West York Wrestling


West York Wrestling

"A Wrestler must LIVE Wrestling!"

▪ Paul C. McCleary's Wrestling Shoes...
& West York Wrestling Robe from 1948.

w/Paul C. McCleary & Whedon Myers

submitted by
K.C. McCleary, Pat McCleary & Kyle Miller.


West York Wrestling

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1946-47 West York Wrestling

▪ West York's Paul C. McCleary is seated left - 2nd Row...(no shirt)
West York HS Coach - Chuck Richards, is far right - 3rd row.
Other WY'ers in above photo include... Lee Zellers, Leon Senft, Herb Marley,
Schwartz, Dean Harbold, William Grimmon, Robert Grube, John Smith,
Herb Schmidt, Robert King & Paul Brodbeck. (Varsity)
 1947 Robert King - 2nd Place @ '47 PIAA's...@ 165lbs.
1947 PIAA State Wrestling 165lb. Finals
Frank Rich (Lock Haven) dec. Robert King (West York) 2-0.

1947-48 West York Wrestling

▪ West York's Paul C. McCleary is seated far left - 2nd Row...
West York HS Coach - Chuck Richards, is far right - 4th row.
Other WY'ers in above photo include... Lee Zellers, Jake Zellers, R. Barley,
Leon Senft, Herb Marley, Dean Harbold, Ault, Gross, Bob Grube, Stambaugh,
Herb Schmidt & Nolan Hengst.


1948-49 West York Wrestling
Front Row (L-R) Edgar Swartz, Gene Wise, Llewellyn Miller, Dale Bahn, Leon Senft,
Paul C. McCleary, Lynn Harbold, Mark Reeves.
2nd Row (L-R) Russell Aldinger, John Bare, Wayne Miller, Elvin Clark, Glenn Miller,
Philip Hoover, Austin Edgington, Richard Barley, David Hoover.
The 3rd Row (L-R) ... Nolan Hengst, Donald Becker, Charles Smith, William Zech,
Lester Mollison, Donald Nace, William Aldinger, Donald Rudisill.
▪ The 4th Row (L-R) ... Coach Chuck Richards, Harlan Mummert, Wilbur Klinedinst,
Robert Miller, Jack Hayes, Gene Kessler, Whedon Myers.
West York HS Coach - Chuck Richards, is far left - 4th row.

Paul C. McCleary, Jr.
above photos submitted by K.C. McCleary, Pat McCleary & Kyle Miller

Paul C. McCleary, Jr.
11/14/32 - 06/19/15
"a great man & a great loss"
Rest in Peace... Mr. McCleary

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The Late Paul C. McCleary, Jr.
above photo submitted by K.C. McCleary & Pat McCleary

Looking Back...45 Years Ago!
The West York Wrestling Booster Club of 1971-72
led by Paul C. McCleary, Jr. -

put together and executed a High School Division & Open College Division
Summer Wrestling Tourney which was very successful for many years!
PIAA State Champions, National Prep Champions & NCAA Champions,
wrestled in this once great tourney!
Pewter Mugs and Pewter Plates for 1st - 4th!

The Champions in the 1st Booster Club Tourney in 1972:
HS Division:  Dave Quier, Dan Niman, Greg Duke, John Little, Bill Kaercher,
Steve Gantz, Chris Poff, Ed Neiswender, Mark Lieberman & Don Lehman.
▪ Open/College Division:  Mike Torchia, David Groverman, Norm Palovcsik,
Bill Luckenbaugh, Brian Schmidt, Jesse Rawls, Mike Lieberman & Tom Herr.

Click the - West York Booster Summer Tournament

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Looking Back...42 Years Ago!

1973 @ WY "Poland vs. USA-PA Meet!"...
Director - Paul C. McCleary, Jr.


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                                                  Coach Chuck Richards (138-111-7)

             West York's 1st Wrestling Coach, Charles "Chuck" Richards...
                  began his teaching career at West York Area Senior High School in September of 1934.
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        West York Coach Charles Richards graduated from Erie Academy, Erie PA in 1929
     and entered F&M College in Lancaster, PA graduating in 1934 with a B.A. in History.

        Chuck Richards was West York's first head coach and was a pioneer in York County Wrestling! 
     1934-35 West York team names included - McDonald, Dubbs, Sheffer, Sitz, Buchanan, Gohn, King,
     Whitmore, Brokenshire, Silar, Wilhide, Gentzler, Sheffer, Desenburgh, and wrestling manager Poff. 
     West York High School wrestled 8 dual meets that year against the likes of Gettysburg Freshmen,
     Manheim, F&M Freshmen, Atlas, and Patton Trade.  West York finished with a record of 4-4.

     ▪  The 1st West York dual meet was against Gettysburg's Freshmen - held on 1/19/1935.
     West York Area High School lost that first dual meet to Gettysburg's Freshmen...  35-5.
     But, the long and proud West York Wrestling tradition had its beginning!

     ▪  The first West York Wrestling Team included wrestlers in grades seven through twelve!

        Coach Richards' wrestling history was not very long.  He wrestled intramurals at Erie Academy.
     At F&M, he wrestled Hwt., having to lose weight before each match to make the weight limit.
     Coach Richards also started the football program at West York, organized a boys and girls track
     program, coached the basketball team for one year, and coached a West York girls fencing team.

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     ▪  Coach Chuck Richards left the West York coaching duties at the end of the 1955-56 season.
                     Charles "Chuck" Richards is in the PWCA Hall of Fame


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