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Weigh-in: General McLane and Grove City

General McLane

Coach (season/record): Ryan Cook (9th/103-42)

2011-12 overall record: 15-3

2011-12 region record: 8-1

Top wrestler lost: Tim Wheeling, D.J. Myers.

Top wrestlers returning: Joe Wheeling, Keller Watkins, Deane Twitchell, Ken Stoll, Parker McDermott, Tyler Hendricks, Cody Lentz, Alex Thayer, Chris Laird, Jake Baker, Nick Soboleski

Assistant coaches: Hunter Harrison, Kevin Welsh, Curt Hendricks, Evan Dahl, Tim Mulholland, C.J. Barbaro, Paul Hayes

Outlook: The Lancers lost 2011-12 PIAA seventh-place finisher Tim Wheeling, but plenty of firepower returns. Hendricks (59-36 career) was a state qualifier last season and Watkins (28-13) came up one win short of a trip to Hershey. Joe Wheeling (62-16) has posted back-to-back outstanding seasons in his first two years and looks to break through as a junior. McLane has a nice mix of experience — five returning wrestlers with at least 41 career wins — and newcomers, including another solid incoming freshman group led by former PJW seventh-place finisher Hunter Hendricks and former PJW qualifiers Dylan Myers, Kyle Sult and Briggs Twitchell. Senior Ossie Bowers was at Fort LeBoeuf the past three seasons and could become a force at either 145 or 152, and talented junior Mike Sutton, a transfer from Somerset who has 61 career wins. Cook also expects a big contribution from sophomore Ian Mallory, a former PJW third-place finisher. McLane has more than enough talent and depth to contend for a District 10 Class AAA team title and make some serious noise in the postseason.



7 Fort LeBoeuf 6

13 Central Tech 6

14-15 at King of the Mountain Tournament (Mill Hall)

18 at Strong Vincent

20 McDowell 6


2 at Meadville

4-5 at Tool City Tournament (Meadville)

9 Cathedral Prep 6

12 Titusville

16 at Warren

19 at Clearfield Duals

23 East 6

25-26 at Fred Bell Tournament (Grove City)


6 at Oil City

Grove City

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11 at Franklin 6

13 at West Middlesex 6

14-15 at Jamestown (N.Y.) Tournament

18 at Greenville 6

20 at Slippery Rock 6

28-29 at Southmoreland Tournament


3 Lakeview 6

4-5 at Niagara (N.Y.) Tournament

9 at Sharpsville 6

16 Mercer 6

23 at Sharon 6

25-26 Fred Bell Tournament

29 Reynolds 6


2 Hickory 6

Tuesday: Strong Vincent and Northwestern

– John Dudley

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