West York Wrestling



West York Wrestling



A Featured Lehman
Interview Project

2003 NCAA Championship Finals - Jon Trenge of Lehigh (right)
ties up the legs of Minnesota's Damion Hahn.  Hahn won 5-4.

"No other sport... will push an individual (click) to their limit
such a short period of time as Wrestling"  (above Jon Trenge)

  - 9/14/12 from Jane Burkins Yasenchak WY - '75...
    "Don, I just spent a few minutes walking down memory lane reading and
    looking at the pictures.  WY sports were such a big part of my life during
    my years at West York.  Being in the Marching Band meant I got a front
    row seat
(literally) since I played flute at all of the football games.  But,
    then the weather forced us inside for wrestling and I signed up to be a
    Mat Maid.  We had a great time supporting our team because we knew
    how hard everyone worked in training and competing.  Your website is
    a great resource for Alumni to be able to relive and visit with their old
    friends.  Thank you for the hard work in putting together such a great
note:  Jane and her husband Mike live in Italy on the grounds of
    a WWII American Cemetery.  Jane... stay safe and a big THANKS!!
The Interviews!

by Don Lehman '73


     ...To All West York Wrestling Alumni:
   Thanks, to all the Alumni I saw and had fellowship with at the 1/12/12
  dual meet with Kennard Dale!
  Gary Narber, Tom Hoover, Dave Carley,
  Mark Einsig, Stanley Martin, Brian Kuntz,
Randy Blasdell, Steve Toggas,
  Dave Toggas,
Todd Reynolds, Jared Haas, Dave Stram, Eric Lehman,
  Dave Lehr, Terry Weaver, Gene Shorts, Wilmer Pressel, Brad Pope,
  & others... including Coach John T. Toggas & brother Sam Toggas!    Don


      *ps - it was also JK Images photo night... Kevin D. will be sharing shots.


                                    MARK BUELOW checks in...
     1/13/12 - I received an e-mail from '94 West York Wrestling Alumnus,
  Mark Buelow, who also wrestled at ESU ('99 graduate).  Mark lives in
  Ewa Beach, Hawaii (past 10 years)... and is the Head Wrestling Coach
  @ James Campbell High School
- Campbell Athletics Website.  Mark is
  also a teacher @ Campbell HS.  At West York, Mark had a career record of
  105-16 & was a PIAA State qualifier in '94 @ 130lbs.  At ESU, Mark was a
  three-year wrestling letterman & a PSAC podium medalist in '97 @ 142lbs.
  Thanks, Mark... and good luck w/your Campbell team!



         Click on each interview...!!
Billy Randt
Rod Stough
Jeff Wolfe
Keith Warehime
     Dave Maday & Jason Turnbull
Mary Jane & John T. Toggas
Jon Trenge 
Randy Blasdell
Wilmer Pressel
Dr. Bill Welker
Welkers of Shamokin
Mike Stambaugh
Todd Reynolds
Gary Narber
Fred & Matt Callahan
Brian Kuntz
K.C. McCleary
Charlie Jacobs
Perry Tallman
     John Reiber
     Bruce Stambaugh
     Eric & Todd Lehman
     Steve Elicker
     Mark Bowersox


Dr. Bill Welker Interview w/Don Lehman - USA Wrestling Mag!

       Some Very Nice Quotes About WYWA!
        "Don... Your pictures were fantastic - truly!!  I felt as though I was there
        and I just loved how you got all of the different angles and shots
- and, it
        was just AWESOME! Your website ROCKS!! Thank you for ALL you give to
        this... The Greatest Sport!!" 11/17/12
-- Chance's visit to WY Open Mat.
        ∙ Suzanne Marsteller (Chance Marsteller's Mom).

        "Don... I love your web site and had been keenly aware of West York
        Wrestling's history even before your web site was launched.  Thanks
        so much for the time, effort and passion that goes into it!"     Mark B.
        ∙ Mark Bowersox - former South Western HS Head Wrestling Coach.

        "Don...Glad you are still doing the West York site!!  It is GREAT!"  Tom
        ∙ Tom Elling of... PA Wrestling & PA Football News & PFN Scoreboard.

        "Don...Just wanted to let you know you do a great job with the website!
        Thanks for all the work you do on it.  Keep up the good work!"
Perry Tallman DPT, SCS, OCS, ATC
& West York Wrestling '78 Alum.

        "Hi Don...Just took the time to once again visit the site.  It really is a great
        website.  So much information!!  Just wanted to let you know that because
        sometimes we don't tell people how much their work is appreciated."
Kevin Drawbaugh - photographer/owner of JK Images.

        "Just want to mention again that you do a great job with this website...
        Bill "Kat" Katinowsky - Reading HS '73/ESSC '77


WY Alumni Night 2013
1/3/13 - The West York Wrestling Alumni line-up!
(R-L) - Coach John Toggas walks by Gary Narber, Ted Turnbull, Mike Stambaugh,
Donald Lehman,
Skip Martin, Randy Blasdell, Thomas Toggas, K.C. McCleary, David Toggas,
Mitch Spangler, Wilmer Pressel, Robert Narber, Eric Lehman, Chad Gardner, Justin Wilkins...
 & Kyle Stauffer.  "not in picture" was Cody Martin & Barry Gay.

           photo by Kevin Drawbaugh - JK Images (order a photo!).

Are They Doing Today?!

A Note From Thomas Bauer, MD - WY Class of 1984...

                    02/15/15 (e-mail to Don Lehman @ westyorkwrestlingalumni.com)

             I graduated from West York in 84.  I first met all the coaches in 78
   and wrestled under them until I graduated.  I spent countless hours with Coach Toggas,
   Sprenkle and McCleary during my years in junior high and high school.  I remember very
   fondly checking my weight and hanging in coach Toggas' office during study halls.  I
   wanted to reach out to all of them and thank them for their investment.  While I never
   wrestled after graduating West York, I did focus on college and medical school.  I am
   now the Medical Director for Thoracic Oncology for Meridian Health in NJ and Chief of
   Thoracic Surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center.  Having not wrestled for 32
   years, I was training for an Ironman Triathlon and my kids' school decided to start a
   wrestling program.  I ended up coaching for three years, wrestling and training with our
   guys.  It was amazing to me exactly how much wresting was ingrained in me - the training,
   drills, mental, etc.  All of it was there waiting to be used.  It was all of that training that
   got me through college, medical school, ten years of surgical training, two Ironman
   competitions and 28 years of marriage to a girl I met in Junior High at West York.

             I wanted to pass that on to Coach Toggas, Sprenkle and McCleary.
   I love the website and it is a great trip down memory lane.  I also wanted to point
   out though that the impact all of you have had far exceeds the accomplishments
   mentioned on the website.  You shaped so many guys and all of us went out into the
   world to shape many many other young men over the years.  It would be staggering to
   comprehend how many lives have been shaped both directly but also indirectly
   through your previous wrestlers.

             From my stand point the many guys that I coached, the many medical students
   and surgery residents that I trained, my two kids and my wife wanted to say thank you!
   I still have some of my old wrestling pictures in my study - not for any specific
   accomplishments, but for all that I learned during that time in my life.

             Your impact is firm in my person and will always be there.

             Please pass this on to Coach Toggas, Sprenkle and McCleary for me if possible.

   Thank you...
   Tom Bauer
   West York 84

1983-84 West York Wrestling Team
 ▪ WY Head Coach Kevin McCleary (not pictured)... Record (7-11).
  Front Row (L-R) Chris Platts, Billy Linker, Gene Shorts, Andy Sowers,
Todd Gerace, Troy Ketterman, John Clauser.
(L-R) Tony Hoffman, Chad Toomey, Tom Bauer, Rodney Neiman,
Brett Kohler, Bob Narber, Chuck Shaw, Mitch Spangler.
(not pictured - Wilmer Pressel...who had a top record of 17-11 in 1983-84)


   2007 West York Graduate - Chris Gailey
   photo - Millersville University Football
   Millersville University's #53 - 6'3" 320lb. OG Chris Gailey
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I asked 2007 West York HS graduate and wrestling alumnus, Chris Gailey... to update me
  on his status these days after seeing Chris at a West York Wrestling match in December.
  Chris was a three-year wrestling/football/track letterman... and finished his mat career
  with a 3-year overall record of 55-39, a Brandywine Heights Invitational Tournament win
  and a 4th place at the 2007 YAIAA AAA Sectionals under coach Josh Millard.  Chris also
  wrestled in the 2007 YAIAA All-Star match (gaining a 3:43 fall) and was named the 2007
  West York HS Outstanding Wrestler.  Chris was also a YAIAA All-County football player.
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     Hello, alumni!  My name is Chris Gailey... and I wrestled heavyweight at West York for
  three years ('05-'07).  West York Wrestling contributed so much to who I am today.  Not
  just from an athletic standpoint, but in a life perspective.  The three season's of West York
  Wrestling taught me toughness, leadership and the ability to grind out today's challenges.
  I am a fifth-year senior at Millersville University and plan on graduating in May of 2012 with
  a Bachelor's in Communication (an option in Public Relations) along with a minor in Political
  Affairs.  I also play football at Millersville and it is my dream come true!  Since I was young,
  I always wanted to play college football and I am living my dream.  This game has opened
  up so many doors and opportunities for me... it would take days to list them!  I can attribute
  so much to the great sport of wrestling for helping me in football.  Things that a wrestler goes
  through in a season... the workouts, the dedication, the dieting (well, not for me!!) and the
  pure "beating" your body endures over that period for a chance at greatness SETS this sport
  far apart from the rest.  Wrestling is "man on man" and you can't blame the goalie for not
  making a save... you can't blame the pitcher for giving up a home run, or the wide receiver
  for dropping a ball.  It's you versus him - and that's all there is to it.  I want to thank the sport
  of wrestling and all of the people that come watch the matches and support our current
  West York teams!  This West York program is coming back to what it was... I can feel it when
  I see the younger kids competing.  I cannot wait to attend more West York matches in the
  coming years and see the progression of the wrestling program.  GO DOGS!!  Chris Gailey '07

Chris also added that he loves the Alumni Website!  Thanks Chris...and good luck! 



        An E-mail from '99 Alumnus - Brock Mathison... 1/31/11.
     ∙ Mr. Lehman, Greetings from the beautiful Great Rift Valley and Kijabe, Kenya!
  My family is living here and we are serving at Rift Valley Academy.
  I was just yesterday reading an article about the dual meet between Penn State
  and Iowa, and I thought PSU might pull it off, but it didn't happen.  But, that got
  me thinking back and I got to searching for West York Wrestling and WOW!  Your
  website is fantastic!  It was great looking back over the pictures and facts... and
  also to see my neighbor, Josh Kukorlo on the front page with his recent tournament
  1st place finish!  I took a BUNCH of time this afternoon "clicking around" on the site
  and loved it!  I really should be preparing to teach tomorrow, but I had to check
  almost everything out on the site.  Thanks for doing this for us... the alumni and
  everyone else as well.  As I was looking at the College Wrestlers Page, I wanted
  to add that I wrestled at Messiah College for one year under a great coach, Neil
  Turner from 1999-2000.  That was before I transferred to Lancaster Bible College.
  I saw the requirement was at least one full year on the team, and that is what I
  had - just one year of college wrestling, but I thought you might want to note that.
  I MISS the sport of wrestling like crazy!  I was real excited to take a "look back" at
  the website and
I enjoyed it quite a bit!  Thanks again for all of the time putting it
  together for us.     Sincerely,  Brock Mathison '99,  Kijabe, Kenya.   Brock's e-mail
     Note from the webmaster: Brock Mathison is a 1999 West York Wrestling Alumnus/Grad
     and was a member of the 1998-99 Championship Team.  Brock had a career overall record
     of 72-30, was a 1999 PIAA State Qualifier... and was awarded the 1998 George Sterner
     Award.  Brock's dad, Jerry is a former West York Wrestling Coach & 1977 Section Champ.



        Another E-mail from '74 Alumnus - Greg Henry... 1/31/11.
     ∙ Hi Don, My mother who still lives in York, PA turned me on to your website.
  I just wanted to tell you how great it is to see some of those old names and faces!
  What a
GREAT website!  I was ALWAYS proud of our West York Wrestling team and
  was lucky to a part of that for a few years.  I hope you keep doing it.  I'll be checking
  in once in a while now that I know it exists.   Greg Henry '74   Greg's e-mail
     Note from the webmaster:
Greg Henry was a superb lightweight wrestler for West York
     when I wrestled.  At the 1973 YCIAA Sectionals... (my senior year), Greg placed 2nd
     and qualified for the '73 District III Tourney at the Harrisburg Farm Show Arena.
     Greg's senior year... he was undefeated in dual meets (13-0)... posting 62 team points.




   "All former wrestlers on any level have a BOND that is

   knowing what it takes to prepare and be competitive
   at this great spor
     Please Visit... the West York Wrestling
   "Alumni Feature Pages" of:
   John C. Bowser, Jr., Dr. Glenn Amsbaugh, Stanley Wright, Gary Narber,
       Darryl "Smokey" Dennis,
Dana Luckenbaugh, Fred Lehman, Jeff Linebaugh,
       Ronald Emenheiser, Tom Hoover, Keith Clark, Glen Eby, Jack Kunkle,
       John Sprenkle, Larry Haas, Bill Luckenbaugh, Brian Kuntz, Guy Boyer,
       James Haas, Paul Mulay, Scott Callahan, Neil Bupp, Mike Stambaugh,
       Don Lehman, Kevin McCleary, Todd Reynolds, Rod Stough, Randy Blasdell,
       John T. Toggas, Steve Toggas, David Maday, Jason Turnbull,
       Fred & Matt Callahan, Eric Lehman, Todd Lehman, Mathias Smyser,
       Tom Toggas, Jeff Wolfe, John Reiber, Keith Lichty, Bruce Stambaugh,
       Perry Tallman, Mark Jenkins, Wilmer Pressel, Justin Wilkins, Billy Randt.


by Don Lehman '73
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