Pull Off Another Miracle Win
the third time this year the McLane wrestling team found
themselves in a big hole against a quality opponent, and
for the third time, they found a way to dig themselves out
of it. The match started at 120 lbs. and after the 182 lbs.
match, Perry, OH. held a nearly insurmountable, 38-12 lead
over the Lancers. But GM sent out their big guns starting
at 195 pounds and scored the last 27 points to pull out
a 39-38 win!
won the first three bouts, two by forfeit and seven of the
first nine weight classes to take that huge lead. But the
Lancers came back to win the last five bouts, three of them
by by fall. Brett Mallory and Owen Watkins
scored GM's two early wins. Mallory posted a second period
pin and Watkins won by forfeit when Perry elected not to
send out a wrestler at 152 lbs.
Vaughn got the rally started and the house rockin' when
he finally decked Jeremiah Toomey with just 55 seconds left
in their bout. Ethan Laird bumped up a weight class
to take on Nick Mason. Ethan was in control of the match
from the beginning and took a big lead before scoring a
fall at the 3:52 mark. Jacob Lenhardt couldn't get
a takedown against Perry's heavyweight, Alec Gonzalez, but
reversed him early in the second stanza. Lenhardt hit a
crossface, tied up Gonzalez's arms and stuck him 37 seconds
into the second period.
had to send out their wrestler first at 106. They chose
to forfeit and Coach Cook sent out Patrick Angelo
to accept the forfeit. At that point, the Pirates held a
38-36 lead with one bout to go. That left Andrew Brest
in the clean up spot to face highly touted Kyle Rowan. Brest
got an early lead with two takedowns and an escape and hung
on to win, 5-0.
GM wrestlers will be back in action at the District 10 AAA
Tournament on February 24th and 25th. The top four place
winners will advance to the NW Regional Tournament in Altoona
on March 3rd and 4th.
McLane's wrestling seniors were honored before the match.
Owen Watkins, Ethan Laird, Trent Linder,
Jacob Lenhardt, Riley Vaughn and Jon Carrier
will all graduate this year. A special 'Thank you' to
senior manager, Hannah Taylor for her hard work over
the past 4 years. It's been a pleasure working with you!
Laird racked up his 30th win of the year and the 129th
of his career against Perry. With his win by fall on Saturday,
Laird also tied Joe Wheeling for the #11 spot on
the GM 'Career pins' list.
chose to forfeit at 152, so Owen Watkins will have
to wait until the District 10 Tournament to record his 20th
fall of the season. Owen also has 96 career wins and hopefully
will get his 100th at regionals.
the dual meet season coming to a close, now is a good time
to recognize Coach Cook's accomplishments. Since
taking over as head coach in 2004, Cook has amassed a 172
win, 60 loss record (a 74% winning pct.). Coach Cook has
coached 33 District X champions, 106 District 10 placewinners,
8 NW Regional champions, 48 NW Regional placewinners, 33
state qualifiers and 6 state placewinners. In 2014, Coach
Cook coached his first state finalist at the PIAA Tournament
(Joe Wheeling). During the off season he also coached 7
National Folkstyle Champions and 27 National Folkstyle Placewinners.
I am most amazed by the fact that in his 13 year's at the
helm, Coach Cook's teams have never once ended the season
with a losing record!!!
McLane 39 Perry, OH. 38
120 Jared Keefer (P) wb ff
126 Zack Bubonic (P) wbf Kyle Bloomquist 0:44
132 Zach Berdysz (P) wb ff
138 Brett Mallory (GM) wbf Jacob Peteritis 2:49
145 Dylan Bryan (P) wbf Elijah Schreiber 3:00
152 Owen Watkins (GM) wb ff
160 Billy Hedrich (P) wbd Jon Carrier 11-6
170 Evan Schenk (P) wb ff
182 Jason Beyer (P) wbtf Jack Kaulis 17-2
195 Riley Vaughn (GM) wbf Jeremiah Toomey 5:05
220 Ethan Laird (GM) wbf Nick Mason 3:52
285 Jacob Lenhardt (GM) wbf Alec Gonzalez 2:37
106 Patrick Angelo (GM) wb ff
113 Andrew Brest (GM) wbd Kyle Rowan 5-0
Notch 10th Win of Season Over Oilers
McLane wrestling team won their 10th dual meet of the year
on Friday over Oil City by a score of 58-18. The Oilers
only managed one contested win in the match. Their other
points came by way of GM forfeits at 120 and 132.
by fall for GM were Andrew Brest, Owen Watkins and
Jon Carrier. Elijah Schreiber added a 15-4
major decision. Brett Mallory and Phillip Orris
posted wins by decision. Patrick Angelo, Jack
Kaulis, Ethan Laird, Riley Vaughn and
Jacob Lenhardt all won by forfeit.
City was the last Region 4 match of the year. The Lancers
finish Region action with a 7-2 record, good enough for
3rd place behind Cathedral Prep and Meadville.
Lancers will face the Perry, OH. Pirates for the first ever
meeting between the two teams on Saturday, Feb. 11th at
3 PM at GMHS. It's also Senior Night!
to Phillip Orris on his first varsity win at Oil
Ciity! Ethan Laird posted his 128th career win against
the Oilers. He need just two more to tie Hadley Harrison
for 3rd place on GM's all-time wins list. Ethan has
rattled off 24 straight wins since December when he lost,
4-3 in the King of the Mountain Tournament to last year's
AA state runnerup. Owen Watkins recorded his 19th
fall of the season on Friday and needs just one more fall
to make the GM "Elite" list. Watkins would be
the first McLane westler to post 20 or more pins in a season
since DJ Myers did it 2011-2012.
McLane 58 Oil City 18
106 Andrew Brest (GM) wbf Stanley 0:57
113 Patrick Angelo (GM) wb ff
120 Helping (OC) wb ff
126 Rossey (OC) wbf Kyle Bloomquist 2:40
132 N. Clark (OC) wb ff
138 Elijah Schrieber (GM) wbmd D. Clark 15-4
145 Brett Mallory (GM) wbd Dobson 9-4
152 Phillip Orris (GM) wbd DeLoe 7-4
160 Owen Watkins (GM) wbf Sutley 0:37
170 Jon Carrier (GM) wbf Geib 0:57
182 Jack Kaulis (GM) wb ff
195 Ethan Laird (GM) wb ff
220 Riley Vaughn (GM) wb ff
285 Jacob Lenhardt (GM) wb ff
Meadville, Loses to
Ramblers at District 10 AAA Team Duals
the 2016-17 season started it looked like the McLane wrestling
team was going to be a strong tournament team and with the
exception of Cathedral Prep, even dominate the rest of their
Region 4 opponents. But when they were upset by Meadville
three weeks ago and then lost to Prep the following week,
it seemed to shake their confidence. They had a disappointing
Tool City Tournament, finishing 5th after winning it last
year. At the Clearfield Duals, they won two matches, but
then dropped three straight. All of a sudden they found
themselves at 6-5, with the worst record any GM wrestling
team had sported since Coach Cook took over the program
in 2004. Not only that, but the dual meet schedule that
lay ahead of them was daunting. They fell out of the D10
rankings and faced the very real possibility of not even
making the District 10 Team Duals for the first time since
To get in, the Lancers would have to knock off the District's
#3 and #2 teams on successive nights. But then a funny thing
happened. To nearly everyone's surprise, they did exactly
that! The first night, they pulled out a 5 point win
over favored McDowell on the last match of the evening,
despite forfeiting four weight classes. The following day
they were trailing, then #2 Warren, 37-33 when Jack Kaulis
came in and scored a technical fall to secure a 38-37 victory.
That put them in The Duals as the #3 seed.
match Wednesday evening against #2 Meadville, didn't come
close to resembling the first meeting between the two teams.
The Lancers even lost the coin toss and the first bout at
145 lbs. But then they rattled of four straight wins, two
by fall to take a 22-6 lead. The string of wins was interrupted
when Riley Vaughn lost to state ranked, Jeff Craig
at 195. But Vaughn, in his first match after being out of
the lineup for nearly a month, gave Craig everything he
could handle, losing by a slim, 7-6 margin. Had Riley not
given up a reversal with just 2 seconds remaining in the
second period, he most likely would have walked off with
the decision. McLane won the remaining contested bouts to
make the final score, GM 57 - Meadville 21. Owen Watkins,
Cayden Connolly, Jacob Lenhardt, Andrew
Brest, Kyle Bloomquist and Brett Mallory
all scored pins for GM. Ethan Laird added a 19-4
technical fall and Jon Carrier won by major decision.
had to settle for Team Duals Runnerup when they dropped
a 53-9 decision to Prep in the finals. But that loss was
almost a foregone conclusion. The Ramblers are loaded with
talent this season and have dominated their Region 4 competition.
The Lancers only managed three wins against Prep, but at
this point they definitely look like the second best team
in the Region!
Lancers now stand at 9-6 overall and 6-2 in Region 4 with
one Region dual meet remaining. They will be back in action
on February 10th at Oil City. Then the regular season will
conclude against Perry, OH. at home on Senior Night - Saturday,
Laird scored two wins Wednesday and is now 28-1
on the season. He also just passed Tim Wheeling (126)
with his 127th career win. He is now 4th on the 'Career
Wins' list, trailing only Hadley Harrison (130),
Joe Wheeling (132) and Hayden Harrison (135).
Watkins has 94 career wins and 58 career pins (#8 all-time).
He also has a good shot at making the GM record books for
'Season Falls.' Watkins has 18 pins this season and needs
just two more to make the list.
Brest continues to look impressive. Only a sophomore,
Brest has quietly compiled a 25-4 record with 13 pins, 1
technical fall and 4 major decisions.
less than five McLane wrestlers are in double digits for
falls this season. Brest (13), Mallory (11),
Watkins (18), Laird (12) and Lenhardt
(14). Connolly is close with 9.
the 57-21 thumping of Meadville last night, Ryan Cook
recorded his 170th dual meet win since taking over as Head
Wrestling Coach in 2004. That's 33 more wins than GM
Hall of Fame Coach, Tim Mulholland recorded in
his 12 years at the helm. The Lancers' dual meet record
since 2004 is most impressive - 171 wins / 70 losses (a
71% winning pct.)! Cook's team's have also been selected
to participate in the District 10 AAA Team Duals 12 of
his 13 years as head coach, twice making it to the State
General McLane 57 Meadville 21
145 Atayvius Newsome (M) wbf Phillip Orris 1:27
152 Owen Watkins (GM) wbf Isaac Unrue 1:07
160 Jon Carrier (GM) wbmd Nick Rinella 13-4
170 Cayden Connolly (GM) wbf Ian Burns 1:22
182 Jack Kaulis (GM) wb ff
195 Jeff Craig (M) wbd Riley Vaughn 7-6
220 Ethan Laird (GM) wbtf Whistler 19-4
285 Jacob Lenhardt (GM) wbf Nick Morelli 4:43
106 Patrick Angelo (GM) wb ff
113 Andrew Brest (GM) wbf Tanner Ehrgott
120 Dakota Bish (M) wb ff
126 Kyle Bloomquist (GM) wbf Isaac Chatman 5:02
132 Trent Tidball (M) wb ff
138 Brett Mallory (GM) wbf Austin Chess 1:44
Prep 63 McDowell 13
Cathedral Prep 53 General McLane 9
152 Carter Starocci (CP) wbd Owen Watkins 7-1
160 Dazion Casto (CP) wbf Jon Carrier 5:35
170 Luigi Yates (CP) wbtf Cayden Connolly 16-0
182 Evan Selker (CP) wbd Jack Kaulis 9-4
195 Ethan Laird (GM) wbd Mike Hughes 9-3
220 Trent Linder (GM) wbd Dyjheir Norman 6-4
285 Kawaun DeBoe (CP) wbd Jacob Lenhrdt 5-1
106 Andrew Brest (GM) wbd Jacob Brumett 5-0
113 Brady Sittinger (CP) wb ff
120 Andrew Stark (CP) wbff
126 Tyler McKinney (CP) wbf Kyle Bloomquist 0:27
132 Spencer Staab (CP) wb ff
138 Marques McClorin (CP) wbd Brett Mallory 6-1
145 Albert Taylor (CP) wbf Phillip Orris 3:04