the Lancer Wrestling Coaches
Head Coach: Ryan Cook
Head Coach, Ryan Cook took over
the helm for Tim Mulholland, who retired at the end of the 2003-2004
season. Coach Cook was the Assistant for three seasons and was
instrumental in developing a winning attitude among the McLane
wrestlers. He was selected the District
10 "Junior Varsity Coach of the Year" in 2002-2003
and led the GM JV team to an unbeaten record and top finishes
at the Corry and Maplewood Tournaments.
Mr. Cook is from Massena, N.Y.
where he compiled a 95-15 career wrestling record in high school.
He was a 3 time state qualifier, 4 year team captain and a 4
time team "Most Outstanding Wrestler."
He is also a former Edinboro University
Wrestler and graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Studies.
In his 12 seasons at the helm,
Coach Cook has compiled a 161-54 dual meet record (a 75% winning
percentage). His 2004-2005 team won the Salamanca and Redbank
Valley tournaments, and took second place at the Tool City and
District 10 post-season tournaments. During the 2005-2006 campaign,
his team placed 4th at Tool City and third at the Seneca Valley
tournament. They were crowned District 10 Team Duals
Champions and District 10 Tournament Champions.
In addition, Cook was honored as the District 10 AAA Coach
of the Year! The 2006-2007 team won the District 10 AAA
Tournament and posted 13 wins. Coach Cook's teams also won back
to back Mountaineer Invitational Tournaments in 2009 and 2010.
In 2011 his team won the Jarvis Wildcat Memorial Tournament.
In 2012-2013 Coach Cook's team
finished the regular season at 15-0 (16-1 overall), won the
Tool City and Fred Bell Tournaments, as well as
the Clearfield Duals, the Region 4AAA title and
the District 10 AAA Tournament title. Coach Cook was
also named the District 10 AAA Coach of the Year for
the 2012-2013 season. The Lancers also took runnerup honors
at the NW Regional AAA Tournament in Altoona. The 2013-2014
team were Region 4AAA Co-champions and they won the NW Regional
AAA Tournament team title.
The 2014-15 season was one
of the best in McLane wrestling history. The team's overall
record was 17-3. All 3 of those losses came at the hands of
state ranked teams. The team made history by winning their first
ever match at the state team duals. They also won the Region
4 crown with a spotless 9-0 record. They won the Tool City and
Fred Bell tournaments, the Clearfield Duals, the District 10
Duals and the District 10 AAA tournament title. They capped
it off with a runnerup finish at regionals and qualified a record
7 wrestlers for the state tournament. The 2014-15 season also
saw Coach Cook surpass Coach Mulholland and become the winningest
coach in GM wrestling history. The 2015-16 team was crowned
Tool City and Fred Bell Tournament Champs and Region 4 Co-Champs!
Mr. Cook has coached 35 District
X champions, 115 District 10 placewinners, 9 NW Regional champions,
52 NW Regional placewinners, 35 state qualifiers, 7 state placewinners
and 2 state finalists. During the off season he also coached
7 National Folkstyle Champions and 27 National Folkstyle
Coach Cook's experience, innovation
and enthusiasm are an asset to the General McLane wrestling
(updated: 3-13-17. Stats through
the 2016-2017 season).
2016-17 Assistant Coaches
Assistant: Chris Laird
Chris wrestled at General McLane
from 2010-2014. He was a 4 year letter winner, 2 time District
10 champ, 2 time state qualifier and posted 112 career wins.
He is a junior at Edinboro University where his major is Geology.
he is the son of Phil and Lisa Laird, brothers are Nate, Ethan
Assistant: Nick Mitchell
Nick went to high school in NYS:
His overall record was 229-36, he was a 3x nys qualifier, placed
3rd in the state his junior year at 160lbs. and 2nd his senior
year at 170 lbs
His major in college: human performance
2 year wrestler at Edinboro University at 174lbs-184lbs
10-15 record as a freshman
15-2 record as a sophomore
He on the Mercyhurst Open, Purple Raider Open, and Eastern Michigan
Family: Mom-Christine Wayland, Dad- Dave Mitchell
Brother- Chris Mitchell
Assistant: Patrick Jennings
Patrick went to Longwood High school
in New York where he was All-State-2011. He was also a 2 time
Virginia Beach All American - 5th as a junior and 6th as a senior.
He was a four-year starter for Edinboro, was PSAC champion his
senior year, and a PSAC 3rd placer as a freshman. He was also
a 3-time EWL place winner.
His brother, Eddie wrestled for 2 years at Edinboro and his
older sister was a four year varsity swimmer for Binghamton
university. He graduated from Edinboro with a bachelor's degree
in English and is working on his masters degree in Secondary
Assistant: Sam Recco
Sam went to high school at Lyndonville.
He finished 2nd at the Eastern States Classic his senior year.
In addition he was a:
-2x Section Five Champion
-4x New York State Qualifier
-2x New York State Placer (6th his junior year, 1st his senior
-2012 New York State Champion at 120lbs
-HS Record 188-20
He went to college at Edinboro
University. He majored in Human Performance with a minor in
coaching. He was a 4 year wrestler at EU. His sophomore year
when Mitchell Port was injured for a week, he had to fill in
and started in a dual meet at Virginia Tech University and wrestled
Devin Carter at 141lbs.
Head Coach: CJ Barbaro
CJ Barbaro was born in Erie, Pa on January 9,
1973. Married to Kate Barbaro and parents Cosmo Barbaro and Charlotte
Barbaro. Brother Neil Barbaro, sisters Pam Barbaro and Chimene
Barbaro. During high school he was a 3 sport athlete in football,
wrestling and baseball. He was selected 1st team all-county -
all-purpose back, voted captain, of the county save an eye team.
1st team All-County wrestling 160 lb, district champion and PA
state qualifier. He was also received honorable mention all-county
for the catcher position in baseball. He graduated in 1991 from
General McLane High School. He was an assistant coach for the
7th and 8th grade team at General McLane for 2 years and has been
the head coach for the 7th and 8th grade wrestling team for the
past 4 years. He has had several state medalists and was voted
Middle School Coach of the Year for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017
He graduated summa cum laude earning a B.F.A in
woodworking from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1996,
again graduating summa cum laude from the Rochester Institute
of Technology, School for American Craftsmen in 1999, receiving
his M.F.A. in furniture design.
In 2006 he was commissioned by a designer in upstate
New York to build two one of a kind Steinway art case pianos.
Cosmo has worked at several universities across the south east
United State as a professor in Furniture Design/3D Design. Currently
he is the owner of Cosmo Barbaro Furniture www.cosmobarbaro.com,
where he focuses on one of a kind commissions and selling his
work through several Galleries. Cosmos work has been featured
in a variety of publications across the nation; in addition his
work has been in numerous galleries both nationally and internationally.
Assistant: Brandon Saraceno
Brandon is a 2006 graduate of General
McLane where he was a four-year letterman on the wrestling team.
He was a member of the 2002-2003 and 2005-2006 teams that both
captured the District 10 Team Title. He won the 130lb District
Championship as a senior while being named 1st Team All Region.
He went on to graduate from Slippery
Rock University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise
Science. He then attended The New York Chiropractic College where
he attained his Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine. He practices
in Erie, PA as the primary Doctor at Maximal Gain Chiropractic
Assistant: DJ Myers
DJ graduated from General McLane
in 2012. During his career, he accumulated 124 career wins and
was a District 10 and Northwest Regional champion in 2012 at
152 lbs. DJ was on the Mercyhurst wrestling team and graduated
in May of 2016 with a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science.
He is the son of Doug and Laurie Myers along with 2 brothers,
Doug and Dylan, and 2 sisters, Danielle and Dayna.
Other Assistants: Nathan Hartless and Trevor Hartless