March 1, 2013 7:00 a.m. MEADVILLE —
Lancers roll into regional
If there was anything that went wrong for the General McLane wrestling team over the past two weeks is that they were not able to compete. After winning the District 10 championship and having five district individual champions, the Lancers could not wait for this weekend when they have the opportunity to get back on the mat.
“Momentum wise we are right where we need to be,” General McLane head coach Ryan Cook said. “The kids are happy and healthy for the most part and looking forward to the next challenge.”
McLane made sure they did everything in its power to stay focused over the extended break.
“We had other teams from the are come in to practice with us,” Cook said. “We get up early in the morning and drill before school. They are definitely ready to achieve their next goal.”
Their next goal will begin today when 12 Lancers will compete in the regional. The five district champions — Joe Wheeling (106), Mike Sutton (152), Tyler Hendricks (170), Chris Laird (182) and Alex Thayer (195) — lead the back with Wheeling and Hendricks receiving bye into the quarterfinals.
“They have wrestled as a team,” Cook said. “We have a lot of guys that have put themselves on that path to go to states. We have a lot of guys that are looking for a region title or a spot in the state tournament.”
Joining those five in competition for the Lancers are Hunter Hendricks, Keller Watkins, Deane Twitchell, Ken Stoll, Ossie Bowers, Jake Baker and Ian Mallory.
Hendricks will begin his tournament against Allen Saer of Jersey Shore at 113. At 126, Watkins will make another attempt at making states. Last year, Watkins fell one win shy of Hershey, losing in the consolation finals. Twitchell will be up against Tristan Paul of Shikellamy at 132 pounds.
At 138, Stoll will be paired up against Perry’s Kevon Jones. Senior Bowers will look to get into the quarterfinals with a preliminary round win over Trevaun Jackson of Westinghouse.
Coach Cook believes Baker has a good shot at making states. In his first regional, baker will start off against Carrick’s Jesse Reid.
The last Lancer wrestler to compete will be Mallory when he takes on Bradford’s Dakota Sera at 285.
Even though they will be facing kids they have not seen before, coach Cook likes his team’s chances in that scenario.
“We haven’t had a chance to see most of District 4 wrestlers,” Cook said. “I coach my kids to give their best no matter who their opponent is and that they deserve to be there no matter who their opponent is.”
Rockets headed to regionals
Most of Class AAA has been dominated by General McLane, McDowell and Cathedral Prep, but Titusville managed to sneak their way into the regionals via four wrestlers. Most notably has been Ehrin Lee. Lee finished second in the district at 160 pounds and was one win away from states last year, finishing fourth in the region at 145.
Also competing today for the Rockets is Kaleb Chase (113), Dalton Burns (132) and Tyler Nicole (195).