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Coach John T. Toggas @ West York HS


Rest in Peace... "Mrs. T"!

Mary Jane Toggas
9/1/31 - 9/14/17



2010 @ Iron Valley Golf Club

(L-R) WY's Don Lehman '73 and National HOF Coach John T. Toggas.


October 14. 2015

Local Wrestling Loses Legend
by Steve Heiser 505-5446/@ydsports -

Author:  10/14/15 COLUMN By Steve Heiser of The York Dispatch 

1973 -West York Coach John T. Toggas.

In sports, the word "legend" sometimes gets tossed around a little casually.
It's often used to describe athletes or coaches who are really very good, not great, and certainly
not legendary.

In York County wrestling circles, however, John Toggas was a truly legendary figure.

The longtime West York High School coach is in six separate halls of fame, he was the first York County
wrestling coach to reach 300 victories, and he coached three Pennsylvania state high school

Those are some serious coaching credentials.

Unfortunately, Toggas died on Friday in Bensalem at age 83.  His death, however, will not diminish
the memories of the man for the people who knew and admired him.

"(West York) lost a great coach, mentor and friend," said Don Lehman, who runs the West York
Wrestling Alumni website.  "Coach Toggas left a lasting mark on West York wrestling."

  Respect from a coaching rival:  One of the men who often went head-to-head against Toggas was
longtime Dover coach Charlie Jacobs.  Both men are in the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches
Association Hall of Fame.  Despite being coaching rivals, Jacobs had nothing but respect for Toggas as
a coach and a man.  "John loved the sport of wrestling," Jacobs said.  "He brought great energy and
enthusiasm, which always generated much excitement during any matches with his Bulldogs.  "His
"Bulldog Pride" caused all opposing coaches to work extra hard to compete with his tough squads."

  Fierce competitor:  At his heart, Toggas was a fierce competitor.  That trait helped the York High grad
compile a 307-110-4 career record at Biglerville (38-32-2 from 1958 through 1964) and West York
(269-78-2 from 1964 through 1983 and 1986 through 1991).

"(He) wanted to win every match," Lehman said.  "I'm sure the coaches in the county who competed
against West York in those days would agree with that."  Despite his competitive streak, Toggas was
not stingy with sharing advice with other wrestling coaches.  "He was willing to share with us younger
coaches what he thought was important to creating a successful wrestling program," Jacobs said.  "He
certainly had a tremendous influence on the success of the York County wrestling scene."

  Career highlights:  One of the highlights of Toggas' career came in his final season in 1991 when his
Bulldogs topped Cumberland Valley, 31-28, for his 300th victory.  Of course, that's just one of many
career highlights.  Here are a few others:
▪ He coached three state champions (Dana Luckenbaugh in 1965 and Bill Luckenbaugh and John
Sprenkle in 1969).   Dana Luckenbaugh was York County's first state champ.
He was inducted into the National Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1999 and the York
Area Sports hall of fame in 1995.
He won five York County League championships, was a two-time York County League Coach of the
Year and guided his Bulldogs to the 1971 team title at the prestigious Easton High School Holiday

Watching 'his boys' succeed:  While Toggas liked winning championships and earning honors, he might
have gotten more enjoyment out of seeing his wrestlers excel after leaving West York.  "Many of his
athletes continued successful wrestling careers beyond high school, and several were able to give
back to the sport by becoming coaches and officials," Jacobs said.  "I know he loved seeing 'his boys'
achieve that success and recognition on the state and national levels."

  Lots of support:  Lehman said one of the keys to Toggas' success was the wide-ranging support he
received from his family and the broader West York community.  "Coach Toggas had a great wife
(Mary Jane) and family (son John S. "Moc" and daughter Steph) who came to practically every match,"
Lehman said.  "Coach Toggas also had a great support team in Raymond Troxell (the West York
superintendent), Neil Everhart (the West York principal) and coaches Robert Bowers, Whedon Myers,
John Sprenkle, Bill Luckenbaugh, etc., throughout his coaching years.  West York also had a fabulous
fan base for the sport of wrestling and Coach Toggas, along with his booster club, had a lot to do with

Maintaining his love for the sport:  After retiring as a coach, Toggas maintained his ties to the sport as
a high school official and was a member of the NCAA Rules Committee as a high school representative.
He also loved to talk about the sport.  "Before he got ill, Coach Toggas would stop by my home every
Thursday to sit in my office to chat about everything under the sun," Lehman said.  "He loved wrestling
and missed all facets of it after he retired."

  Lasting legacy:  There's little doubt that the York County wrestling community will miss Toggas as well.
"All of us need to remember and appreciate the great contribution he gave to the great sport of
wrestling," Jacobs said. 
"Thanks, J.T."  That's a lasting legacy for a legendary coach.  

Coach JT's "Resting Place" in Gettysburg, PA

Section:  York Dispatch Sports Page - 10/14/15...
Steve Heiser is sports editor of the York Dispatch.  He can be reached at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.

www.westyorkwrestlingalumni.com by Don Lehman

*Sports column by Steve Heiser, York Dispatch Sports editor.
(c) 2015 The York Dispatch.  All rights reserved.

HEISER:  "Local Wrestling Loses Legend"

  PA Wrestling News Mention... by Tom Elling

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10/17/15 JT Toggas Funeral Program
(Below thoughts by Alumnus, Guy Boyer '71)


The "Wrestling Family" that attended the viewing, the service, the fellowship
     after at the Charlie Sterner Building... or all "three" included:

      Russell Stoner, Jim & Deb Haas, Skip Martin, Todd Reynolds, Carolyn Tritt,
     Dr. Tom Bauer & wife, Terry Bupp, John Eyster, Congressman Bill Goodling,
     Fred R. Lehman, Larry Haas & wife, John W. & Connie Sprenkle, Robert Bowers,
     Dennis Heath, Perry Tallman, Randy Blasdell, Bruce Stambaugh, Mike Stambaugh,
     Ted & Jodi Turnbull, Guy Boyer, Don & Debbie Lehman, Barry King, Brian Kuntz,
     Charlie Jacobs, Kevin McCleary, K.C. McCleary, Tom Toggas & son Dillon Toggas,
     Dave & Carolyn Toggas, Steve & Candy Toggas and daughter Amber, Ken Fetters,
     Jon Trenge, Tom Best, Mr. & Mrs. Knott, Troy & Jane Knott, Mark Kuntz,
     Carolyn L. Doarnberger Daugherty & Tom Daugherty and sons, etc... &
     Mary Jane Toggas, Matthew & Samantha Toggas, Steph, Carl & Brock Leinbach.


The late coach... John T. Toggas

photo by Carolyn Tritt

Monahan Obituary   YDR/YD   WYWA Obituaries

10/14/15 John T. Toggas article by Steve Heiser 

PA Wrestling News Mention... Tom Elling of PWNews!


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                                        THROWBACK THURSDAY

               GAMETIMEPA.com  Throwback Thursday
                        West York Wrestling's success can be traced back to a 1965 state championship
                                                             by Steve Navaroli  8/27/14

       8/27/14 Publication - YDR by Steve Navaroli


       1964-65 - YCIAA League Wrestling Co-Champions!
       1965 YCIAA Sectional II Team Tourney Champions
       ▪ Front Row (L-R) Jeffrey Linebaugh, Gary Carbaugh, Dana Luckenbaugh,
       Darl "Smokey" Dennis, Burton Snyder, Steve Kunkle & Thomas DeLong.
       Back (L-R) WY Coach John T. Toggas, Jack Hershberger, Donald Narber,
       Fred Lehman, Charles "Chuck" Bostic, Gary Narber & William Wiehe.

         In 1969, West York had a pair of PIAA wrestling champions in John Sprenkle (Hwt.)
   and Bill Luckenbaugh (127).  In fact, that championship closed Sprenkle's stellar career with a 55-6
   record and Luckenbaugh went on to star on the mat at
East Stroudsburg, where he won both PSAC

   and NCAA Division II titles in 1974.

       But the example of what was possible was set when Luckenbaugh's brother, Dana Luckenbaugh,
   earned the first-ever PIAA championship won by a then-YCIAA (now YAIAA) wrestler.  Dana
   Luckenbaugh topped former state champ Bill Welker of Shamokin High School, 4-3, in the 112-pound
   final.  Sprenkle said that, and the entire 1965 West York squad, showed his team how to be successful.

"I was blessed and fortunate to be on some great teams at West York," said Sprenkle, who was
   also a football star for the Bulldogs.  "That '65 team was an awesome one.  (John) Toggas was a
   phenomenal coach."  It capped an amazing three-year run for West York which won the YCIAA team
   championship from 1963-1965, amazingly with three head coaches: Bob Brown, Ken Ober and Toggas.

       Dana Luckenbaugh was a three-time YCIAA sectional champ.  Teammate Darl "Smokey"
   Dennis (120 pounds), won two sectional titles.  Several years later, his brother, Bill, followed by Neil
   Bupp, Kevin McCleary and Donald Lehman would go on to become the school's other three-time
   section title winners.

       Sprenkle recalled seeing Dana Luckenbaugh when kids would go to the former A. H. Martin
   Elementary School and "roll out the horsehair" wrestling mats under the watchful eye of coach
   Don Strausbaugh.  "(Strausbaugh) could never keep Dana in the wrestling room.   He always wanted to
   be up in the gym shooting baskets," Sprenkle laughed.  "Everything to him came natural.  He didn't
   have to work as hard as Bill and I did."

       But, Dana Luckenbaugh, who posted a 56-6-1 record as a high school grappler, was one of a kind.
   Just ask Charlie Jacobs, who wrestled at rival Dover during the same time period.  "He was very strong,
   he never panicked," Jacobs said.  "He used to read the comics before the matches.  Nothing excited
   Dana.  He had extremely long arms and thick hands. When he put a tight waist on you, you knew it.
   He was very tough."                    
8/27/14 Article by Steve Navaroli YDR Sports


       1965 PIAA District III...
       YCIAA Sectional Wrestling Champions
       1965 YCIAA Sectional Championship Team
       West York Area High School (7 Champions)
       Front (L-R) *Thomas DeLong, *Darl "Smokey" Dennis,
       *Dana Luckenbaugh, *Gary Carbaugh, *Jeff Linebaugh.
       Back (L-R) Coach John T. Toggas, *Chuck Bostic, Don Narber, *Gary Narber.
       (* '65 Section Champs - T. DeLong, D. Dennis, D. Luckenbaugh, G. Carbaugh,
       J. Linebaugh, C. Bostic & G. Narber) - Don Narber was a 1965 Section runner-up.
       West York's Dana Luckenbaugh won the 1965 PIAA State title @ 112lbs.


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                       West York Wrestling's success can be traced back to a 1965 state championship

York Area

John T. Toggas
01/25/32 - 10/09/15

"Wrestling Gear" illustrated by Rod Bohner
submitted by Mary Jane Toggas

West York Tops Dallastown!

▪ Thursday - November 18, 1971 Article ▪

▪ Mr. Eby congratulates West York Superintendent Raymond Troxell
and WY Coach John T. Toggas after the big '71 win over Dallastown.

T. Toggas

National Wrestling Hall of Fame
PA Chapter '99

∙ West York Wrestling Match - 1983

(L-R) Coach John T. Toggas with son John S. "Moc" Toggas.
1969 PIAA State Champion - John Sprenkle... (far right) ▪
Coach Toggas is in 6... Halls of Fames!!!

   1965 - Charlie Frey... Sunday Patriot News Sports Writer
            @ 112lbs. DANA LUCKENBAUGH, the senior from West York who reads
   comic books to relax between bouts, scored his 112-pound victory by
   holding Shamokin's Bill Welker down throughout the third period to build
   up riding time for his 4-3 victory.  Welker, who was the PIAA 95-pound
   champ two years ago, scored a takedown with 31 seconds to go in the
   first period.  Luckenbaugh (21-0-1), immediately took him down for a 3-2
   lead.  Seventeen seconds later, Welker escaped to tie it up at 3-3.  Welker
   couldn't get away from Luckenbaugh in the third period and the West Yorker had
   1:22 riding time for the 4-3 win.  Dana Luckenbaugh, the well-built West York
   matman captured the 112-pound crown with a 4-3 victory.  Dana, the 17-year-
   old, was the
first schoolboy wrestler in York County history to win a PIAA crown.
   "I'm telling you," Dana said, "this is a great feeling.  I got away a little slow, but
   Bill wasn't that strong that I couldn't take charge of the situation.  I had to go to
   work in the last period and I think I did all right.  I knew I had to hold him down
   in the final period and I did it."  John Toggas, who coaches Luckenbaugh, was
   overjoyed at Dana's success.  "This kid is tremendous," he said.  "He takes
   everything in stride.  He was nervous before the bout, but you certainly couldn't
   tell it.  He is one of the strongest 112-pounders I have ever coached.  This is the
   second boy I've had here.  When I was at Biglerville I brought Art Miller here in
   1960.  He was a 133-pounder.  He lost in the semi-finals.  Dana is the first boy
   I've coached who went all the way.  This is the greatest."  Luckenbaugh is
   interested in going to a trade school to study electricity.

   note: Dana Luckenbaugh dec. Sam Imler (Bedford) in the PIAA semi-final's 17-6.

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1950 - York High Football's - John T. Toggas #20.


1951 - York High Wrestling's - John T. Toggas (133lbs).

1999 National Wrestling Hall of Fame Induction.
(L-R) WY's John T. Toggas & PSU's former AD, Dr. David M. Joyner.
photo by Tom Elling - PA Wrestling News

National Wrestling
of Fame Event

Sixth Annual
"Hall of Fame Day" Banquet

Lodge and Convention Center
Hershey, PA
April 24, 1999

Induction of the "Lifetime Service to Wrestling"
PA Chapter '99 Hall of Fame Honorees...

▪ John T. Toggas, Robert Craig, Jerry Petrofes,
Dr. Theodore "Ted" Rupp, Dr. Kenneth Cox,
Dr. David M. Joyner & Robert Russell.

  Presented by... Stan Zeamer, President, PA Chapter  NHOF.
  '99 NHOF Master of Ceremonies - Rod Frisco - Patriot News.
 Invocation - Neil Turner.
 Presenting the Awards...
Myron Roderick, President - National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

HOF West York Coach - John T. Toggas

The 4/24/99 NWHOF Induction...
"Wrestling isn't for everyone...but it should be"

Dan Gable


                                         WEST YORK WRESTLING


                Former West York Head Wrestling Coach
 John T. Toggas

 John T. Toggas... National Wrestling Hall of Fame - 1999.
John can trace his successful wrestling career to the basketball court, when York High
coach Don Cockley cut him from the boys basketball team.  The rest, as they say, is history as
    John T. Toggas truly found his calling in the wrestling room.

        Toggas was a varsity wrestler at 133 pounds in both his junior and senior seasons at York High.
    After graduating from York High School in 1951 (where he was a three-sport athlete),
    he earned his Bachelor's degree from Gettysburg College in 1958 and eventually got his Master's
    Degree in Education from Western Maryland University in 1971.

    1991 - West York Wrestling head coach John T. Toggas (right)
    w/assistant coach ('69 PIAA Champ) Bill Luckenbaugh - (left).

        Toggas began his coaching career at Biglerville High School (1958) and remained there
until 1964
    when he moved to
West York High School.  Toggas started the elementary program at Biglerville &
    his high school teams were 38-32-2.  Toggas also founded the elementary program at West York
    and amassed a record of 269-78-2 at West York Area High School during two stints as head coach,
    from 1964-1983 and from 1986-1991.
  His overall Big/WY coaching record is 307-110-4 in 29 years.
    He was the first York, PA area high school coach to eclipse the 300-win mark.  The win (300th win)
    occurred on 1/19/91 vs. Cumberland Valley HS - won by WY 31-28. (source - Carolyn Tritt)

    YCIAA Section Champions @ Gettysburg College
    1972 - West York Wrestling Head Coach John T. Toggas - (left back),
next to Scott Callahan, Don Lehman, Mike Stambaugh & Bob Bowers.
Kneeling in front are Paul Mulay, Kevin McCleary & Neil Bupp.

        Some of his accomplishments include 5 York County Interscholastic Athletic Association league
    team titles, YCIAA Coach of the Year honors in 1972 and 1978, and 3 PIAA State Champions.
    Toggas also produced 6 Sectional team titles, 83 Sectional Champions, 12 District III Champions,
    12 Regional Champions and 18
* PIAA tournament Qualifiers, including *5 - PIAA State semi-finalists
*2 silver medalists, in addition to his three PIAA Champions.  One of his main goals with his
    wrestlers... was to see them go on to college and secure a degree!  Another milestone was
    coaching the 1st PIAA State Wrestling Champion in the history of York, PA - Dana Luckenbaugh,
    in 1965 @ 112lbs.  Dana's younger brother, Bill, went on to claim the 1969 PIAA 127lb. title!
    * PIAA State semi-finalists (Arthur Miller, Biglerville; Bill Luckenbaugh, WY; John Sprenkle, WY);
    Mike Stambaugh, WY; Jeff Meckley, WY).
    * PIAA State runner-ups (Bill Luckenbaugh, West York - '68 & Jeff Meckley, West York - '75).
    * PIAA State Qualifiers - WY - 16, Biglerville - 2... 18 total.

        PWCA Hall of Fame Inductee

        John was inducted into the District III Wrestling Coaches Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1980,
    was given a 25-year Service Award by the National Wrestling Coaches Association in 1984,
    received the Leadership Award presented by the West York Area School District in 1993 and
    was inducted into the York Area Sports Hall of Fame for Outstanding Sports Achievement in 1995.
        ▪ John was also inducted into the PWCA Hall of Fame in 1992...@ PIAA's in Hershey, PA.

        John T. Toggas also served as a high school official and was a member of the NCAA Rules
    Committee as a High School Representative.  Among his most treasured accomplishments
    was being inducted into the Pennsylvania State Wrestling Coaches (PWCA) Hall of Fame at the
    state finals in Hershey in 1992.  "I think my biggest thrill I ever got coaching high school was when I
    got elected into the PWCA State Hall of Fame and having my two kids... Stephanie & John S. "Moc"
    present me with the 1992 PWCA Hall of Fame Award."  More proud?!? - Coach JT's wife Mary Jane!!
    His late son, John S. "Moc" Toggas, was the head wrestling coach at Parkland, PA High School.

    1960 York County Section Wrestling Champions
    ▪ Front (L-R) W. Slothower (Dover), Glenn A. Amsbaugh (West York Area),
    G. Martin (Hanover), R. Bingaman (Dover),
    H. Howard (York High School) & *Arthur Miller (Biglerville HS).
    Back Row (L-R) E. Bingaman (Dover HS), B. Shepp (Central York),
    D. Stambaugh (Dover), *R. Wagner (Biglerville HS),
    Reuben Washington (York High School) & M. Reidel (York High School).

       *note: Biglerville's Arthur Miller was a PIAA State semi-finalist & coached by John T. Toggas.
       *note: Biglerville's R. Wagner coached by John T. Toggas.

1965 - John T. Toggas with Clarion State College Coach Bob Bubb.

The First Year @ West York!

1965 West York Wrestling Dual Meet
▪ Head Coach John T. Toggas w/Don Narber, Fred Lehman, Tom DeLong,
Darl Dennis, Gary Carbaugh, William Wiehe, Jeff Linebaugh and others!

1964-65 West York Wrestling

West York Wrestling 1971-72
"Pencil Drawing"
1972 YCIAA Individual Section
Wrestling Champions Drawing

▪ Front
(L-R) Paul Mulay (103lbs), Kevin McCleary (127lbs),
Neil Bupp (133lbs).

▪ Back (L-R) Coach John T. Toggas, Scott Callahan (154lbs),
Don Lehman (Hwt.), Mike Stambaugh (180lbs),
Assistant WY Coach Robert Bowers


▪ 1983 - John T. Toggas (right) w/2-time NCAA DI Champion &...
outstanding wrestler, Gene "The Machine" Mills (Syracuse)
@ the 83' West York Summer Wrestling College Open.


▪ 1982 - Outstanding WY Open Division Wrestler
Dan Odom (East Stroudsburg State College)
West York HS's coach...John T. Toggas.

@ the 82' West York Summer Wrestling College Open.

Parkland, PA High School Wrestling Coaches...
(L-R)  Jim Best, John S. Toggas and Steve Baumbach with
1998 PIAA AAA State Champs
Derek Jenkins & Jon Trenge.
note:  John S. "Moc" Toggas - inducted into the 2010 PWCA Hall of Fame.

Team "Veritas" Toggas/Trenge/Lehman
The 2009 3rd Place Bulldog Open Team @ -1 (69)
(L-R) Coach John T. Toggas, Don Lehman, Jon Trenge & Matt Toggas.

1983 PIAA District III Hall of Fame Induction.
(L-R) Dana Luckenbaugh & Coach John T. Toggas.

1983 PIAA District III Hall of Fame Induction.
(L-R) Bill Luckenbaugh & Coach John T. Toggas.


▪ Coach John T. Toggas holds the
1971 Easton Tourney Trophy
after clinching the '71 Easton Christmas Team Championship!
West York Asst. Coach, Bob Bowers, left w/Scott Callahan,
son John S. "Moc" Toggas, Keith Lichty and sitting
are (L-R)
Neil Bupp & Michael Stambaugh.
   The Easton Tourney Page

                                   1983 West York Wrestling Alumni Reunion

                 ∙ Front Kneeling (L-R) Mark Younkers, Jeff Meckley, Karl C. McCleary,
▪▪Don Heckman,
                 Gary Carbaugh, Dan Dixon, Ken Shorts, Bruce Stambaugh, Chuck Nace, Rod Stough,
                 Don Botterbusch, David Toggas, Tom Toggas.
                 ∙ 2nd Row Kneeling (L-R) Mark Hoffman, Rob Eyster, Mark Einsig, Scott Hursh,
                 Tom Hoover, Skip Martin, Brian Kuntz, Bill Pope, Todd Kern, ▪▪John Pitzer, Steve Culver.
                 ∙ 3rd Row Standing (L-R) Barry King, Brad Pope, Tom Tallman, Jim Shorts, Neil Bupp,
                 Terry Lehr, Keith Lichty, Scott Miller, Mark Kuntz, Guy Boyer, Bob Hildebrand, ▪▪Ed Taylor,
                 Glen Eby, Jack Myers, Dave Heckard, ▪▪Gary Wagner, Steve Toggas, Kevin McCleary.
                 ∙ 4th Row Standing (L-R) Chuck Bostic, Gary Narber, Mark Lauer, *N/A, Don Lehman,
                 Gary Johnson, Ron Emenheiser, Coach John T. Toggas, Randy Blasdell, Perry Tallman,
                 ▪▪Ron Wagner, ▪▪Tim Geiger, ▪▪Perry Mickey, ▪▪Jim Mickey.

                                           (▪▪) denotes - Biglerville High School Wrestling Alumnus.
                                           (*N/A) denotes - Please...we need some help on a name!
                                                ALSO CLICK ON:
                                ▪ 1982 West York Wrestling Reunion of 1971-72 YCIAA Champions
                                2004 West York Wrestling Reunion of Past Mat Alumni - Coaches
                                2009 West York Wrestling Reunion of 1977-78 YCIAA Champions
                                2012 West York Wrestling Alumni Night @ West York High School
                                2013 West York Wrestling Alumni Night @ West York High School

                                a LARGER alumni reunion photo page from '83 - CLICK HERE!

1972 - West York Coach John T. Toggas (left)
bandages a cut on WY 154lb. Scott Callahan.

The 200th Win!

WY Superintendent Raymond Troxell, Head Coach John T. Toggas,
and - WYASHS Principal Neil Everhart...
celebrating Coach Toggas's 200th win!!

The 300th Win!
JT Toggas was the first York, PA area high school coach to eclipse the 300-win mark.
The win...(300th win) occurred on 1/19/1991 vs.
Cumberland Valley, PA High School
won by West York.  (WY 31  CV 28).  (source - Carolyn L. Tritt)

300th Win!
(L-R) Mary Jane Toggas, Coach John T. Toggas and Steph Leinbach
celebrate Coach Toggas's 300th win on 1/19/91, after a 31-28 win
over Cumberland Valley by West York.   (photo sent by MJ Toggas)

        Article by Bill Rabinowitz
(York Daily Record Sports)
       Lifetime contribution nets honors for Toggas
▪ The former West York coach was inducted into the National
       Wrestling Hall of Fame.

       1999 - During his outstanding coaching career, John Toggas would have passing thoughts
       of such an honor, only to shoo them out of his brain as far-fetched.

       How could a wrestling coach at a relatively small school such as West York ever conceive
       of induction into the sport's national Hall of Fame?  "You think about it when you're
       coaching, but you know it's never going to happen," Toggas said.  For once, the man who
       helped put York County wrestling on the map was wrong.  Last month, Toggas was one of
       five men inducted into the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame at
       at a banquet in Hershey.  "it's like a dream," Toggas said from his home in Gettysburg.  "It
       almost knocks you for a loop.  You never expect to get this.  When you get it, you can't
       believe it."

       Toggas had a coaching record of 307-110-4 in 29 seasons as a high school coach.  He had
       a 38-32-2 record at Biglerville and a 269-78-2 mark in two stints at West York.  He retired
       in 1991.  "It doesn't go on wins and losses," Toggas said of the induction criteria.  "It goes
       on what you have done through all the years, the people you've helped along the way.  It's
       a great honor"  Toggas was allotted three minutes for his induction speech.  He took a
       couple of extra minutes.  "I told them how I got started in wrestling and that I had two
       goals when I started coaching:  I wanted to see how many kids I could get to the show...
       (PIAA State Championships) and how many I could help get to school (a college or trade)
       "Toggas said.  Toggas said he had 18 wrestlers
(16 @ WY, 2 @ Biglerville) qualify for
       states, including Dana Luckenbaugh, who became York County's first state champion in
       1965.  He helped countless more kids further their education.

       "I always emphasized that," Toggas said.  "I told them to keep their grades up, that I
       wanted them to go on to school (beyond high school)."  As much as he loves wrestling,
       Toggas got into the sport by accident.  As a sophomore at William Penn (York High),
       Toggas tried out for the basketball team.  In those days, five spots were reserved for
       10th-graders.  After a week of tryouts, Toggas was among six finalists.  On the final day,
       however, he was cut.  Dejected, he sat on a locker room bench crying when Dale Uffelman
       approached.  Uffelman, who coached Toggas in football, was just starting a wrestling
       program and tried to recruit Toggas.  "I thought, 'Oh, I'll go out and try it and see what
       it's like,'" Toggas recalled.  "It has worked out pretty good."

       Seven years into retirement, Toggas said he still misses coaching.  "I enjoyed every
       minute of it," he said.  "It went too quick."  Toggas said he took great joy that many of
       former players attended the induction ceremony, as did his family.  Toggas received a
       plaque, and a similar one is headed to the National Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
       "My granddaughter says we're going to go (to Oklahoma), so, I guess we'll go,' he said.



1989 - West York Wrestling Coaches John T. Toggas (kneeling)...
w/former Blair/Lehigh University star & nephew, Tom Toggas (center).
WY's Carolyn Tritt is working the video camera on right!

Tom's Lehigh Wrestling Stats Website - CLICK HERE!

Coach JT's First Year @ West York!
West York Wrestling

Reflections of 1965

'65 YCIAA League Wrestling Champions
▪ Front row (L-R)
Jeff Linebaugh, Gary Carbaugh, Dana Luckenbaugh,
Darl "Smokey" Dennis, Burt Snyder,
Steve Kunkle, Tom DeLong.
Back (L-R) Coach John T. Toggas, Jack Hershberger, Donald Narber,
Fred R. Lehman, Charles "Chuck" Bostic, Gary Narber, Bill Wiehe.

                                      WEST YORK WRESTLING HISTORY
     Looking Back @ 1967 West York Wrestling History...


January 1967 by Bob Dugan
         YORK COUNTY has had only one State PIAA wrestling champion - a lad named Luckenbaugh from
     West York.  But, John Toggas, Bulldog mat mentor, is spreading the word:  There's likely to be
     another one - a lad named Luckenbaugh from West York!
         In 1964-65 when Toggas took over the coaching duties at West York, his 112-pounder, Dana
     Luckenbaugh, went "all the way".  This year's unbeaten club has as one of its key performers
     at 103 pounds Dana's brother, Bill, a 10th grader who has the West York coach eyeing another
trip to University Park for the grappling finals.  "Bill has great potential." enthuses Toggas.  "He's
     almost a carbon copy of Dana.  He's a little taller, but has the same moves and the same strengths
     that made Dana a champion.  Like Dana, Bill is a pinner.  He's always looking for that chance to flip
     his opponent.  In five league matches, Bill has four falls and an 11-0 decision to his credit.  The
     decision was over Glenn Miller, a sectional champion last year from York Suburban."
THE YOUNGSTER moved into a starting berth on the West York varsity after a junior high record
     of 35 wins and one loss.  The lone defeat was suffered as a seventh-grader in a match against
     Manheim Central.  Bill was nipped 5-4 last month in a tournament at Clearfield by Newport's Mike
     Shull, but came back to win runner-up honors by beating the Clearfield entry who is a defending
champion from District Nine.  The West York sophomore hasn't yet attained the coolness that his
     brother displayed "before the battle".  "Bill gets a little nervous waiting for the bout to start",
     Toggas stated, "but once he's on the mat, the nervousness disappears.  Dana would take it easy
     before a match and never seemed to worry about his opponent."
         THE BIG THING going for Bill is his desire; it's just as intense as Dana's.  The youngster has two
     big aims:  To match Dana's total of wrestling trophies and to win a State title.  And, Dana is doing
     his best to help his brother attain the goals.  He works out with Bill on the West York mats almost
     every night.  "Bill has the potential to be a State champ," Toggas repeated.  "And he has three
     years to make it.  I honestly feel he can't miss."  West York is currently tied with Dallastown and
     Dover for the York County League lead, all with 5-0 records.  The next three weeks should relieve
     the first place jam.  While Dover and Dallastown are meeting head-on at Dover this Thursday,
West York wrestles at Hanover.  Then the Bulldogs have successive home matches with Dover
     and Dallastown.
 "If we get by Hanover, we should have 1400 people at our matches with Dover and Dallastown,"
     Toggas predicts.  "We have a fine following.  There were about 40 fans who traveled all the way
     to Clearfield got the tournament during the Christmas holidays."

                                          More 60's at Charlie's 60's Page

York Sports Hall of Fame

  1995 - West York Wrestling's John T. Toggas
was inducted into the...York Sports Hall of Fame

West York Wrestling

82 West York Wrestling Dual Meet
(L-R) Todd Kern, Coach John T. Toggas, Jon Luckenbaugh,
Cary Gerace, Michael Ott, & JT's nephew... Tom Toggas.

 1988 - West York Head Wrestling Coach...John T. Toggas.

1978-79 West York Area Wrestling

1978-79 West York Wrestling Coaching Staff
(L-R) Don Lehman, Head Coach John T. Toggas, John Sprenkle.


1981 Nebraska AAU Wrestling Trip
(L-R)  Bill Webb, Kevin McCleary, Herb Webb, K.C. McCleary,
JT Toggas, Kevin Hannigan, Paul McCleary, Brendt Gladfelter.


                                                                        "Q&A" with
                                                     West York Wrestling's
                                           Mary Jane & Coach John T. Toggas
                            a westyorkwrestlingalumni.com interview

                                           Mary Jane (Svarnas) Toggas and John T. Toggas have been married
                                     since June of 1955, and have 2 children, John S. "Moc" and Stephanie.
                                     Coach and Mrs. Toggas have three grandchildren, Matthew, Samantha
                                     and Brock.  Coach John T. Toggas is in six hall of fames and amassed a
                                     stellar coaching record at both Biglerville and West York of 307-110-4.
                                     Mary Jane Toggas has been and is presently - a staunch supporter of
                                     West York Wrestling.  Coach Toggas taught and coached at Biglerville
                                     from 1958 to 1964.  He taught Health and Phys. Ed. at West York High
                                     from 1964 - 1994.  He also served as a freshman football coach for a
                                     time while at West York.  Coach Toggas's first WY season was 1964-65.


Coach John T. Toggas (left) with West York and ESU Wrestling grad - Barry Gay.


  ▪ 2/18/72 - West York HS Principal - Neil Everhart (right),
J.T. Toggas after YCIAA clinching Dover win!
 "Super" WY fan Carolyn Tritt is on the left of Coach
 West York wins "1971-72" YCIAA Wrestling Championship!
 West York Area also finishes with an unbeaten 14-0 record.


Don Lehman

 Don Lehman
 Webmaster, Archivist & Owner of westyorkwrestlingalumni.com
Archives - Interview Page

The MJ/JT Interview...
BELOW INITIALS...  DL - Don Lehman  JT - John T. Toggas  MJ - Mary Jane Toggas

- What have you been doing in Gettysburg to keep busy these days?
JT - I enjoy working in my wood shop refinishing and repairing furniture... but when you or (anyone else) calls and tells me we have a tee-time - I close the shop and grab my golf clubs!

MJ - Trying to keep up with JT is a full time job.  We also spend time with Steph, Carl and our grandson, Brock - and get together with Moc's children, Matthew and Samantha as often as we can.
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1972 - West York Wrestling Head Coach John T. Toggas - (left back),
Scott Callahan, Don Lehman, Mike Stambaugh & Bob Bowers.
Kneeling in front are... Paul Mulay, Kevin McCleary & Neil Bupp.

DL - Wrestling has been a huge part of your lives since the 50's.  If you could pick out a couple "mat memories" from the many that stand out, what would they be?
JT - ▪ Having my 1st PIAA State Champion (Dana Luckenbaugh) in 1965 who was also York County's 1st PIAA State Wrestling Champion.  ▪ Winning the Easton Holiday Tournament Team Title in 1971 with four individual champions.  ▪ Beating Dallastown in the "Big Match" in 1971 and going 14-0 and winning the '72 YCIAA title. Taking two wrestlers to the 1969 PIAA State Tournament in State College, PA... and coming home with 2 State Champs - Bill Luckenbaugh @ 127lbs. and John Sprenkle @ Heavyweight (below photo - '69 PIAA's).
- I wasn't able to go to the 1965 PIAA State finals when Dana beat Shamokin's Bill Welker 4-3, because Steph was just 3 months old... but it was still exciting knowing JT, West York and York County had their first State Champion!  Moc, Steph and I were at the PIAA State finals in 1969 at PSU's Rec Hall.  It was a NIGHT to remember!  I remember making the trip to the Easton Holiday Tournament in 1971 and being in awe of the District XI wrestling greats like Don Rohn, Rocky Creazzo, Lance Leonhardt, Dennis Underkoffler and Rocky Chunko, to name a few.  We were SO PROUD of our West York kids winning that tournament!
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         ▪ 1969 PIAA State Champions @ Penn State

DL - Coaching a sport like wrestling isn't a "3:30pm to 5:30pm" job for four months a year.  There is a ton of time not "on the meter" put in by both a coach and the wife of a coach.  Your thoughts?
JT - If you want to have a good team and a successful program, you have to put in a lot of extra time and you have to go to tournaments year-round.  The more you compete (in and out of your area), the better you get as you get exposed to many different wrestling styles.  That pays off in the long run.  We went to many, many summer tournaments, camps and coaching clinics.
MJ - Moc, Steph and I understood that being a wrestling coach was not just their Dad's "job", it was his passion.  They never complained and as a matter of fact - they loved it and we all supported their dad 100%.
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      ▪ 1981 Selinsgrove Tourney Team Champions!

DL - I can't speak for other time periods, but when I wrestled in the Toggas era per the early seventies, it really felt like a "family" in all aspects, on the mat... and the support we felt from the great fans.  Is that a correct assumption?
JT - Absolutely!  I always felt that a wrestling team was "family"... you were "my kids" and we all worked together to make each other better.  We became winners and everyone loves a winner!  When someone was going through a rough time, we talked about it and tried to work on the problem because we cared and that's what families do.
MJ - We always knew that "Dad's" team was like our extended family, too.  Moc and Steph often said that they had the best times growing up with the West York Wrestling Bulldogs.  The fans and parents were great, and we made so many wonderful friendships that still mean so much to us.
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DL - There has to be a couple funny memories from the Toggas coaching era, please share a couple that first come to mind.
JT - The first year I was at West York, we had a match with Columbia.  We got on the bus and were on our way... and as we were halfway across the bridge at Wrightsville, we saw a school bus coming towards us... and I asked Coach Bob Bowers if he could see the logo on the bus.  He said he couldn't and we thought it would be funny if it was the Columbia Team.  When we got to Columbia High School, the AD told us that their team was on its way to West York because they thought the match was away!  We had the match the next night and we won.
MJ - To say that during the wrestling season - that the team comes first, is no understatement.  Our daughter, Stephanie was born a month early on December 14th.  I was to be discharged from the hospital that Thursday, but Coach JT had a "big match" with Spring Grove that night, so he couldn't bring us home until the next day!  At that time, I didn't have a phone in my room, (it was in the hallway) so sometime before 10:00pm, the phone rang in the quiet hospital hallway and I shuffled out and heard the good news that we had beaten Spring Grove!  My friends in the Maternity Ward all cheered when they heard the news.
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DL - I know the support staff at West York Wrestling was a good one during your days as coach.  From the elementary staff to the senior high staff to the administration - all were part of the program's success.  And, the wives also played an important part of the success of the program.  Raymond Troxell, Neil Everhart, Bob Bowers, Whedon Myers, Carolyn Tritt, John Sprenkle... some of the names from the program past.  How important was it to have that solid support system at West York? (above photo - Eby, Troxell, Toggas)
JT - The key to having that successful program is that we all worked together!  No one person can effectively run the entire program.  The Elementary, Junior High and High School staffs all had their jobs to do and we all worked to achieve the common goal: Making our program the BEST it could be.  I always emphasized positive coaching and no negativity.  I think one of the best ways to make our kids better is to view films of their matches.  Carolyn Tritt did a great job taking videos of the matches and was a great supporter of the wrestling program.  We could see what mistakes were made and what worked - so the wrestler could make himself better.  There is also no question that the wonderful support we got from the administration enhanced our program.  Our coaching staff had a great group of wives supporting them and our wrestlers... and we worked together.  I still enjoy many of the friendships I made years ago.
MJ - The coaching staff from the Elementary, Junior High and the High School was like one big family working together for "our kids", the wrestlers.  Our husbands concerns, dedication and goals for the wrestlers became important for us, too!  We made some very special and enduring friendships which we cherish.
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(above photo Coach JT shaking hands @ - 2013 Alumni Night by the Booster Club)

DL - Also - the WY Wrestling Booster Club was formed in 1967.  What do you remember about the start of that arm of the program and how did the fans play an important part in the success of the program?
JT - We started the WY Wrestling Booster Club to help raise money for our kids to go to wrestling camps, because not everyone could afford to go.  We sold merchandise like sweaters, hats, and had hoagie drives - just to name a few fundraisers, and we put the money raised towards the wrestlers needs.  We also had a big banquet at the end of the season to thank and honor our wrestlers for all of their great accomplishments.
MJ - The Booster Club was made up mostly of the wrestler's parents who worked tirelessly to promote our WY program and to raise funds for the kids!  Working with such a great group of people who shared a common goals (helping our wrestlers) was so much fun and I think it created not only a bond for all of us, but it made the coaches and wrestlers realize how much they were supported.  (WY Booster OW Award (2004 JT Night!)
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DL -  Both of you have been involved with wrestling since the 50's, when a young John T. Toggas wrestled at York High!  I saw both of you at the 2009 District III SC Regional AAA Wrestling Tournament at Hersheypark and the PIAA State AAA Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center.  How has wrestling changed over the years, or has it?
JT - I really don't think wrestling has changed that much.  As a coach, I always liked to observe different wrestling techniques and moves from other area teams.  There were a group of us high school coaches that would attend the NCAA tournaments every year and we'd look to see what different moves they were using and then try to incorporate these moves and adapt for the high school kids.  Once we realized what they could handle, we would drill them until they mastered the moves.
MJ - We don't miss many tournaments, Don.  It has just become a way of life.  Thursdays and Saturdays were wrestling, February and March was tournament time.  As much as I love wrestling, I must admit that going to the PIAA States and attending the AAA and AA Championships was a little much, but that's what you do for your grandchildren and we proudly followed our Matthew when he wrestled for Brandywine Heights.  As for whether wrestling has changed over the years, I'm not a coach, but I don't think it's changed much.  Of course there are a lot of new moves that are pretty impressive, but the basics, when executed perfectly, are just as effective.
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DL - Many rides home from West York to Gettysburg after a practice or a meet ended with a late dinner at the Toggas home.  Was the conversation topic "wrestling" at the kitchen table?
JT - What else?  Yes, we'd sit down to dinner and if was after a meet, we'd talk about the match and if it was preparing for an upcoming match, we'd talk about who had to make weight and the possible line-ups.  After dinner, we'd go downstairs to our rec room and look at films to get ready for the next match.  The next day I would spend a lot of time making up different line-ups, trying to put together the best team possible.  Wrestling was always on my mind.
MJ - It's a good thing wrestling was always on his mind because over the years, some of my dinners were a disaster!  First of all, I'm the first to admit I'm not the greatest cook, but not knowing what time he'd get home didn't help my cooking either.  He never complained and neither did the kids.  They would have a snack when getting home from school since we never knew what time he'd walk in the door.  First we talked about how Moc's and Steph's day at school went and then we'd hear all about John's day.  We have the greatest kids in the world!!!  They both grew up with wrestling and loved the sport... it was just a way of life for all of us.  Moc followed in his dad's footsteps and Steph still goes to as many wrestling matches as she can.  (I truly think she could officiate a wrestling match as well as most referees!)  And, her son Brock is starting his 4th year of wrestling in the Neshaminy area program.
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  ▪ 1982 - A WY "1972" Team Reunion!

DL - Both of you saved so many photos and memories from over the years, and I've tried to capture those photos and statistics on the alumni website as best I can.  But, a flood ruined much more memorabilia.  That had to be a nightmare!
JT - It was really a nightmare!  I was sitting downstairs watching a ballgame (around 10:00pm) and all of a sudden, the back door at the bottom of our outside stairwell broke and water just gushed in!  Gettysburg was hit with a freak once-in-a-lifetime storm that dumped 13" of rain in less than 4 hours.  Shortly before 1:00am it had stopped and we had 7 feet-4 inches of water in our rec room.  There really wasn't time to save anything.  Thankfully, we didn't lose our electricity and our sump pump worked the entire time, but we were just overwhelmed with the volume of water.  We lost so many pictures, wrestling films, yearbooks and scrapbooks!
MJ - I never did like rainstorms, but since that night, I'm absolutely terrified of heavy rains.  Most of the furniture, John could refinish, but we lost so many irreplaceable things like the yearbooks, photos, films, and scrapbooks which I had compiled each season for John and Moc per their wrestling matches and accomplishments.  Moc always tried to be positive and did his best to console me by saying "we know what we did, mom, and that's all that matters!"
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   ▪ 1964-65 West York HS Varsity Wrestling Team

DL - The first year at West York was 1964-65... after a stint with Biglerville.  Your thoughts as a coach coming into the WY program - and Mrs. T., your thoughts when your husband decided to make the huge move to Bulldog Country.  (above photo - '64-65 WY Team - '65 PIAA Champ Dana Luckenbaugh 3rd from left - front)
JT - When I came to West York, I had 65 kids come out for wrestling and I felt that was a really nice size group of kids.  I know I worked then pretty hard to become even better wrestlers.  I anticipated some of them would quit and I'd end up with a group of 45, but by the end of the year, we had about 75 tough kids!
MJ - I knew the decision had to be John's, but to be honest, I wasn't enthused as he was because I'm a small town girl.  Moc was in 2nd grade and all the friends he had grown up with were here and we were expecting our second child in a few months.  I told him I'd support whatever decision he would make - BUT I WASN'T MOVING!  So, being the loving and special man he is, he traveled 60 miles each day to keep his family happy!
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   1973-74 East Stroudsburg State College Varsity Wrestling Team
West York HS grads in photo - Keith Lichty (2nd from left front),
      Bill Luckenbaugh (3rd from left front), Don Lehman (1st back left),
      Mike Stambaugh (3rd from left back).

vs.     WRESTLING 11/14/73

DL - Coach Toggas, seeing West York Wrestling Alumni go from high school to college meant a lot to you - and you had to be proud when in November of 1973, you and a busload of West Yorkers' traveled to the Poconos to watch the F&M-East Stroudsburg State College dual meet.  Five of your wrestlers were on the ESSC mat that night, with the feature match at 158lbs. between Bill Luckenbaugh and Kevin McCleary!  Mrs. Toggas, you also had to be proud that night.  How important was it to you to help your wrestlers pursue further education?
JT - I can't begin to tell you how proud I was to have four of my kids wrestling for East Stroudsburg State and one kid wrestling for F&M that night!  I had five of my "kids" out there that night!  What a great night it was for me!  If I would have had buttons on my shirt, I know I would have been popping them!  I always felt that my job didn't end when you graduated from high school and I did encourage my wrestlers to go on to college because I felt that education was the key to success and, hopefully, a way to a better, more secure life.
MJ - This was just one more exciting and proud night being mat-side and cheering for our WY Bulldogs.  So many wonderful memories, not just for your Coach JT, but for our great children - Moc and Steph... and me, too.  It really was a good life.
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DL - Family is very important to both of you.  I have to bring up and ask the tough question.  Your son, John S. "Moc" Toggas, was tragically killed last April.  I know it has been extremely tough on the both of you daily, as well as your daughter Stephanie, the grandkids Samantha and Matt, and the rest of your extended family.  As I sat at the second of the two memorial celebrations of Moc's life in Allentown with Mike Stambaugh, I was amazed at the number of people in attendance to pay their respects.  The number from the wrestling community was great - from West York Wrestling, Parkland Wrestling, Brandywine Heights Wrestling and the other coaches, referees and friends in Moc's life!  It had to be comforting to see the outpouring of support from this special wrestling community during this tragic time.  Your thoughts on that period of time?
JT - Of all the tragedies anyone has to face in life, there is absolutely none worse than losing your child, and I don't think we will ever recover from that.  I will say that the support and love that we received from the wrestling community gave us comfort and strength at a time when we really needed it.
MJ - A parent's worst nightmare is to lose a child; it just leaves a big, aching hole in your heart and we, Steph, Matt and Samantha and all our family, will never, ever be the same.  Moc was always there for us with that grin that was as big as his heart and his comforting and wise words and out-stretched loving arms.  Yes, life goes on but that doesn't mean we've stopped crying inside.  We've always referred to the wrestling community as "family" and their caring and strength was just like family looking after family and we'll always be grateful.
Moc's Memory Page

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Lehman's... Q & A with Lehigh's Jon Trenge

DL - John S. "Moc" Toggas will be inducted into the 2010 PWCA State Hall of Fame in April of next year in State College, PA.  That letter from Norm Palovcsik had to be a blessing!  This, after Moc's dad was inducted in 1992.  I know that the kids Moc coached from Parkland - Jon Trenge, Matt Roth, Sean/Derek Jenkins, Howie Miller,
Roger London, Jim Best, Steve Baumbach, Mario Moses, John Lantz, Brad Maurer, Kyle Wolfe, John-Tom-Andy Yankanich, Keith-Matt-Kurt Pryor, and many, many more wrestlers played a big part of the nomination.  Are you excited about the induction ceremony next year? 
2010 Inductees PDF Photo Page w/"Moc".
JT - Yes, we're so very proud of Moc and all he did... and we're also very proud of all the young men whose lives he touched and who made it their mission to see their "Coach T" inducted into the PWCA Hall of Fame.  His mother and I miss him very much and we know his children, Matt and Sam really miss him as does his sister, Steph, her husband Carl and their little son, Brock.  We keep in touch with Moc's wrestling kids, too and know too - that they miss him.  We've always been so proud of the great job Moc did at the Parkland Wrestling program.  Being a wrestling coach, as well as his proud father, I felt he put his heart and soul into a mediocre program and turned it into a State and Nationally ranked program.  Of course, he didn't do this alone... he had great coaching assistants and an outstanding bunch of tough and talented kids!  He was also fortunate to have great supportive parents and a cooperative administration.  Moc was always a very hard worker no matter what he did and I was always so proud of his dedication to his wrestlers and their wrestling program.  He coached four PIAA State Champions (Matt Roth, Derek Jenkins, and Jon Trenge - 2 titles), a runner-up, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th place winners at State's, also.  He was constantly searching for the toughest tournaments to enter because he felt that would make his kids tougher and more ready for the post-season competition.  In all my coaching associations and experiences, I've never seen anyone study and dissect wrestling films the way he did.  He loved the sport of wrestling and always wanted to be the best... and he was. 
MJ - Over the years, John and I have felt that Moc was a worthy candidate to be inducted in the PWCA Hall of Fame and for the past seven years we've been submitting his name for consideration.  Last year, coming home from States in Hershey, we talked about how disappointing it was that our letters didn't bring about his nomination and since we were not getting any younger, we were hoping we'd live to see him inducted.  Well, a little over a month afterwards, the unthinkable happened.  As we thought about submitting yet another letter to the committee this year, we decided why not contact as many of Moc's wrestlers as we could reach as ask them if they would consider writing letters to the committee expressing how they felt about their coach, what they had learned from him on and off the mat and how he influenced their lives.  Their response was overwhelmingly successful and THEIR letters resulted in Moc's unanimous induction into the PWCA Hall of Fame and we're so grateful to all of them.  It's as we've told them, we felt, too... that Moc deserved this honor, but knowing our son and how he always felt about such things, we know the most meaningful honor for him would be to know how his kid's felt.  That's what mattered to him the most.
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DL - I forgot to mention earlier... it had to be a thrill to be part of the 1978 West York Wrestling 14-0 YCIAA Championship reunion held in January, 2009 at the WY/Dallastown match!  Your thoughts as you saw some of your former wrestlers, coach John Sprenkle and the fans? (above photo - 2009 reunion)
JT - What a great evening!  I want to thank you, Don and the Blazer (Randy Blasdell) too, for all your hard work in the planning of this special event.  It was wonderful to see all of the guys and I'm so proud of all that you have done - and that your West York Wrestling experience is still so important to you.  Seeing my 1978 "kids", Coach John Sprenkle (one of my "kids" too) and the many wrestling fans, made it a night to remember for me!
MJ - I was so sorry that I couldn't make the 1978 WY Wrestling Championship reunion because I had committed myself to take care of Brock that weekend.  As much as I love wrestling, family comes first!  I can tell you that I heard all about it and how much it meant to Coach JT to get together with all of you and reminisce... thank you for making it such a special night for him and his "kids."  I truly don't think anyone enjoyed it any more than your coach.  Thank you for all you do for West York Wrestling Alumni, Don.
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DL - Coach & Mrs. Toggas, thank you so much for sharing your memories with the westyorkwrestlingalumni.com readers.  And, most of all - thank you for being a big part of my family, life, and also for being dear friends through the years!
JT - Our wrestling teams were more than a team, we were family and we took care of each other and cared for each other... and still do.  I would like to thank all the kids I had out for wrestling.  We had a really great group of kids who worked very hard to develop the fine program we had.  I did push all the kids we had out for wrestling to go to college or further their education beyond high school because I felt it would give them a better shot at a good and secure future.  I am so proud of all of you who did go on to college and also those of you who didn't, but have worked hard and made something of themselves.  I really did want the best for all of you.  I wish I could do it all over again - it was FUN.  We had a good program and we all worked hard to be the best and we were.  Thanks, Don Lehman - for all you have done with the website... and the work you continue to do with the Alumni.  I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart.
MJ - Don, it is we, who thank you.  You have always been there for us in good times and in bad times, too.  This past year and a half has been devastating for us, but your kindness, your concern, caring and encouragement have meant so much to us!  Yes, you're one of JT's West York Wrestling "kids", but you've become even more that that, you're like family, too.   (a 2009 Interview from the archives)

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The Toggas Family
(L-R) Mary Jane, John S. "Moc", Stephanie & Coach John T. Toggas.

1969 West York High School

1969 West York HS Teacher's Photo
▪ Head WY Wrestling Coach John T. Toggas - (2nd from left in back row)

           ▪ West York Coaches - Bob Bowers & John T. Toggas.

           The Coach John T. Toggas Check List
Overall @ Biglerville & West York HS's - 307-110-4  (.729 Winning %).
   ▪ "6" HALL of FAMES...
     York County - '95, District III - '80, Pennsylvania PWCA - '92,
     South Central - '00, Adams - '01, National Hall of Fame - '99.
   ▪ Graduate of York High School - York, PA '51.
     (lettered in football, wrestling and track @ York High).
   ▪ Attended Millersville State Teacher's College & York Junior College.
   ▪ Graduate of Gettysburg College - Gettysburg, PA  (BS in Education) '58.
   ▪ Graduate of Western Maryland College - (Masters in Education) '71.
   ▪ As a Coach at Biglerville and West York (30 years):
   ▪ 5 YCIAA Titles, 6 Sectional Team Championships, 83 Sectional Champions,
     12 District III Champions, 12 Regional Champions, 16 PIAA State Qualifiers,
     1-3rd Place PIAA State Finisher,
2-PIAA State Runners-up, 3-PIAA State Champions,
     2-times YCIAA Coach of Year, PIAA Wrestling Official, NCAA Rules Committee (HS).
   ▪ Founded the West York & Biglerville Elementary Wrestling Programs.


(L-R) West York Wrestling Coaches
- Bob Bowers & John T. Toggas.

John T. Toggas "Top 60" Wrestling Team
Coach JT Toggas coached York's 1st PIAA State Wrestling Champ...
1965 - Dana Luckenbaugh

1971 - WY Coach JT Toggas and Guy Boyer (165lbs.)

1972 YCIAA Sectional Championships

1972 District III YCIAA
York County Sectional Champions

▪ Front Kneeling (L-R)  Paul Mulay, Kevin McCleary, Neil Bupp.
▪ Back (L-R) Coach John Toggas, Scott Callahan, Don Lehman,
Mike Stambaugh, Asst. Coach Robert Bowers.

1983 West York Wrestling

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

1983 West York Wrestling Dual vs. Central York
(L-R) Coaches John T. Toggas w/son John S. "Moc" Toggas, John Sprenkle,
Brian Kuntz and standing in back (middle) is assistant... Kevin McCleary.



▪ West York Head Wrestling Coach, John T. Toggas
receiving award from the West York School Board.

Mr. Toggas teaching a WY Health Class.

Mr. Toggas checking mail in the office.

1969 Penn State's Rec Hall

@ Penn State's Rec Hall
1969 PIAA State Wrestling Championship
West York's Bill Luckenbaugh before his 127lb. PIAA
State final bout win over Bob Pratt of Easton, 8-2.
▪ Pictured with Bill are... West York Head Coach, John T. Toggas
and West York assistant coach, Robert Bowers @ PSU.

1989 West York Outstanding Wrestler Award
▪ 3-time MVP David Maday with WY Coach John T. Toggas.


        York/Adam's PIAA CHAMPS
  PIAA State Wrestling Champions
               by... High School

     ∙ Dallastown (5), Hanover (5), South Western (4),
       Delone Catholic (4), Kennard Dale (4), Biglerville (3),
Dover (3), West York (3), Bermudian Springs (3),
       Susquehannock (1),
York Vo-Tech (1), Littlestown (1),
       New Oxford (1), Spring Grove (1).

The Luckenbaugh's Medalists

                          WEST YORK WRESTLING
Sectionals Districts Regionals States




Mr. Toggas teaching a WY Health Class.

West York Wrestling
"Coaching Win/Loss History"
693-524-14 (1934-2021)
Year(s) - Coach - Career Coaching Record - %
   ▪ 1934-44 - Chuck C. Richards▪            88-21-4 (.779 win %)
   ▪ 1944-45 - Reverend Clark S. Smith           8-3 (.727 win %)
   1945-56 - C. Richards/Don Kocher   50-89-3 (.352 win %)
   ▪ 1956-63 - Robert L. Brown                46-21-2 (.667 win %)
   ▪ 1963-64 - Dr. D. Kenneth Ober▪              12-2 (.857 win %)
   1964-83/'85-'91 John T. Toggas  269-78-2* (.770 win %)
   1983-85 - Kevin McCleary                  19-16-1 (.528 win %)
   1991-97 - Bill Luckenbaugh                  76-23 (.768 win %)
   1997-03 - "Chip" Fissel                      24-64-2 (.267 win %)
   ▪ 2003-04 - Jeremy Jones                           1-17 (.056 win %)
   ▪ 2004-06 - Jeff Meckley                              4-28 (.125 win %)
   ▪ 2006-07 - Josh Millard                              7-16 (.304 win %)
   ▪ 2007-21 - Brian Gross                           89-146 (.379 win %)

John Toggas @ Biglerville 38-32-2 (overall 307-110-4).
Ober & Toggas are in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
   ▪ C. Richards, JT Toggas,
Dr. Ober & Bill Luckenbaugh...
   are in the PWCA PA Wrestling's Hall of Fame.

                          PWCA Hall of Fame Inductees
(Ken Ober, John Toggas, Chuck Richards, Bill Luckenbaugh)


                      West York's NCAA Wrestling Alumni

                              Jim Haas - (right) on West York Wrestling Coaching Staff,
                              w/Coach John T. Toggas (left) and Jeff Meckley (middle).


                                      Toggas "Coached" Championships!
                                              1964-65, 1971-72, 1974-75,
                                                           1976-77, 1977-78.

                                      Toggas "Coached" PIAA Champions
                                       WY's Dana Luckenbaugh, Bill Luckenbaugh, John Sprenkle.

                                                  @ Penn State's Rec Hall

                                      Toggas "Coached" PIAA Finalists ...
                                   1965 PIAA State Finals

                     Dana Luckenbaugh (West York) dec. Bill Welker (Shamokin) 4-3.
                                  1968 PIAA State Finals
                     Norm Palovcsik (Clearfield) dec. Bill Luckenbaugh (West York) 11-8.
                                  1969 PIAA State Finals
                     Bill Luckenbaugh (West York) dec. Bob Pratt (Easton) 8-2.
                                  1969 PIAA State Finals
                     John Sprenkle (West York) pinned Joel Kislin (Wilkes Barre GAR) 5:12.
                                  1975 PIAA State Finals
                     John Eichenlaub (Lock Haven) pinned Jeff Meckley (West York) 3:24

West York Wrestling
1977-78 Championship
"A Team Reunion" - 1/10/09 @ West York

West York 1977-78 Championship Team Reunion
▪ Knee  (L-R) Don Botterbusch, Bruce Stambaugh, Rod Stough, John Silar.
▪ Back
(L-R) Larry Gay, Barry Gay, WY Coach Don Lehman, Randy Blasdell,
David Stram, WY Head Coach John T. Toggas, Asst. Coach John Sprenkle.
▪ 1/10/09 Photo by Kevin Drawbaugh of JK Images

78' Reunion Program w/bio's - CLICK HERE! ... PDF
1/10/09 Roger Czerwinski Reading ... '78 PDF
1978 West York 14-0 Championship Team Photo

▪▪ 1/10/09 -
The recognition of 78' team/coaches @ Dallastown match.
(L-R) Rod Stough, Don Botterbusch, John Silar, Dave Stram, Larry Gay,
Barry Gay, Bruce Stambaugh, Randy Blasdell, Coach John Toggas,
Coach John W. Sprenkle & Coach Don Lehman.
Photo by Samuel Toggas, R.Ph.

Don Lehman's
2007 Alumni Golf Outing @ Briarwood

(L-R) Steve Toggas, John T. Toggas, Skip Martin & "Moc" Toggas.

Don Lehman's
2007 Alumni Golf Outing @ Briarwood

West York's Dave Maday (front) chats with Coach John T. Toggas.
(Mike Ketterman sits in the middle)
▪ Back - Joe Shrader, Charlie Longfellow, Charles "Chuck" Bostic,
Fred R. Lehman and... Fred E. Lehman.

2008 - ARC Golf Outing @ Cool Creek Golf Club
(L-R) Don Lehman, John T. Toggas, Terry Strayer & Fred Lehman.

2009 - ARC Golf Outing @ Cool Creek GC
(L-R)  John T. Toggas, Fred Lehman, Terry Strayer & Don Lehman.

2009 Fountainhead CC

(L-R) Jim Haas, WY '72 & ... Coach John T. Toggas discuss strategy
@ Fountainhead Country Club in 2009 golf outing by Todd Reynolds.

August 23, 2010 @ Fountain Head CC
(L-R) John T. Toggas, Todd Reynolds, Don Lehman & Randy Blasdell.

2010 @ Iron Valley Golf Club

Arriving... (L-R) Skip Martin, Terry Strayer & Coach John T. Toggas.

2010 @ Iron Valley Golf Club

(L-R) Don Lehman '73 and HOF Coach John T. Toggas.

2010 @ Iron Valley Golf Club

(L-R) Coach John T. Toggas and Bruce Stambaugh '78 "ready to play."

2010 @ Iron Valley Golf Club

(L-R) Coach John T. Toggas, Tom McConkey, Terry Strayer & Don Lehman...
of 2010 "Team" westyorkwrestlingalumni.com.

2010 @ Iron Valley Golf Club

(L-R) Coach John T. Toggas, Don Lehman and Terry Strayer arrive at Iron Valley.

The "Coach" & Rick Blasdell @ the 2010 ARC Golf Tourney!

August 23, 2010
8/23/10 - (L-R) Randy Blasdell, Don Lehman & Coach John T. Toggas.

August 23, 2010
8/23/10 - Coach John T. Toggas & Todd Reynolds @ Fountain Head.

August 23, 2010
8/23/10 - Coach John T. Toggas, Randy Blasdell & Todd Reynolds.


     2011 WY Wrestling Alumni Bulldog Open
by Randy Blasdell
    ▪  Front Row (L-R) Scott Goodwill, Todd Reynolds, Jim Haas, Tom Hoover,
    Dave Carley, Bruce Stambaugh, Lynn SheelyRyan Brady & *Jon Trenge.
    ▪  Back (L-R) John Reiber, Jared Haas, Dick March, Craig Clark,
Fred Lehman,
    Mike Frey, Randy Blasdell, Rick Blasdell,
Don Lehman, Coach John T. Toggas,
    Mike Stambaugh, Skip Martin,
Matt Toggas, Jeff Miller, Perry Tallman,
    Wilmer Pressel.    (missing from photo...Tommy Rost)

'12 Bulldog Open Fundraiser

2012 - Steve Toggas (left) w/his uncle John T. Toggas @ Briarwood.

'12 Bulldog Open Fundraiser

2012 (L-R) Coach JT Toggas & Bob Linker @ Briarwood West!

1977 YCIAA Sectional Champions - West York
Rod Stough, Chuck Nace, Steve Toggas,
WY Coaches John T. Toggas & John Sprenkle.


February 5, 2004
West York vs. Northern HS

WY Senior/Alumni Night
(by Mike Brouillette & Don Lehman)
A Coach J.T. Toggas Recognition!!
(West York HS vs. Northern HS)
Toggas, Boyer, Haas, Lehman, Martin, Gay,
Kuntz, Stambaugh, Weaver, Ginter...
Thanks Randy Turner-for donating the Jacket!

West York Wrestling
1982 "10-Year" Reunion

of the 1971-72
Championship 14-0 Wrestling Team

▪▪▪ West York Wrestling Team Reunion ▪▪▪
of the 1971-72 YCIAA Championship Wrestling Team

(L-R)  Don Lehman, Scott Callahan, Neil Bupp, Paul Mulay, Keith Lichty,
Jim Haas, West York Head Coach John T. Toggas and Mike Stambaugh.
(Summer of 1982 @ Paul C. McCleary's Home - Carlisle Road, York, PA)

West York Area High School
Wrestling Team

1971-72 West York Varsity Wrestling Team (14-0)
Front Row (L-R) Steve Thomas,
Paul Mulay, Skip Martin, Keith Lichty,
Kevin McCleary & Neil Bupp.
(L-R) Coach JT Toggas, Jim Haas, Barry Albright, Scott Callahan,
Barry King, Mike Stambaugh & Don Lehman.


West York Wrestling 1971-72 (14-0)
Front (L-R) - Stephen Thomas, Paul Mulay, Skip Martin, Keith Lichty,
Barry Botterbusch, Mark Jenkins, Kevin McCleary & Neil Bupp.
▪ Back
(L-R) -
Jim Haas, Barry Albright, Scott Callahan, Michael Root,
Barry King, Mike Stambaugh & Don Lehman.

1971-72... YCIAA League Wrestling Champions!!
1972 YCIAA Section Wrestling Team Champions.
1971 Easton Holiday Team Wrestling Champions.

Coach JT (right) w/Coach Bowers...

Front Kneeling (L-R) Jeff Meckley and John Chiappy
▪ Back
Standing  (L-R) Barry Gay and John T. Toggas

1977 - West York's Todd Reynolds (left) with
coaches... John Sprenkle and John T. Toggas.

1991 YCIAA Section AA Championships

(L-R) Steve Young, John T. Toggas, Jason Turnbull,
David Maday, Asst. Coach William Luckenbaugh,
&... Jeff Wolfe
(kneeling in front).

1991 YCIAA Section AA Championships

▪ (L-R) Steve Young, Head Coach JT Toggas, Jason Turnbull, Dave Maday,
WY Area Asst. Coach Bill Luckenbaugh & Jeff Wolfe
(kneeling in front).

1989 District III Wrestling Tourney
@ Shippensburg University

   The PIAA AAA District III Mat Finals 1989
1989 -- West York's 103 lb. Dave Maday (left) w/WY coach John T. Toggas
and WY Assistant Coach Tom Toggas (back left).  Also, in above '89 photo...
(L-R) Dover's (red) 112lb. Mark Eckenrode with Dover coach Charlie
Spring Grove's 119lb. Scott Forry
with Spring Grove head coach Gary Grim, &
South Western's 125lb. 3-time PIAA State Champ Joey Wildasin - (far right).
*note ▪ The 1989 District III AAA Tourney had five YCIAA Champions!
▪ Dover's Mark Eckenrode, Spring Grove's Scott Forry,
South Western's Joey Wildasin, South Western's Steve Elicker ... and
Red Lion's Tac Thomas
all won DIII AAA titles in '89 @ Shippensburg.
▪ In AA competiton, Eastern's Chad Barshinger picked
up an '89 AA title
- for the YCIAA Wrestling League.


 1/3/13 ▪ A West York Wrestling "Alumni Night" chat with Coach Toggas.



1983 - Open Team Champion (East Stroudsburg State)
given to ESU's Desi McNelis... by WY's John T. Toggas.

West York Area High School
1981 Selinsgrove Tournament
Team Champions!

Front (L-R) Kevin Hannigan, Cary Gerace, Brendt Gladfelter,
Todd Kern, Jon Luckenbaugh.
▪ Back
(L-R) Coach John T. Toggas, Steve Culver, Michael Ott,
Coach John Sprenkle, Tom Toggas, Rob Eyster, Coach Brian Kuntz.

"Moc's 1st PIAA Champion!"

(L-R) WY's John T. Toggas,
Parkland's Matt Roth & Parkland Coach John S. Toggas...
Matt Roth's 1994 - 112lb. PIAA State Championship.

A Photo on a Desk...

John S. "Moc" Toggas & Stephanie Toggas
"Proud of their West York Wrestling Gear!!"
February - 1970


John S. Toggas
Gettysburg, PA High School Varsity Wrestling

3/19/75... Munich, Germany Freestyle Trip

Front (L-R) Randy Hoffman (Cumberland Valley), Chuck Nace (West York),
Robert Jones (Hanover), Herb Webb (Dover), George Wagner (Carlisle),

Earl Ward (Cumberland Valley) & Denny Reed (Cumberland Valley).
Middle (L-R) John S. "Moc" Toggas (Gettysburg), Keith Smith (Dover HS),
Jeff Meckley (West York), Dale Rohrer (Manheim Central), Doug Krebs
(Susquehannock) & William Brenneman (Big Spring).
Back Row (L-R) Coach "Charlie" Jacobs, Coach Mike Williams, Mark Miller
Wolfgang Woods (Big Spring), Brian Weigle (Cumberland Valley),
 Paul Nickel (Big Spring), Larry Lucas (Cedar Crest), Jack Campbell (Big Spring)

Asst. Coach Tom Smith.  (absent was Coach Ivan Steel)  

'75 Germany photo submitted to Don Lehman by Dover's Charlie Jacobs

2011 - Parkland Wrestling's Jon Trenge @ the
S. "Moc" Toggas Memorial Golf Scramble

▪ 5/15/11 - Parkland Assistant Wrestling Coach - Jon Trenge...
holding a great sign from sponsor & sister (Moc)... Steph Leinbach.
* Jon Trenge - 2-time PIAA State Wrestling Champ @ (Parkland HS)
and ... a 3-time NCAA All-American @ (Lehigh U.) -
J. Trenge Q & A.
5/15/11 - Coach John T. Toggas played in his son's memorial
tourney with Jon Trenge, Matt Toggas and Samantha Toggas
... the coach's grandkids.  It was very well attended!

West York Area High School
Wrestling Team

1974-75 West York Varsity Wrestling
YCIAA League Championship Team ▪
▪ Front (L-R) Scott 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 Toggas.

The JT Toggas ▪ MGB GT...

"Always... parked by the WY Locker Room Door!"

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"JT's All-Time Team"
(Coached by John T. Toggas 1964-1991)

John T. Toggas (307-110-4)
Former head wrestling coach @ Biglerville and West York High Schools,
Toggas was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for his:

"Lifetime Service To Wrestling"

"Wrestling - Training For The Rest Of Your Life"
Weight West York JT Toggas "Top 60"
"JT's Hall of Fame Team!"
95lbs.    Rod Stough
HM   *Frankie Vega
HM   *Jeff Linebaugh
HM    Greg Henry
HM    Steve Thomas
HM    Joel Pugh
HM    Dan Dixon
103lbs.    Dave Maday
HM    Bill Pope
HM    Brian Kuntz
HM    Gary Carbaugh
HM    Paul Mulay
112lbs.    *Dana Luckenbaugh (PIAA Champion)
HM    Ken Shorts
HM    Larry Haas
HM    David Toggas
HM    Todd Kern
120lbs.    *Chuck Nace
HM    Robert "Bob" Linker
HM    Darl "Smokey" Dennis
HM    Terry Lehr
HM    David Carley
HM    Stanley "Skip" Martin
127lbs.    Bill Luckenbaugh (PIAA Champion)
HM    Keith Lichty
HM    John Chiappy
HM    Steve Lookingbill
HM    Steve Culver
HM    Arthur Miller (Biglerville)
HM    Chad Toomey
133lbs.    Brent Gladfelter
HM    Todd Reynolds
HM    Tony Hoffman
HM    Barry Gay
138lbs.    Jeff Meckley (PIAA 2nd Place)
HM    Neil Bupp
HM    *Steve Young
HM    Dennis Hummel
HM    Steve Toggas
HM    Cary Gerace
HM    Tom DeLong
145lbs.    Jason Turnbull
HM    Kevin McCleary
HM    Jim Haas
HM    Larry Gay
HM    Nathan Blouse
154lbs.    *A. Scott Callahan
HM    Tom Toggas
HM    Bruce Stambaugh
HM    Glenn Eby
165lbs.    Don Narber
HM    Guy Boyer
HM    Fred Lehman
HM    Vince Sutton
HM    Dave Stram
180lbs.    Mike Stambaugh
HM    Jeff Wolfe (PIAA 5th Place)
HM    Wilmer Pressel  (PIAA 6th Place)
HM    David Heckard
HM    John Reiber
HM    Chip Gerhart
HM    Charles Bostic
HM    Randy Blasdell
Hwt.    John Sprenkle (PIAA Champion)
HM    Donald Lehman
HM    Ronald Emenheiser
HM    Gary Narber
HM    Perry Tallman
  * deceased

 www.westyorkwrestlingalumni.com's Hall-of-Fame
All-Time West York Wrestling Team ▪▪
 ▪ Remember... All-Time Teams are for "fun", just like all rankings! 
"Weight classes are approximate from year's back!"

West York Wrestling's family is very proud of all West York Wrestlers!
Coach John T. Toggas & Mary Jane Toggas

1983 WY Wrestling Alumni Reunion @ the West York Holiday Inn

1988 - West York's John T. Toggas w/Bob Linker.
photo by Charlie Jacobs


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JT Toggas WY PIAA State Qualifiers (16)
(@ Biglerville - 2 PIAA Qualifiers)

Year Weight   PIAA State Tourney Qualifier WY Coach
1965 112   Dana Luckenbaugh (1st) John T. Toggas
1968 120   Bill Luckenbaugh (2nd) John T. Toggas
1969 127   Bill Luckenbaugh (1st) John T. Toggas
1969 Hwt.   John Sprenkle (1st) John T. Toggas
1972 180   Mike Stambaugh John T. Toggas
1974 132   Jeff Meckley John T. Toggas
1975 138   Jeff Meckley (2nd) John T. Toggas
1976 105   Bill Pope John T. Toggas
1977 112   Ken Shorts John T. Toggas
1978 112   Ken Shorts John T. Toggas
1981 138   Tom Toggas John T. Toggas
1982 126   Brendt Gladfelter John T. Toggas
1983 132   Brendt Gladfelter John T. Toggas
1989 103   Dave Maday John T. Toggas
1991 112   Dave Maday John T. Toggas
1991 135   Jason Turnbull John T. Toggas



1969 - West York HS's 127lb. Bill Luckenbaugh
congratulated by WY's Coach John T. Toggas...
Bill's PIAA 127lb. State Championship!
"Lucky" decisioned Bob Pratt of Easton, 8-2
to win a PIAA State Wrestling Title!

1965/1969 PIAA State Wrestling Recap

WY's PIAA State Wrestling Tourney Qualifiers


West York Wrestling Team Photos
1947, 1948, 1949, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972,
1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983,
1984, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997,
1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009,
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013,

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York, PA's PWCA Hall of Fame Inductees (13)
                            ▪ Charles "Chuck" Richards (West York) 1976
                            John T. Toggas (West York/Biglerville) 1992
                            ▪ Bill Bence (Dallastown) 1993
                            ▪ Dr. D. Kenneth Ober (West York/Elizabethtown College) 1994
                            ▪ Terry Conover (Hanover) 1996
                            ▪ Shaun Smith (Dover/Del Val) 2003
                            ▪ Joey Wildasin (South Western/GCCC/OSU) 2004
                            ▪ Tony Koontz (Delone Catholic/N. Iowa) 2011
                            ▪ Brad Lloyd (Red Lion/LHU) 2013
                            ▪ Charlie Jacobs (Dover) 2015 (46th Annual Ceremony Inductees)
                            ▪ Bill Luckenbaugh (West York/Biglerville) 2016
                            ▪ Bob Gano (Delone/East Stroudsburg State) 2017
                            ▪ Mark Banks (York Tech/West Virginia) 2018

PWCA HALL OF FAME (1970-2018)

* 2009 interview w/3-time NCAA All-American & 2015 PWCA HOF - Jon Trenge

                                          Dr. Ken Ober & John T. Toggas are in the
                                           National Wrestling Hall of Fame


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West York Wrestling Alumnus College/University West York HS Head Coach
 Bruce Stambaugh  East Stroudsburg University  JT Toggas
 Larry Gay  East Stroudsburg University  JT Toggas
 Barry Gay  East Stroudsburg University  JT Toggas
 Keith Lichty  East Stroudsburg University  JT Toggas
 Don Lehman  East Stroudsburg University  JT Toggas
 Mike Stambaugh  East Stroudsburg University  JT Toggas
 *Bill Luckenbaugh  East Stroudsburg University  JT Toggas
 David Albright  East Stroudsburg University  JT Toggas
 Glen Eby  East Stroudsburg University  JT Toggas
 Scott Hursh  West Chester University  JT Toggas
 Ted Turnbull  West Chester University  JT Toggas
 Jeff Meckley  Indiana (IUP)  JT Toggas
 *Tom Toggas  Blair AC/Lehigh University  JT Toggas
 Chuck Nace  F&M College  JT Toggas
 Kevin McCleary  F&M College  JT Toggas
 David Toggas  Lock Haven University  JT Toggas
 Brian Kuntz  Lock Haven University  JT Toggas
 Mark Kuntz  Lock Haven University  JT Toggas
 Ken Shorts  Millersville University  JT Toggas
 Guy Boyer  Millersville University  JT Toggas
 David Maday  Brown University  JT Toggas
 K.C. McCleary  Ursinus College  JT Toggas
 A. Scott Callahan  Lehigh/Ursinus College  JT Toggas
 Jeff Linebaugh  University of Maryland  JT Toggas
 Fred R. Lehman  York College/Maryland  JT Toggas
 John Sprenkle  Virginia Tech  JT Toggas
 Brendt Gladfelter  Bloomsburg University  JT Toggas
 Don Narber  Elizabethtown College  JT Toggas
 *Ron Emenheiser  Gettysburg College  JT Toggas
 Dr. Perry Tallman  Gettysburg/Montana  JT Toggas
 Robert Gay  Juniata College  JT Toggas
 Steve Rudicill  Juniata College  JT Toggas
 Danny Dixon  Drexel University  JT Toggas
 Frank Stanco  Messiah College  JT Toggas
 Steve Toggas  Catawba College  JT Toggas
 Mike Bievenour  Air Force/Cornell  JT Toggas
 William Wiehe  Michigan State University  JT Toggas
 Bob Linker  York College of PA  JT Toggas
 Bill Linker  York College of PA  JT Toggas
 Brian Gross  York College of PA  JT Toggas
 Gary Bates  York College of PA  JT Toggas
 Jack Martin  York College of PA  JT Toggas
 ▪  ▪  ▪
* "Division I Qualifier: Criteria (at least one year) Website

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  "LOOKING BACK at an ESSC/F&M Dual Meet...
5 West York wrestlers!"



  The York Dispatch
  November 15, 1973


  Former West Yorkers...
  Pace East Stroudsburg Over F&M College!
  "West Yorker's Luckenbaugh - McCleary Grapple at 158lbs.!"

         ESSC 24  F&M 18
      @ East Stroudsburg State's Koehler Fieldhouse - 11/14/73

      ∙ FIVE former West York High School grapplers were in action in East Stroudsburg
 State College's 24-18 victory over Franklin & Marshall College Wednesday night.
 Senior Bill Luckenbaugh gained his third pin in four matches this season and 32nd in his
 college career over F&M freshman Kevin McCleary at the 4:55 mark in the 158lb. class.
      Kevin McCleary and Bill Luckenbaugh are both West York (PA) High School products.
 Luckenbaugh is now 40-4-1 at ESSC.  Sophomore Mike Stambaugh, a former West York
 wrestler at 177lbs., upped his career record to 11-2 and remained undefeated with a 3-1
 decision over F&M's Jeff Windstein for his fourth victory.  Bulldog grads who met defeat
 were ESSC freshman Keith Lichty, a 5-4 loss at 126lbs., and ESSC freshman heavyweight
 Don Lehman who lost a 6-3 verdict to F&M's Jim Devenney in the last match of the night.
      ∙ Lichty is 0-4 and Lehman is 2-2 for the Warriors this season to-date.

      York Dispatch Article Facts
      @ East Stroudsburg State College's LeRoy J. Koehler Fieldhouse, East Stroudsburg, PA.
      ∙ This match was the second ever between the two schools... HERE!
      ∙ ESSC's next match is at Bloomsburg State College on Saturday... 11/17/73
         in a quad meet also with Trenton State (NJ) and Slippery Rock State College.
      ∙ F&M Head Coach - Stan Zeamer.
   ESSC Head Coach - Clyde H. "Red" Witman.
      ∙ ESSC Sports Information Director - Pete Nevins.   ESSC Athletic Director - John Eiler.

*More results from the 1973-77 ESSC mat seasons... @ ESSC Wrestling Archives.




WY Wrestling Head Coach... John T. Toggas

Coach JT Toggas and Asst. Coach Barry Gay (1980's)
photo by Charlie Jacobs

John T. Toggas

10/14/15 John T. Toggas article by Steve Heiser

West York Wrestling



                                                        COACH JT TOGGAS FUNERAL

The "Wrestling Family" that attended the JT Toggas funeral viewing, the service,
     the fellowship after at the Charlie Sterner Building on 10/17, or all "three" included:

      Russell Stoner, Jim & Deb Haas, Skip Martin, Todd Reynolds, Carolyn L. Tritt,
     Dr. Tom Bauer & wife, Terry Bupp, John Eyster, Congressman Bill Goodling,
     Fred R. Lehman, Larry Haas & wife, John W. & Connie Sprenkle, Robert Bowers,
     Dennis Heath, Perry Tallman, Randy Blasdell, Bruce Stambaugh, Mike Stambaugh,
     Ted & Jodi Turnbull, Guy Boyer, Don & Debbie Lehman, Barry King, Brian Kuntz,
     Charlie Jacobs, Kevin McCleary, K.C. McCleary, Tom Toggas & son Dillon Toggas,
     Dave & Carolyn Toggas, Steve & Candy Toggas and daughter Amber, Ken Fetters,
     Jon Trenge, Tom Best, Mr. & Mrs. Knott, Troy Knott & Jane Knott, Mark Kuntz,
     Carolyn L. Doarnberger Daugherty & Tom Daugherty and sons, etc... &
     Mary Jane Toggas, Matthew & Samantha Toggas, Steph, Carl & Brock Leinbach.

 Thank you to the above ALUMNI/FRIENDS... who came to pay their heartfelt
     respects to the "Coach."  I know Mrs. T. and the extended family appreciated it!

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(L-R) The late "Coach" JT Toggas, Don Lehman, Jon Trenge & Matt Toggas.

Rest in Peace, Coach!




Website by Don Lehman '73
2022-23 West York Wrestling Alumni Website

To the...  by Don Lehman

This website is dedicated to the great memory of an office, full of photos,
    a coffee pot, and the endless conversations between wrestlers and their coach.  
    website is dedicated to the memory of a scales room, clean and immaculate,
    nicely framed photos of "past" West York Wrestling champions and championship
    teams... and, an exam table used for daily naps!  This website is dedicated to the
    memory of a small hot wrestling room -  full of records, all-time teams, motivational
    quotes and a dark blue mat kept clean by a team of dedicated "mat maids."  This
    website is dedicated to the memory of an old equipment room, with its proudly
    hung and pressed WY uniforms, and an equipment locker with a history of WY's
    YCIAA Sectional Champions, so neatly written.  This website is dedicated to the
    memory of those great fans, the full gyms and the proud support we felt. 
The Alumni
    Website is dedicated to the memory of a head coach who had the vision
for the
    above, and the great patience to stay those long nights while his wrestlers
    & took those long showers after a tough practice or dual meet. 
This website is
    just a "modern" extension of the visuals we saw during our lives at West York Area!

     ▪ This website is dedicated to a former head coach who cared, John T. Toggas,
    and the many WY athletes who competed in the World's Oldest and Toughest Sport!

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