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WY's Billy Randt...

Lock Haven University

2013-14 Wrestling
West York's Billy Randt is 4th from left (1st row in white)
The NEW Lock Haven University Wrestling Website

2012-13 Wrestling
2012-13 Lock Haven University Wrestling

The NEW Lock Haven University Wrestling Website

2011-12 Wrestling
West York's Billy Randt is 3rd from left (2nd row)
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WY's Billy Randt...
Lock Haven University
2010-11 W

West York's Billy Randt is 2nd from left (front row)
The NEW Lock Haven University Wrestling Website

2010 - LHU'S Billy Randt

  Billy Randt - 6th at 2010 PSAC's!
The 2010 PSAC Wrestling Championships
∙ Former WY'er...Billy Randt (Lock Haven University) - 6th at 149lbs.
Randt is the 9th West York'er to earn a medal at PSAC's! - HERE

Watch a 1/23/11 LHU/Cleveland State match video - B. Randt vs. L. Cavello.


2009 Archived Interview Feature

"Q&A" Interview with...
West York's Billy Randt

West York Senior Wrestler - Billy Randt
Photo by Kevin Drawbaugh of JK Images
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*An 8/29/09 Interview w/Billy Randt
8/29/09 -westyorkwrestlingalumni.com
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Billy Randt '09 Bio

∙ West York's Billy Randt (left) at the Governor Mifflin Tourney.

West York senior  Billy Randt finished the 2008-09 mat season at 31-8, and is now 41-16
overall (.719 career winning %) for his varsity campaign at West York Area High School.
Last season (08-09), Randt finished 2nd at the Carlisle Buffalo Tournament, 3rd at the
Governor Mifflin Holiday Tournament, 3rd at the YAIAA AAA Sectional V Tournament

and 4th at the PIAA District III AAA South Central Regional Tournament - just
missing out on a coveted trip to the PIAA State Wrestling Championships as a
junior.  Randt is now entering his senior year at West York High School.  Billy is
the son of Bill and Julie Randt... and has a younger brother, Bradley.  Don Lehman,
webmaster and owner of westyorkwrestlingalumni.com, asked Billy Randt some
questions as he heads into his "final" season at West York.

Don Lehman
Don Lehman
Webmaster, Archivist & Owner of westyorkwrestlingalumni.com

Billy Randt '09 Interview
by Don Lehman

∙ West York's Billy Randt (right)

- I can't believe it's your senior year and you are back at school.  How did
your summer go?

BR - My summer was good!  I would have loved to have made the trip to Fargo
this year, but I also enjoyed some time off.

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DL - Wrestling is now a year-round sport.  What did you do during the off-season
to get ready for the upcoming tough AAA schedule?
BR - Over the summer, I wrestled with Trey Duncan and Brian Polashuk from
Spring Grove.  I also lifted in the weight room at West York - three days a week.
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DL - I believe that wrestling is truly one of the toughest sports to compete in.  It
appears you have a great support group in your family!  How do your parents
contribute to your success?

BR - My parents tape all of my matches so I can review them later.  They buy
EVERYTHING I need - even though I am still wearing the same headgear from
7th grade!  They attend all of my matches and give constructive criticism, but I
don't always listen.
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DL - Stretch Goals are something that successful athletes set as an incentive
to train hard each and every day.  What are some of your goals for this season?

BR - My goal is to be undefeated in all dual meets and season tournaments.
Also, in the post-season, to place at PIAA States!
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DL - In 2008, you won the PAWF State Wrestling Greco-Roman title and placed
3rd in the Freestyle Division, earning a trip to Fargo, ND where you went 4-2 in
Greco and 1-2 in Freestyle.  You just missed being an All-American by one close
match in the Cadet Greco Division.  This year you didn't qualify for Fargo, as you
ran into the likes of Dylan Alton, Colin Shober, Jake O'Hara and Cody Barrick!  How
did you feel after realizing you wouldn't be making the trip back to Fargo, ND?

BR - I was disappointed, but I knew going into it that I would have some very
tough matches.  In the long run, I was proud of the way I performed.
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DL - What was your best wrestling memory from last year and what was your
greatest disappointment?

BR - My greatest memory was beating Billy Penberth of Governor Mifflin (3-1 ot)
at the Governor Mifflin Tournament to place third.  My greatest disappointment
was not making it to States, which was a goal of mine last year.
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DL - At the South Central AAA Regional Tournament, you lost your first match, then
won four straight matches to get into the consolation championship match - a
huge accomplishment, but what a tough road!  What was your thought process
after that initial match and what did you learn from that experience?

BR - I was nervous for that first match.  After that, I calmed down and focused on
the goal of placing third.  I learned to take things one match at a time.
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DL -  What does Billy Randt like to do when he is not training?
BR - Play basketball with my friends (even though no wrestler should ever
admit that!)
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DL - You have developed a pretty good alumni following and are on track to be added
to the West York Wrestling Record Book as part of the "Career Overall Winning %" list,
and it looks like a nice list to be on!  Have you looked back and read about the rich
tradition of West York Wrestling that is now 75 years old this coming season?

BR - Yes, I visit the alumni website daily.  I hope to be listed with the other great
wrestlers from West York.
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DL - I know former West York Wrestling Coach John T. Toggas has been following
your mat career closely and has spoken with you on numerous occasions.  How does
it feel to have a "National Hall of Fame" Coach taking a keen interest in your career
at West York High School?

BR - I feel honored to have someone like John T. Toggas give me advice.
I was glad to see him (and his wife Mary Jane) at the SC AAA Regionals at Hershey.
I received the nicest compliments in a card from the Toggas's afterwards.
It is inspiring to me, and it makes me want to be the best I can be.
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DL - Do you plan to attend college and continue wrestling at the next level?
BR - Yes.  I was really impressed with Lock Haven University.  After I take the SAT's
in November, I am going to apply there.
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DL - Practice starts on November 20th... your thoughts on your West York Wrestling
team and the upcoming 2009-10 season?

BR - We have a new assistant this year who I am really looking forward to working with.
Most of the team has been lifting during the off-season.  That should benefit us in the
dual matches this year.
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DL - Billy, thank you and the best of luck this upcoming 2009-10 mat season!
From the entire West York Wrestling Alumni Community - we wish you the very best
and we are extremely proud of your accomplishments!


'09-'10 West York Senior Captain Wrestler - Billy Randt
  ▪ Photo by Kevin Drawbaugh of JK Images

▪ West York's Billy Randt (blue) hits a 5-point throw at the Las Vegas, Nevada
Asics US National Championship Greco/Freestyle Tourney in April, 2009.

Photo by Diane Brosius

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2010 145lb. PIAA State Wrestling Podium

2010 145lbs. (L-R) Donald-Paul Miller (Pocono Mt. East), Andy Candiello (North Allegheny),
Bo Candelaria (Middletown), Andrew Alton (Central Mountain),
Aaron McKinney (W. Allegheny), Ryan Krecker (Nazareth), Billy Randt (West York),
Justin Harold (Kiski Area).
∙ photo submitted to Don Lehman by LHU Grad - Tom Elling, of
Pennsylvania Wrestling

Billy Randt's Archived Seasons '07-'08, '08-'09, '09-'10.

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2011 - LHU's Billy Randt (right)



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