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The McLane wrestling team knew they had an uphill battle heading into this year's District 10 AAA Team Duals Tournament. They were missing starters Hunter Hendricks, Jay Hardy, Adam Steiner and Jacob Lenhardt. On top of that, Andrew Brest was questionable due to a recent illness and Owen Watkins was not 100%. Sickness and injuries had taken it's toll on half the team. Despite all that, McLane managed to give a tough McDowell squad all they could handle. In fact the Lancers led the Trojans for most of the match and didn't give up the lead until there were just two bouts left.

Briggs Twitchell was the first wrestler to bring the screaming GM fans to their feet. He trailed Luke Peterson for most of his match. Briggs was still two points in the hole, but with just 33 seconds remaining he overpowered Peterson's whizzer attempt, took the Trojan to his back and decked him.

McDowell won the next two bouts at 152 and 160 which knotted the team score at 6. Ethan Laird won a hard fought decision over Ryan Dailey at 170, putting the Lancers back on top, 9-6. Riley Vaughn followed with a 5-4 decision over Mike Kurelowech in bout that wasn't as close as the score would indicate. Vaughn led for the entire match and 3 of Kurelowech's points were scored late in that match.

McDowell won with a major decision at 195 lbs. to pull to within 3 points of Lancers (12-9). The bout at 220 may have been the one that ultimately decided the outcome. In a match that could have gone either way, Trent Linder and Quentin Cook wrestled a wild one. Linder rolled through a Cook headlock and took the Trojan to his back at one point. But Cook caught Linder and decked him with just 11 seconds remaining in the second period. That gave McDowell back the lead, (16-12).

Backup heavyweight Tyler LaRocca came out and dominated Andre Gibson before pinning him at 3:54. That put McLane back on top, 18-16. Andrew Brest followed up at 106 with a solid, 3-0 win that made the team score, GM-21 McDowell-16. The Trojans tightened the score again (21-19) with a decision at 113. Brad Motter posted a dominating, 5-1 decision at 120 lbs. putting the Lancers out in front by five points again. But with a forfeit and the Ciotti brothers looming, it was obvious that lead wasn't going to be enough. McDowell took the last three weight classes to make the final score, 34-24.

The McLane wrestlers will be back in action for the post-season on February 26th and 27th at the District 10 AAA Tournament.

Notes from the D10 Duals:

I was very proud of the way the GM wrestlers battled through adversity last night. Kudos to Briggs Twitchell for the way he just kept coming at his opponent and finally getting the fall in the evening's first bout. I could tell Owen Watkins wasn't 100% last night, but he gave it his all in a losing effort to a wrestler he pinned twice last year. Jack Kaulis was outmatched by a much more experienced Trojan wrestler, but fought hard and avoided a technical fall, saving GM a team point.

Tyler LaRocca, in just his second varsity match, came out on the mat like he was on a mission. He went after McDowell's 285 pounder and kept the pressure on until he had Gibson on his back for good. Two varsity matches and two wins! WTG Tyler! Andrew Brest was questionable due to an illness, but he came out because his team still had a chance to win. He did what he needed to do early in his match and then coasted to a 3-0 victory. Mason Fitzsimmons fought hard at 113 lbs. and avoided going to his back several times against a more experienced wrestler. The McLane senior,who didn't start wrestling until his sophomore year has shown a lot of improvement over the past 3 seasons.

And finally, a tip of the cap to Brett Mallory. Mallory had the unenviable task of facing a state ranked wrestler late in the match. But the McLane sophomore kept his head, hung in there and held Leno Ciotti to a regular decision!

Congratulations to Coach Cook for another sucessful duals season. Cook finishes his 12th dual meet season with 161 wins, making him (by far) the winningest coach in GM wrestling history. In fact, under Coach Cook the Lancers have never had a losing season. His worst season since coming aboard in 2004 was 10-7 in 2008-09. Congratulations Coach!

I'm excited about the post-season. While this GM team doesn't have the number of dominant wrestlers they did last season, they are very solid and well balanced. If everyone heals and is healthy I think they have an excellent shot at winning the District 10 AAA Tournament!



McDowell 34 General McLane 24
145 Briggs Twitchell (GM) wbf Luke Peterson 5:27
152 Dazion Cast (M) wbd Owen Watkins 11-6
160 Ilyas Veysalov (M) wbd Jordan Motter 12-9
170 Ethan Laird wbd Ryan Dailey 7-5
182 Riley Vaughn (GM) wbd Mike Kurelowech 5-4
195 Jake Paulson (M) wbmd Jack Kaulis 17-3
220 Quentin Cook (M) wbf Trenton Linder 3:49
285 Tyler LaRocca (GM) wbf Andre Gibson 3:54
106 Andrew Brest (GM) wbd Sean Marsden 3-0
113 Jeff Boyd (M) wbd Mason Fitzsimmons 7-1
120 Brad Motter (GM) wbd Alex Simos 5-1
126 Leno Ciotti (M) wbd Brett Mallory 7-1
132 Carmine Ciotti (M) wbff
138 Keegan Fordyce (M) wbf Kyle Bloomquist 0:31

145 Starocci (CP) wbmd DeRose 9-0
152 Linan (CP) wbmd Jacobson 14-6
160 Yates (CP) wbtf Patterson 15-0 2:49
170 Harvey (T) wbd Carter 7-1
182 Hughes (CP) wbff
195 Malesiewski (CP) wbtf Nosko 16-0 5:22
220 P.Selker (CP) wbf Warner 1:40
285 DeBoe (CP) wbff
106 Thompson (T) wbff
113 McKinney (CP) wbf Wig 3:07
120 A.Stark (CP) wbd Hart 6-2
126 Sauers (CP) wbf Johnson 5:44
132 Wagner (T) wbd Staab 2-0
138 Gregory (CP) wbd Donovan 11-6.


152 Casto (Mc) wbd Taylor 8-4
160 Yates (CP) wbd Veysalov 8-6
170 Dailey (Mc) wbf Carter 1:09
182 Hughes (CP) wbmd Kurelowech 12-3
195 Malesiewski (CP) wbd Paulson 7-2
220 P.Selker (CP) wbmd Cook 11-3
285 DeBoe (CP) wbf Gibson 0:45
106 Sittinger (CP) wbf Marsden 0:52
113 McKinney (CP) wbd Boyd 4-3
120 A.Stark (CP) wbd Simos 3-1
126 L.Ciotti (Mc) wbd Sauers 4-2
132 C.Ciotti (Mc) wbf Staab 3:13
138 Gregory (CP) wbd Lopez 9-3
145 Starocci (CP) wbd Fordyce 7-0
138 Gregory (CP) wbd Donovan 11-6.



The McLane wrestling team pulled off a hard fought, 41-27 win over Titusville on Tuesday, despite having five starters missing from the lineup. The Lancers were forced to forfeit the 106 and 138 lbs. weight classes and were hanging on to a slim 23-18 lead. But they got two clutch wins from backups Trenton Linder and Tyler LaRocca that all but sealed the GM victory. The win gave the Lancers a share of the Region 4 title along with Cathedral Prep and McDowell. All three teams finished Region action with 8-1 records. It marked the 4th straight year McLane has won the title.

Titusville took a 12-0 lead out of the gate winning by fall at 132 lbs. and accepting a forfeit at 138. The Lancers finally got out in front, 13-12 after three wins by Briggs Twitchell, Owen Watkins and Jordan Motter. Titusville re-took the lead, 18-13 after they won by fall at 170. But Ethan Laird won by forfeit at 182 and then Riley Vaughn, Trenton Linder and Tyler LaRocca all rattled off wins to give the Lancers a nearly insurmountable 32-18 lead. Titusville got two more wins, a forfeit at 106 and Chris Wig's major decision at 113 to close the gap to 32-28. But Brad Motter came though in the bout of the night when he pulled off an 8-6 overtime decision against Nick Hart. Brett Mallory put the icing on the cake when he won by fall in the final bout.

The McLane wrestlers will face McDowell on Thursday at 5 PM at Cathedral Prep's new gymnasium. The Lancers will try to defend their District 10 AAA Team Duals title. But they will be without several key starters.

Notes from Titusville:

Congratulations to Trenton Linder and Tyler LaRocca who both nailed their first varsity wins with the Region 4 title hanging in the balance. WTG guys!

Brett Mallory joined Ethan Laird, Briggs Twitchell, Adam Steiner and Jacob Lenhardt in the 20+ season wins club. Jordan Motter needs one more win to become a member.


General McLane 41 Titusville 27
132 Hunter Wagner (T) wbf Kyle Bloomquist 0:50
138 Isaac Donnovan (T) wbff
145 Briggs Twitchell (GM) wbd Luciano DeRose 10-7
152 Owen Watkins (GM) wbf Chase Ackerman 0:40
160 Jordan Motter (GM) wbmd Josiah Jacobson 12-2
170 Parker Harvey (T) wbf Corey Myers 0:23
182 Ethan Laird (GM) wbff
195 Riley Vaughn (GM) wbmd Logan Nosko 12-0
220 Trenton Linder (GM) wbf Ethan Warner 3:29
285 Tyler LaRocca (GM) wbd Caleb Shrum 9-4
106 Hunter Thompson (T) wbff
113 Chris Wig (T) wbmd Mason Fitzsimmons 13-0
120 Brad Motter (GM) wbd Nick Hart 8-6 (OT)
126 Brett Mallory (GM) wbf James Johnson 3:22



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