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Lancers Win Section 1-AA Title - Crown Three Champs!

Going into Fridays' Section 1-AA Tournament, most wrestling fans considered Union City the favorite to win the title. It turned out to be a battle between the Bears and the Lancers and it came down to the wire. GM held a slim lead for most of the tournament but Union City pushed 5 wrestlers into the finals to GM's 4 and grabbed the top spot briefly. But the Bears lead slipped away as 3 of General McLane's 4 finalists scored upsets (2 by fall) in the finals while the Bears managed to win just 2 of 5. In the end, GM won the title by a mere 4 points, but incredibly, they did it with just 13 wrestlers (due to an injury at 138 lbs.). Of the 13 Lancers who entered the tournament, 10 of them wrestled well enough to advance to next week's District 10 AA Tournament in Sharon.

Hunter Robison (106), Andrew Brest (113) and James Laird (170) all nabbed titles in their respective weight classes! Jackson Spires (145) also made the finals but fell in the finale to finish 2nd. Matt Leehan (132) took the bronze while Beau Caro (120), Cody Stempka (182) and Hunter Dickson (285) all took 4th. Seth Yarger (220) placed 5th and Wyatt Hall (195) was 7th.

Hunter Robison went 3-0 with 3 falls, including a pin over the #1 seed, Jack Martinec of Cochranton in the finals. Robison started the tourney by pinning Union City's Smith in the quarterfinal round and then followed that up by decking the #4 seed, Lucas Munsee of Union City. In the finals, Robison and Martinec went toe to toe, trading several shot attempts, but each managed to fend off the other, resulting in a scoreless opening period. Robison chose bottom in the 2nd period. Martinec worked on a series of tilts and finally turned Hunter to take a 2-0 lead. Robison managed to escape with just 2 seconds remaning to cut the deficit to 2-1. In the final period, Robison rode Martinec tough but wasn't able turn him. With time quickly becoming a critical issue, Hunter cut Martinec free with a minute remaing to go for the tying takedown. Robison shot on Martinec, locked up a cradle and got the fall with just 4 seconds remaining in the bout!

Andrew Brest posted a fall over Corry's Reyda in the quarters and then cruised to a 5-2 decision over Harborcreek's Connor Pierce in the semis. Andrew also had to face the #1 seed and last year's state place winner, Logan Jaquay in the finals. Brest held a slim 1 point lead after the first period but escaped in the 2nd, took his opponent down and exposed his back to take a commanding, 8-2 lead into the 3rd. From there, Brest cruised to an 11-5 win!

Of the 3 GM champs, James (Chuck) Laird's performance may have been the most inspiring. Laird (seeded #4) knocked off the #5 seed in the quarterfinals, then pulled out a last second win over the #1 seed in the semis in OT. In the finals, Laird faced off against the #2 seed in a head-to-head against Union City's Marshall VanTassel. The two wrestled to a 0-0 stalemate in the first period, but Laird reversed his opponent in the second stanza, locked up a tight cradle and got the fall. That clinched the team title for the Lancers!

Jackson Spires was McLane's other finalist at 145 lbs. Spires, a sophomore who had wrestled a grand total of 6 matches since 8th grade due to injuries, came into the tournament unseeded. He posted 3 straight wins, one by injury default and two by fall to make the finals in what may have been the tournament's toughest weight class. Jackson's semifinal match was a sight to behold. Number 1 seed, Owen Jefferson of Seneca and Spires were in an evenly matched, knock down drag out battle with non stop action through two periods. But Jackson kept the pressure on and wore his opponent down. In the 3rd period, Spires cut Jefferson loose with 1:30 remaining, took him down and ended it with a fall at 4:53! Spires had to settle for runner up honors when he dropped a major decision to #2 seed, Caiden Mooney of Northwestern in the finals.

Matt Leehan went 3-1 with 2 pins and took 3rd place in the 132 lbs. weight class. Leehan's only loss was to #2 seed and state ranked, John Wheeler of Northwestern in the semifinal round. Two of Leehan's wins came by way of fall. Beau Caro wrestled a great tournament and knocked off the #1 seed, Ethan Herman of Girard by major decision in the quarterfinals. Ironically, Caro lost to Herman in the consolation finals. Cody Stempka and Hunter Dickson also placed 4th. Stempka upset #4 seed Andrew Kightlinger of Iroquois in the quarterfinals and then lost to eventual champion Gavin Henry of Union City. He posted a 6-1 decision over Corry's Dylan Gourley in the consi semis but then lost to Mike McCurdy of Seneca. Dickson pulled off a 3-1 overtime decision in the quarterfinals over the #5 seed before losing to eventual 285 pound champ, Matt Long of Union City. Dickson bounced back with a 3-0 shutout against Corry's Xavier Reyda in the consolation semifinals, before losing to Jake DiSimone of Youngsville in the consi finals.

Seth Yarger qualified for districts with a 5th place finish in the 220 lbs. weight class. Yarger lost by DQ in the quarterfinals to #5 seed, Shawn Proctor of Corry. He bounced back with a pin in the second consolation round before losing in the consi semis to Dalton Boozer of Cochranton. He finished the tournament by evening the score with a 3-1 victory in a rematch with Proctor. Wyatt Hall rounded out the GM district qualifiers at 195 lbs. Hall came into the tournament with only two varsity matches under his belt and won by decision in his first and last bouts to secure a 7th place finish. Landon Beachly just missed making the trip to districts with an 8th place finish in the 152 lbs. weight class.

The GM wrestlers will be back in action next weekend at the District 10 AA Tournament in Sharon.

Notes From Sections:

With his 3 pins at the section tournament, Hunter Robison broke the record for 'Most Pins by a Freshman.' Hunter recorded his 19th pin of the season in the finals and surpassed Matt Leehan and Hadley Harrison who both recorded 17 as freshmen.

Andrew Brest not only won the 113 lbs. section title, he became the first GM wrestler to go over the 30 win mark for the season. He also increased his career win total to 108. He needs just two more wins to tie former McLane wrestler, Hudson Harrison, who also happens to be one of Andrew's coaches!

A tip of the cap to James (Chuck) Laird for his outstanding performance at the section tournament. James came into the tournament with a modest 20-13 record. He proceeded to knock off the #5 and #1 seeds and then in the finals he decked the #2 seed. That pin not only earned him the 170 lbs. gold, it clinched the team title for General McLane!


Team scores: 1. General McLane 180 1/2, 2. Union City 176 1/2, 3. Cochranton 162, 4. Eisenhower 139, 5. Saegertown 133 1/2, 6. Corry 126 1/2, 7. Cambridge Springs 103, 8. Maplwood 100, 9. Harborcreek 96 1/2, 10. Girard 91 1/2, 11. Northwestern 81, 12. Fort LeBoeuf 80, 13. Seneca 36, 14. Iroquois, 14. Youngsville 31, 16. North East 30.

Championship Finals
106 Hunter Robison (GM) wbf J. Martinec (Cochranton) 5:56
113 Andrew Brest (GM) wbd L. Jaquay (Eisenhower) 11-5
120 A. Kightlinger (Saegertown) wbf S. Peterson (Cochranton) 4:19
126 J Reagle (Saegertown) wbd W Burgess (Union City) 2-1
132 T Varndell (Camb Spgs) wbd J Wheeler (Northwestern) 9-4
138 K Kiser (Saegertown) wbmd J Huck (Fort LeBoeuf) 16-3
145 C Mooney (Northwestern) wbmd Jackson Spires (GM) 14-6
152 D. Muscarella (North East) wbd E Waldman (Union City) 7-3
160 J Bratt (Harborcreek) wbd A Barnett (Eisenhower) 3-2
170 James Laird (GM) wbf M. Vantassel (Union City) 3:37
182 G Henry (Union City) wbd J McFadden (Maplewood) 6-0
195 D. Viscuso (Harborcreek) wbd H. Linkerhof (Corry) 8-4
220 J Bauer (Eisenhower) J King (Maplewood) wbd 9-4
285 M Long (Union City) wbf J Schell (Girard) 0:39

Consolation finals:
106: Lucas Munsee (Cor) wbmd Alex Cottrell (NW) 14-4
113: Ayden Miller (CS) wbdd Connor Pierce (HC) 2-1
120: Ethan Herman (Gir) md Beau Caro (GM) 16-8
126: Jonathan Ploss (FLB) wbf Willis Morrell (Coch) 4:10
132: Matt Leehan (GM) wbd Dawson Bartholomew (Saeg) 7-4
138: Justin Boozer (Coch) wbd Josh Bortz (Eis) 11-8
145: Marshall Marfinetz (Gir) wbf Garrett Head (Eis) 4:28
152: Jesse Parker (MW) wbd Eli Mosconi (CS) 5-3
160: Louden Gledhill (Coch) wbf Austin Sacchetti (Cor) 2:17
170: Matt Petrilla (Cor) wbf Jacob Jones (CS) :15
182: Mickael McCurdy (Sen) wbd Cody Stempka (GM) 7-2
195: Dylan Lee (NW) wbd Chevy Blake (MW) 4-3
220: Tyler Hedderick (UC) wbf Dalton Boozer (Coch) 3:57
285: Jake DeSimone (Young) wbf Hunter Dickson (GM) 2:26

106: Logan Gerow (CS) wbf Karleigh Steiner (Sae) 1:21
113: Stephen Martinec (Coch) wbmd Kayden Reyda (Cor) 10-1
120: Thomas Johson (Iroq) wbd Damion Kinney (Cor) 6-1
126: Easton Hedman (Eis) wbf Tucker Urey (MW) 1:19
132: Tallin Henry (UC) wbd Brendan Ace (Coch) 7-1
138: Judah Gardner (UC) wbtf Matt Stenger (HC) 15-0 4:48
145: Kalob Brown (Coch) wbd Owen Jefferson (Sen) by inj def
152: Hunter Lewis (HC) wbd Landon Caldwell (Sae) 11-8
160: Justin Cornelius (FLB) wbf Jackson Carico (CS) 1:59
170: Tim Church (FLB) wbd Ethan Chambers (Eis) 3-2
182: Dylan Gourley (Cor) wbd Andrew Kightlinger (Iroq) 3-1
195: Cael Black (Eis) wbd Nick Kaday (UC) 5-1
220: Seth Yarger (GM) wbd Shawn Proctor (Cor) 3-1
285: Xavier Reyda (Cor) wbf Jesse Gourley (Eis) 1:30

106: Adam Johnson (FLB) wbf Gavin Herman (Gir) 2:05
113: Dylan Marie (Sen) wbmd Quintin Hedderick (UC) 13-2
120: Joe Capan (HC) wbf Jayson Soliwoda (UC) :55
126: Dakota Slomski (Gir) wbf Ryan Slupski (Iroq) :34
132: Gannon Jaquay (Eis) wbf Dave Hall (Sen) 1:41
138: Brad Roae (MW) wbd Alex Brown (Gir) 5-4
145: Jack Rimpa (FLB) wbf Matt Posego (Sae) 2:28
152: Stetson Boozer (Coch) wbf Landon Beachly (GM) 1:15
160: Mitchell Marfinetz (Gir) wbd Jacob Reisinger (Sae) 4-2
170: Jesse McFadden (MW) wbd Brandon Richter (Coch) 8-5
182: Matt Nale (Sae) wbf Jordan Miller (CS) 2:55
195: Wyatt Hall (GM) wbd Sam Hoover (Young) 2-1
220: Zach Barker (Iroq) wbd Steven Herring (NW) 1-0
285: Jerry Mosconi (CS) wbf Steven Heme (MW) 3:41



Individual GM Wrestlers at the 2019 Section 1-AA Tournament

106-Hunter Robison #2
Pre: Bye
QF: Robison wbf E Smith (UC) 1:14
SF: Robison wbf #4 L Munsee (Cor) 1:43
F: Robison wbf #1 J Martinec (Coch) 5:56

Tourn Record: 3-0 (PLACED 1ST)

113-Andrew Brest #2
QF: Brest wbf R Reyda (Cor) 0:54
SF: Brest wbd #3 C. Pierce (HC) 5-2
F: Brest wbd #1 L. Jaquay (Eis) 11-5

Tourn Record: 3-0 (PLACED 1ST)

120-Beau Caro
Pre: Caro wbd J Lopez (NW) 8-3
QF: Caro wbmd #1 E Herman (Gir) 11-3
SF: #5 S Peterson (Coch) wbmd Caro 13-1
Cons SF: Caro wbd D kinney (Cor) 5-2
Cons F: #1 E Herman (Gir) wbmd Caro 16-8

Tourn Record: 3-2 (PLACED 4TH)

126-Gabe Bayle #5
D Slomski (Gir) wbf Bayle 5:16
Cons: Bayle wbf L. Heintzen (Sen) 2:53
Cons: R Slupski (Iroq) wbd Bayle 3-0

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)

132-Matt Leehan #3
Pre: Bye
QF: Leehan wbf D Hall (Sen) 0:34
SF: #2 J Wheeler (NW) wbd Leehan 7-2
Cons SF: Leehan wbf B Ace (Coch) 4:36
Cons F: Leehan wbd D Bartholomew (Sae) 7-4

Tourn Record: 3-1 (PLACED 3RD)

138-No Entry

145-Jackson Spires
Pre: Spires wb inj def #5 C Smith (CS)
QF: Spires wbf #4 A. Jaquith (UC) 3:07
SF: Spires wbf #1 O Jefferson (Sen) 4:53
F: #2 C Mooney (NW) wbmd Spires 14-6

Tourn Record: 3-1 (PLACED 2ND)

152-Landon Beachly
Pre: Beachly wbd J McCall (FLB) 7-1
QF: #3 H Lewis (HC) wbtf Beachly 15-0
Cons: Beachly wbf D. Roesch (Gir) 4:59
Cons QF: E Mosconi (CS) wbd Beachly 6-1
7th/8th: S Boozer (Coch) wbf Beachly 1:15

Tourn Record: 2-3 (PLACED 8TH)

160-Eli Reed
Pre: J Carico (CS) wbd Reed 1-0
Cons: Bye
Cons: J. Reisinger (Sae) wbd Reed 11-6

Tourn Record: 0-2 (DNP)

170-James Laird #4
Pre: Bye
QF: Laird wbtf #5 E Chambers (Eis) 15-0
SF: Laird wbd #1 M. Petrilla (Cor) 4-2
F: Laird wbf #2 M. Vantassel (UC) 3:37

Tourn Record: 3-0 (PLACED 1ST)

182-Cody Stempka #5
Pre: Bye
QF: Stempka wbf #4 A Kightlinger (Iro) 1:26
SF: #1 G Henry (UC) wbf Stempka 0:22
Cons SF: Stempka wbd D. Gourley (Cor) 6-1
Cons F: #3 M. McCurdy (Sen) wbd Stempka 7-2

Tourn Record: 2-2 (PLACED 4TH)

195-Wyatt Hall
Pre: Hall wbd H Watkins (Sen) 7-1
QF: #3 H. Linkerhof (Cor) wbf Hall 1:10
Cons: Bye
Cons QF: D Lee (NW) wbf Hall 1:44
7th/8th: Hall wbd S Hoover (Young) 2-1

Tourn Record: 2-2 (PLACED 7TH)

220-Seth Yarger #4
Pre: Bye
QF: #5 S Proctor (Cor) wb DQ Yarger
Cons: Bye
Cons QF: Yarger wbf Z. Barker (Iroq) 2:30
Cons SF: #3 D Boozer (Coch) wbf Yarger 2:19
5th/6th: Yarger wbd #5 S Proctor (Cor) 3-1

Tourn Record: 2-2 (PLACED 5TH)

285-Hunter Dickson
Pre: Bye
QF: Dickson wbd #5 J Gourley (Eis) 3-1 (OT)
SF: #1 M Long (UC) wbf Dickson 0:57
Cons SF: Dickson wbd X Reyda (Cor) 3-0
Cons F: J. DeSimone (Young) WBF Dickson 2:26

Tourn Record: 2-2 (PLACED 4TH)


Lancers Eliminated From D10 Duals In QF Round

After winning seven straight dual meets the GM wrestling team lost a heart breaker in the quarterfinal round of the District 10 AA Team Duals to Conneaut, 30-28. The loss eliminated them from the tournament and ended their dual meet season.

Andrew Brest lead off by pinning Conner Peterson at 113 lbs. Brest got a quick takedown, threw in a bar arm/half combination and turned Peterson for the fall in 1:07. Conneaut picked up the first of their close wins at 120 lbs. Brady Gould pulled out a 2-0 squeaker over Gabe Bayle. The Eagles grabbed another win by the thinnest of margins at 126 when Henry Piatt posted a 4-3 decision over Beau Caro. That knotted the team score at 6.

Matt Leehan doubled the Lancer point total with a pin at 132 lbs. Leehan took his opponent to the mat in 10 seconds flat, then turned him twice to run up a 7-0 first period lead. Matt had top position in the second stanza, immediately locked up a cradle and got the fall at 2:24. Conneaut pulled out another close decision at 138 lbs. John O'Neil and Michael Abbate were tied, 3-3 at the end of regulation but O'Neil got the winning takedown in overtime.

At 145, Jackson Spires made his first appearance since early December and put on quite a show. In the first period he countered a shot by state ranked (#14 AA), Wes Davenport and got one of his own. Davenport escaped to make it 2-1. Spires once again countered a Davenport takedown attempt with a beautiful move that started as a lateral drop and ended with Jackson tossing Davenport to his back. Unfortunately, the officials penalized him for it, calling it an illegal throw. With the score tied, 2-2 in the second period, Davenport escaped. He shot in on Jackson's legs but Spires once again countered, turned it into a takedown of his own and took a 4-3 lead. In the third period, Spires scored a reversal during a scramble and then rode out Davenport to secure a 6-3 decision. That put the Lancers on top, 15-9.

Conneaut got right back into it with another close win at 152. Brendan Laird, ranked #6 in the region eked out a 6-5 decision over Landon Beachly. Beachly gave up the first takedown but reversed Laird to make the score 2-2 after one period. He escaped with 10 seconds remaining in the second period but gave up another takedown. After a Laird escape in the third period, Landon was trailing by a score of 5-3. He scored a quick takedown to tie the score, then cut his opponent to go for the winning takedown. But Laird was able to hold him off. At 160, Conneaut took the lead for the first time when Dom Ellis decked Eli Reed in 3:13. That made the score, 18-15, Eagles.

GM forfeited at 170 lbs. Rather than put James Laird out against the 5th ranked wrestler in the state, Peyton Hearn, Coach Cook took a gamble and bumped Laird up to 182. Laird did his job against Trevor Tursky at 182. He scored a takedown on a high crotch shot and rode his opponent out for the remainder of the first period. He scored 3 back points in the second period when he locked up a cradle and nearly pinned Tursky. James used a half nelson and a penatly point in the final period to secure a 9-0 major decision, but the Lancers still trailed, 24-19. The Lancers still had a chance for a comeback, but Cody Stempka came out on the short end of a hard fought, 6-3 decision at 195 lbs. Seth Yarger made a second period escape and takedown hold up for a 3-0 win over Evan Gerber at 220 lbs. Conneaut's Austin Kelly bumped up to 285 and posted a 6-2 decision over Hunter Dickson. That clinched it for the Eagles. Hunter Robison anchored at 106 and made short work of Zach Wheeler, posting a first period fall in 1:11. Final score: Conneaut 30 GM 28.

Coach Cook had this to say after the loss:
"We had a great dual meet season and showed constant signs of improvement, which is exactly what you look for as a coach when you have a team as young as we are. As a team I never wanted to fall back on the "wait until next year" mantra because, as we showed, we were ready to win and challenge the state this season. We had tremendous efforts up and down the lineup but in the end we fell just short."

The wrestlers will be back in post season action on February 15th and 16th for the Section 1-AA Tournament, which will be held at Meadville High School.


Notes from the D10 Duals:

The loss to Conneaut was hard to swallow because no less than four bouts were decided by 2 points or less (one of those was a loss in overtime). If GM had won just one of those four, it would have changed the outcome of the match. The Lancers most likely would have made their way into the finals and moved on to the state tournament. The silver lining is the fact that it was a close loss to a very good team. Conneaut went on to beat Titusville handily and wrestled Reynolds in the finals. The Lancers finished the dual meet season as Region 4 Champs with a 7-0 region record and 11-3 overall. In my book that's a fantastic season for a team with only one senior!

Jackson Spires made his first appearance on the mat since he was injured in early December and he looked great. He beat Wes Davenport, who was ranked 1st in district, 1st in the region and 14th in the state. The final score was 6-3, but Spires was in control for the entire match.

Hunter Robison racked up his 16th pin of the season. He needs just one more to tie Hadley Harrison and Matt Leehan for the freshman record.


Conneaut 30 General McLane 28
113 Andrew Brest (GM) wbf Conner Peterson 1:07
120 Brady Gould (C) wbd Gabe Bayle 2-0
126 Henry Piatt (C) wbd Beau Caro 4-3
132 Matt Leehan (GM) wbf Kyle Loutzenhiser 2:24
138 John O'Neil (C) wbd Michael Abbate 5-3 OT
145 Jackson Spires (GM) wbd Wes Davenport 6-3
152 Brendan Laird (C) wbd Landon Beachly 6-5
160 Dominic Ellis (C) wbf Eli Reed 3:13
170 Peyton Hearn (C) wb ff
182 James Laird (GM) wbmd Trevor Tursky 9-0
195 Colton Coulter (C) wbd Cody Stempka 6-4
220 Seth Yarger (GM) wbd Evan Gerber 3-0
285 Austin Kelly (C) wbd Hunter Dickson 6-2
106 Hunter Robison (GM) wbf Zach Wheeler 1:11




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