in the finals. Joe has a 9-0 record at KOM in his two appearances at the tournament and his last win in the finals was the 100th of his career.

Three other Mclane wrestlers placed in the tournament. Keller Watkins went 5-2 and placed 5th in the 138 lbs. weight class. Keller racked up a couple of falls and a technical fall along the way. Chris Laird also took 5th place at 195 lbs. Chris went 4-2 and had a pair of pins. Ian Mallory came into the tournament unseeded but snagged 8th place at 275. Ian also had two pins in the tournament. Mike Sutton didn't place but he did win three bouts against two losses. Deane Twitchell and Ethan Laird both went 2-2.

The Lancers placed 11th in the team race, improvng on last year's 13th place finish. They managed to move up a couple of spots in spite of being shorthanded one very good wrestler. Hunter Hendricks had to sit out the tournament due to injury.


Team standings: 1. Bethlehem Catholic 201, 2. Boyertown 179, 3. Cumberland Valley 149.5, 4. Greater Latrobe 147.5, 5. Parkland 136.5, 6. Burrell 126.5, 7. Boiling Springs 109.5, 8. McDowell 108.5, 9. Hempfield 106.5, 10. Spring Grove 99, 11. General McLane 90, 12. Stroudsburg 86, 13. Fort LeBoeuf 85, 14. Council Rock So. 83.5, 15. Mifflin County 82.5, 16. Benton 81.5, 17. South Western 80, 18. Central Mountain 79.5, 19. Kittaning 70.5, 20. Penn Trafford 66, 21. DuBois 62.5, 22. Jersey Shore 60, 22. Penns Valley 60, 22. Schuylkill Valley 60, 25. North Penn 59.5 26. Mifflinburg 56.5, 27. Bellefonte 55.5, 28. Bedford 53, 29. Biglerville 50, 30. Blairsville 44, 31. Redbank Valley 31, 32. Line Mountain 29, 33. Lansing 23, 34. Ithaca 2.0



GM Wrestlers at the 2013 King of the Mountain Tournament

106-Tony Damore
1st R: J Campbell(Boy) wbf Damore 1:06
Cons: J Day (BSP) wbf Damore 2:19

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)

113-Joe Wheeling #2
1st R: Bye
Prelim: Wheeling wbd N Palmer (CRS) 5-0
QF: Wheeling wbtf L Leathers (BLF) 15-0
SF: Wheeling wbd E McCoy (GRL) 9-3
F: Wheeling wbd C Lennox (McD) 2-1

Tourn Record: 4-0 (PLACED 1ST)

120-Brandon Koehler
1st R: s Bensmail (NOP) wbf Koehler 2:41
Cons: A Zorbaugh (SGP) wbmd Koehler 10-2

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)


132-Owen Watkins
1st R: T Corl (BLF) wbmd Watkins 11-1
Cons: Watkins wbmd B Fultz (MCT) 9-1
Cons: D Laughman (SPG) wbmd Watkins 13-2

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)

138-Keller Watkins #3
1st R: Watkins wbf L Croyle (KIT) 1:07
2nd R: Watkins wbf D Greenwald (BUR) 2:55
QF: M Labriola (BMC) wbd Watkins 6-2
Cons: Watkins wbd G Thomas (BED) 5-0
Cons QF: Watkins wbtf D Schwartz (CRS) 15-0
Cons SF: J Allesandro (HEM) wbd Watkins 5-0
5th/6th: Watkins wbd A Wolfe (CMV) 4-2

Tourn Record: 5-2 (PLACED 5TH)

145-Deane Twitchell
1st R: Twitchell wbf D Karns (BED) 3:47
2nd R: M Hartman (SPG) wbd Twitchell 10-3
Cons: Twichell wbd I Underhill (MCT) 3-0
Cons: J Paulson (EMD) wbd Twitchell 6-5

Tourn Record: 2-2 (DNP)

152-Mike Sutton #5
1st R: Sutton wbd R Ramich (SVY) 2-1
2nd R: S Decker (PVY) wbf Sutton 3:19
Cons: Sutton wbf P Pinto (SBG) 0:41
Cons: Sutton wbd R Dailey (EMD) 7-2
Cons: J Ortman (PRK) wbd Sutton 8-2

Tourn Record: 3-2 (DNP)

160-Justin Miller
1st R: K Truitt (RBV) wbf Miller 4:35
Cons: D Kephart (BLF) wbf Miller 2:49

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)

170-Ethan Laird #8
1st R: Laird wbd M Harris (SWN) 6-2
2nd R:
Laird wbd M Mason (JRS) 5-1
QF: N Cortopassi (BMC) wbf Laird 0:57
SF: F Guida (PARK) wbd Laird 1-0

Tourn Record: 2-2 (DNP)

182-Adam Steiner
1st R: M Sturdivant (PRK) wbf Steiner 2:32
Cons: C Williams (BED) wbf Steiner 3:23

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)

195-Chris Laird #3
1st R: Laird wbf B Rigby (CMV) 5:07
2nd R: Laird wbf H Sterner (SPG) 2:21
QF: Laird wbd J Wertz (BOY) 3-1
SF: N Hadad (PRK) wbd Laird 8-6
Cons SF: J Robb (KIT) wbd Laird 3-1 SV1
5th/6th: Laird wbd L Womelsodorf (BEN) 6-0

Tourn Record: 4-2 (PLACED 5TH)

220-Jacob Lenhart
1st R: C Arabia (BUR) wbd Lenhart 3-2
Cons: Lenhart wbmd J Smith (BLR) 13-2
Cons: F Mantsch (HEM) wbf Lenhart 0:54

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)

285-Ian Mallory
1st R: Mallory wbf E Shuttlesworth (SVY) 2:08
2nd R: C Cooper (SBG) wbf Mallory 0:27
Cons: Mallory wbf B Charles (JRS) 1:35
Cons: Mallory wbd B Oconnel (BOY) 3-2 SV1
Cons: Mallory wbd Bryce Hanley (CMT)
Cons QF: N Conti (FTL) wbf Mallory 1:46
7th/8th: N Davis (BSP) wbf Mallory 2:00

Tourn Record: 4-3 (PLACED 8TH)


Lancers Drop Opener To #7 Canon-McMillan

The McLane wrestlers got off to a good start against last year's PIAA Team Duals Champion Canon McMillan. Mike Sutton opened the dual meet with a 9-1 major decision over Micah Kusturis and gave the Lancers a 4-0 lead. Canon Mac responded with 2 big pins that put GM in a 12-4 hole. But Adam Steiner was awarded a forfeit at 195 lbs. and Chris Laird racked up a 12-2 major decision to put the Lancers in back front 14-12. Unfortunately, that would be their last lead of the night.

Canon MacMillan won 8 of the next 9 bouts to run away with the match. The only bright spot in those last 9 bouts was Keller Watkins' solid 6-0 win over Alec Hutchin at 138 lbs. The Lancers also were the victims of some plain old bad luck. Ethan Laird was wrestling well and held a 5-1 lead over Jesse Lesko when he got turned and then pinned with just 6 ticks left on the clock. Joe Wheeling was also leading by 2 over state qualifier, Brendon Price when he was reversed and turned. Wheeling ended up losing by one point. Ian Mallory also lost a close one in overtime.

The McLane wrestlers wil be back in action this weekend at the always tough King of the Mountain Tournament.


Canon-McMillan 45 General Mclane 17
160-Mike Sutton (GM) wbmd Micah Kusturis 9-1
170-Nick Konyk (CM) wbf Riley Vaughn 1:30
182-Jesse Lesko (CM) wbf Ethan Laird 5:53
195-Adam Steiner (GM) wbff
220-Chris Laird (GM) wbmd David Ainscough 12-2
285-Alex Paulina (CM) wbd Ian Mallory 4-1 OT
106-Camden Fontenot (CM) wbf Tony Damore 3:31
113-Brendon Price (CM) wbd Joe Wheeling 6-5
120-Matt Oblock (CM) wbmd Brandon Koehler 13-2
126-Dalton Macri (CM) wbmd Hunter Hendricks 23-9
132-Josiah Hritsko (CM) wbmd Jon Carrier 15-6
138-Keller Watkins (GM) wbd Alec Hutchin 6-0
145-Malachi Krenzelak (CM) wbd Deane Twitchell 5-1
152-Solomon Chishko (CM) wbf Briggs Twitchell 2:48








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