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ETHAN AND OWEN MAKE HISTORY IN HERSHEY!

Two for two! Ethan Laird and Owen Watkins made history this weekend in Hershey at the PIAA Individual Championships. While they both lost their final high school matches, the two combined for 5 wins, and left their marks on the GM wrestling program! The duo wrestled their way to the podium, placing 2nd and 8th respectively. It was the first time since 2004 that two GM wrestlers medaled at states in the same year and just the fourth time it's been done since the wrestling program elected to go AAA in 1982-83.

Ethan became GM's first 4 time state qualifier when he won the 195 lbs. title at regionals last week. He followed that up by breaking Hayden Harrison's record for most wins in school history in his first match at states. And it didn't end there! Laird proceeded to steamroll his way into the state finals, becoming just the fourth McLane wrestler to do so at the triple A level. Laird had to knock off the 3rd, 8th and 5th ranked 195 pounders in succession to make the finals and that's exactly what he did. In fact, he made it look easy.

In the opening round he upset #3 Colin McCracken of Waynesburg, 6-3. The outcome was never in doubt as Ethan contolled the tempo of the bout and dominated from the neutral position scoring three takedowns. Ethan topped that performance by winning his next two bouts by major decision, outscoring his opponents, 22-2. It took an all out effort by nationally ranked (#3) Oklahoma recruit, Jake Woodley of North Allegheny to halt Ethan's win streak at 36. Neither wrestler was able to score in the first period. Woodley chose bottom in the second and escaped to take a 1-0 lead. He got in deep on Laird's leg a few seconds later. Ethan nearly fought his way out of it, but stumbled and Woodley made him pay for it. Laird managed to escape in the the third period, but was not able to penetrate Woodley's defenses and get a clean shot. Final score, Woodley 3, Laird 1.

Owen made his first appearance at the state tournament this year and made sure he didn't leave empty handed. The senior wrestled his way to an 8th place finish. He started off with a 14-2 demolition of WC Rustin's Daniel Labus. He lost by fall in the quarterfinals to nationally ranked (2), Cameron Coy of Penn Trafford, but bounced right back to secure his spot on the podium with an 11-0 major decision over #11 Trevor Elfin of Father Judge. He lost in the consolation quarterfinals to #2 Chase Stevens of Coatsville and dropped into the 7th/8th place wrestle off with #5 Brayden Wills of Mechanicsburg.

Owen came out on the short end of a controvesial 2-1 decision in his final match. He turned Wills midway through the second period for what looked to be a solid two count but wasn't awarded any points. In the third period he clearly reversed Willls. Owen had Wills' leg hooked, head secured and nearly had a cradle locked up, but was once again denied the call. Then, with just seconds left in the match, Owen appeared to score a takedown at the edge of the mat, but didn't get the benefit of that call either.

GM finished 19th as a team, their fourth best finish since going triple A in 1982-83. That's a notably accomplishment with just two wrestlers in the tournament.

Notes:

Ethan Laird broke two of GM's most meaningful records during his four years on the mat. He topped Hayden Harrison's 13 year old Career Wins mark of 135 and now holds that record alone with 138. He became the first wrestler in the 56 year history of the program to qualify for the state tournament four times! Laird is also one of only four McLane wrestlers to make the AAA state finals. Ethan's name shows up under several other categories in the GM record books as well. Only one GM wrestler scored more takedowns in a single season than Ethan did and that was Hayden Harrison. Ethan suffered only 2 losses this season and both of them came at the hands of state champs by narrow margins!

Owen Watkins had a fantastic senior season. He placed at states and finished with 33 wins, 21 falls, 3 technical falls and 4 major decisions. His senior record of 33-8 is a little misleading. Of those 8 losses, 4 of them were to a single wrestler, state runnerup, Carter Starocci, 3 were to wrestlers at the PIAA tournament and 1 was at King of the Mountain to the then #1 ranked 152 pounder, Riley Palmer of Council Rock South, by a single point.

Here's a snippet I wrote about Owen at the conclusion of his sophomore season.
"Remember you heard it here first. For the next two years Owen Watkins is going to be a force to reckon with. Even though he didn't place at regionals this year, he wrestled very well. He just seemed to get better every week as the season progressed. Owen has that rare ability to come out of nearly any scramble on top. He's also racking up the falls (he lead the team with 16). His junior and senior seasons should be interesting to say the least."
Owen did not disappoint me. He won 68 matches in his last two seasons and placed at the country's toughest post season tournament.

This may not have been one of McLane's best wrestling teams of all time, but they certainly were one of the most exciting to watch. No less than three times they had their backs against the wall and came roaring back to win crucial dual meets by a single point. Hats off to the coaching staff for a job well done!

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PIAA Finals
106 Doug Zapf, Downingtown West, dec. Ryan Sullivan, Shaler, 5-2
113 Sam Hillegas, North Hills, dec. Louis Newell, Seneca Valley, 5-2
120 Julian Chlebove, Northampton, maj. dec. Luke Werner, Bethlehem Liberty, 13-3
126 Austin DeSanto, Exeter, dec. Spencer Lee, Franklin Regional, 6-5
132 Zack Trampe, Council Rock South, dec. James Hoffman, Hazleton Area, 4-2
138 Sammy Sasso, Nazareth, maj. dec. Dan Moran, Northampton, 8-0
145 Jarod Verkleeren, Hempfield Area, maj. dec. Brock Port, Bellefonte, 16-5
152 Cameron Coy, Penn Trafford, dec. Carter Starocci, Erie Cathedral Prep, 5-2
160 Trent Hidlay, Mifflin County, dec. Joshua Stillings, Pennridge, 5-3
170 Mike Labriola, Bethlehem Catholic, maj. dec. Luke McGonigal, Clearfield, 17-9
182 Travis Stefanik, Nazareth, dec. Nino Bonaccorsi, Bethel Park, 4-3
195 Jake Woodley, North Allegheny, dec. Ethan Laird, General McLane, 3-1
220 Brian Kennerly, Upper Darby, dec. Ian Edenfield, Laurel Highlands, 3-2 TB2
285 Brendan Furman, Canon McMillan, dec. Isaac Reid, Kiski Area, 5-3

Consolation Finals
106 Darren Miller, Kiski Area, dec. Andrew Cerniglia, Nazareth, 2-0
113 Ed Scott, DuBois, dec. Sean Pierson, Nazareth, 8-4
120 Matt Parker, Pennridge, dec. Chris Wright, Central Dauphin, 4-3
126 Ryan Anderson, Bethlehem Catholic, dec. Jakob Campbell, Boyertown, 5-2
132 K.J. Fenstermacher, Northampton, dec. Jarred Papcsy, Bethlehem Catholic, 4-2
138 Colin Cronin, Upper Darby, maj. dec. Zach Ortman, Parkland, 10-2
145 Brock Wilson, Nazareth, pinned Jake Hinkson, North Allegheny, 5:25 SV
152 Gerrit Nijenhuis, Canon McMillan, dec. Chase Stephens, Coatesville, 4-1
160 Eric Hong, North Allegheny, dec. Jonah Barley, Penn Manor, 3-2
170 Tim Wallace, Albert Gallatin, dec. Tyler Bagoly, Exeter, 5-1
182 Cole Urbas, State College, dec. Drew Peck, Chambersburg, 4-0
195 Colin McCracken, Waynesburg Central, dec. Jake Koser, Northern York, 2-0 SV
220 Joe Doyle, Council Rock South, pinned William Korber, Belle Vernon, 2:47
285 Roman Macek, Montour, dec. Gerald Brown, West Mifflin, 3-1 SV

5th/6th Place
106 Frankie Bonura, Moon, dec. Luke Lucerne, Council Rock North, 2-1
113 Matt Wilde, Boyertown, dec. Cameron Enriquez, Stroudsburg, 6-4
120 Logan Macri, Canon McMillan, dec. Zurich Storm, New Oxford, 6-4
126 Chandler Olson, Shippensburg, dec. Noah Levett, Kiski Area, 8-1
132 Cole Manley, Altoona, dec. Andrew Wert, Central Dauphin, 2-1
138 Seth Koleno, Bald Eagle Area, dec. Luke Kemerer, Hempfield Area, 8-6 TB2
145 William Evanitsky, Scranton, dec. Tucker Brough, Big Spring, 5-3
152 Brock Godzin, Belle Vernon, dec. Colin Shannon, North Penn, 8-5
160 Ryan Resnick, Owen J. Roberts, dec. Luke Nichter, Chambersburg, 8-3
170 Tom O'Brien, Wilson (West Lawn), dec. Alec Shaw, Greensburg Salem, 7-3
182 Elijah Jones, Boyertown, pinned Matt McGillick, Penn Trafford, 5:54 SV
195 Miles Lee, South Philadelphia, dec. Nick Duliakas, Owen J. Roberts, 6-3
220 Francis Duggan, Cedar Cliff, pinned Ron D'Amico, Shaler, 0:35
285 Niko Camacho, Bethlehem Catholic, dec. Vincenzo Pelusi, LaSalle, 3-1 SV

7th/8th Place
106 Kurtis Phipps, Norwin, dec. Christian Fisher, Mifflin County, 6-0
113 Kenny Herrmann, Bethlehem Catholic, dec. Jacob Dunlop, Belle Vernon, 2-0
120 Zach Glenn, Bethlehem Catholic, dec. Vincent Distefanis, Hempfield Area, 1-0
126 Matt Marino, Garnet Valley, pinned Patrick Gould, East Stroudsburg South, 2:49
132 Leno Ciotti, Erie McDowell, dec. Wyatt Long, Cumberland Valley, 4-2 SV
138 Eric Hutchinson, Conestoga, dec. Nick Acuna, Moon, 2-1 TB2
145 Gage McClenahan, Bald Eagle Area, won by forfeit over Ryan Stocku, Penncrest
152 Brayden Wills, Mechanicsburg, dec. Owen Watkins, General McLane, 2-1
160 Jason Montgomery, Bethel Park, dec. Cade Wilson, Nazareth, 4-2
170 Cade Moisey, Northampton, dec. Luigi Yates, Erie Cathedral Prep, 5-3
182 Jake Paulson, Erie McDowell, dec. Collin Stevens, Central Bucks East, 7-4
195 Eli Grape, Upper St. Clair, dec. Ben Fromm, Cocalico, 9-4
220 Bryce Shields, Dallastown, pinned Greg Bensley, Pocono Mountain West, 4:48
285 Kawaun Deboe, Erie Cathedral Prep, dec. Erech Noecker, Blue Mountain, 3-2.

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2016-17 PIAA Championships-Team Scores (top 30)

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Individual Wrestlers at the 2016 PIAA Championships

152-Owen Watkins #9
1st Round: Watkins wbmd Daniel Labus (WC Rustin) 14-2
QF: #1 Cam Coy (Penn Trafford) wbf Watkins 1:11
3rd Cons: Watkins wbmd #11 Trevor Elfin (Father Judge) 11-0
Cons QF: #2 Chase Stevens (Coatsville) wbmd Watkins 8-0
7th/8th: #5 Brayden Wills (Mechanicsburg) wbd Watkins 2-1

Tourn Record: 2-3 (PLACED 8TH)

170-Ethan Laird #4
1st Round: Laird wbd #3 Colin McCracken (Waynesburg) 6-3
QF: Laird wbmd #8 Ben Fromm (Cocalico) 13-1
SF: Laird wbmd #5 Miles Lee (S. Philadelphia) 9-1
F: #1 Jake Woodley (N. Allgheny) wbd Laird 3-1

Tourn Record: 3-1 (PLACED 2ND)

03/11/17


LAIRD AND WATKINS HEADED TO HERSHEY
TEAM PLACES 3RD

Ethan Laird won the 195 pound regional title in Altoona on Saturday and set two GM wrestling records along the way. The senior cruised through the tournament without being seriously challenged. He won all four bouts, two by fall, two by technical fall and became the first wrestler in the history of the program to qualify for the state tournament four times! He also tied Hayden Harrison's record for 'Career Wins' at 135! Ethan pinned St. Marys' Brandon Cherry in the preliminary round and then won by 18-3 technical fall over state ranked Dave Henninger of DuBois in the quarterfinals. In the semifinal round he decked Mifflin County's Scout Kyper in 3:23. Ethan finished his perfect run with an 18-2 technical fall over #10 Parker McClellan of Altoona.

Owen Watkins made the finals in the 152 pound weight class but lost to Prep's #3 Carter Starocci in the finale. He pinned Hayden Boutiller of Altoona in the preliminary round and followed up with a 7-2 decision over Dominic Parker. Owen battled hard for a 7-6 upset win over #8 Austin Hemminger of Somerset in the semis. The match wasn't as close as the score would indicate. Watkins controlled the tempo of the match throughout and held a 7-4 lead when Hemminger scored a meaningless takedown just before the final buzzer.

Andrew Brest and Riley Vaughn placed 4th and just missed making the trip to Hershey. Both westlers came out on the short end of very close matches in the semifinal round. Brest won his first bout, 11-1 over BEA's Garett Giedrock and followed that by pinning Payton Smay of Clearfield. In the semis, Andrew lost a heartbreaking 12-9 decision to #18 Christian Fisher of Mifflin Co. He bounced back to major Giedrock again in the consi semis. He was the aggressor for most of his consolation finals bout, but #30 Cole Stewart of Bellefonte fought him off and scored the final 2 points to deny Andrew the bronze. Vaughn wrestled very well in Altoona, pinning his first two opponents, before losing, 5-4 to #17 Pete Haffner of State College in the semifinals. Then in the consolation semifinals, Riley surprised everyone when he decked #16 Micah Sidirock of Philipsburg-Osceola in the first period. In the consi finals Vaughn piled up a 4-0 lead against #29 Blake Bizousky of Punxy, but couldn't hang on to it. Bizousky came roaring back, tied it 6-6 in regulation and then won the match with a controversial takedown in OT..

Jacob Lenhardt came one win short of placing at 285. He opened the tournament with a win by fall, but then got caught in a throw and gave up a fall to district 8 champ, Malik Townsend of Perry. Jacob bounced back to win by fall twice. In the consi semis, he gave #25 Richard Thompson of Central Mountain all he could handle, but lost by fall in overtime.

Jack Kaulis also just missed making the medal rounds. He went 3-2, winning his opening round bout before falling to #3 Cole Urbas of State College in the quarterfinals. He won his second round consolation match, 4-1 and then squeaked by Meadville's Thomas Pollard in the consi quarters, 1-0. He bowed out of the tournament when he lost a close, 4-2 decision in the consi semifinals to Mason McCready of Holdaysburg.

Brett Mallory, Jon Carrier and Cayden Connolly all went 1-2 in Altoona and added valuable points to the team effort. GM finished the tournament 3rd in the team race behind Prep and DuBois! Owen and Ethan will be in Hershey on March 9th-11th battling the state's best wrestlers for a spot on the podium.

Notes From Regionals:

Ethan Laird became the first wrestler in the 53 year history of the wrestling program to qualify for the state tournament four times. Phil Frndak, Bill Kirdahy, Hadley Harrison, Tim Wheeling and Joe Wheeling were 3 time qualifiers. With his four wins in Altoona, Laird also tied Hayden Harrison for most wins in school history (135). Harrison has held that record for 13 years! Laird will go into the PIAA tournament ranked 4th in the state.

Owen Watkins won three times in Altoona and joined the 100 Win Club. That is quite an accomplishment considering the fact that Owen had only 15 wins as a freshman and just 20 as a junior when he missed several matches due to injury. Watkins ran his season record to 31-5 with 4 of those losses coming at the hands of #3 Carter Starocci. Owen will go into the PIAA tournament ranked 9th in the state.

Jacob Lenhardt's three wins, all by fall, ran his pin total to 20 and etched his name in the GM record book. Only 18 GM wrestlers have ever posted 20 or more pins in a single season! Jacob also ended his season with 30 wins! Lenhardt racked up 87 wins, 44 by fall in his career.

Andrew Brest wrapped up a very successful sophomore season with a 32-6 record, including 16 pins, 2 technical falls and 6 major decisions! Brest came so close to punching a ticket to states, losing a very close match in the semifinals. If Andrew continues to work hard, look for him to accomplish some great things!

Riley Vaughn also came close to making the trip to Hershey - twice! He lost a very close, 5-4 decision to #18 Pete Haffner in the semis. Then with his back against the wall, he pinned #17 Micah Sidirock of Philipsburg-Osceola. In the consolation finals, Riley went into overtime with #29 Blake Bizousky but lost, 8-6 when Bizousky was awarded a takedown on a very controversial call.

Jon Carrier, Riley Vaughn and Jacob Lenhardt all saw their high school wrestling careers come to an end this past weekend. We really enjoyed watching these seniors wrestle for the past four years and wish them much success in the future.

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CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS
106–Donahue, D, pinned Fisher, MC, 3:02;
113–Scott, D, dec. Barzona, CM, 6-5;
120–Dilley, SM, dec. Woodrow, D, 4-2;
126–Rigg, BEA, dec. Myers, MC, 6-4 OT;
132–Manley, A, dec. Ho, D, 9-5;
138–Koleno, BEA, dec. Swartz, H, 10-3;
145–Port, B, dec. McClenahan, BEA, 1-0.
152–Starocci, CP, maj. dec. Owen Watkins, GM, 9-0;
160–Hidlay, MC, dec. Casto, CP, 5-3;
170–McGonigal, C, dec. Yates, CP, 8-2;
182–Urbas, SC, dec. Paulson, M, 6-3;
195–Ethan Laird, GM, tech. fall McClellan, A, 18-2, 6:00;
220–Haffner, SC, dec. Craig, MEAD, 7-4;
285–DeBoe, CP, dec. Gill, H, 5-0.

CONSOLATION FINALS
106–Stewart, B, dec. Andrew Brest, GM, 3-0;
113–Balestrini, SHIK, dec. Sittinger, CP, 3-1;
120–Hileman, A, dec. Stark, CP, 1-0;
126–Boyd, M, dec. Hilner, WILL, 7-5;
132–Ciotti, M, dec. Staab, CP, 5-0;
138–Bittler, SM, pinned Lowrie, WILL, 1:47;
145–Taylor, CP, dec. Long, H, 7-2 OT.
152–Hemminger, SOM, dec. Gardner, B, 9-6;
160–Barr, SC, dec. Hanna, D, 8-5;
170–Simington, A, dec. Veysalov, M, 5-3;
182–Turner, CM, dec. McCready, H, 2-1;
195–Henninger, D, dec. Krieger, SHIK, 8-3 OT;
220–Bizousky, PUNX, dec. Riley Vaughn, GM, 8-6 OT;
285–Thompson, CM, dec. Linnes, SC, 6-2.

1. Cathedral Prep 140; 2. DuBois 118; 3. General McLane 93; 4. Central Mountain 90; 5. Altoona 87.5; 6. State College 87; 7. Bald Eagle Area 80; 8. Mifflin County 79; 9. Bellefonte 69; 10. McDowell 65; 11. Hollidaysburg 63; 12. St. Marys 57; 13. Shikellamy 48; 14. Clearfield 42; 15. Meadville 32, 16. Williamsport 27, 17. Warren 26, 18. Punxsutawney 20.5, 19. Selinsgrove 19.5, 20. Somerset 16.5, 21. Philipsburg-Osceola 15, 22. Carrick 13, 23. Oil City 12, 24.East 9, 25. Strong Vincent 8, 26. Perry Trad Academy 6, 27. Obama Academy 3, 28. Brashear 0, 28. Central Tech 0, 28. Taylor Alderdice 0, Westinghouse 0.


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GM Wrestlers at the 2016-2017 NW Regional AAA Tournament

106-Andrew Brest
Prelim: Brest wbmd Garett Giedoc (BEA) 11-1
QF: Brest wbf Payton Smay (Clf) 1:16
SF: #18 Christian Fisher (Mif Co) wbd Brest 12-9
Cons SF: Brest wbmd Garett Giedrock (BEA) 9-1
Cons F: #30 Cole Stewart (Belf) wbd Brest 3-0

Tourn Record: 3-2 (PLACED 4TH)

138-Brett Mallory
Prelim: #7 Seth Coleno (BEA) wbf Mallory 3:16
Cons: Mallory wbd Austin Chess (Mdv) 7-5 (UTB)
Cons QF: Richard Lowrie (Wmspt) wbf Mallory 0:46

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)

152-#9 Owen Watkins
Prelim: Watkins wbf Hayden Boutiller (Alt) 4:32
QF: Watkins wbd Dominick Parker (Shik) 7-2
SF: Watkins wbd #8 Austin Hemminger (Som) 7-6
F: #3 Carter Starocci (Prep) wbmd Watkins 9-0

Tourn Record: 3-1 (PLACED 2ND)
QUALIFIED FOR STATE TOURNAMENT

160-Jon Carrier
Prelim: Thayne Morgan (Clf) wbf Carier 4:53
Cons: Carrier wbf James Wagner (Brash) 1:39
Cons: Ian Barr (St Coll) wbf Carrier 0:12

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)

170-Cayden Connolly
Prelim: #7 Brinton Simington (Alt) wbf Connolly 2:59
Cons: Connolly wbd Mason Cooper (Blf) 11-7
Cons: Austin Haubrick (Mif Co) wbd Connolly 8-6

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)

182- Jack Kaulis
Prelim: Kaulis wbd Nate Powley (Wmspt) 8-2
QF: #3 Cole Urbas (St Coll) wbf Kaulis 0:28
Cons: Kaulis wbd John-Mark Miller (Punx) 4-1
Cons: Kaulis wbd Thomas Pollard (Mdv) 1-0
Cons QF: Mason McCready (Holid) wbd Kaulis 4-2

Tourn Record: 3-2 (DNP)

195-#4 Ethan Laird
Prelim: Laird wbf Brandon Cherry (St M) 2:46
QF: Laird wbtf #28 Dave Henninger (Dub) 18-3
SF: Laird wbf Scout Kyper (Miff Co) Scout Kyper 3:23
F: Laird wbtf #10 Parker McClellan (Alt) 18-2

Tourn Record: 4-0 (PLACED 1ST)
QUALIFIED FOR STATE STATE TOURNAMENT

220-Riley Vaughn
Prelim: Vaughn wbf Adam Ritter (Selinsg) 2:28
QF: Vaughn wbf Jamon Miyres (Westing) 3:43
SF: #17 Pete Haffner (St Coll) wbd Vaughn 5-4
Cons SF: Vaughn wbf #16 Micah Sidirock (P-O) 1:34
Cons F: #29 Blake Bizousky (Punx) wbd Vauughn 8-6 (OT)

Tourn Record: 3-2 (PLACED 4TH)

285-#26 Jacob Lenhardt
Prelim: Lenhardt wbf Joe Kucenski (St M) 4:30
QF: Malik Townsend (Per) wbf Lenhardt 1:03
Cons: Lenhardt wbf Isaac Whistler (Mdv) 2:08
Cons QF: Lenhardt wbf Sean Irvin (Bellef) 2:25
Cons SF: #25 Richard Thompson (C Mt) wbf Lenhardt 6:45

Tourn Record: 3-2 (DNP)

03/06/17

 
 

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