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Lancers Win District 10 AAA Tournament

The 2014-15 McLane wrestling team is on a record breaking roll. Nine GM wrestlers advanced to the District 10 AAA Tournament finals and seven of them won titles, both are new records. They also tied the mark for regional qualifiers (12) that was set during the 2012-13 campaign. The Lancers ran away with the team title, their second in the last three years and Hunter Harrison was named the District 10 AAA Assistant Coach of the Year!

Hunter Hendricks, Giovanni Ciotti, Owen Watkins, Keller Watkins, Briggs Twitchell. Kyle Sult and Carmine Ciotti all won titles. Ethan Laird and Ian Mallory took silver medals. Leno Ciotti and Riley Vaughn both took 3rd place and Kendrick Storm-Bailey finished 4th. All 12 wrestlers will move on to the NW Regional Tournament slated for February 27th and 28th.

Carmine Ciotti dropped to 113 lbs. for the post-season and got off to a great start. He pinned Prep's Tyler McKinney and then beat McDowell's 8th ranked Charlie Lenox, 1-0 in the finals. Carmine's win over Lennox had to be particularly satisfying since Lenox had beaten him in last year's district and regional finals.

Hunter Hendricks was dominant at 126 lbs. He pinned his first two opponents and then beat McDowell's Keagan Fordyce, 5-2 in the finals. Giovanni Ciotti posted a couple of falls in his first two matches, but then had to battle hard for his gold medal. Ciotti and Noah Burkhart of McDowell finished regulation tied at 2, but Giovanni finally secured a title winning takedown in overtime.

Owen Watkins was a hammer at the tournament. He completely dominated the 145 lbs. weight class, posting two falls and a technical fall. His second fall was over Warren's Collin Dellatre in the finals. If Owen was a hammer, his brother Keller Watkins was all finesse. Keller scored 38 points in three bouts and did not give up a single point. He racked up two technical falls and then shut out Prep's Teagan O'Sullivan, 6-0 in the 152 lbs. finale.

Briggs Twitchell scored a pair of decisions to win the 160 lbs. weight class. He beat McDowell's Jake Paulson, 6-1 in the semifinals and then squeaked by Prep's Connor Wurst, 3-1 in the finals. Kyle Sult also coasted to the 182 lbs. title with an 11-0 major decision in the semis and then a second period pin in the finals against Warren's Derek Reagle.

Ethan Laird may well have been in the tournament's toughest weight class. Ethan placed 2nd at 170. He posted a 5-4, come from behind victory over Prep's Ian Malesiewski in the semifinal round, but then dropped a 4-2 decision to McDowell's 17th ranked Ryan Dailey in the finals. Ian Mallory surprised nearly everyone by making the 220 lbs. finals. He posted a 5-2 decision over Fernando Frye of McDowell in the quarterfinals. But in the semifinals he had the formidable task of taking on the state's 7th ranked 220 pounder, Alex Streich of Warren. The two wrestlers exchanged escapes and were tied at 1-1 through the first five and a half minutes. It looked like the bout was headed to overtime when Mallory dropped in on a single leg, powered Streich to the mat and rode him out for a 3-1 victory. Ian had to settle for a silver medal when he suffered a tough, 3-1 loss in overtime in the finals.

Leno Ciotti nabbed 3rd place at 120 lbs. Ciotti just couldn't seem to get an offense going in the semifinals against Prep's Brandon Sauers and dropped a 5-2 decision. Leno wrestled back and posted a pair of major decisions, the last one an 11-0 white washing of Warren's Bailey Winslow in the consolation finals. Riley Vaughn lost a close one to Titusville's Dan Stearns in the 195 lbs. semis. Stearns made a pair of takedowns and an escape hold up for a 5-3 decision. But Riley came roaring back, posting a major decision and then a fall in the consolation finals. Kendrick Storm-Bailey lost in the opening round, 7-0 to McDowell's Chris Larsen. He pinned Gabe Smead of Meadville and then beat Vincent's John White 3-0 to make the consi finals. Kendrick had to settle for 4th place when he lost to Larsen again, 4-2 in OT.

Mason Fitzsimmons helped the team cause by winning his first varsity match on the mat. Mason decked Central's Saul Rodriguez in 2:21 in the first consolation round. GM finished a whopping 44 points ahead of 2nd place Cathedral Prep in the team race. The Lancers will now try to add a second straight NW Regional title to their list of accomplishments when they travel to Altoona in 2 weeks.

Notes From the D10 AAA Tourney:

This is the 4th District 10 AAA title under Coach Cook's reign. Cook's Lancers also snagged District championships in 2006, 2007 and 2013. GM won their first ever District 10 tournament title under Coach Tim Mulholland in 2003 when Cook was an assistant. They also won their first NW Regional title that year. McLane won the regional title last season and finished 2nd in 2013.

Congratulations to Mason Fitzsimmons who nailed his fisrt varsity win on the mat. Mason won by fall in the first consolation round! Owen Watkins seems to get better with each match. The GM sophomore posted a modest 15-12 record last season and barely qualified for the regional tournament. This season he has more than doubled his win total and won a district crown! He also leads the team with 15 pins.

Keller Watkins leads the team with 35 wins and 23 technical falls. He owns 48 career tech falls. It'll be interesting to see if he makes it to 50. Watkins also moved into 6th place on GM's all-time wins list with 122. He needs just two more to break into the top 5.

Five McLane wrestlers now have 30 or more wins this season. Keller (35), Owen (33), Giovanni (32), Leno (31) and Ethan (31). Carmine needs one more win to join the club. Ciotti has 13 falls, 5 tech falls and 4 majors in those 29 wins!

Giovanni Ciotti went into overtime six times this season and won all six times. Now that's what I call responding well under pressure!

Four other McLane wrestlers that have also been getting the job done for the Lancers this season are: Hunter Hendricks, Briggs Twitchell, Kyle Sult and Riley Vaughn. Hendricks has quietly piled up 25 wins this year, 14 of those wins were worth bonus points. Sult has 26 wins, 11 of those came by fall. Briggs has been amazing this season. After going 5-3 in 2013-14, he's won 23 and lost just 4 this year. And Riley has 24 wins on the season after going 6-7 as a freshman!

Ian Mallory pulled out a huge win in the semifinals over 7th ranked, Alex Streich. Ian stunned the crowd when, seemingly out of nowhere he dropped in like lightning, snagged Streich's leg and drove him to the mat for the winning takedown. Streich came into that match with a 28-1 record. Way to get it done Ian!

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2015 District 10 AAA Finals:
106-Brady Sittinger (CP) wbf Chris Wig (Titus) 1:26
113-#9 Carmine Ciotti (GM) wbd #8 Charlie Lenox (McD) 1-0
120-#21 Aaron Ehrgott (Mead) wbd Brandon Sauers (CP) 5-2
126-#18 Hunter Hendricks (GM) wbd Keagan Fordyce (McD) 5-2
132-#3 DJ Fehlman (W) wbd Kyle Luben (Mead) 5-1
138-#13 Giovanni Ciotti (GM) wbd Noah Burkhart (McD) 4-2 (OT)
145-#19 Owen Watkins (GM) wbf Collin Dellatre (War) 3:59
152-#8 Keller Watkins (GM) wbd Teagan O'Sullivan (CP) 6-0
160-Briggs Twitchell (GM) wbd Connor Wurst (CP) 3-1
170-#17 Ryan Dailey (McD) wbd #24 Ethan Laird (GM) 4-2
182-Kyle Sult (GM) wbf Derek Reagle (War) 3:43
195-Mike Hughes (CP) wbd Dan Stearns (Titus) 5-3
220-#24 Luke Carr (Mdv) wbd #23 Ian Mallory (GM) 3-1 (OT)
285-#23 Ben Bish (Mead) wbd Jason Oakes (Titus) 1-0

Consolation Finals:
106-Tyler Mahood (W) wbf Jawon Carr (E) 2:57
113-Tyler McKinney (CP) wbf Steve Machen (Titus) 1:52
120-#25 Leno Ciotti (GM) wbmd Bailey Winslow (W) 11-1
126-Jacob Engstrom (W) wbmd James Johnson (Titus) 10-0
132-Ta’Nauz Gregory (CP) wbmd Jose Lopez (McD) 13-5
138-Dalton Burns (Titus) wbd Alejandro Linan (CP) 5-3
145-Luke Peterson (McD) wbd Chuck Bizzarro (CP) 3-0
152-Jared Carlson (McD) wbtf Gary Williams (SV) 15-0 (2:58)
160-Jake Paulson (McD) wbd Easton Hogue (Titus) 9-3
170-Ian Malesiewski (CP) wbmd Tristan Nadolny (Titus) 8-0
182-Kyle Carter (CP) wbd Caleb Stephens (Mdv) 4-2
195-Riley Vaughn (GM) wbf Steven Crone (W) 2:36
220-Phil Selker (CP) wbf Logan Nosko (Titus) :55
285-Chris Larsen (McD) wbd Kendrick Storm-Bailey (GM) 4-2

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Team Standings: 1. General McLane 212.5, 2. Cathedral Prep 168.5, 3. McDowell 127.5, 4. Warren 108.5, Titusville 106, 6. Meadville 87, 7. Strong Vincent 16, 8. East 10, 9. Oil City 9, 10. Central Tech 6.

 

Individual Results at the 2015 District 10 AAA Tournament

106-Mason Fitzsimmons
QF: Chris Wig (Titusv) wbd Fitzsimmons 9-2
Cons: Fitzsimmons wbf Saul Rodriguez (CT) 2:21
Cons: Tyler Mahood (W) wbd Fitzsimmons 9-2

Tourn Record: 1-2 (DNP)

113-Carmine Ciotti
QF: Bye
SF: #9 C Ciotti wbf Tyler Mckinney 2:37
F: C Ciotti wbd #8 Charlie Lenox (McD) 1-0

Tourn Record: 2-0 (PLACED 1ST)
QUALIFIED FOR REGIONALS

120-Leno Ciotti
QF: Bye
SF: Brandon Sauers (CP) wbd #25 L Ciotti 5-2
Cons SF: L Ciotti wbmd Alex Simos (McD) 9-0
Cons F: L Ciotti wbmd Bailey Winslow (W) 11-1

Tourn Record: 2-1 (PLACED 3RD)
QUALIFIED FOR REGIONALS

126-Hunter Hendricks
QF:
#18 Hendricks wbf Ben Herman (OC) 0:49
SF: Hendricks wbf James Johnson (Titus) 3:23
F: Hendricks wbd Keagan Fordyce (McD) 5-2

Tourn Record: 3-0 (PLACED 1ST)
QUALIFIED FOR REGIONALS

132-Brett Mallory
QF: D.J. Fehlman (W) wbtf Mallory 19-4
Cons: Ethan Krysiak (CT) wbd Mallory 6-5

Tourn Record:0-2 (DNP)

138-Giovanni Ciotti
QF: #13 G Ciotti wbf Zach Frazier (OC) 2:44
SF: G Ciotti wbf Deven Abbot (SV) 3:09
F: G Ciotti wbd Noah Burkhart (McD) 4-2 (OT)

Tourn Record: 3-0 (PLACED 1ST)
QUALIFIED FOR REGIONALS

145-Owen Watkins
QF: #19 O Watkins wbf Garrett Fletcher (E) 0:52
SF: O Watkins wbtf Lucciano DeRose (Titus) 15-0 (2:34)
F: O Watkins wbf Collin Dellatre (War) 3:59

Tourn Record: 3-0 (PLACED 1ST)
QUALIFIED FOR REGIONALS

152-Keller Watkins
QF: #8 K Watkins wbtf Noah Troyer (CT) 16-0 (1:56)
SF: K Watkins wbtf Gary Williams (SV) 16-0 (1:52)
F: K Watkins wbd Teagn O'Sullivan (CP) 6-0

Tourn Record: 3-0 (PLACED 1ST)
QUALIFIED FOR REGIONALS

160-Briggs Twitchell
QF: Bye
SF: Twitchell wbd Jake Paulson (McD) 6-1
F: Twitchell wbd Connor Wurst (CP) 3-1

Tourn Record: 2-0 (PLACED 1ST)
QUALIFIED FOR REGIONALS

170-Ethan Laird
QF: Bye
SF: #24 Laird wbd Ian Malesiewski (CP) 5-4
F: #17 Ryan Dailey (McD) wbd Laird 4-2

Tourn Record: 1-1 (PLACED 2ND)
QUALIFIED FOR REGIONALS

182-Kyle Sult
QF: Bye
SF: Sult wbmd Michael Kurelowech (McD) 11-0
F: Sult wbf Derek Reagle (War) 3:43

Tourn Record: 2-0 (PLACED 1ST)
QUALIFIED FOR REGIONALS

195-Riley Vaughn
QF: Vaughn wbd Zach Chaffee (McD) 5-0
SF: Dan Stearns (Titus) wbd Vaughn 5-3
Cons SF: Vaughn wbmd Dakota Turk (Mdv) 14-2
Cons F: Vaughn wbf Stephen Crone (W) 2:36

Tourn Record: 3-1 (PLACED 3RD)
QUALIFIED FOR REGIONALS

220-Ian Mallory
QF: #23 Mallory wbd Fernando Frye (McD) 5-2
SF: Mallory wbd #7 Alex Streich (War) 3-1
F: #24 Luke Carr (Mdv) wbd Mallory 3-1 (OT)

Tourn Record: 2-1 (PLACED 2ND)
QUALIFIED FOR REGIONALS

285-Kendrick Storm-Bailey
QF: Chris Larsen (McD) wbd Storm-Bailey 7-0
Cons: Storm-Bailey wbf Gabe Smead (Mdv) 0:21
Cons SF: Storm-Bailey wbd John White (SV ) 3-0
Cons F: Chris Larsen (McD) wbd Storm-Bailey 4-2 (OT)

Tourn Record: 2-2 (PLACED 4TH)
QUALIFIED FOR REGIONALS

2/16/15


Lancers Make History at 2015 PIAA Team Championships

The McLane wrestlers made history on Friday at the 2015 PIAA Team Duals in Hershey. They hung on for a 29-25 victory over Spring Ford for their first ever win at the tournament. Even though the Lancers went 1-2, securing a win in Hershey was something no other GM team had ever been able to do. The 2002-03 team lost to Cumberland Valley in the opening round, 38-27 back when the tournament was single elimination. In 2006 the Lancers lost back to back matches to Easton, 41-25 and DuBois, 32-27. After losing to 11th ranked Council Rock South by the slightest of margins on Thursday, GM was 0-4 in three trips to the Giant Center. But the Lancers came out firing on all cylinders on Friday morning!

They won six straight matches in the middle weights against Spring Ford in the first consolation round to take a commanding, 26-7 lead. But things started to unravel when Spring Ford won the next four bouts, two by fall. McLane held a 26-25 lead with just one bout to go. The pressure fell squarely on the shoulders of freshman, Leno Ciotti and he responded like a seasoned veteran. With the score tied, 0-0 after two periods, Ciotti escaped in the 3rd period to eke out a heart pounding 1-0 decision! That gave the Lancers their historic win!

Keller Watkins and Ethan Laird both got bonus points for McLane in that match. Watkins won by technical fall and Laird by fall. Keller's technical fall was especially impressive. He bumped up to 160 lbs. and beat the #15 ranked wrestler in the state by a score of 16-0! The Lancers won six other bouts in the Spring Ford match, all by decision. Two GM wrestlers pulled out crucial victories by close margins. Kyle Sult held on for a 3-2 win at 182 lbs. and Giovanni Ciotti won a 9-4 decision in OT when he got a takedown and ended up in a Peterson position, collecting 5 points on the move.

The Mclane wrestlers tried their best to win a second time in the 2nd consolation round, but came up just short, losing 37-33 to Parkland. The Lancers held a 27-12 lead after Kyle Sult pinned his opponent at 195 lbs., but Parkland won five of the last six bouts (3 of them by fall) to steal the win. The two teams each won seven weight classes, but the Lancers gave up 5 pins and a major decision in those losses and were only able to respond with 4 pins and 3 decisions.

The McLane wrestlers will be back in action this coming weekend at Central. They will attempt to add a District 10 AAA Tournament title to this year's accomplishments. They have already won the Tool City and Fred Bell tournaments, the Clearfield Bison Duals, the Region 4 title and the District 10 AAA Team Duals title this season.

Notes From the 2015 PIAA Team Championships:

Even though the Lancers only won once, they were impressive in Hershey. Both of their losses were by very close margins. If just a break or two had gone in their direction they could easily have won 2 or 3 matches. Bad luck struck first when the team lost Jacob Lenhart for the season to an injury he sustained in the District 10 Team Duals. Lenhart was on fire, having won 12 matches in a row before the injury! GM lost a couple of bouts by freak pins that cost them dearly in both of their losses. They also lost the coin toss against Council Rock South which resulted in a couple of unfavorable matchups. But luck aside, this year's McLane wrestling team showed that they are capable of competing with the best AAA programs in the state!

Keller Watkins is really on a roll. After losing two close matches at the King of the Mountain Tournament back in December, he has rattled off 28 straight wins! 19 of those wins came via technical fall. Keller has 21 tech falls on the season and 46 for his career. His most impressive technical fall came in Hershey when he bumped up a weight class and beat the 15th ranked 160 pounder in the state, 16-0! He also holds 'career' records for 2 Point Near Falls, '3 Point Near Falls and Reversals. In addition, he set 'season' records for 2 Point and 3 Point Near Falls. Watkins also has 119 career wins. Only eight McLane wrestlers have more career wins.

Coach Cook made a gutsy call when he dropped Briggs Twitchell to 152 and bumped Keller up to 160 against Spring Ford. Both wrestlers won against tough competitors and got the team a cool 8 points.

Four GM wrestlers went unbeaten at the team duals in Hershey. Owen Watkins, Keller Watkins, Ethan Laird and Giovanni Ciotti all went 3-0.

Three McLane wrestlers now have 30 or more wins on the season. Keller has 32, Owen and Ethan have 30. Leno and Giovanni are right behind them with 29. Carmine should be joining the 30 win club shortly.

Kudos to freshman Leno Ciotti who pulled out a 1-0 decision to clinch the win against Spring Ford in the last bout. That's a lot of pressure for any wrestler to be under, but the freshman got the job done!

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2nd Round Consolations:
Parkland 37 General McLane 33

132 Brayson Haas (P) wbf #12 Hunter Hendricks (GM) :30
138 #17 Giovanni Ciotti (GM) wbd Lee Todora (P) 3-1 (TB)
145 #18 Owen Watkins (GM) wbf Anthony Chidiac (P) 1:52
152 #9 Keller Watkins (GM) wbd Rob Wetherhold (P) 8-1
160 Briggs Twitchell (GM) wbd Edward Jordan (P) 6-0
170 #22 Ethan Laird (GM) wbf Justin Gonzalez (P) 3:29
182 #13 Frank Guida (P) wbf Riley Vaughn (GM) 4:16
195 Kyle Sult (GM) wbf Alexander Van Woert (P) 4:10
220 #4 Omar Haddad (P) wbf Kendrick Storm-Bailey 2:52
285 Jathan Worth (P) wbf #23 Ian Mallory (GM) 3:41
106 #16 Nick Dolak (P) wbf Tony Damore (GM) 0:20
113 #21 Carmine Ciotti (GM) wbf Zach Ortman (P) 4:50
120 Andrew Mastrangelo (P) wbd # 23 Leno Ciotti (GM) 8-5
126 #6 Jacob Lizak (P) wbmd Luke Soboleski (GM) 15-4

1st Round Consolations:
General McLane 29 Spring Ford 25
120 #11 Ryan Hayes (SF) wbmd #21 Carmine Ciotti (GM) 15-4
126 #12 Hunter Hendricks (GM) wbd Hunter Mitch (SF) 6-1
132 Jonathan Westlake (SF) wbd Luke Soboleski (GM) 6-2
138 #17 Giovanni Ciotti (GM) wbd Matt Krieble (SF) 9-4 (OT)
145 #18 Owen Watkins (GM) wbd Nick Beauchamp (SF) 7-3
152 Briggs Twitchell (GM) wbd Jonathan Cooper (SF) 3-0
160 #9 Keller Watkins (GM) wbtf #15 Frankie Krauss (SF) 16-0
170 #22 Ethan Laird (GM) wbf Danny Krieble (SF) 3:33
182 Kyle Sult (GM) wbd Steven Rice (SF) 3-2
195 Ryan Yanulevich (SF) wbd Riley Vaughn (GM) 8-6
220 Brendan Zimmie (SF) wbf #23 Ian Mallory (GM) 4:51
285 #11 Zach Dorsey (SF) wbd Kendrick Storm-Bailey (GM) 4-0
106 Brandon Meredith (SF) wbf Tony Damore (GM) 2:01
113 #23 Leno Ciotti (GM) wbd Jimmy Frank (SF) 1-0

Championship Round 1:
Council Rock South 31 General McLane 27
170 #22 Ethan Laird (GM) wbmd Joe Doyle (CRS) 13-5
182 #11 Ben Kenis (CRS) wbmd Riley Vaughn (GM) 10-2
195 Scott Mackin (CRS) wbf Kyle Sult (GM) 3:42
220 Thiason Nguyen (CRS) wbd Kendrick Storm-Bailey (GM) 4-0
285 Ian Mallory (GM) wbf Brandon Kohn (CR) 5:30
106 #1 Riley Palmer (CRS) wbf Tony Damore (GM) 0:23
113 Ben Radner (CRS) wbd #23 Leno Ciotti (GM) 9-2
120 #21 Carmine Ciotti (GM) wbf Troy Nation (CRS) 1:07
126 Robbie Fasciocco (CRS) wbd Luke Soboleski (GM) 2-1
132 #3 Zach Trampe (CRS) wbd #12 Hunter Hendricks (GM) 12-6
138 #17 Giovanni Ciotti (GM) wbd Joe Little (CRS) 5-0
145 #18 Owen Watkins (GM) wbd Lucas Martoccio (CRS) 9-2
152 #11 Dylan Schwartz (CRS) wbd Briggs Twitchell 6-4
160 #9 Keller Watkins (GM) wbtf Robert Cooper (CRS) 16-0

2/8/15


 

 
 

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