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ESSC Wrestling Archives Page created by...
 Don Lehman ESSC '77



ESSC Wrestling Alum, Gary Kessel '77, (center) receiving a "Lifetime
Achievement Award" @ the 2016 NCAA DI's - for refereeing.
photo sent by
ESSC Wrestling Alum Bill Katinowsky '77

10 West York High School

have earned Varsity Athletic Letters
@ East Stroudsburg State University!


West York HS
▪ Mark Buelow 3 1995-97 1
▪ Glen Eby 2 1971-72 1
▪ Barry Gay 3 1981-83 3
▪ Don Lehman 4 1974-77 3
▪ Keith Lichty 1 1974 0
Bill Luckenbaugh 4 1971-74 2
▪ Matt Sprenkle 1 1996 0
▪ Mike Stambaugh 4 1973-76 1
▪ Bruce Stambaugh 1 1980 0
▪ Jeff Wolfe 4 1995-98 3

ESSC/ESU Wrestling Letterwinners (1970-2023)


Click for... ESU Wrestling Lettermen
by "Year & Weight Cl


East Stroudsburg University

ESU/ESSC Mat Alumni Steve Elicker & Don Lehman
7/9/11 photo by Karen Elicker Gardner (Annapolis, MD)
1st Cousins... Steve Elicker & Don Lehman
ESSC-ESU Wrestling Letters (4 each!)

Steve Elicker (ESU '94)...Interview

ESU Warrior Football Club Members
Mike Stambaugh/Don Lehman

2009 ESU Warrior Football - "TEAM STAMBAUGH"
(L-R) James "Doc" Leiding, Don Lehman, John Stokes, Mike Stambaugh.

WY/ESU Grads Mike Stambaugh & Don Lehman - '09 Football Outing
2010 ESU Football Outing Page

(L-R) Anthony Casciano, Mike Stambaugh & Connie Stambaugh

ESSC/ESU Mat Alumni @ Cherry Valley GC
Stroudsburg, PA - 2014
(3 ESSC/ESU Mat Lettermen)

7/19/14 @ Cherry Valley Golf Club
(L-R) Bruce Stambaugh, Don Lehman, Carl Stambaugh, Mike Stambaugh. the Pius X Football Event (59) @ Cherry Valley!


"All-Time" Wrestling Letterwinners!
ESSC/ESU Wrestling Letterwinners (1970-2023)
Click ... to view ESSC/ESU Lettermen by Year & Weight Cl


ESU's 190lb. Jeff Wolfe (top) @ Koehler Fieldhouse in 1995.
▪ WY Alumnus, Jeff Wolfe, was a 3-time PSAC medalist @

Some ESU Facts...

  ESU's Koehler Sports Fieldhouse

      Founded in 1893 as a Normal School, East Stroudsburg University has
       been offering quality higher education to the citizens of Pennsylvania for more
       than a century.  In 1926, after the state assumed control of the school, the
       original name was changed to East Stroudsburg State Teacher's College.
       The school became East Stroudsburg State College in 1960 to reflect the
       school's expanded curriculum with liberal arts programs and grad degrees.

       In July of 1983 - East Stroudsburg University was born as a comprehensive
       regional institution.  ESU is nestled in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania!


  ESSC's/ESU's Wrestling Room


2011 ▪▪ Jack Childs retires at Drexel after 35 years!
Record @ Drexel 421-285-9
(ESSC Wrestling Alumnus/Grad)

     *From Former Drexel Head Wrestling Coach... Jack Childs:
   "Former ESSC Head Coach, the late Clyde H. "Red" Witman
   and ESSC graduate/alum, Jack Childs - are the only two
   coaches from the same school to be elected President of
   the NWCA (National Wrestling Coaches Association)!!"
   That's a fantastic honor and fact, Coach Childs!  Thanks...


In Memory of a Great Coach...
ESSC Coach Clyde Hilton "Red" Witman

ESSC Coach Clyde Hilton "Red" Witman
West Chester State College Alumnus
A... 2-time PSAC Champion ('53 & '54)

*photo by the great Tom Elling of - PA Wrestling News

▪ Clyde H. "Red" Witman... WRESTLING
    coached at East Stroudsburg for 17 seasons (1961-71)-(1972-79)
    and... had a career 180-76-6 coaching record.  Coach Witman's ESSC Teams won PSAC
    Championships in 1968 and 1971 - and finished
7th at the NCAA D1 Tourney in 1966.
    Clyde "Red" Witman coached 22 PSAC champions and more than 20 All-Americans.
    Coach Witman's
1966-67 ESSC Wrestling Team was undefeated (14-0).  Coach Witman
    was the 1st president of the NCAA D2 Wrestling Coaches Association.  Witman was also
    the first college division coach (ever) to represent D2 on the Executive Committee of
    the NWCA.  A graduate of West Chester State, Witman lost only one dual match in four
    years of college competition.  Witman is also a former member of the U.S. Olympic
    Wrestling Committee, a former top wrestling official and a former operator/owner
    of the
Pocono Sports Camp, Inc., with friends Johnny Johnston and Sam Coursen.
    Professor Clyde H. Witman also taught at ESSC/ESU - (Teaching Honor - in '95),
    and was a former East Stroudsburg University Athletic Director.  At ESSC, Clyde
    Witman was assisted in the
wrestling room for many years by the late Robert Dalling.
    Clyde H. Witman was responsible for ESSC/ESU going from D2 to D1 (EIWA) in '76-'77.
    PSAC Mat Fact! - Former ESU Coach Clyde "Red" Witman was a 2-time
PSAC Wrestling
    Champion in 1953 @ 137lbs. and 1954 @ 157lbs. - wrestling for West Chester State.

           ▪ PSAC Wrestling Champions History.
              Coach Clyde H. Witman sadly passed away on 4/28/06 at the age of 74.

     Clyde H. "Red" Witman - HALL OF FAMES
    Red Witman is in the PSAC, West Chester University Golden Ram Wrestling,
    '91 East Stroudsburg University, PWCA, EIWA &...the National NWCA HOF's!

    Coach Clyde Hilton Witman --- Manheim Central Coaching Record (28-4-1).
    Jan Dutt's Manheim Central Contribution in Memory of Clyde "Red" Witman.
    1954 NCAA Wrestling Tournament Bracket 147lbs. w/Clyde H. "Red" Witman.
Clyde "Red" Witman Scholarship @ ESU.


Clyde H. "Red" Witman Fast Fact
    while coaching at - Manheim Central (Lancaster, PA) High School...
    Clyde H. "Red" Witman coached a PIAA State
Wrestling Champion, Rod Gibble!
∙ 1957 - Rod Gibble... PIAA State Champion @ 112lbs.


     Looking Back @ the 1966 PSCC Championship...

                          Bill Blacksmith Paces Lock Haven To Title!
    EAST STROUDSBURG - Led by Bill Blacksmith, former Cedar Cliff high school grappler who
  captured his fourth straight conference title, Lock Haven took the Pennsylvania State
Colleges Conference mat crown here last night.
    Teammate Jerry Swope, also bidding for his fourth individual crown, was outpointed by his
  former high school teammate, Gary Cook, now competing for East Stroudsburg.
    Bill's brother, Jim Blacksmith, former Cedar Cliff athlete and Big 33 footballer, was pinned
  for the first time in the 160-pound finals.  Chet Dalgewicz of East Stroudsburg ended the
  2-2 match at 5:24.
    The Bald Eagles of Coach Gray Simons took team honors with 94 points, 14 more than East
  Stroudsburg.  Lock Haven, Bloomsburg and the host school each crowned three champs,
  while fourth place Clarion had a pair.
    FOUR MATMEN who won titles last year hit the winners' circle again: Blacksmith at 152;
  Ken Warnick, Clarion, 137; Jim Rolley, Bloomsburg, 130; and Tom Vargo, Bloomsburg, 191.
    Dethroned champs were Swope at 177 and Clarion's Frank Grundler*.  Three Shippensburg
  State entries who had gained the finals were thwarted in their title bids.  Lee Miller, 123-
  pounder from Tyrone, lost to East Stroudsburg's Bobby Guzzo, 13-4; Vyn Redden, 130, from
  Central Dauphin, was pinned by Rolley; and Bernie Lomman, 137, from Cedar Cliff, bowed
  to Warnick.

*note: Lock Haven's Tom Elling was decisioned by Clarion's Frank Grundler, 4-0, in the 191-
  pound PSCC 1966 semi-finals.  Tom is the webmaster for PA Wrestling and a contributor to
  the website!  Tom Elling finished 3rd @ 191lbs in '66 PSCC.

                                                   @ East Stroudsburg State
         115lbs.  Tom Todd (Clarion) dec. Keith Taylor (Bloomsburg) 10-4.
         123lbs.  Bobby Guzzo (East Stroudsburg) dec. Lee Miller (Shippensburg) 13-4.
         130lbs.  James Rolley (Bloomsburg) pinned Colvyn Redden (Shippensburg) 6:27.
         137lbs.  Ken Warnick (Clarion) dec. Bernie Lomman (Shippensburg) 6-2.
         145lbs.  Barry Sutter (Bloomsburg) dec. Adam Waltz (Lock Haven) 9-7.
         152lbs.  Bill Blacksmith (Lock Haven) dec. Joe Gerst (Bloomsburg) 3-0.
         160lbs.  Chet Dalgewicz (East Stroudsburg) pinned Jim Blacksmith (Lock Haven) 5:24.
         167lbs.  John Smith (Lock Haven) pinned
James Dietrich* (Edinboro) 8:10.
         177lbs.  Gary Cook (East Stroudsburg) dec. Jerry Swope (Lock Haven) 6-2.
         191lbs.  Tom Vargo (Bloomsburg) dec. Frank Grundler (Clarion) 6-1.
         UNL.       Bob McDermott (Lock Haven) dec. Jim Logan (Mansfield) 3-1.

*James Dietrich from Edinboro... was a West York asst. wrestling coach in the '70's!

         Did You Know???...
            Former West York High School Teacher and Asst. Wrestling Coach,
         Jim Dietrich, is in the Edinboro University Athletics Hall of Fame!...
         for his accomplishments on the wrestling mats for the Scots in the
         late 1960's.  Dietrich was given the Edinboro Sox Harrison Award in
         1967 and concluded that year unbeaten during the regular season.
         A NAIA National Qualifier as a senior ... Jim captained the Edinboro
         squad for two years.  Dietrich was a PSCC runner-up in 1966 (above).
         (Edinboro HOF Induction Class of 1995)



                                        Looking Back... 1966-1967
▪ Clyde "Red" Witman Article... WRESTLING
East Stroudsburg Matmen Burned by Ratings!
    "Would Like to Test Muscle Against Lehigh..."
    by Bob Dugan - February 26, 1967  Harrisburg Patriot News
       EAST STROUDSBURG -  The date was February 11 and East Stroudsburg State College's
    unbeaten wrestling team was holding a squad meeting before a match against the
    strong West Chester State College matmen.
       Clyde (Red) Witman, coach of the Warriors, announced simply that the latest ratings
    had been released that day by the Amateur Wrestling News, and that despite
    East Stroudsburg's 23-12 win over seventh-ranked Lock Haven the previous week, the
    Warriors were not listed among the Top Ten nationally.
       "They didn't say much,' Witman recalls, "but I could tell that they were really 'burning'.
    The previous rating had us eighth, right behind Lock Haven.  Penn State, Portland and
    Wyoming were on the list, but we were out of the running."
       "I had anticipated a tough match with West Chester, but the news of the ranking had
    the boys so fired up, they literally mopped up the mats with the Rams in winning, 31-6."
       THE FOLLOWING week, East Stroudsburg completed an unbeaten season with a 38-5
    over Kutztown State.  Now Witman is getting his Warriors ready for the Pennsylvania
    State Colleges Conference championships next weekend at California State.
       Witman, too, was disappointed over the ratings but he was not bitter.  "I believe the
    ratings are made in good faith," he declared.  "They say that our schedule is against us;
    that we don't wrestle too many top schools.  But it was ironic that the week after we
    beat Lock Haven, we dropped out of sight."
       HOW WOULD HIS charges do against Lehigh, perennial Eastern power and fourth-
    ranked in the Nation?  "This year, we'd give them a tussle.  In four weights they couldn't
    touch us; and I'm sure that in three or four other weights, we'd have a good chance of
    winning.  We did scrimmage against them earlier this season and made out very well."
       Witman has known two of his grapplers for a long time, having taught eighth-grade
    history to Jan Dutt and Roy Miller when he was a teacher at Manheim Central.  "In fact,
    I flunked Roy one semester," he laughed.  "But someone got even with me last year
    when Roy was declared ineligible after mid-terms and couldn't compete in the late
    season bouts and the tournaments."  Dutt has the most impressive record with 24
    straight wins at 123.  Ned Bushong, a grappler from Warwick, has a streak of 18 victories
    at 130, 11 of them by pins.  Chet Dalgewicz, a 160-pounder from Pennsbury, has a win
    streak of 13 at stake.
       "These three boys, along with Miller at heavyweight; Gary Cook (Lock Haven HS) at
    177, and Gerry Reed (Abington) at 191 are real sound wrestlers.  Their performances
    and attitude have rubbed off on the rest of the squad to make our season a success,"
    Witman stated.
       THEY'VE TURNED real aggressive this year and there's been no sign of complacency.
    "They've been able to rise to every occasion, and no coach can ask any more."  Com-
    pleting the East Stroudsburg squad for the PSCC championships will be Jim Purdy, 137,
    Wilson Boro; Jerry McDonald, 145, Wharton, N.J.; Jody Hughes, 152, Gilbertsville, N.Y.;
    and Bill Elder, 167, Bristol.
       "We expect to go into the competition with the best chance of taking the team title,"
    Witman admitted.  "And we hope to bring home a number of championships.  But in
    order to win the team title, you must score points at every weight class.  Anything can
    happen; an upset can ruin your balance, affect your entire squad, and take away your
    point productivity.  But we believe we're going to be successful."
       WITH the dual meet season finished, how does Witman expect to keep his charges
    sharp?  "By hard work," he explained simply.  "We had two days off and then we had a
    day of running.  Now we're back on the mats.  We'll have a single session Sunday,
    double-workouts Monday and Tuesday, and then begin tapering off.  "There'll be no
    instruction involved.  We're not going to try and learn anything new.  We'll go with what
    has made us successful thus far.  Conditioning is the most important thing now."
       The Warriors will pass up the NAIA championships at Lock Haven, March 16-18 and
    concentrate on the NCAA Nationals at Kent State, Ohio, the following week.  


1967-68 WRESTLING (12-2)
1967-68 ESSC Wrestling Team (PSAC Champs)

1968 Pocono Record Photo @ ESSC's Koehler Fieldhouse
▪ Front  (L-R)  Frank Coco, Steve Bryant, Robert Devore,
Ted Purdy,
*Jerry McDonald.
▪ Back Row
(L-R) Daniel Rossi, Bill Elder, *Ned Bushong,
Tom Balent (coach), Clyde "Red" Witman (head coach),
*•Gary Cook, *Al Detwiler & *•Rich Schumacher.
*1968 PSAC Individual Champions

1968 NCAA DI Placewinners (Gary Cook-3rd) & (Rich Schumacher-5th).
▪ ESSC's Gary Cook was named the ESSC Outstanding Wrestler for 1968.
Gary Cook was a 1961 PIAA State Champion @ Lock Haven High School.

1968 PSAC Championships @ ESSC
Koehler Fieldhouse

above PSAC page submitted by Tom Elling of PA Wrestling News

A 1967-68 ESSC Alumni Reunion @ ESU

October 10, 2009 ESU Hall-of-Fame Induction
(L-R)... Rich Schumacher, Jim "The Mixer" McMaster, George Hummel,
Ned Bushong, Frank Coco & Jerry McDonald
@ ESU's Stadium.
ESU-Bloomsburg Football Game @ ESU
The 1967-68 ESSC Wrestling Team Page

ESU 1967-68 Wrestling Hall-of-Fame Mixer
(L-R)   Bill Katinowsky '77, Daniel Long '99, Ned Bushong '68,
Jerry McDonald '69,
*Gary Kessel '77 & Rich Schumacher '70.
10/10/09 photo

2014 National Hall of Famer... the late Rich Schumacher
Meadowcreek's Schumacher among National Wrestling Hall of Fame inductees
with Gwinnett ties
(Article).  Beloved Meadowcreek coach passes away 10/20.

October 16, 2015 @ Gary Kessel's House (ESSC Alumni)
(L-R) Dave Czahor, Harry Martyn, Gary Cook, Jerry McDonald, Terry Barry,
Janet Katinowsky, Jan Dutt, Jim Purdy, Chet Dalgewicz & Ned Bushong.
photo submitted by Bill Katinowsky '77


Led by All-American Ted Pease, The 1970-71 ESSC wrestlers won their second Pennsylvania
    Conference title in four years.  Several team members placed at the conference meet with
    Pease (118) winning an individual title and Kemble Matter (134), Bill Luckenbaugh (150),
    Allen Brown (158) and Fred Epler (167) all runners-up.  Dave Yohn (126) took a third and
    Glen Eby (177) a fourth.

    The Warriors also achieved their best finish ever in the NCAA College Division event, tying
    for fifth.  They posted their ninth straight winning season with a 14-6 mark which included
    matches against the East's leading teams.  Highlight was a 22-14 victory over arch-rival
    West Chester.

    Pease placed third in the NCAA College Division tourney and reached the quarter-finals of
    of the University Division event before losing on a controversial last second takedown.
    His regular season record was 18-1.  Epler and Matter placed fourth in the College Division
source:  East Stroudsburg State Wrestling... The Stroud Courier



ESSC Mat Coach - the late Robert Dalling
"In Memory of our Missed Coach & Friend,
ESSC Asst. Wrestling Coach, Bob Dalling."

        East Stroudsburg has had 3 Wrestlers...
                        compete in the NWCA All-Star Classic!!!
                                      (Cook, Schumacher & Cuvo)
       ∙ 1968 - ESSC's Gary Cook (3rd Place NCAA Division I Tourney)
       ∙ 1970 - Rich Schumacher (5th Place NCAA Division I Tourney)
       ∙ 1988 & 1989 - Jack Cuvo (2-time NCAA Division I Champion)

       ▪ NWCA ALL-Star Classic History - CLICK HERE!

ESSC Joins E.I.W.A. & NCAA Division One!
WRESTLING - 1976-77
The 1st NCAA DI Team!

East Stroudsburg State College
       NCAA Division I Wrestling
                 1976-77 ESSC's 1st Year in the E.I.W.A.
          1976-77 East Stroudsburg State College (Division I)
             ▪ Front (L-R)  Sal Picone, Desi McNelis, James Vargo, Galen McWilliams.
             ▪ Middle (L-R) Asst. Coach Rich Schumacher, Don Lehman, Gary Kessel,
             Michael "Skip" Falcone, Billy Cuff & n/a.
             ▪ Back (L-R) Asst. Coach Bob Dalling, Bill Katinowsky, n/a , Wayne Carroll,
             Greg Shoemaker, Don Blair & ESSC Head Coach Clyde H. "Red" Witman.


'73-'77 Wrestling Archives...

Don Lehman - 12/28/13 - in Nashville, TN
  Thanks for visiting!    Don Lehman '77

The York Dispatch
November 4, 1973

East Stroudsburg Wrestling Squad Leans
     Heavily on Five Former York Grapplers...

SPORTS... York, PA (11/4/73)
  ▪ Four former West York Area High School mat stars & one from Central York are expected
   to play a big part as the East Stroudsburg State College wrestling team prepares to open
   its 1973-74 season tonight at Montclair State (NJ) College.  All-American Bill Luckenbaugh,
   a senior, and PIAA State Champion in his final year at West York, will be in the lineup as
   the Warriors launch their season with a bang, taking part in the annual Coast Guard
   Invitational Tournament at New London, Connecticut Friday and Saturday following
   tonight's lid-lifter.  Other West Yorkers on the squad are sophomore Mike Stambaugh,
   and a pair of freshmen, heavyweight Don Lehman and 126-pounder Keith Lichty.
   Junior John Luckenbaugh is the former Central star on the team.  The latter wrestles
   at 158 pounds.  Coach Clyde H. 'Red' Witman's team will be counting heavily on Bill
   Luckenbaugh, who was undefeated in 21 matches last season with one tie.  He pinned
   17 of his opponents for a school record and now has 29 career pins.  The senior captain
   will wrestle at either 150 or 158 pounds.  He was chosen as the outstanding wrestler
   in last year's Coast Guard Invitational after winning the 150-pound title.  The only other
   lettermen in the starting lineup will be Stambaugh at 177 pounds, junior Fred Swanson
   at 190 and junior Gene Ulrich at 142.  Stambaugh was 7-2 in his freshman season, while
   Swanson was 13-7-1 with six pins and Ulrich was 10-10-1.  Newcomers will handle the
   assignments at all other weight classes with the exception of 167 pounds where junior
   Carl Seitz wrestled two matches last season.  "We will not have the balance or experience
   we'd like to have during the first semester.  We're hoping that we can come on strongly
   later in the season as we did last year," Witman said.  The Warriors won seven of their
   last eight matches last season to finish with a 14-6-1 record, tying the school victory
   record.  The highlights were a pair of consecutive one-point wins over Wilkes College and
   Bloomsburg.  The team will be bolstered in the second semester by the addition of junior
   Bob Stetler, a transfer student and former East Stroudsburg Open Wrestling Tournament
   champion at 167 pounds, and Phil Conlin at 150.  The Warriors strength should be in the
   middle of the lineup with Luckenbaugh and the last three weight classes with Lehman
   joining Stambaugh, Swanson, and sophomore Gib Bastian.  Freshmen will be used at the
   lower three weights, Billy Cuff, a New Jersey State Champion is set at 118.  Lichty will
   go at 126 with Gary Kessel at 134.  Ulrich, Luckenbaugh and sophomore Mike Sitler will
   take care of the middle weights backed up by freshman Mel Riddick of Allentown, Pa.


ESSC's Bill Luckenbaugh '74
(West York HS 1969 Grad)

               "And there was Bill Luckenbaugh...
   who had more pins than any wrestler in ESU history.
   One night in Wilkes-Barre, Lucky took the mat against
   Wilkes' College top wrestler - NCAA DIII Champ Mike Lee.
   The match started, and the PA announcer was saying...
   "This is the match you have been waiting for - it's Bill Lucken.....!"
   Suddenly, he sputtered and stopped, Lucky had already sunk in
   an arm-bar and had his opponent headed for a fall."

         ∙ Pete Nevins' Final Column for the Pocono Record...1/8/07


ESSC Warrior Wrestling Fact

▪ While competing @ East Stroudsburg State College ... Bill Luckenbaugh
pinned 59 of his 85 mat opponents... for a .694 pinning percentage!!


('73-'77 Dual Meet Record 44-26-3)



1973-74 (9-6)


 East Stroudsburg State Wrestling
 1973-74 Final Results & Records... (9-6)
 ▪ 1973-74 ESSC Warrior Mat Team Record - 9-6

 Montclair State 29 ESSC 15, ESSC 24 Elizabethtown 18, ESSC 19 Yale 16,
ESSC 24 F&M 15, Bloomsburg State 25 ESSC 16, Slippery Rock 33 ESSC 11,
ESSC 25 Trenton State 13, ESSC 29 Lock Haven 20, ESSC 36 Shippensburg 8,
ESSC 39 Mansfield 3, ESSC 35 Kutztown 6, ESSC 18 West Chester 17,
Wilkes College 23 ESSC 16, Millersville 22 ESSC 21, Bloomsburg 25 ESSC 18.

 1973-74 East Stroudsburg State College
 NCAA (PSAC) Varsity Wrestling Team
▪ Front (L-R) Billy Cuff, Keith Lichty, Bill Luckenbaugh, Gary Kessel, Mel Riddick.
▪ Back (L-R) Don Lehman, Bob Stetler, Mike Stambaugh, Carl Seitz, Phil Conlin,
Fred Swanson.

 The Stroud Courier

Fall/1973 - 1973 York YMCA Pre-Season Cond. Tourney
     • Senior Bill Luckenbaugh and freshman Don Lehman of East Stroudsburg State College
 each won a title at the October 1973 York YMCA Conditioning Tourney in York, PA. 
Luckenbaugh and Lehman are graduates of West York High School.  Luckenbaugh registered
 all falls, while Lehman (heavyweight) decisioned Shippensburg State College's Frank Myers,
 (a 1973 PSAC Tournament runner-up at heavyweight), 3-2, in the event finals at the York YMCA.

  The York Dispatch
  November 5, 1973
 Area Matmen Win For East Stroudsburg State
   @ Montclair State College 11/4/73

     • Three of the four former West York High School grapplers,
 now performing for East Stroudsburg State College
 posted wins Sunday night as the Warriors bowed to the Montclair State College team, 29-15.
 Freshman Keith Lichty was pinned in his 126lb. test, losing in 4:58 to Nable Gulelove, a 2-time Metro
 Conference champ.  Warrior captain Bill Luckenbaugh wrestled @ 158lbs. and decisioned Bob Woods,
 13-2.  Sophomore Mike Stambaugh, a returning ESSC veteran, pinned his rival, Luke Vaccaro in 3:20.
 Don Lehman, a freshman Hwt., decisioned Rod Giaquinto, 3-2.  East Stroudsburg State is set to compete
 in the annual Coast Guard Invitational Tourney at New London, Connecticut - Friday and Saturday.


 The Stroud Courier

 11/13/73 - ESSC 19 Yale University 16 @ Yale U.
Heavyweight, Don Lehman of East Stroudsburg State College...
 and a 1973 West York High School graduate... lost to Yale's senior heavyweight, *Tim Karpoff, 3-2, 
 in East Stroudsburg State College's 19-16 dual meet win over Yale University Tuesday.  ESSC's
Lehman is a freshman competing for the Warriors.
  Karpoff is a returning (1973) EIWA Champion at Heavyweight (Unlimited).

 *Yale Universities Tim Karpoff, placed 4th at the 1974 NCAA Div. I Mat Championships @ UNL.

  1974 Division I Wrestling Championships Bracket
  LOOK at the NCAA Division I 1974 UNL. bracket w/Yale's Tim Karpoff... HERE!

 ▪ 1973 Coast Guard Academy
   Invitational Wrestling Tournament


   New London, CT.
  ▪ USCG Award Presentations by NFL HOF'er - Otto Graham, Jr.

▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪
 1st Place:
 Bill Luckenbaugh (150lbs.)
(ow) - East Stroudsburg State.
(all falls)

 2nd Place:
 Don Lehman (Heavyweight) - East Stroudsburg State.
(lost 3-2 to Bloomsburg's Ron Sheehan in the finals)

 4th Place:
 Mike Stambaugh (177lbs.) - East Stroudsburg State.


  The York Daily Record
   November 12, 1973

ESSC Matmen Rally to Win
      East Stroudsburg State's wrestling team showed its upper weights last night.
 Winning the last three bouts, Coach Clyde "Red" Witman's Warriors overcame a three-point deficit
 to defeat visiting Elizabethtown College, 24-18.  The win evened the ESSC team record at 1-1.
 Mike Stambaugh at 177lbs., George Ahner at 190lbs., and freshman Don Lehman at heavyweight
 posted decisions to spark the comeback.  ESSC won six of the 10 dual bouts, two by falls.
 Warrior star Bill Luckenbaugh, the team's only champion in last weekend's Coast Guard tournament,
 got one at 158lbs, and freshman Gary Kessel scored his first fall at 134lbs. Luckenbaugh's pin
 was his 30th of his career.  The meet was tied 15-15 when Ahner gained an exciting victory
 at 190lbs.  The ESSC wrestler got a takedown with about 1:30 left to break a 5-5 tie with Curt Shober.
 A riding time point gave him an 8-5 victory.
  Lehman preserved the victory.  The Warrior heavyweight
 got a takedown in the first minute to key a 3-1 victory over E-town's big DeHaven Robinson.
 Both Lehman and Robinson also scored on escapes.

▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪
 ESSC 24  Elizabethtown College 18
 118lbs.   Eric Mast (E) pinned Billy Cuff (ES) 7:41
 126lbs.   Gary Heim (E) dec. Keith Lichty (ES) 6-5
 134lbs.   Gary Kessel (ES) pinned Bruce Sensenig (E) 4:18
 142lbs.   Gene Ulrich (ES) dec. Charles Evans (E) 7-2
 150lbs.   Rod Chamberlain (E) pinned Mel Riddick (ES) 6:53
  Bill Luckenbaugh (ES) pinned Dave Lavanture (E) 1:39
 167lbs.   Rick Bailey (E) dec. Carl Seitz (ES) 7-1
 177lbs.   Mike Stambaugh (ES) dec. Bill Marshall (E) 12-6
 190lbs.   George Ahner (ES) dec. Curt Shober (E) 8-5
 Don Lehman (ES) dec. DeHaven Robinson (E) 3-1

  NCAA Official:  Jan Dutt
  ESSC Head Coach:  Clyde H. "Red" Witman
  Elizabethtown Head Coach:  Dr. D. Kenneth Ober
*note - Coach Ober and Coach Witman are both West Chester State College Alumni...
and PSAC champions for the Golden Rams.  Both are in the WCSC Athletic Hall of Fame.
  JV Score:  ESSC 15 Elizabethtown 9

(@ East Stroudsburg State College's LeRoy J. Koehler Fieldhouse)

  "LOOKING BACK at an ESSC/F&M Dual Meet
  with 5 West York High School wrestlers...
& a Luckenbaugh/McCleary matchup!"



  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 College's Koehler Fieldhouse 11/14/73.

      ∙ FIVE former West York High School grapplers were in action in East Stroudsburg
 State'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.
      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 "Red" Witman.

  *More results from the 1973-74 ESSC mat season...@ ESSC Wrestling Archives.



ESSC Warrior Matmen win one;
 lose two in quadrangular match!
 @ Bloomsburg State College, Bloomsburg, PA
 11/17/73 @ BSC Nelson Field House
     Pocono Record 11/19/73  ▪▪▪ ESSC senior Bill Luckenbaugh (158)
 and freshman Don Lehman (heavyweight)... won all three of their wrestling matches
 to highlight East Stroudsburg State College mat action in the Bloomsburg quadrangular
 wrestling tournament Saturday.  The Warriors defeated Trenton State, NJ, 25-13, but lost

 to Bloomsburg State, 25-16, and to Slippery Rock, 33-11.  Luckenbaugh (7-0) scored two
 pins over Bill Pasukinas of Bloomsburg in 3:27 and George Davenport of Trenton State
 in 3:46 to give him five pins for the '73-'74 season and 34 for his dual career.  The ESSC
 All-American also defeated Angelo Natoli of Slippery Rock, a Penn State (PSU) Invitational
 Champion last week, for the second time this season, 4-0.  Lucky had beaten Natoli
 in the finals of the Coast Guard Invitational, 6-0.  Lehman (6-1), only a freshman
 from the same high school (West York High School) as Luckenbaugh, registered one of
 the night's surprises by pinning John Hohmann of Bloomsburg State, a Coast Guard
 190lb. Invitational Champion, in 4:30.  The Warriors' heavyweight also decisioned
 previously undefeated and a National Junior Greco-Roman Wrestling Champion (
 Mike Dumin of Trenton State, 3-2 on riding time... and Frank Kuhl of Slippery Rock,
 9-1.  Gary Kessel (134) and Gene Ulrich (142) each won one match and tied one
 for ESSC, who (ESSC) is now 4-3 on the season.  Kessel (3-3), a freshman, demolished
 Rich Hicks of Trenton State, who had beaten Kessel in last season's New Jersey State
 High School Regional Tourney, 12-2.  ESSC's Eugene Ulrich (2-4) gained a tie (draw) with
 Chris Messina of Slippery Rock at 142lbs.    Pocono Record Sports

*note:  East Stroudsburg & Bloomsburg State - now Universities.  Trenton State now TCNJ.


 11/17/73 @ Bloomsburg Quad Wrestling Meet (Nelson Fieldhouse)
 ESSC 25  Trenton State, NJ 13
 118lbs.  Billy Cuff (ESSC) dec. Dave Rule (TS) 9-8
 126lbs.  John Craddox
(TS) dec. Keith Lichty (ESSC) 8-1
 134lbs.  Gary Kessel (ESSC) dec. Rich Hicks (TS) 12-2
 142lbs.  Gene Ulrich (ESSC) dec. Alex Betlea (TS) 10-1
 150lbs.  Dale Oliver (TS) dec. Melvin Riddick (ESSC) 10-7
 158lbs.  Bill Luckenbaugh (ESSC) pinned George Davenport (TS) 3:46
 167lbs.  Bill Hayes (TS) dec. Carl Seitz (ESSC) 14-4
 177lbs.  Mike Stambaugh (ESSC) pinned Frank MacGuire (TS) 2:14
 190lbs.  Glenn Carson (TS) dec. Fred Swanson (ESSC) 9-1
  Don Lehman (ESSC) dec. Mike Dumin (TS)

(ESSC Coach - Clyde "Red" Witman   Trenton Coach - Dave Icenhower)

 11/17/73 @ Bloomsburg Quad Wrestling Meet (Nelson Fieldhouse)
 Bloomsburg State 25  ESSC 16
 118lbs.  Tom Fink (B) dec. Billy Cuff
(ESSC) 11-0
 126lbs.  Keith Lichty (ESSC) drew with Gary Scarano (B) 5-5
 134lbs.  Gary Kessel (ESSC) drew with Dave Brandt (B) 5-5
 142lbs.  Randy Watts (B) dec. Gene Ulrich (ESSC) 8-0
 150lbs.  Chuck Carter (B) dec. Melvin Riddick (ESSC) 9-3
 158lbs.  Bill Luckenbaugh (ESSC) pinned Bill Pasukinas (B) 3:27
 167lbs.  Dan Burkholder (B) dec. Carl Seitz (ESSC)
177lbs.  Floyd "Shorty" Hitchcock (B) dec. Mike Stambaugh (ESSC) 14-2
 190lbs.  Ron Sheehan (B) dec. Fred Swanson (ESSC) 10-4
  Don Lehman (ESSC) pinned John Hohmann (B) 4:30

(ESSC Coach - Clyde "Red" Witman   Bloomsburg Coach - Roger Sanders)

 11/17/73 @ Bloomsburg Quad Wrestling Meet (Nelson Fieldhouse)
Slippery Rock State 33  ESSC 11
 118lbs.  Jack Spates (SR) pinned Billy Cuff
(ESSC) 5:50
Rick Thompson
(SR) pinned Keith Lichty (ESSC) 2:10
 134lbs.  Jeff Condon (SR) dec. Gary Kessel (ESSC) 13-2
 142lbs.  Gene Ulrich (ESSC) drew with Chris Messina (SR) 4-4
 150lbs.  Mike Waller (SR) pinned Melvin Riddick (ESSC) 5:44
 158lbs.  Bill Luckenbaugh (ESSC) dec. Angelo Natoli (SR) 4-0
 167lbs.  Rich Peifer (SR) pinned Carl Seitz (ESSC) 4:57
 177lbs.  Bill Shuffstall (SR) dec. Mike Stambaugh (ESSC) 9-4
 190lbs.  Fred Swanson (ESSC) dec. Carl Messina (SR) 2-1
   Don Lehman (ESSC) dec. Frank Kuhl (SR) 9-1

(ESSC Coach - Clyde "Red" Witman   Slippery Rock Coach - Fred Powell)

▪ West York, PA HS Alumni (above) - Keith Lichty '73, Bill Luckenbaugh '69,
Mike Stambaugh '72 & Don Lehman '73.




 The York Daily Record


 December 15, 1973 Dual Meet @ LHSC Thomas Fieldhouse
 Ex-West York Bulldog Wrestlers Star
Against... Lock Haven State College!
        YORK DAILY RECORD 12/17/73:  A quartet of former West York High School wrestlers
East Stroudsburg to a 29-20 victory over Lock Haven State College in a Pennsylvania
 State Conference dual meet Saturday at Lock Haven.  It was the first victory for ESSC over
 Lock Haven in seven years as the Warriors pushed their dual meet record for the year to 5-3.
 Stealing the spotlight from his upper class teammates was freshman Keith Lichty.  The youngster
 was credited with the key victory in the match when he pinned defending PA State Conference
Rob Johnson, in 3:14 of their 126 pound match.  It was only the second victory of the
 season for Lichty who is now 2-5-1.  Bill Luckenbaugh, the former PIAA State Champion who
 earned All-American honors previously, gained his 8th victory of the season with a pin over
 Don Eichenlaub in 4:27 of their 158 pound class.  Eichenlaub, like Johnson, is the defending
 PA Conference wrestling champion.  The victory boosted Luckenbaugh's brilliant college record to
 44 victories, including 39 pins, four losses, and one tie.  Luckenbaugh, highly regarded as a
 candidate for NCAA honors, was injured in a first round match of last year's PA Conference
 championship tournament and was forced to retire the rest of the season.  Also winning
 Saturday for East Stroudsburg was Mike Stambaugh, a former West Yorker and now a
 sophomore, who scored with a 9-8 triumph over Ron McMurray in the 177 pound class.
 Freshman Don Lehman, the fourth Bulldog member of the Warriors squad, gained a tie with
 Lock Haven's Jim Schuster... at 6-6, in the heavyweight class to close out the ESSC win.

 ▪ @ Lock Haven State College's Thomas Fieldhouse - Lock Haven PA 17745 (12/15/73)
 ▪ LHSC Coach - Dr. Kenneth Cox.   ESSC Coach - Clyde H. "Red" Witman. 
YDR Sports - 12/17/73

 LHSC's HWT. Jim Schuster

Bill Luckenbaugh is now 8-0 on the ESSC 1973-74 season.
 ▪ Mike Stambaugh is now 6-2 on the season and Don Lehman is 5-2-1 @ ESSC.
Keith Lichty is 2-5-1 on the 1973-74 season @ ESSC.
 ▪ 12/15/73 ESSC/LHSC match @ Lock Haven State College.

 ▪ West York, PA HS Alumni (above) - Keith Lichty '73, Bill Luckenbaugh '69,
 Mike Stambaugh '72 & Don Lehman '73.


 The York Dispatch
  January 21, 1974
  ESSC vs. Kutztown State
 ▪ Yorkers Outstanding!
   Former Bulldogs Wrestlers Gain College Match Triumphs
   Four ex-West York grapplers were victorious in their individual dual matches to pace
 East Stroudsburg State to an easy 35-6 wrestling win over Kutztown State Wednesday night.
 Two of the local quartet pinned their opponents, with senior Bill Luckenbaugh, 11-0 on the season,
 unbeaten in 37 consecutive dual meets) taking the 150-pound class and Don Lehman, ESSC's
 heavyweight, earning the other fall to bring his freshman season mark to 7-2-2.

   The other West Yorker's captured decisions, as 177-pounder Mike Stambaugh upped his sophomore
 record to 9-2 and Keith Lichty (126 pounds) evened his at freshman mark at 5-5-1.
  ▪ East Stroudsburg State has taken five bouts in a row, and is now 8-3 overall.
   @ 1/16/74 ESSC's Koehler Fieldhouse

  The York Daily Record
   January 28, 1974
 ESSC vs. West Chester State College


 Local Wrestlers Shine!
 ESSC 18  West Chester 17


 ESSC's Don Lehman

    ∙ York Daily Record 1/28/74:  Don Lehman
registered a 2-1 decision over Bob Eshleman
 Saturday night in the heavyweight division to rally the East Stroudsburg State College
 wrestlers to an exciting 18-17 dual meet victory over West Chester.  Lehman (9-2-1)...
 who lost to Solanco High School's Eshleman 3-2 in the '73 PA District III semi's last year,
 avenged his last high school loss.  Lehman is one of four West York athletes performing
 for East Stroudsburg State, which improved its record to 9-3.  Undefeated Bill Luckenbaugh
 scored his sixth straight fall at 150 pounds over Ralph Reish for a 12-0 season record.  He
 has pinned 10 of 12 opponents.  Mike Stambaugh (10-2) gained a 10-2 decision over Eric
 Swanson at 177 pounds and 126-pounder Keith Lichty (5-6-1) bowed to West Chester's
 John Gallagher... with a close 3-2 decision.
  @ West Chester State College - West Chester, PA
  West Chester Head Coach - Milt Collier     ESSC Head Coach - Clyde H. "Red" Witman
*note - Coach Witman is a West Chester State alumnus and was a 2-time PSAC champion
for the Golden Rams (1953 & 1954).  Coach Witman is also in the WCSC Hall of Fame.

▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪
 East Stroudsburg State will host Wilkes College...
 Thursday night, in its next action.
 ▪ The PA State Conference wrestling tourney is set for Feb. 22-23, 1974
 at Slippery Rock State College and...
 the NCAA Division II wrestling tourney is in Orange County, California.
 (Cal-State Fullerton) March 1-2, 1974.


  The York Dispatch
   February 18, 1974
 ESSC vs. Wilkes College
 East Stroudsburg Falls
 West Yorker's Win Two, Lose Two Against Wilkes
    York Dispatch: The 9th and 10th ranked NCAA Division II college wrestling teams in the East
collided Thursday night at East Stroudsburg and Wilkes College proved its higher ranking
 by knocking off the Warriors 23-16.  Four former West York grapplers performed for the losers.
 Keith Lichty, a freshman performing in the 126-pound class scored perhaps his biggest win of the year
 when he pinned Lon Balum in 6:29.  Balum had entered the match with a 13-2 mark.  Lichty is now 6-6-1.
   At 150, undefeated Bill Luckenbaugh ran his record to 13-0 with a lopsided 17-3 decision over Wilkes' Mike Lee.
 The other ex-bulldogs, Mike Stambaugh and Don Lehman would just as soon forget their bouts.
 Stambaugh was pinned by Jim Weisenfluh in the 177-pound class while Lehman, who tips the scale at 198
 pounds, was forced to take on 265-pound Al Scharer in the heavyweight match and dropped a 6-1 decision.
 @ ESSC's Koehler Fieldhouse

 ▪ Wilkes Coach - John Reese     ESSC Coach - Clyde Witman


  The York Dispatch

   February 21, 1974
 York Matmen at East Stroudsburg
 Await State Conference Finals

  Bill Luckenbaugh Closing Career!
    Four former West York High School wrestlers will be wearing the colors of East Stroudsburg
 State College
Friday and Saturday during the 31st annual Pennsylvania Conference Wrestling
 Conference Championships at Slippery Rock State College's campus.

    Bill Luckenbaugh has the most impressive record going into the tourney, as the 150lb.
 performer has just completed his second straight undefeated dual match season with a
 15-0 dual record including 12 pins.  The other West Yorkers are Keith Lichty (126lbs.),
 Mike Stambaugh (177lbs.) and Don Lehman (190lbs. or Heavyweight).

    Lichty earned a 7-7-1 dual meet record on the season, winning six of his last eight
 matches with
five pins.  Stambaugh scored a 10-5 dual meet record on the season
 and freshman Lehman had some big wins early in the season at heavyweight and
 finished with an 8-5-2 dual meet record.


 The Stroud Courier
   March 1, 1974
Luckenbaugh, Stetler Win PC Titles
  by John Aigeldinger 

  1974 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
  College Wrestling Championships

     March 1, 1974 - Bill Luckenbaugh and Bob Stetler, two of the Warriors best grapplers joined the ranks of
 some of the greatest college wrestlers in the history of the sport by becoming Pennsylvania Conference
 wrestling champs last Saturday night.  Luckenbaugh is a former PIAA champion and a West York (PA) grad.
 "Lucky" took the 150 pound title in the 31st annual conference championship with a 5-4 victory over Mike
 Waller of Slippery Rock.  Stetler, a junior, was the 158 pound winner beating Angelo Natoli of Slippery
 Rock, 2-0.  Both wrestlers were sporting 15-0 regular season records going into the PSAC finals.
 The Warriors had two other place winners in Don Lehman, third at 190 pounds and Phil Conlin, fourth at
 142lbs.  Both are freshman. Lehman is a West York (PA) graduate and Conlin graduated from Warwick (PA).
 ESSC placed fourth among the 13 conference schools, a vast improvement over last year's twelfth place
 showing.  Luckenbaugh won his first PC title after being frustrated in two previous attempts.  He was
 second to national champion Stan Dziedzic of Slippery Rock in 1971 and he was injured and forced to
 default last year.  However Lucky was not to be denied his title this year as he pinned Bill Davis of
 Clarion in 1:42 of the semi-finals and came back in the finals, building up close to three minutes of
 riding time for the difference in his win over Waller.  Stetler edged Don Eichenlaub in the semi's, the 150 pound
 champion in 1973, 5-3, on a takedown with 30 seconds remaining.  He controlled his final round
 match much more than the score indicated.  He rode Natoli the entire second period and escaped early
 in the third and forced the action the rest of the way. Stetler is a former East Stroudsburg Open winner.

   Luckenbaugh, Stetler and Lehman will compete in the NCAA Division Two Wrestling Championships
 Friday and Saturday at Cal State University - Fullerton, in Orange County, California.


 The York Daily Record

   February 25, 1974
 1974 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
 College Wrestling Championships

     February 23, 1974 - West York's
Bill Luckenbaugh, the top-seeded entry from
East Stroudsburg State College, captured the 150lb. crown of the Pennsylvania State College
 Wrestling Conference championships held Saturday on the Slippery Rock State wrestling mats.
 Luckenbaugh is a senior and the ESSC captain.  Luckenbaugh, who upped his season's record to
 22-0, nipped Mike Waller of Slippery Rock with a 5-4 decision in the finals.  He had pinned Bill
 Davis of Clarion in 1:42 in the semi-finals Saturday, and he also had a 3:16 fall at the expense
 of Rich Schumacher of Indiana, Pa.  Bob Stetler of ESSC also won the PSAC 158lb title.
 East Stroudsburg finished fourth in the meet with 68 points.  Clarion won the team laurels for
 the fourth straight season with 156 1/2 points, followed by Slippery Rock State, 129 1/2,
 and Bloomsburg State, 80. Lock Haven was fifth in the 13-team field with 60 1/2 points.
▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪
     Another West Yorker, Don Lehman (ESSC), was third in the 190lb division, defeating
 Tom Schweinburg of Indiana, 12-2 in the consolation finals.  Lehman (4-1) had bowed to
 Bill Shuffstall of Slippery Rock, 6-1, in the championship 190lb. semi-final round.
 Shuffstall won the PSAC championship final at 190lbs defeating Jim Zoschg (MI), 7-1.

     ▪ Two other former West York Bulldogs who competed for East Stroudsburg State
  were Mike Stambaugh, (0-2) at 177lbs., and 126-pounder Keith Lichty, who finished
  with a (2-2) mark.  Both ESSC wrestlers did not place in the tournament.

     ▪ B. Luckenbaugh, B. Stetler and D. Lehman are slated to travel and
compete in the NCAA Division II National tourney Friday and Saturday
   at the Cal-State Fullerton Gym, Orange County, California.
▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪
  1974 NCAA DII Championship Wrestling Results - 3/1-2, 1974.

 The York Dispatch
  February 25, 1974
 Herr, Luckenbaugh...
 State Mat Champions

    ▪ Tom Herr and Bill Luckenbaugh
are one step closer to national wrestling championships.
 Both York grappling products leaped into the spotlight Saturday with victories in the
 Pennsylvania Conference Championships at Slippery Rock State College.  Herr, defending NAIA
 national titlist, copped the heavyweight crown for Edinboro with an 8-4 victory in the finals
 over Clarion's Chuck Coryea while East Stroudsburg's Luckenbaugh nipped Slippery Rock's
 Mike Waller, 5-4, for 150-pound laurels.  Herr, a York Suburban product picked a good time
 to score his first career victory over Coryea after suffering four straight setbacks at the
 hands of the Clarion ace.  Herr, who won all five matches in the two-day championships,
 finished the season with a 26-3 mark and will defend his national title at River Falls, Wisconsin
 March 7, 8, and 9.  Luckenbaugh, a former West York standout, scored a pair of pins in
 earlier matches enroute to the victory in the finals.  He also went unbeaten through the
 tourney and finished the state campaign with a perfect 18-0 slate.  Luckenbaugh now
 advances to the NCAA Division II championships at California State-Fullerton March 1 and 2.
    ▪ Three other West Yorkers participated in the meet for East Stroudsburg with 190-pounder
 Don Lehman taking third in his weight class, while Keith Lichty (126) and Mike Stambaugh
 failed to place.  Lehman soundly defeated Tom Schweinburg of Indiana (Pa.) 12-2, in the
 consolation finals.  Lichty won two of his four matches but did not place and Stambaugh
 lost both of his matches.  East Stroudsburg finished fourth in the team standings, with
 Clarion State placing first, followed by Slippery Rock and Bloomsburg.  Wade Schalles of
 Clarion, who won the event's outstanding wrestler award, pinned Floyd Hitchcock of
 Bloomsburg in 4:28 in the 177-pound class.  Schalles is a two-time national champion and
 Hitchcock was a sliver medalist for the United States in last summer's World University
 Games in Moscow.  Both were undefeated during the regular season.  Three wrestlers
 finished the tournament with unblemished season records.  Clarions' Schalles is 38-0-1,
 Jack Spates of Slippery Rock is 29-0 and
Bill Luckenbaugh of East Stroudsburg is 18-0.

▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪
  NCAA College Wrestling
  PSAC Championships 1974

   ∙1974 PSAC Wrestling Tourney
   Conference Tournament Champions

  Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference

 Front (L-R) Jack Spates -118lbs. (Slippery Rock), Craig Turnbull -126lbs. (Clarion),
 Randy Watts -134lbs. (Bloomsburg),  Don Rohn -142lbs. (Clarion) &
 Bill Luckenbaugh -150lbs. (East Stroudsburg).
 Back (L-R) Tom Herr -Hwt. (Edinboro), Bill Shuffstall -190lbs. (Slippery Rock),
 Wade Schalles -177lbs. (Clarion), William Simpson -167lbs. (Clarion) &
 Robert Stetler -158lbs. (East Stroudsburg).

▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪
 1974 PSAC Wrestling Championship
 PSAC Podium Medalists...

 @ Slippery Rock State College
   (PSAC '74 weight class - 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 6th place medalists)

▪ 118lbs. Jack Spates SR Pete Morelli CL Tom DeLong IUP Tom Fink BL Dave Whare MI Willis Divel SH
▪ 126lbs. Craig Turnbull CL Rick Thompson SR Jeff Gallagher WC Lon Edmonds BL Keith Kosky IUP Jim Bailey MA
▪ 134lbs. Randy Watts BL Jack Davis CL Jeff Condon SR Steve Powell WC Gary Walk LH Geno Zuccaro CAL
▪ 142lbs. Don Rohn CL Gene Costello SR Paul Gillespie WC
Phil Conlin ES George Way LH Jim Sykes IUP
150lbs. B. Luckenbaugh ES Mike Waller SR Dave Crowell LH Bill Davis CL Tom Hutchinson ED Ralph Reish WC
158lbs. B. Stetler ES Angelo Natoli SR Don Eichenlaub LH Bob Warnick CAL Chris Clark CL Steve Maxwell WC
▪ 167lbs. Bill Simpson CL Ron Sheehan BL Larry McCoy IUP Joe Jacquelin MI Ron Peifer SR Ralph Pivirotto ED
▪ 177lbs. *Wade Schalles CL Floyd Hitchcock BL Eric Guyll MI Ray Watkins ED Al Fricke LH Eric Swanson WC

190lbs. B. Shuffstall SR Jim Zoschg MI Don Lehman ES Tom Schweinburg IUP John Hohman BL Chris Cole CL
Hwt. Tom Herr ED Chuck Coryea CL Jim Schuster LH Dave Schley MI Bob Eshleman WC George Schenck K
                                                                                          ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪
Most Outstanding Wrestler - Wade Schalles 177lbs. (Clarion)
                                                                                          ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪

            1974 PSAC Team Points: 1st  - Clarion (CL),  2nd - Slippery Rock (SR),  3rd -Bloomsburg (BL),
   4th - E. Stroudsburg (ES), 5th - Lock Haven (LH),  6th - Millersville (MI),  7th - West Chester (WC),
            8th - Edinboro (ED),  9th - Indiana University of PA (IUP), 10th - California University of PA (CAL),
            11th - Shippensburg (SH),  12th -Mansfield (MA),  13th - Kutztown (K).



  1974 - NCAA DII Wrestling Championships
 East Stroudsburg State College - 7th Place
(39 1/2pts)


  @ Cal-State Fullerton University - NCAA DII Championship's.
(Back) ESSC Head Wrestling Coach - - Clyde H. "Red" Witman.
(Front) ESSC's Bill Luckenbaugh (150lbs.), Don Lehman (190lbs.)
and Bob Stetler (158lbs.).
 March - 1974


     East Stroudsburg State College '74 NCAA DII  Entries:
 Bill Luckenbaugh (150), Bob Stetler (158), Don Lehman (190).

 (Location - Cal-State @ Fullerton University, Orange County, California)

▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪
 The York Dispatch
  March 05, 1974
 Yorkers Lehman, Luckenbaugh
 Resuming Mat Tourney Action 

 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships
Newly-crowned Pennsylvania Conference wrestling champions Bill Luckenbaugh (150)
 and Bob Stetler (158) will compete in the NCAA Division Two Wrestling Championships Friday and Saturday
 in Fullerton, California.  Don Lehman (190), a third place conference finisher, also will be entered in the NCAA
 tourney.  Lehman and Luckenbaugh are graduates of West York High School.  Luckenbaugh should be one
 of the favorites at 150 pounds based on his 22-0 season record which includes 16 pinsStetler is 10-1
 with five pins while Lehman is 15-7-2 with three pins.  "All three have the capabilities to do well, but then
 a lot of wrestlers have the capabilities." said Coach Clyde 'Red' Witman.  "Now is when experience, desire
 and determination come into play."  This will be Luckenbaugh's second NCAA tournament.  As a sophomore
 in 1971, he wrestled in the NCAA College Division Tournament in Fargo, S.D., winning his first two matches
 on pins before losing to Tom Minkel of Central Michigan, 5-4.  Luckenbaugh gained revenge for that loss
 the following year by beating Minkel, 11-1, in the finals of the APO East Stroudsburg Open Tournament.
 The senior sat out the 1971-72 season and was injured and unable to compete at last year's tourney.
    "Bill is one of the best pinners I've ever seen anywhere.  We obviously consider him one of the top
 wrestlers in the nation and we're counting on his performance in the NCAA tournament to prove this,"
 Witman stated.  Stetler just became eligible to compete for East Stroudsburg at the start of the 2nd
 semester.  The junior from Stroudsburg is a transfer from Huron, S.D. College where he wrestled for
 two years.  Lehman is a freshman.  He competed at heavyweight during most of the dual-meet
 season, but dropped down to 190 pounds for the Pennsylvania Conference Championships last week.
 East Stroudsburg and Bloomsburg are the only Pennsylvania Conference schools which will compete
 in the Division Two tournament.  The top two finishers in each weight class will qualify for the NCAA
 Division One Wrestling Championships March 14-16 at Iowa State University.


 The Stroud Courier
   VOL. LXII No. 19
 East Stroudsburg State College, East Stroudsburg, PA
  March 8, 1974
 Lucky Gets Crown And Trophy 

 ▪ Senior wrestler Bill Luckenbaugh proved his grappling powers again this weekend breezing through the NCAA College
 Division II wrestling championships at Fullerton, California.  Lucky, top seeded at 150 pounds, pinned Roger Warner
 of Cal Poly San Louis Obispo in 3:35 of the final round match.  This was his fourth pin in five tournament matches
 and it enabled him to win a trophy for the most pins.  He also was second to Bloomsburg's Floyd Hitchcock in the
 outstanding wrestler balloting.
  Bob Stetler, another "Warrior Wonder," took third in the 158 pound class winning
 four consolation matches.  His biggest win came in a 9-2 thrashing of Mike Turnbull of the University of Akron,
 who earlier had eliminated him from the championship competition.  Turnbull decisioned Stetler 5-4 when his
 trick knee went out on him.  Coach "Red" Witman felt that if it had not been for the injury he could have
 conceivably gone on to win the title.  Don Lehman, only a freshman at 190 pounds, won one match in the
 championship round
, defeating a Northern Iowa grappler 3-2, and then fell to Mankato State's Kurt Kuehl
 by fall (4:56) in the quarterfinal match.  Lehman won one consolation match on Saturday before losing to Kuehl
 for a second time.  With only Lucky, Stetler and Lehman competing, the trio managed to score high enough
 for seventh place out of forty colleges.  Winning the final round enabled Lucky to go on to the NCAA Division I
 championships March 14-16 at Iowa State.  ESSC's only other NCAA champion was Rich Schumacher, who
 won the heavyweight college division title in 1970.

    1974 NCAA DII's
    1974 NCAA DII Championship Wrestling Results - 3/1-2, 1974


  The York Dispatch
   March 11, 1974
 "Lucky" Advances to...
    NCAA Division I Wrestling Tournament!! 

  ▪ Undefeated Bill Luckenbaugh will represent East Stroudsburg in the NCAA Division One Wrestling Championships
 beginning Thursday, March 14 at Iowa State University.  Luckenbaugh is expected to be seeded high in the 150lb. class
 based on his 27-0 record and 20 pins.  The senior from West York, PA won the NCAA Division II title, pinning four
 of his five opponents.  He pinned Roger Warner of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo @ 3:35 of the finals.  "Lucky" also won
 individual honors in the Coast Guard Invitational and the Pennsylvania Conference Championships.  He was 15-0 in dual
 matches with 12 pins.  Among his victims this year were Mike Waller of Slippery Rock, a 3rd team All-American
 and Mike Lee of Wilkes, the NCAA Division Three Champion.  Coach Clyde "Red" Witman is hoping Lucky will get a
 second or third seed in the 36-man field to defending champion Jarrett Hubbard of Michigan, who is also undefeated.
 "Bill is good enough to win the national title, but so are six-seven other wrestlers. Remember, every wrestler entered
 has had to qualify by winning either a league, regional, or national tournament," indicated Witman.  "I'd say Bill's
 chances are better than most because he is a pinner.  Sometimes a pinner can deck people who may prove better than
 they are if the match comes down to a decision." the coach added. Witman is in his 12th season as ESSC head coach.
 This will be Luckenbaugh's first appearance in the NCAA Division One Tournament, formerly called the University Division.
 Lucky didn't qualify as a sophomore and last year he was injured and unable to enter NCAA competition.  The Warriors
 just missed having a second national qualifier as junior Bob Stetler placed third in the NCAA Division II Championships
 at 158lbs., where only the finalists qualified.  Stetler won five matches and only lost one.  He was defeated by Mike
 Turnbull of Akron in the second round when he suffered a knee injury.  He came back to trounce Turnbull in the
 consolation finals.  Don Lehman, an ESSC freshman, also competed in the NCAA Division II tournament at 190lbs.
 Lehman scored two victories, losing in the quarterfinals of the championship event.  Lehman narrowly missed placing
 for All-American status, winning a 6-5 decision over Seattle's Rich Maras and then losing to Minnesota State's
 (Mankato) All-American Kurt Kuehl, 9-6, in his last consolation bout.
   ▪ The 1974 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championship Tournament was
     held at California State University at Fullerton in Orange County, California.


    ▪ ESSC Coach, Clyde "Red' Witman, presents the 1974 NCAA DII Outstanding Wrestler
 Award to Bloomsburg's 177lb wrestler Floyd "Shorty" Hitchcock.
 Coach Clyde Witman is president of the NCAA DII Coaches Association.

1974 NCAA Division II National Champions
March 1-2, 1974

Cal State-Fullerton
, CA
1974 NCAA DII Championship Wrestling Results - 3/1-2, 1974


  1974 NCAA Division II National Champions
 118lbs. - Terrence Perdew (Old Dominion)
 126lbs. - Tom Garcia (Northern Iowa)
 134lbs. - Jim Miller (Northern Iowa)
 142lbs. - Ken Snyder (Northern Iowa)

 150lbs. - Bill Luckenbaugh (East Stroudsburg)

 158lbs. - Cliff Hatch (Cal Poly SLO)
 167lbs. - Ron Sheehan (Bloomsburg)
 177lbs. - Floyd Hitchcock (Bloomsburg)
 190lbs. - Keith Leland (Cal Poly SLO)
 Unl.       - Jim Woods (Western Illinois)

   ▪ Team Champion - Cal Poly SLO (131.5 pts)
      * Outstanding Wrestler - Floyd "Shorty" Hitchcock (Bloomsburg)
     ∙ NCAA Division II Wrestling Full Champions List History
     ∙ NWCA NCAA DII Wrestling Hall of Fame


   • Bill Luckenbaugh of East Stroudsburg State College...
 was the "2nd seed" at the 1974 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Iowa City @ 150lbs. 
 Bill won his first 2 matches by fall, but a untimely knee injury suffered at practice
 the prior week hindered his progress in what would have been, a sure All-American medal. 
  Bill won the NCAA DII wrestling crown the week before to qualify for the DI tournament in Iowa City.

  1974 Division I Wrestling Championships Bracket
LOOK at the actual 1974 NCAA Division I 150lb. bracket w/"Lucky"... CLICK - HERE!

March 1974 York Dispatch... Sooners Win NCAA Mat Crown!

  Luckenbaugh Ousted!
        Bill Luckenbaugh of East Stroudsburg failed to place in the top five after being
 seeded second in the 150-pound class on the basis of a 27-0 regular season mark.
 The former PIAA champ from West York, ironically lost to two men he had previously
 beaten, Mike Waller of Slippery Rock and Roger Warner of California Poly, San Luis Obispo.
 Luckenbaugh, who sustained a slight knee injury during a pre-tournament workout, started
 off in fine fashion by pinning Dennis Trainor of Washington State in 2:52 and coming
 right back to nail Navy's John Althans in 3:44.  He then ran into Waller and was whipped 11-0.
 Luckenbaugh decisioned Waller 5-4 for the Pennsylvania Conference Championship.
 Following a 5-0 overtime decision over Larry Johnson of Northern Illinois, the East
 Stroudsburg senior was dumped 14-2 by Warner, a man he pinned for the NCAA Division
 II title a week earlier.  (NCAA Division I Tourney - Ames, Iowa)    NCAA 1974 Brackets



  ESSC 1973-74

 Bill Cuff (118lbs.)    3-5 with 0 pins
Keith Lichty (126lbs.)    7-7-1 with 5 pins
Gary Kessel (134lbs.)    8-6-1 with 1 pin
Phil Conlin (142lbs.)    3-2 with 2 pins
Gene Ulrich (142lbs.)    6-5-1 with 1 pin
Bill Luckenbaugh (150lbs.)    15-0 with 12 pins - ESSC Wrestler of Year
Mel Riddick (158lbs.)    0-7 with 0 pins
Bob Stetler (158lbs.)    7-1 with 5 pins
Carl Seitz (167lbs.)    2-5-1 with 0 pins
Mike Stambaugh (177lbs.)    10-5 with 2 pins
Don Lehman (Hwt./190lbs.)    8-5-2 with 2 pins
Fred Swanson (190lbs./Hwt.)    6-8 with 1 pin
▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪
  ▪ 1973-74  ESSC Team record (9-6)
    PSAC Tourney Team (4th)
    NCAA DII Tourney Team (7th)

▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪
 1973-74 ESSC Captain
 Senior Bill Luckenbaugh...
 ▪ 1969-74 - Bill Luckenbaugh Match by Match Results!
   ESSC Open, Coast Guard Invit., PSAC & NCAA DII Champion!
▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪
 ESSC 1973-74 Wrestling Season...

  Four West York High School Wrestlers earned Varsity Letters...
 Keith Lichty, Bill Luckenbaugh,
 Mike Stambaugh, Don Lehman.
▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪
 Some "Lucky" Fishing!!

 (L-R) West York Alumni - Bill Luckenbaugh & son Chad Luckenbaugh in Florida.
  2015 photo courtesy of Chad Luckenbaugh

  Bill Luckenbaugh's West York & ESSC Career

   Bill Luckenbaugh ESSC Dual Meet Results

     1969-70 Freshman 3-2 w/3 pins
  12/02/69 - lost to Roy Genatt (Montclair State) 11-2 @ 134lbs.
  12/09/69 - pinned Scott Evans (Elizabethtown) 2:48 @ 134lbs.
  01/06/70 - pinned Terry Brown (Yale University) 1:13 @ 142lbs.
  02/14/70 - pinned Mike Ricketts (Mansfield) 7:02 @ 158lbs.
  02/18/70 - was pinned by Alan Zellner (Wilkes) 3:26 @ 158lbs.

1970-71 Sophomore 13-2 w/9 pins
  12/08/70 - dec. Bob Stock (Elizabethtown) 9-2 @ 150lbs.
  12/12/70 - lost to John Sattler (Navy) 3-2 @ 158lbs.

  12/18/70 - dec. Alan Thompson (Appalachian) 6-2 @ 150lbs.
  12/18/70 - pinned Tom Cox (Slippery Rock) 3:20 @ 150lbs.
  12/18/70 - dec. Randy Watts (Bloomsburg) 6-3 @ 150lbs.
  01/15/71 - pinned Steve Gaydosh (Springfield) 7:56 @ 150lbs.
  01/20/71 - pinned R. Trexler (Millersville) 3:31 @ 150lbs.
  01/30/71 - pinned Gene Taxis (Lock Haven) 4:11 @ 150lbs.
  02/03/71 - dec. Rick Lentz (Shippensburg) 9-2 @ 150lbs.
  02/06/71 - lost to Brian Schmidt (West Chester) 12-6 @ 150lbs.
  02/13/71 - pinned Duane Boterbusch (Mansfield) 1:52 @ 150lbs.
  02/17/71 - pinned Jerry Alexander (Wilkes) 4:14 @ 150lbs.
  02/20/71 - pinned Robert Dibble (Bloomsburg) 3:58 @ 150lbs.
  02/23/71 - pinned Ernie Williams (Oswego State) 6:46 @ 150lbs.
  02/26/71 - pinned Nate Folwell (Lycoming) 1:27 @ 150lbs.

   1971-72 "Redshirt Year"

1972-73 Junior 20-0-1 w/17 pins
  11/29/72 - pinned Oscar Zavala (Montclair State) :38 @ 150lbs.
  12/08/72 - dec. Kent Weichmann (Yale U.) 10-2 @ 158lbs.
  12/09/72 - pinned Nick Porillo (Springfield) 3:25 @ 158lbs.
  12/16/72 - pinned Dave Bilger (Bloomsburg) 1:03 @ 150lbs.
  12/16/72 - pinned Ray Perez (Trenton State) 1:38 @ 158lbs.
  12/16/72 - tied with Tom Cox (Slippery Rock) 4-4 @ 150lbs.
  01/10/73 - dec. Laird Carmichael (Georgia Tech) 7-2 @ 150lbs.
  01/11/73 - pinned Mike Shivers (Florida Tech) 4:30 @ 150lbs.
  01/16/73 - pinned Tom Cunningham (Catawba) 2:42 @ 167lbs.
  01/16/73 - pinned Dan Iverson (Western Carolina) 1:21 @ 167lbs.
  01/17/73 - pinned Nat Reinhardt (Duke U.) 6:29 @ 167lbs.
  01/20/73 - pinned Mike Fenton (Millersville) 4:48 @ 158lbs.
  01/27/73 - pinned Dave Crowell (Lock Haven) 2:36 @ 150lbs.
  01/30/73 - pinned Bob Quarry (Shippensburg) 3:24 @ 150lbs.
  02/03/73 - dec. John Buzzatto (Pitt) 4-0 @ 150lbs.
  02/03/73 - pinned Rick Adellar (F&M College) 4:34 @ 150lbs.
  02/07/73 - pinned Dave Woodruff (Kutztown) 1:43 @ 150lbs.
  02/10/73 - pinned Bob Stock (Elizabethtown) 3:11 @ 150lbs.
  02/10/73 - pinned Ralph Reish (West Chester) 3:57 @ 150lbs.
  02/15/73 - pinned Mike Lee (Wilkes College) :58 @ 150lbs.
  02/17/73 - pinned Bill Pasukinas (Bloomsburg) 1:20 @ 150lbs.

   1973-74 Senior 15-0 w/12 pins
  11/29/73 - dec. Bob Woods (Montclair State) 13-2 @ 158lbs.
  12/03/73 - pinned Dave LaVanne (Elizabethtown) 1:39 @ 158lbs.
  12/08/73 - pinned Marty Swartz (Yale University) 2:32 @ 158lbs.
  12/11/73 - pinned Kevin McCleary (F&M College) 4:55 @ 158lbs.
  12/14/73 - pinned Bill Pasukinas (Bloomsburg) 3:27 @ 158lbs.
  12/14/73 - dec. Angelo Natali (Slippery Rock) 4-0 @ 158lbs.
  12/14/73 - pinned George Davenport (Trenton State) 3:46 @ 158lbs.
  01/26/74 - pinned Don Eichenlaub (Lock Haven) 4:27 @ 158lbs.
  01/29/74 - pinned Jacob Perry (Shippensburg) :43 @ 158lbs.
  02/02/74 - pinned Glen Kinsman (Mansfield) 2:58 @ 158lbs.
  02/06/74 - pinned Dean Dutko (Kutztown) 4:54 @ 150lbs.
  02/09/74 - pinned Don Meyer (West Chester) 4:41 @ 150lbs.
  02/14/74 - dec. Mike Lee (Wilkes College) 17-3 @ 150lbs.
  02/16/74 - pinned Rick Zinck (Millersville) 1:21 @ 150lbs.
  02/18/74 - pinned Chuck Carter (Bloomsburg) 1:35 @ 150lbs.

                    ▪ Bill Luckenbaugh
               ESSC Tournament Totals
   1969-74 Tournaments... 26-3 w/18 pins!
APO East Stroudsburg Open - 1st (1971 ow*), 1st (1972), 2nd (1973).
Coast Guard Invitational - 1st (1972 ow*), 1st (1973 ow*).
Orlando Naval Base Training Open - 1st (1973).
PSAC - 1st (1974), 2nd (1971).
NCAA DII Nationals - 1st (1974).
1974 NCAA Division I Nationals - 150lb. Bracket (2nd Seed).
        *outstanding wrestler award recipient


       ESSC/WY Wrestling Archive... "Lucky" 77-7-1

      ▪ ESU Hall of Fame 1996 - Bill Luckenbaugh.
      ▪ ESU Senior Male Athlete of the Year 1974 (Bill Luckenbaugh).
      ▪ ESU Outstanding Wrestler 1973 & 1974 (Bill Luckenbaugh).
      ▪ National Wrestling Hall of Fame NCAA DII.
      ▪ ESU Outstanding Wrestler 1973, 1974 (Bill Luckenbaugh).
      1968 West York High School PIAA State Wrestling Runner-up.
1969 West York High School PIAA State Wrestling Champion.
      ▪ District III Wrestling Hall of Fame 1983 (Bill Luckenbaugh).
      ▪ Elizabethtown HS Wrestling Hall of Fame 2011 (Bill Luckenbaugh).
      ▪ PWCA PA Wrestling Hall of Fame 2016 (Bill Luckenbaugh).


       ESSC Wrestling Fact... "Lucky"
      ▪ While at East Stroudsburg State College ...Bill Luckenbaugh
      pinned 59 of his 85 mat opponents for a .694 pinning percentage ! ncaa feature




1974-75 (11-12)


 East Stroudsburg State Wrestling
 1974-75 Final Results & Records (11-12)


 1974-75 East Stroudsburg State
 Varsity Wrestling Team

 (Overall Dual Record 11-12)

  FRONT ROW - (L/R)  Kathy Koch (manager), Dan Leach, Jody McMullen,
Jack Miller, Randy Tillman.
BACK ROW - (L/R)  Coach Bob Dalling, Darwin Brodt, Gary Kessel, Don Lehman,
Gene Ulrich, Bob Stetler, Carl Seitz, Mike Stambaugh,
Head Coach Clyde "Red" Witman (coach), Fred Swanson,
Mike Sitler (trainer) & Phil Conlin.
   (not) pictured - Keith Lichty, Joe Delaney, Skip Falcone,
Billy Cuff, Ken Magaro and Bill Katinowsky.
▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪
  East Stroudsburg State College Wrestling 1974-75
 ▪ 1974-75 Season (11-12)

  Montclair State 30 ESSC 3, ESSC 30 Elizabethtown 14, F&M 18 ESSC 12,
ESSC 18 U. of Maryland 17, Southern Illinois 21 ESSC 14, Lehigh 29 ESSC 6,
ESSC 20 IUP 18, Slippery Rock 26 ESSC 11, Bloomsburg 22 ESSC 19,
ESSC 27 Trenton State 12, Millersville 28 ESSC 9, Ashland 21 ESSC 15,
Purdue 30 ESSC 8, ESSC 22 Notre Dame 14, ESSC 46 Youngstown State 3,
ESSC 18 Lock Haven 15, ESSC 37 Shippensburg 12, ESSC 26 Mansfield 18,
ESSC 31 Kutztown State 6, ESSC 27 West Chester State 9,
North Carolina State 20 ESSC 14, Bloomsburg State 21 ESSC 13,
Wilkes College 22 ESSC 13.


  December 5, 1974
  @ F&M College - Lancaster, PA
 Franklin & Marshall 18  ESSC 12
 118lbs.    Tom Baxter F&M dec. Randy Tillman ES 8-3
 126lbs.    Brad Warner F&M dec. Dan Leach ES 8-0
 134lbs.    Brett Senior F&M dec. Joe Delaney ES 11-6
 142lbs.    Clark Griffin F&M dec. Mel Riddick ES 5-2
 150lbs.    Gary Kessel ES dec. Bill Kametz F&M 11-2
 158lbs.    Gene Ulrich ES dec. Vince Gerace F&M 8-6
 167lbs.    Carl Seitz ES dec. John Green F&M 7-6
 177lbs.    Jeff Windstein F&M dec. Vic Cortes ES 11-5
 190lbs.    Steve Paterno F&M dec. Mike Stambaugh ES 9-7
   Don Lehman ES dec. Jim Devenney F&M 4-2

   ▪ Results from the 1974 Quad Meet...
@ Lehigh University's Grace Hall in Bethlehem PA

  East Stroudsburg State 18  University of Maryland 17

   November 30, 1974

   Key standoff... by Don Lehman
  ESSC matmen, 18-17 over University of Maryland!
      @ Bethlehem, Pa:  With a Grace Hall crowd of more than 2,500 fans spurring him on,
  Don Lehman held 315-pound Bill Ellis, a 1973 New Jersey State Wrestling Champion
  for Toms River North HS and current University of Maryland sophomore grappler, to a 0-0 standoff
  in the heavyweight finale to give East Stroudsburg State College an 18-17 wrestling victory
over the University of Maryland Terrapins Friday night.  Lehigh had already finished its match
  against Southern Illinois on an adjacent mat, winning easily, 35-3... in the quadrangular competition.
      The huge Grace Hall throng turned its attention to the other mat where the ESSC Warriors were
  trying to hold a one-point lead.  Lehman, outweighed by more than 120 pounds, became the
  Lehigh dominated crowd's favorite and they cheered him on
as if he were a Lehigh wrestler.
  The ESSC sophomore rode out the entire second
period, tying up Ellis' legs and thus negating
  the Maryland youngster's beef and prominent belly.  In the third period, Ellis laid on top of Lehman
  but couldn't turn him over and the tie gave the Warriors their second victory of the season
  against one defeat.  The winning margin was provided by a pin by Bob Stetler at 158,
  a superior decision by freshman Jody McMullen at 134 and decisions by Gary Kessel at 150
  and Carl Seitz at 167.  Kessel, undefeated in three matches, had the key match, stunning
  Maryland's Tyrone Neal, 6-4, with late takedowns in the second and third periods.  He kept
  the powerful Neal from tying him up and shot in on a pair of double leg takedowns.  Neal was also
  undefeated and had won the 158lb. title in the East Stroudsburg Open Wrestling Tournament,
  finishing 2nd in the balloting for the outstanding wrestler award.  After losing a pair of one-point
  decisions at 118 and 126 pounds, McMullen, a graduate of Dieruff High School, started the
  Warriors off by trouncing Bill Schoy, 17-2.  He had four two-point near falls, three in the third period.
  Still behind 9-7, Stetler, the team captain, led his team by example in decking Steve Hogg in 4:17.
  It was the Stroudsburg senior's first match at his normal wrestling weight of 158lbs. and was his first
  pin.  Stetler was ahead, 2-1 in the second period and coolly worked Hogg in position for the pin
  with a figure four.  Final Score... East Stroudsburg State College 18
- University of Maryland 17.
The four teams will trade opponents today.
   ▪ ESSC will meet host Lehigh at 2:30pm and Southern Illinois at 8:00pm in Grace Hall.

▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪
 Lehigh's Grace Hall '74 Quad Attendance: 2,532...
  ▪ East Stroudsburg State 18  University of Maryland 17
  ▪ Southern Illinois 21  East Stroudsburg State 14
  ▪ Lehigh University 29  East Stroudsburg State 6
  ▪ Lehigh 35
  Southern Illinois 3
  ▪ Lehigh 29
  University of Maryland 5
  ▪ Southern Illinois 19
  University of Maryland 18
▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪
  vs.  @ Grace Hall on Lehigh Campus
 East Stroudsburg State 18  University of Maryland 17

Mike Meko (UMD) dec. Randy Tillman (ES) 10-9
 126lbs.  Greg Filipos (UMD) dec. Joe Delaney (ES) 3-2
 134lbs.  Jody McMullen (ES) dec. Bill Schoy (UMD) 17-2
Scott Turkel (UMD) dec. Ken Magaro (ES) 9-6
 150lbs.  Gary Kessel (ES) dec. Tyrone Neal (UMD) 6-4

 158lbs.  Bob Stetler (ES) pinned Steve Hogg (UMD) 4:17
Carl Seitz (ES) dec. John Gibbons (UMD) 4-3
Kevin Johnson (UMD) dec. Darwin Brodt (ES) 16-10
 190lbs.  Ron Train (UMD) dec. Mike Stambaugh (ES) 4-3
 Hwt.       Don Lehman (ES) drew with Bill Ellis (UMD) 0-0

▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪
  vs.  @ Grace Hall on Lehigh Campus
 Southern Illinois 21  East Stroudsburg State 14

Joe Goldsmith (SIU) pinned Randy Tillman (ES) 3:23
 126lbs.  Joe Delaney (ES) dec. Dennis Lewis (SIU) 9-0
 134lbs.  Keith Lichty (ES) drew with Dale Eggert (SIU) 2-2
Clyde Ruffin (SIU) dec. Ken Magaro (ES) 12-4
 150lbs.  Gary Kessel (ES) dec. Fred Hoef (SIU) 8-4

 158lbs.  Jim Horvath (SIU) dec. Phil Conlin (ES) 26-12
Tim Maday (SIU) dec. Carl Seitz (ES) 10-2
Mark Weisen (SIU) dec. Darwin Brodt (ES) 8-2
 190lbs.  Mike Stambaugh (ES) dec. Jay Friedrich (SIU) 6-5
 Hwt.       Don Lehman (ES) dec. Tim Swoboda (SIU) 4-3

▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪

  vs. @ Grace Hall on Lehigh Campus
 Lehigh University 29  East Stroudsburg State 6
Dave O'Brien (Lehigh) dec. Randy Tillman (E. Stroudsburg) 13-9
 126lbs.  Jim Richie (Lehigh) dec. Joe Delaney (E. Stroudsburg) 6-3
 134lbs.  Bob Sloand (Lehigh) dec. Keith Lichty (E. Stroudsburg) 13-2
Mike Frick (Lehigh) dec. Phil Conlin (E. Stroudsburg) 20-8
 150lbs.  Gary Kessel (E. Stroudsburg) dec. Mark Stauffer (Lehigh) 13-4

 158lbs.  Jeff Duke (Lehigh) won by injury default over Bob Stetler (E. Stroudsburg) 5:55
Nils Deacon (Lehigh) dec. Skip Falcone (E. Stroudsburg) 4-1
 177lbs.  Mike Lieberman (Lehigh) dec. Darwin Brodt (E. Stroudsburg) 4-1

 190lbs.  Don McCorkel (Lehigh) dec. Mike Stambaugh (E. Stroudsburg) 8-1
 Hwt.       Don Lehman (E. Stroudsburg) dec. Art Morin (Lehigh) 9-3

  ◊ (West Yorker's - K. Lichty, M. Stambaugh, & D. Lehman) 



        1/13/75 - East Stroudsburg State College will face the University of Notre Dame for
  the first time in any sport as part of a five day
*Midwestern wrestling trip.  The other
  schools are Ashland, Purdue University and Youngstown State.

        "Although Notre Dame has not enjoyed the recognition in wrestling it has in other
  sports, their team is improving rapidly and will be a tough opponent for us as will all
  four schools," said Clyde "Red" Witman, East Stroudsburg State wrestling coach.

        The Warriors have been plagued by injuries to date and have posted only a 4-7
  record.  There are 12 dual matches remaining.

        An injury to Bob Stetler, Pennsylvania Conference 158-pound champion and NCAA
  Division II third-place finisher, was the most damaging and has cost the team at least
  two decisions, according to Witman.

        Stetler injured his right knee early in the season, underwent surgery in late
  December and will be out until at least mid-February.

        Nearly every other veteran has been sidelined for a match or two because of an
  injury.  Witman has yet to use the same lineup in any two matches!

        "We have used 21 wrestlers in less than half the season which is more than 90
  percent of college teams use in an entire season.  We have been unable to sustain
  a lineup with any experience," Witman indicated.

        The performance of sophomore Gary Kessel at 150-pounds has been the bright
  of the season.  Kessel has posted a 10-1 dual mark and finished second in his weight
  in the East Stroudsburg Open.  He defeated highly-regarded Reid Lamphere from
  Athletes in Action, 7-5, in the tournament and has dual match wins over Tyrone Neal
  of Maryland, an ESSC Open champion, 6-4, and Rick Zinck of Millersville, who posted a
  16-1 record last season, 12-6.  His only losses were to Tom Marriott of East Carolina,
  5-1 in overtime, in the tournament final and to Tom Costello of Slippery Rock, 4-0.
  "Gary needed only experience which he gained last year to be an outstanding
  wrestler.  He has a lot of moves, is smart and has been sharpening his pinning skills,"
  said Witman.  Kessel wrestled at 134-pounds last season and had an 8-6-1 record.
  He may drop to 142-pounds for the end-of-the-season tournament competition.

        Only two other regulars have winning records.  Senior Gene Ulrich, wrestling
  mainly at 158-pounds, is 5-2.  Sophomore Don Lehman, 190-pounds and heavyweight,
  is 6-1-1.  Lehman was a 3rd-place finisher in the Pennsylvania Conference tourney
  last season as a freshman.  Senior Carl Seitz is 2-1 at 167-pounds.   
1/13/75 PR SPORTS



 Pair of Ashland pins spell defeat for ESSC
  Pocono Record (1/14/75) - Ashland, Ohio - January 13, 1975 @ Ashland College.

    East Stroudsburg State College and Ashland College each won five matches,
 but the Purple Eagles had a pair of pins and thus registered a 21-15 wrestling victory Monday night.

    The match opened a five-day Midwestern trip for the Warriors, who are now 4-8.  They will face
 Purdue University tonight in Lafayette, Indiana.

    Ashland, which is now 5-1, had six points a piece from Mike Arnold at 126 pounds and Clay Barnard,
 who had his sixth straight pin at 167 pounds.  Behind 2-1, Arnold decked Dan Leach, an ESSC sophomore
 competing in only his second match, with a chicken wing and half nelson after 2:59.  Barnard used a cradle
 in downing Carl Seitz in 3:12.

    Two ESSC wrestlers, Gary Kessel at 158 pounds and freshman Darwin Brodt at 177, beat previously
 undefeated opponents.  Kessel, now 11-1, gave up a takedown with five seconds remaining but then
 immediately reversed to edge Butch Clemons, 8-7.  Clemons had countered at the edge of the mat and
 Kessel, thinking they were off the mat, relaxed for a second and got taken down.  He suddenly realized
 his mistake and fired back for the winning reversal.  "Gary did what he had to do to win.  That is what
 makes a top wrestler," indicated Bob Dalling, ESSC assistant coach reporting on the match.  Kessel's win
 gave ESSC a 12-9 lead.  But it was short-lived as Barnard's pin enabled the Ohio team to go ahead.

    Brodt, whom ESSC Coach Clyde Witman claims is looking better every match, tied the score by
 upsetting Ed Hissa, 9-5, with four takedowns.  His record is now 4-6.

    Skip Fair put Ashland in front for keeps, 18-15, with a 10-2 win over Mike Stambaugh at 190 pounds.
 He had three takedowns and a two-point near fall.

    Greg Low wrapped up the decision by utilizing a big weight advantage for a 7-0 shutout over
 Don Lehman in the heavyweight finale.  Lehman's dual meet record now stands at 6-2-1

    Other ESSC winners were Randy Tillman at 118 pounds, Billy Cuff, making his season's debut at 134
 pounds, and Gene Ulrich, who raised his record to 6-2, at 142.  Tillman downed Brian Miluk, 14-5, with a
 key five-point move in the second period.  Cuff had two three-point near falls and narrowly missed a pin
 in topping Bob Middleton, 11-4.  Ulrich, operating at his normal wrestling weight for the first time after
 filling in at 150 and 158 pounds earlier in the season, outscored Scott Kullman, 11-6.  He had a pair of
 two-point near falls.

 Ashland College 21  East Stroudsburg State 15
Randy Tillman (ESSC) dec. Brian Miluk (A) 14-5
 126lbs.  Mike Arnold (A) pinned Dan Leach (ESSC) 2:59

Billy Cuff (ESSC) dec. Bob Middleton (A) 11-4
 142lbs.  Gene Ulrich (ESSC) dec. Scott Kullman (A) 11-6
 150lbs.  Jeff Freedman (A) dec. Phil Conlin (ESSC) 16-11

 158lbs.  Gary Kessel (ESSC) dec. Butch Clemons (A) 8-7
 167lbs.  Clay Barnard (A) pinned Carl Seitz (ESSC) 3:12
 177lbs.  Darwin Brodt (ESSC) dec. Ed Hissa (A) 9-5

 190lbs.  Skip Fair (A) dec. Mike Stambaugh (ESSC) 10-2
 Greg Low (A) dec. Don Lehman (ESSC) 7-0
(West Yorker's - Mike Stambaugh @ 190lbs. & Don Lehman @ Hwt.)

  vs.  @
Purdue University 
 Boilermaker Matmen hand ESSC 30-8 loss
  Pocono Record (1/15/15) - West Lafayette, Indiana - January 14, 1975 @ Purdue University.

 ▪ 1972 PIAA State Wrestling Champion @ 127lbs.
Alan Housner - Mt. Lebanon High School  (District 7) (above)

    Alan Housner, a former Pennsylvania High School Wrestling Champion, handed
 East Stroudsburg State College's Gary Kessel his second loss of the season in
 leading Purdue to a 30-8 wrestling home victory Tuesday night.

    Housner won the 127-pound class for Mt. Lebanon High School, PA in the *1972 PIAA
 Wrestling Championships.  He also captured the 142lb. title in the East Stroudsburg
 Open Wrestling Tournament in 1973.
 (*note: 1972 PIAA's were held at the Harrisburg Farm Show Arena)

    The Purdue junior had expected to take on ESSC's Pennsylvania Conference Champion
 Bob Stetler... as the local newspaper had a write-up on the potential match-up.  But with Stetler
 injured and out of action, Housner had the assignment against Kessel, the Warriors best
 this season with an 11-1 dual meet record.

    It was no contest as Housner, who beat Clarion's *Don Rohn in December, had a takedown in
 the first period, an escape and takedown in the second period and a riding time point in a
 6-1 win.  Kessel, sluggish after two days of traveling, could manage only a third-period escape.
 (*note: Don Rohn, Clarion State, was a 1973 NCAA DI Champion @ 134lbs.)

    The Boilermakers won six straight matches after a tie at 118 pounds to raise their record to 4-0.
 ESSC is now 4-9 with a match at the University of Notre Dame Thursday night.  Easton High School
 PIAA State Champion, Darwin Brodt, at 177 pounds and West York High School grad, Don Lehman,
 at 190 pounds were ESSC's only match winners.  Lehman is 7-2-1 in the dual meet season.

 Purdue University 30  East Stroudsburg State 8
 118lbs.  Randy Tillman (ESSC) and John Cubrern (P) drew, 5-5
 126lbs.  Joe Corso (P) pinned Dan Leach (ESSC) 5:11

Aaron Benjamin (P) dec. Billy Cuff (ESSC) 12-4
 142lbs.  Kent Goreley (P) dec. Gene Ulrich (ESSC) 6-5
 150lbs.  Alan Housner (P) dec. Gary Kessel (ESSC) 6-1

 158lbs.  Dave Ditworth (P) dec. Phil Conlin (ESSC) 14-3
 167lbs.  Bernie Barrile (P) pinned Carl Seitz (ESSC) 4:49
 177lbs.  Darwin Brodt (ESSC) dec. Paul Miller (P) 10-3

 190lbs.  Don Lehman (ESSC) dec. Mark Stewart (P) 3-2
  Dave Scott (P) dec. Fred Swanson (ESSC) 8-3

West Lafayette, Indiana - (Tuesday) January 14, 1975 @ Purdue University.
 ▪ Purdue Head Coach... Don Corrigan.   ESSC Head Coach... Clyde H. Witman.

 note - 1975 NCAA Division Mat I All-Americans... Joe Corso, Alan Housner & Bernie Barrile.
 note - Purdue U. finished '74-'75 season (12-4), 6th @ Big 10's & 9th @ NCAA DI Tourney.

  ◊ (West Yorker's - D. Lehman @ 190lbs.)

vs.  @ The University of
Notre Dame  
 'Gipper' absent for Irish as ESSC prevails, 22-14
  Pocono Record (1/17/75) - South Bend, Indiana - January 16, 1975 @ Notre Dame University.
JACC - The Joyce Center @ The University of Notre Dame... South Bend, Indiana.

  "They didn't play the Notre Dame Victory March Thursday night."

  East Stroudsburg State College took on Notre Dame for the first time in any sport
and came out the winner, 22-14, in wrestling.

  Beneath the shadow of the Golden Dome, the Warriors won their first match on the five-day
road trip and raised their record to 5-9.  They will end the trip at Youngstown, Ohio State, tonight.

  Notre Dame had only three winners, one less than needed for Four Horsemen, and had no special
incentive from the Gipper in dropping out of the undefeated class.  The Irish are now 3-1.

  With the score tied, 10-10, ESSC took four straight matches on decisions by Gary Kessel, Carl Seitz,
Darwin Brodt and Don Lehman.

  Brodt, undefeated on the trip, evened his season's record at 6-6 by beating Bob Drager, 8-5.  He had
takedowns in each period, all on a deceptive single-leg move.

  Randy Tillman of ESSC had the only pin of the match, decking Skip Mondragon in 2:32 with a cradle.
Tillman also is unbeaten against the three Midwestern opponents with two wins and a tie.  That was the
Warriors only win until 158 pounds, although Billy Cuff (134) and Gene Ulrich (142) both fought to draws.
Cuff missed a riding time point which would have given him a victory by nine seconds.

  Kessel, ESSC's top wrestler with a 12-2 dual record, started Coach Clyde Witman's team rolling with a
12-5 decision over John Dowd.  He dominated the match, gaining a takedown and a near fall in the first

  After being pinned in his last two matches, Seitz at 167 pounds registered a 3-1 win over Mike Kemp.
The points came on a reversal in the third period and better than four minutes of riding time.

After Brodt's win, ESSC's Lehman clinched the team victory by edging John Pszeracki, 4-2, at 190
pounds with an escape in the first period, a reversal in the third and a riding time point.  Lehman has
an 8-2-1 dual record this season going into the Youngstown State match tonight.

  Witman, whose coaching success in wrestling rivals Knute Rockne, Frank Leahy and Ara Parseghian in
that other sport, did not report whether Notre Dame demanded a rematch in football.

 @ Edmund P. Joyce Center - 1/17/75  JACC

 East Stroudsburg State 22  University of Notre Dame 14
Randy Tillman (ESSC) pinned Skip Mondragon (ND) 2:32
 126lbs.  Steve Moylan (ND) dec. Dan Leach (ESSC) 10-8

 134lbs.  Billy Cuff (ESSC) drew with Dan Hefferan (ND) 6-6
 142lbs.  Gene Ulrich (ESSC) drew with Pat McKillen (ND) 1-1
 150lbs.  Pat Landfried (ND) dec. Ken Magaro (ESSC) 21-8

 158lbs.  Gary Kessel (ESSC) dec. John Dowd (ND) 12-5
 167lbs.  Carl Seitz (ESSC) dec. Mike Kemp (ND) 3-1
 177lbs.  Darwin Brodt (ESSC) dec. Bob Drager (ND) 8-5

 190lbs.  Don Lehman (ESSC) dec. John Pszeracki (ND) 4-2
    Ken Dike (ND) dec. Fred Swanson (ESSC) 7-4

 ▪ South Bend, Indiana - (Thursday) January 16, 1975 @ University of Notre Dame.
 ◊ (West Yorker's - D. Lehman @ 190lbs.)

ND Wrestling Coach - (left) Fred A. Pechek ('73-'75)

 ▪ Notre Dame Head Coach... Fred A. Pechek.   ESSC Head Coach... Clyde H. Witman.

 Warrior Matmen roll by Youngstown, 46-3
  Pocono Record (1/18/75) - Youngstown, Ohio - January 17, 1975 @ Youngstown State University.

Freshmen, Darwin Brodt and Randy Tillman each finished undefeated on East Stroudsburg State
College's four-match Midwestern trip as the Warriors trounced Youngstown State, 46-3 in wrestling
Friday night.

  Brodt won his fourth straight match and raised his season's record above .500 by edging Mike Miano,
6-4, at 177 pounds.  Tillman won by forfeit at 118 to give him three wins and a tie on the trip.
Open Wrestling Tournament in 1973.

  Gene Ulrich (142), Phil Conlin (150), Gary Kessel (158) and Don Lehman (190) all scored pins while
Carl Seitz (167) also triumphed by forfeit.

  Dan Leach registered his first career win for the Warriors by manhandling Frank Brown, 23-4, at 126
pounds.  He had six near falls including four three-pointers.  Youngstown's only winner was undefeated
Don Hernan who edged Billy Cuff, 10-6, at 134 pounds.  Hernan had four takedowns.

  The best match was the Brodt-Miano duel.  Brodt led 2-1, after the first period on a takedown.  Miano
tied the match on a takedown after a Brodt escape in the second period.  But the Easton High School
graduate reversed for a 5-3 lead and built up riding time for another point to counter a third-period
Miano escape.  Brodt's record is now 7-6.

  Although he has a 9-2-1 dual record, Lehman's pin was his first of the season.  Lehman started on top
in the second period and decked Jim Bendine with a half nelson.

  Kessel is tops on the team with four pins in a 13-2 record.  Ulrich has two and is 7-3-1 while is also was
Conlin's first.  The Warriors split even on the road trip, beating Notre Dame and losing to Purdue and
Ashland University.  The team's record is now 6-9 with the last 8 matches all away.  Youngstown is
winless and suffered its tenth defeat.

 East Stroudsburg State 43
  Youngstown State 3
Randy Tillman (ESSC) won by forfeit
 126lbs.  Dan Leach (ESSC) dec. Frank Brown (YS) 23-4

 134lbs.  Don Hernan (YS) dec. Billy Cuff (ESSC) 10-6
 142lbs.  Gene Ulrich (ESSC) pinned Dale Breen (YS) 6:59
 150lbs.  Phil Conlin (ESSC) pinned Drew Koynock (YS) 1:32

 158lbs.  Gary Kessel (ESSC) pinned Chuck DiFillippis (YS) 1:19
 167lbs.  Carl Seitz (ESSC) won by forfeit
 177lbs.  Darwin Brodt (ESSC) dec. Mike Miano (YS) 6-4

 190lbs.  Don Lehman (ESSC) pinned Jim Bendine (YS) 4:14
   Fred Swanson (ESSC) dec. Len Batcha (YS) 5-1

Youngstown State Coach - Tom Cox    ESSC Coach - Clyde Witman

  ◊ (West Yorker's - D. Lehman @ 190lbs.) 


  The 1975 PSAC Wrestling Championship Preview
  @ Kutztown State College
  CLICK HERE! for a weight by weight prediction...

 PSAC's 1975

 East Stroudsburg State College Varsity Wrestling
 1975 PSAC Wrestling Championship Placewinners

  Front (L-R) Fred Swanson 3rd-Hwt., Darwin Brodt 3rd-177lbs.,
Don Lehman 3rd-190lbs.
  Back (L-R) Gary Kessel 2nd-150lbs., Randy Tillman 4th-118lbs.,
Jack Miller 5th-167lbs.

       1975 PSAC Wrestling Championships
  @ Kutztown State College - PSAC 190lbs. Podium

  (L-R) Tom Jackson (California State), Don Lehman (East Stroudsburg State),
 *Bill Shuffstall (Slippery Rock State),
Eric Guyll (Millersville State), Matt Tydor (Bloomsburg State),
Andy Aronstam (West Chester State).
 *Bill Shuffstall placed 6th at the 1974 NCAA DI Championships and 6th at
the 1975 NCAA DI become a 2-time DI All-American!

 190lbs. - PSAC 1975 
 ▪ PSAC 190lbs. Preliminary Round
Don Lehman (2nd seed) - bye.

 ▪ PSAC 190lbs. Quarterfinals
Don Lehman (ESSC) pinned Tom Jackson (CSP) 2:42.
▪ PSAC 190lbs. Semi-Finals
Eric Guyll (M) dec. Don Lehman (ESSC) 3-2 (riding time point).
▪ PSAC 190lbs. Consolation Semi-Finals
Don Lehman (ESSC) pinned Andy Aronstam (WCS) 1:23.
▪ PSAC 190lbs. 3rd/4th
Don Lehman (ESSC) pinned Matt Tydor (BSC) 3:22.


 The York Daily Record
  November 8, 1975

 1975 York College Spartan Invitational
 Wrestling Tournament

   York Daily Record 11/08/75:

∙ Joe Borsa, a former York Catholic High State Champ,
 and Don Lehman, a former West York wrestler,

won... their respective weight classes
 in the 2nd Annual Spartan Open Wrestling Tournament
 held at York College's Gym, Saturday.

▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪
York College's Joe Borsa grappled at 180lbs., while Don Lehman,
 who represented East Stroudsburg State College, is a heavyweight.
 Lehman decisioned Lock Haven's Jim Schuster in the finals by a score of 3-2,
 with a penalty point proving the difference.  East Stroudsburg teammates
 Gary Kessel (161lbs.), & former PIAA State Champion, Darwin Brodt (195lbs.)
 joined Lehman as Champions of the Spartan event.  Brodt is an Easton High
 School graduate and a former PIAA State A Mat Champion.

▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪
    Lock Haven captured team honors with 113 points
   with East Stroudsburg State second with 51 points.
   York College of PA was third with 46 points
   and Elizabethtown was fourth with 41 points.

▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪
  ▪ A total of 17 colleges were represented on the day...
 with more than 200 wrestlers in the one-day tournament ▪

  1975 York College Spartan Open Champions
   ▪ (121lbs.)   Carl Lutz (Lock Haven)
   ▪ (129lbs.)   Eric Mast (Elizabethtown)
   ▪ (135lbs.)   Tim McCamley (Lock Haven)
   ▪ (139lbs.)   Gary Heim (Elizabethtown)
   ▪ (143lbs.)   Darryl Zimmerman (Shippensburg)
   ▪ (147lbs.)   Mike Moore (Lock Haven)
   ▪ (153lbs.)   Greg Hackenburg (Lock Haven)
   ▪ (161lbs.)   Gary Kessel (East Stroudsburg)

   ▪ (170lbs.)   George Way (Lock Haven)
   ▪ (180lbs.)   Joe Borsa (York College)
   ▪ (195lbs.)   Darwin Brodt (East Stroudsburg)

(Hwt.)        Don Lehman (East Stroudsburg)

   ▪ Team Points - Lock Haven 113pts., East Stroudsburg 51pts.,
     York College 46pts., Elizabethtown 41pts.
     (17 College Teams - 214 Wrestlers)
     Also competing at Hwt. for ESSC - Bill Katinowsky (3rd).

 *Bill Katinowsky (East Stroudsburg) placed 3rd at Hwt. - York College Open '74. 


  The Stroud Courier
    February 7, 1975
  At:  Kutztown State College

    Jack Miller's pin and Gary Kessel's superior decision highlighted an East Stroudsburg
sweep of the last seven weight classes, four of which were one-point decisions,
 to down Kutztown, 31-6, last Tuesday evening in wrestling.  The victory kept the Warrior's
 win streak alive at six, and put them over the .500 mark for the season with 10 wins.
 ESSC 31 Kutztown State 6
 118lbs.    Randy Tillman (ES) won by forfeit
 126lbs.    Lou Cooker (K) dec. Steve Dipsinger (ES) 7-5
 134lbs.    Tim Anspack (K) dec. Jody McMullen (ES) 7-6
 142lbs.    Gene Ulrich (ES) dec. Leo Quinoes (K) 3-2
 150lbs.    Phil Conlin (ES) dec. Dave Graybill (K) 11-10
 158lbs.    Gary Kessel (ES) dec. Gary Crosby (K) 14-1
 167lbs.    Jack Miller (ES) pinned Larry Hamershock (K) 4:03
 177lbs.    Darwin Brodt (ES) dec. Tom Lawler (K) 9-2
 190lbs.    Don Lehman (ES) dec. Emmerson Carter (K) 5-4
     Mike Stambaugh (ES) dec. George Schenck (K) 3-2 

 (NC State 20  ESSC 14 @ Koehler Fieldhouse)

1975 East Stroudsburg State College Wrestling
  Home Match @ ESSC's Koehler Fieldhouse vs. NC State
(L-R) Jack Miller, Coach Clyde "Red" Witman, Gary Kessel, Don Lehman,
   Phil Conlin & Dan Leach - '75 ESSC vs. North Carolina State dual mat meet.
(1975 photo sent to Don Lehman from the late - Coach Clyde "Red" Witman)

   November 197

Division II Championships @ ESSC

  1975 NCAA DII Wrestling Championships 150lbs.
 ▪ ESSC's Gary Kessel (Lake Hopatcong, NJ) (2nd from right) finished 2nd
 to Bloomsburg's Randy Watts @ 150lbs. - losing 4-3.
 ▪ Gary Kessel wrestled for Hopatcong HS in New Jersey and placed 8th
 at the
1973 NJ State Wrestling Tourney!

   1975 NCAA DII Wrestling Championships 190lbs.
ESSC's Don Lehman (West York, PA) lost in the quarterfinals 13-11, to Frank Savegnago
of SIU-Edwardsville.  In the consolations, Lehman lost 4-3 to Mike Bull of Cal State,

  1975 NCAA DII Championships


 ▪ Gary Kessel is an accomplished NCAA DI Wrestling Official - CLICK HERE! photo & Larry Slater
   ▪ 2009 NCAA DI Wrestling Championships...
 ESSC's Gary Kessel '77 Alum - (raises Jake Varner's hand).





1975-76 (12-4-2)



  East Stroudsburg State Wrestling

             1975-76 ESSC Wrestling Team Photo
▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪
 1975-76 Final Results & Records (12-4-2)
 by Pete Nevins, ESSC SID
1975-76 ESSC Record (12-4-2)
 ESSC 33 Elizabethtown 8, Lafayette Tournament Team (1st), ESSC 28 F&M 14,
ESSC 21 Slippery Rock 14, Bloomsburg 26 ESSC 9, ESSC 23 Trenton State 15,
Montclair State 31 ESSC 12, ESSC 24 Millersville 20, ESSC 39 N. Kentucky 5,
Kentucky 18 ESSC 13, ESSC 38 Baldwin-Wallace 6, ESSC 42 Ohio Wesleyan 6,
Lock Haven 24 ESSC 17, ESSC 24 Shippensburg 18, ESSC 40 Mansfield 11,
ESSC 33 Kutztown 11, ESSC 19 West Chester 19, ESSC 24 Wilkes College 20,
 ESSC 19 Bloomsburg 19.

 ▪ PSAC Tourney Team (3rd) NCAA Division II Team (10th).
 ▪ PA Conference Champions - Gary Kessel (150lbs.), Darwin Brodt (190lbs.).
▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪
ESSC 1975-76 Dual Meet Individual Records:
 Randy Tillman (118lbs.) 12-5-1 with 6 pins
Greg Shoemaker (126lbs.) 12-1-1 with 1 pin
Galen McWilliams (134lbs.) 4-10 with 1 pin
Jody McMullen (142lbs.) 6-6 with 2 pins
Gary Kessel (150lbs.) 16-1-1 with 8 pins
Wayne Carroll (158lbs.) 5-6 with 1 pin
Jack Miller (167lbs.) 6-7-3 with 0 pins
Skip Falcone (177lbs.) 7-7-3 with 2 pins
Darwin Brodt (177/190lbs.) 7-1 with 2 pins
Don Lehman (190/Hwt.) 10-2 with 4 pins
Mike Stambaugh (Hwt.) 8-3 with 2 pins
▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪
   East Stroudsburg State College
   East Stroudsburg, PA
 3,683 Undergraduates.
 Colors: Red & Black.
 Nickname: Warriors.
 Head Coach: Clyde H. "Red" Witman.
 Asst Coach: Robert Dalling.
 Grad Assts: Rich Schumacher & Tom Ross.
 Athletic Director: John R. Eiler.
 Athletic Trainers: John Thatcher, Mertice Shane, Bill Rinehimer, Dave Malkemas.
 Wrestling Managers: Kathy Koch, Sharon Mader, Audrey Stauffer, Andrea Hylen.
 Home Arena: ESSC Koehler Fieldhouse (3,400 seating capacity).
  ▪ ESSC Sports Information Director:  Pete Nevins.
 ESSC Wrestling

 The 1975-76 ESSC Mat Lettermen Recap by Pete Nevins, ESSC SID

  BELOW 1976 ESSC Wrestling Record RECAP...
  (R. Tillman, G. Shoemaker, G. Kessel, S. Falcone, D. Brodt, D. Lehman)




1976-77 (12-4-1)

NCAA WRESTLING 1976-77  Division I
 East Stroudsburg State Wrestling
1976-77 Final Results & Records

 '76-'77 (12-4-1)

 1977 - ESSC's 190lb. Don Lehman (top) 12-3-2 1976-77 dual meet record - 14-7 tourneys.

 1976-77 ESSC Varsity Wrestling Team

 1976-77 East Stroudsburg (PA) State College Wrestling
ESSC Varsity NCAA DI Wrestling Team (EIWA)
Front Row (L-R) Sal Picone, Desi McNelis, James Vargo & Galen McWilliams.
Middle Row (L-R) Asst. Coach Rich Schumacher, Don Lehman, Gary Kessel,
  Skip Falcone, Billy Cuff & unknown.
Standing (L-R) Asst. Bob Dalling, Bill Katinowsky, Chris Anderson, Wayne

  Carroll, Greg Shoemaker, Don Blair & Head Coach Clyde H. "Red" Witman.
▪ (Not pictured: Kerry Ciatto, Harvey Freeman, Ken Magaro)

▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪

 1976-77 ESSC Varsity
Wrestling Team Record (12-4-1)

  1976-77 Dual Meet Results
 ESSC 30 Elizabethtown 12, ESSC 20 F&M 18, ESSC 24 Trenton State 14,
ESSC 31 Mass. Maritime 21, ESSC 23 Slippery Rock 14, ESSC 24 Montclair 14,
Millersville 32 ESSC 11, ESSC 21 Lock Haven 21, Shippensburg 20 ESSC 18,
ESSC 42 Mansfield 3, ESSC 25 Yale University 13, ESSC 30 Kutztown 11,
ESSC 31 West Chester 6, Wilkes 24 ESSC 13, Bloomsburg 27 ESSC 4,
ESSC 20 Columbia University 12, ESSC 35 Bucknell University 6.

  Head Coach: Clyde H. "Red" Witman
 Asst. Coaches: Bob Dalling & Rich Schumacher
 Team Manager: Kathy Koch

 '76 East Stroudsburg APO Open Placewinners - Gary Kessel (1st), Don Lehman (4th).

 '77  Lafayette Invitational Wrestling Tournament: ESSC Team 3rd of 8 teams.
 ESSC Champions @ Lafayette - Greg Shoemaker, Sal Picone, Gary Kessel & Don Lehman.

 '77 PSAC Medalists - Gary Kessel (1st),  Greg Shoemaker (2nd), Jim Vargo (2nd),
 Skip Falcone (6th), Don Lehman (6th), Bill Katinowsky (5th).
 '77 PSAC Wrestling Team Points - ESSC 5th of 13 teams.

 '77 EIWA Team Wrestling Championships @ Syracuse University: ESSC Team 5th.

 '77 Team's Outstanding Wrestler - Gary Kessel (1st PSAC) (1st - EIWA).

 ▪ 12/8/12 - NCAA Wrestling Official... Gary Kessel @ Kutztown University.
 ('77 ESSC Alumnus)
 photo by Bill Katinowsky - ESSC '77

 ESSC's  Gary Kessel '77 Page

  2011 - Gary Kessel's son - Greg Kessel
 was a running back at Lafayette College! #48


  1977 PSAC Heavyweight Medalists
 ▪ Jack Campbell (Clarion State) finished 1st...
 with East Stroudsburg's Bill Katinowsky, 5th.
  photo by Shippensburg's Red Schaeffer (6th)

  1977 EIWA Wrestling Brackets - CLICK HERE!
  ESSC PSAC Placewinners Page - CLICK HERE!
   November 1976

  Lafayette College Invitational
1976 Wrestling Tournament
  ▪ 4 ESSC Champions @ Lafayette!

Team Scores: Princeton U. 67, Army (West Point) 66, ESSC 64 1/2,
F&M 41, Rider University 35 1/2, Lafayette College 26 1/2,
University of Delaware 23 1/2, University of Pennsylvania (Penn) 11.

▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪
  1976 Lafayette College Invitational
Wrestling Champions by weight/college...

   ▪ 1976 Lafayette College Inv. Champions:
(118lbs.)  Tom Coleman, Army (West Point Academy)
*... Greg Shoemaker, East Stroudsburg State
... Sal Picone, East Stroudsburg
     (142lbs.)  Brian Brown, Franklin & Marshall College
     (150lbs.)  Steve Grubman, Princeton University
... Gary Kessel, East Stroudsburg State
     (167lbs.)  Jeff Culp, Army (West Point Academy)
     (177lbs.)  Keith Ely, Princeton University
... Don Lehman, East Stroudsburg State
   John Sefter, Princeton University

       Team Scores: Princeton 67, Army 66, East Stroudsburg 64 1/2,
         Franklin & Marshall 41, Rider 35 1/2, Lafayette College 26 1/2,
           University of Delaware 23 1/2, University of Pennsylvania 11.
    The Lafayette College Invitational 190lb. Bracket w/D. Lehman:
  * Quarter's 190lbs. - Don Lehman (ESSC) dec. Tom Olocco (Princeton University) 6-0.
  * Semi-Finals 190lbs. - Don Lehman (ESSC) dec. Mike Monica (Army - West Point) 5-2.
  * Finals 190lbs. - Don Lehman (ESSC) dec. John Celli (F&M College) 2-1.
▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪
  • Other ESSC Placewinners:  
Randy Tillman (118lbs.) - 2nd place •
  ▪ ESSC Wrestlers who did not place/medal @ Lafayette College included:
Galen McWilliams (142lbs.), Ken Magaro (150lbs.),
Harvey Freeman (167lbs.), Don Blair (177lbs.), Bill Katinowsky (Hwt.) .



  ▪ ESSC's Don Lehman @ 190lbs. gains a decision vs.
West Chester State in ESSC's Koehler Fieldhouse ('77)
 photo - Pocono Record

  ▪ ESSC's 190lb. Don Lehman (top) applies arm bar
vs. West Chester State ('77)
 photo - Pocono Record

2015 - @ PSU... ESSC Alumnus Galen McWilliams '79 w/former Wilkes College
  Head Wrestling Coach - John Reese.  photo by Tom Elling - PA Wrestling Site.


  ▪ 12/8/12 - NCAA Wrestling Official... Gary Kessel @ Kutztown University.  ('77 ESSC Alumnus)
  photo by Bill Katinowsky - ESSC '77.

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 PSU 31 PITT 7
 ▪ NCAA Official Gary Kessel (right)... teammate of Don Lehman @ ESU.
   2/8/13 @ PITT/PSU Dual Meet
   (getting w/Gary after match were Don Lehman, Randy Blasdell & Scott Miller)

 ▪ @ PITT...(L-R) Randy Blasdell, Gary Kessel '77, Don Lehman & Scott Miller.
 (PSU's All-American 165lb. David Taylor... in back-right) - 2/8/13.

 ▪ 1/25/13 - @ Lehigh - Gary Kessel (back) officiated the Lehigh/Oklahoma
 wrestling dual meet at Lehigh's Stabler Arena.

 photo by Bill Adams of the Express-Times in the Lehigh Valley.

    2016 NCAA Division I...
    Final Championship Brackets


2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships @... MSG-NYC.
ESSC Wrestling Alum, Gary Kessel '77, officiates a match.
photo by PA Wrestling's Tom Elling

2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships @... MSG-NYC.
    ESSC Wrestling Alum, Gary Kessel '77, officiates a match.
    photo by PA Wrestling's Tom Elling


East Stroudsburg University
East Stroudsburg State College

   East Stroudsburg University
East Stroudsburg State College
Wrestling Archive 1973 to 1977 - CLICK HERE!
(Bill Luckenbaugh, Mike Stambaugh, Don Lehman, Keith Lichty)
Click - view ESSC/ESU Wrestling Letterwinners
Wrestling Page...1973-74 Team - CLICK HERE!
Wrestling Page...1974-75 Team - CLICK HERE!
Wrestling Page...1975-76 Team - CLICK HERE!
Wrestling Page...1976-77 Team - CLICK HERE!

Wrestling Page... '73-'77 Dual Meet Scores

East Stroudsburg University
East Stroudsburg State College

ESU's Koehler Fieldhouse

Don Lehman
View ESU's "All-Time" Wrestling Letterwinners
(West York HS has 10 Bulldog athletes on the list!)


ESSC/ESU Wrestling Letterwinners (1970-2019)

PSAC All-Time Wrestling Champions '40 - '10
ESSC PSAC Placewinners Page - CLICK HERE!

Mat Cousins!
Todd Lehman & Steve Elicker

West York 2004 Alumnus - Todd Lehman, (left) with his cousin
... South Western High School's - Steve Elicker (right).

Steve Elicker @ South Western PA High School was a...
 2x Section AAA Champion
('88 & '89),
 2x District AAA Champion ('88 & '89),
2x Region AAA Champion ('88 & '89),
and was 4th at the
'89 PIAA State AAA Tourney.
(Todd & Steve Elicker @ Chiapparelli's Restaurant
in Little Italy, Baltimore Inner Harbor w/family)

▪ Steve Elicker was also a standout wrestler
East Stroudsburg University...
where he was a 2-time NCAA DI Academic All-American!

▪ At ESU...
 Steve Elicker was (career 94-38), a PSAC runner-up,
2-time East Stroudsburg University Outstanding Wrestler,

'94 EIWA
runner-up/'93 EIWA 5th and a '94 NCAA Qualifier.

Steve Elicker also handed Olympic Gold Medalist - Brandon Slay,
one of his only 2 dual meet losses in the EIWA Mat League.
Brandon Slay's other EIWA loss was to Lehigh's
Rick Hepp!


▪ ESU's "All-Time" Wrestling Letterwinners...
1970-2023 - (West York HS has 10 athletes on the list!)
Click to view ESSC/ESU Lettermen by Year/Weight Class



Don Lehman Hwt./190lbs.

Don Lehman's ESSC Wrestling Letters (4)







1970-2023 - view updated ESU Wrestling Letters



Rest in Peace... Darwin - "a teammate & a friend"

The late Darwin Brodt
ESSC PSAC Champion & NCAA DII 4th Place All-American
(PIAA State Wrestling Champion
- Easton High School '74)

East Stroudsburg State College Wrestling
1975 PSAC Wrestling Championship Medalists
▪  Front (L-R)  Fred Swanson 3rd-Hwt., Darwin Brodt 3rd-177lbs.,
Don Lehman
▪ Back (L-R) Gary Kessel 2nd-150lbs., Randy Tillman 4th-118lbs.,
Jack Miller 5th-167lbs

  Division I WrestlingDivision II Wrestling

 ESSC's/ESU's Wrestling Room

1972 PSAC Wrestling Champions

▪ w/York Suburban's Tom Herr... (Edinboro State)

The Best from York, PA in the NCAA's

ESU Wrestling Campaign Committee Members
ESU Wrestling Committee Member ESU Class Email Address Phone Number
  Terry Barry 1989 484-264-7784
  Angelo Borzio 1995 570-350-8479
  Ned Bushong 1968 717-627-3332
  John Carr 2006 570-856-1658
  Jack Childs 1967 484-432-8659
  Chet Dalgewicz 1967 609-209-1481
  Jan Dutt 1967 484-357-5622
  Bob Guzzo 1967 919-851-4602
  Jeff Jacobs 2011 848-333-7744
  Gary Kessel 1977 570-977-1601
  Jason Kobrynich 1996 570-319-1143
  Don Lehman 1977 717-764-9003
  Jake Llewellyn 1972 610-691-4452
  Jeremy Sluyter 2005 570-807-1796
  Greg Shoemaker 1980 484-357-2324
  Gary Taylor 1976 609-896-5201
  Jim Tiernan 1965 610-703-2320

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