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WY 1969 Yearbook

John W. Sprenkle
(55-6-0) WY Career Record

John W. Sprenkle
(Overall WY Career Record of 55-6-0)
▪ 4th highest overall winning % .902



                 ▪ 2-time YCIAA Sectional Wrestling Champion...
                 (1968 & 1969 Sectional Champion).
                 ▪ 1968 Carlisle Holiday Wrestling Champion.
                 ▪ 1967 Clearfield Holiday Wrestling Champion.
                 1969 District III Wrestling Champion.
                 1969 Southeast Regional Wrestling Champion.
                 1969 PIAA State Wrestling Champion.
                 District III Wrestling Hall of Fame - 1986.
                 ▪ York County Sports Hall of Fame - -  2014.
                 ▪ 1970-72 Virginia Tech Football Letterman - CLICK HERE!

                 VA Tech Wrestling Records/NCAA 1920-2014 CLICK HERE!
                 Virginia Tech Wrestling Website w/Records/NCAA Tourney
                 ▪ VA Tech Hokies... ALL YEARS ---- Wrestling Media Guides
                 NCAA DI Wrestling Brackets ------ ALL BRACKETS by year


1968 YCIAA Sectional Champions

1968 York County Section II
Wrestling Champions

Front (L-R) Charles Vaughn (York), John Rabenstein (York Suburban),
Larry Haas (West York), Bill Luckenbaugh (West York).
(L-R) Bob Gardner (York Suburban), Joe Knoch (York Suburban),
Don May (Eastern HS).
(L-R) William "Bill" Thomas (York High), Glen Eby (West York HS),
Hank Claiborne (York), Keith Wilkins (York Suburban),
John W. Sprenkle (West York).
@ West York Area High School
▪ 1968 YCIAA Sectional Team Champion - West York High School.
West York Area Head Coach - John T. Toggas

1969 YCIAA Sectional
Wrestling Champions

1969 YCIAA Sectional Wrestling Champions

▪ West York's - William "Lucky" Luckenbaugh (2nd from left front row),
Larry Haas (4th from left front row), Frank Vega (6th from left front row),
John W. Sprenkle (6th from left back row).

There are 4 PIAA State Wrestling Champions...
in the above photo!

▪ Along with Bill Luckenbaugh '69 &
John Sprenkle '69 from West York...
Dallastown HS's George Myers '69 (2nd from left back row)... &
Hartman '70 (5th from left back row) won PIAA State titles!

1969 PIAA District III

   1969 Pennsylvania District III Wrestling Champions
    ∙ Front (L-R) George Myers (Dallastown), Francis Coleman (Reading),
    Bruce Jones (Newport), Ken Kauffman (Manheim Township),
    John Sprenkle (West York).
    ∙ Back (L-R) Steve Thompson (Manheim Central), Robert Stock (Reading),
    Bill Luckenbaugh (West York), Dan Sanders (Lower Dauphin),
    Dave Yohn (Manheim Central), Dan Blakinger (Manheim Township),
    Mark Spangenberg (Camp Hill).


1969 PIAA Southeastern
Wrestling Champions
@ Upper Darby High School

                  1969 Pennsylvania SE Regional Wrestling Champions
       ∙ Front (L-R) Benjie Weinstein (Cheltenham), Daniel Blakinger (Manheim Twp.),
       Gary Billy (Pottstown), Dan Sanders (Lower Dauphin), Bill Luckenbaugh (West York),
       Dan Marano (Springfield).

       ∙ Back Row (L-R) Steve Thompson (Manheim Central), George Myers (Dallastown),
       Bernie Staub (Lower Moreland), Bruce Jones (Newport), Ken Kauffman (Manheim Twp.),
       John Sprenkle (West York).



1969 - PIAA State Wrestling Semifinals
▪ West York's Hwt. John Sprenkle on top going for the fall in 3:41!


1969 PIAA State Wrestling Championship Finals
▪ West York's  John Sprenkle (right) controls Wilkes Barre G.A.R.'s
Joel Kislin... and gains a fall in 5:12 to win the PIAA State title!!
*J. Kislin went on to wrestle collegiately @...Hofstra University.

Looking Back... 45 Years!

1969 PIAA State Wrestling Champions
∙ Front (L-R) Tom Teagarden, McGuffey; Rich Panella, New Castle;
Carl "Chico" Lutes, Easton; Leslie Peterson, Canon-McMillan;
Bill Luckenbaugh, West York; Dan Howard, Allentown Dieruff.
∙ Back Row (L-R)
Kevin Love, Carnegie; George Myers, Dallastown;
Wade Schalles, Hollidaysburg; Robert Sacavage, Mt. Carmel;
Rodney Smith, Mt. Lebanon;
John W. Sprenkle, West York.
@ Penn State University's Rec Hall

                                          32nd Annual

            1969 PIAA State Wrestling Championship Finals
                                          @ Penn State's Recreation Hall
    95lbs.  Tom Teagarden (McGuffey) dec. Ed Matsko (Jenner Boswell) 6-2
  103lbs.  Rich Panella (New Castle) dec. Dan Gallaher (Phillipsburg Osceola) 1-0 ot
  112lbs.  Carl Lutes (Easton) pinned Allen Andrews (Johnstown) 1:20
  120lbs.  Leslie Peterson (Canon McMillan) dec. Dave Clark (Clearfield) 10-9
  127lbs.  Bill Luckenbaugh (West York) dec. Robert Pratt (Easton) 8-2
  133lbs.  Dan Howard (Dieruff) dec. Rob Stover (Penns Valley) 6-0
  138lbs.  Kevin Love (Carnegie) dec. Barry Snyder (Easton) 4-3
  145lbs.  George Myers (Dallastown) dec. Rick Lepley (Jenner Boswell) 10-4
  154lbs.  Wade Schalles (Hollidaysburg) pinned John Chatman (Trinity) 4:58
  165lbs.  Robert Sacavage (Mt. Carmel) dec. Bruce Jones (Newport) 7-4
  180lbs.  Rodney Smith (Mt. Lebanon) dec. Scott Moyer (Mifflinburg) 9-6
  John Sprenkle (West York) pinned Joel Kislin (Wilkes-Barre GAR) 5:12

      ▪ PIAA Officials: Charles Kunes, Dr. George Brett, George Custer, Manuel Pihakis.

             1969 PIAA State Wrestling Semi-Final Matches
             Robert Pratt (Easton) dec. R. Musser (Bellefonte) 11-6.
             Bill Luckenbaugh (West York) dec. Andy Kolhepp (New Castle) 9-7.

             Joel Kislin (Wilkes Barre GAR) dec. James Carmanna (Mt. Lebanon) 6-1.
             John Sprenkle (West York) pinned Jeff Knarr (Lock Haven)
           ▪ 1969 PIAA State Wrestling Scoring Book w/results (PDF)   CLICK HERE!

www.westyorkwrestlingalumni.com feature


                                       John Sprenkle..
A PIAA State Wrestling Heavyweight Champion for WY Area.
   John earned 3 football letters
@ Virginia Polytechnic Institute/U.
   John lettered in 1970, 1971, & 1972 for VA Tech Hokies Football.
         John wrestled for the Hokies (frosh) (1969-'70) @ VA Tech.
   In '69-'70 ▪ VT was 4-15 as an independent... in NCAA Wrestling.

              Virginia Tech Football/Wrestling Career
        ▪ 1970-72... Virginia Tech Football Lettermen -- CLICK HERE!
        VA Tech Wrestling Records/NCAA 1920-2014 CLICK HERE!
        Virginia Tech Wrestling Website w/Records/NCAA Tourney
        ▪ VA Tech Hokies... ALL YEARS ---- Wrestling Media Guides
        NCAA DI Wrestling Brackets ------ ALL BRACKETS by year

       John Sprenkle graduated from West York in '69 and from VA Poly Inst./State in '73.
    While at West York HS, John earned Big 33 and All-State football honors, and capped
    off those accomplishments by winning the 1969 YCIAA Sectional Mat title, District III
    title, Southeast Regional title and the PIAA State Wrestling title with a fall in the finals.
    John was named Honorable Mention Wrestling All-American by USA Wrestling Magazine.
    John also ran the hurdles and threw the shot and discus for the West York Track Team.
    After West York, John went on to "letter" three years ('70, '71, '72) for the Virginia Tech
    Hokies football team.  The first two years under VT Head Coach Jerry Claiborne and the
    last two years under Head Coach Charlie Coffey and Offensive Coordinator, Dan Henning.
    A highlight came in John's senior year, when the Hokies upset then 19th ranked Oklahoma
    State in Blacksburg, VA.  Don Strock was the quarterback of that '72 team and Don's brother
    Dave Strock kicked the game winning field goal with 12 seconds remaining for the 34-32 win!
    John is a former Health and Phys. Ed. teacher at West York Area High School in York, PA...
    and also coached football, in addition to wrestling.  John was named West York's #1 Athlete
    of "All-Time" by the York Daily Record. 
▪ John's son, Matt Sprenkle...was a 5th place PIAA
    Wrestling medal winner in '94 @ 125lbs. for WY!

                                                     1983 West York Wrestling Coaching Staff
          (L-R) WY Coaches Brian Kuntz, John T. Toggas & John Sprenkle.

                             1974-75 West York Varsity Wrestling
                             ▪ YCIAA League Championship Team ▪
                        ▪ Front (L-R)
Mgr. Little, Bill Pope, Chuck Nace, Todd Reynolds, Mark Einsig,
                        John Chiappy, Bradley Pope, Jeff Meckley.
                        ▪ Back (L-R) ▪ Coach John W. Sprenkle, Scott Miller, Ken Ott, Mark Hoffman,
                        Gary Johnson, Jim Altland, Jim Shorts, Mark Kraber, Coach John T. Toggas.


The 1968 West York Area
HS Football Team
#70 - John Sprenkle - 1st on left back row.

1968 - West York's John Sprenkle #70

▪ ▪ ▪  1968 Pennsylvania "Big 33" Game Captain &
PA "All-State" Football 1st Team Selection.

John Sprenkle

VA Tech Hokies #77 John Sprenkle

70-71-72 Virginia Tech Football Letterman CLICK HERE!
Hokie Football History

▪ West York Wrestling's
The 8/26/08 YDR Article - CLICK HERE!

West York 1977-78 Team Reunion

Front  (L-R) Don Botterbusch, Bruce Stambaugh, Rod Stough, John Silar.
Back (L-R) Larry Gay, Barry Gay, WY Coach Don Lehman, Randy Blasdell,
Dave Stram, Coach John T. Toggas &
Coach John W. Sprenkle.
▪ Photo by Kevin Drawbaugh of JK Images
1/10/09 West York 78' Team Photo



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