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WY 1969 Yearbook
"Billy the Kid!"
(69-5-0) WY Career Record
Some Photo's from the 2016PWCA
The 2016 PWCA Hall of Fame Class (Bio's)
∙ Front Sitting Row (L-R) Doug Buckwalter, Bob Derr, Gib Fink, Bill Luckenbaugh.
∙ Back (L-R) Tom Teagarden, Robbie Waller, Col. Dave Warnick, Ken Wunderley.
(not pictured ... 2016 PWCA PA HOF inductee - Mike Pirozzola)
2016 PWCA inductees photo by PA Wrestling's Tom Elling
∙ (L-R) Jim Rivello, ESSC's '77... Gary Kessel & Sam Coursen.
2016 photo by PA Wrestling's Tom Elling
∙ (L-R) Chad Luckenbaugh w/dad, PWCA HOF'er... Bill Luckenbaugh.
2016 photo by PA Wrestling's Tom Elling
∙ WY's/ESSC's Bill Luckenbaugh receives his 2016 PWCA Award.
(L-R) Ron Frank, PWCA VP; Luckenbaugh & John Reynolds, PWCA President.
2016 photo by PA Wrestling's Tom Elling
PA Wrestling Hall of Fame Inductees... (full list)
The 2016 PWCA Inductees
Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame
Bill Luckenbaugh to be inducted into the 2016 class!
"Bill joins previous West York HS inductees - Charles "Chuck" Richards,
John T. Toggas and Dr. D. Kenneth Ober. Bill... also joins previous ESSC
inductees - Clyde H. "Red" Witman, Jack Childs, Jack Cuvo, Bob Guzzo,
Jerry McDonald, Gary Cook and John S. "Moc" Toggas." DSL
Billy the Kid!
PWCA "Official" Announcements (Norm Palovcsik)
"Meet the 2016 PWCA Hall of Fame Class" (9)
D. Buckwalter, B. Derr, G. Fink, B. Luckenbaugh, M. Pirozzola,
T. Teagarden, R. Waller, D. Warnick, K. Wunderley.
PENNSYLVANIA WRESTLING HALL OF FAME
York, PA's PWCA Hall of Fame Inductees (13)
▪ Charles "Chuck" Richards (West York) 1976
▪ John T. Toggas (West York/Biglerville) 1992
▪ Bill Bence (Dallastown) 1993
▪ Dr. D. Kenneth Ober (West York/Elizabethtown College) 1994
▪ Terry Conover (Hanover) 1996
▪ Shaun Smith (Dover/Del Val) 2003
▪ Joey Wildasin (South Western/GCCC/OSU) 2004
▪ Tony Koontz (Delone Catholic/N. Iowa) 2011
▪ Brad Lloyd (Red Lion/LHU) 2013
▪ Charlie Jacobs (Dover) 2015 (46th Annual Ceremony Inductees)
▪ Bill Luckenbaugh (West York/East Stroudsburg State) 2016
▪ Bob Gano (Delone Catholic/Biglerville) 2017
▪ Mark Banks (York Vo-Tech/Bloomsburg/W. Va.) 2018
PWCA HALL OF FAME (1970-2018)
* 2009 interview w/3-time NCAA All-American & 2015 PWCA HOF - Jon Trenge
Dr. Ken Ober & John T. Toggas are in the
National Wrestling Hall of Fame
10/27/15 "Lucky" article by Steve Heiser
October 27, 2015
Author: 10/27/15 COLUMN By Steve Heiser of The York Dispatch
West York's Luckenbaugh Adds Another Honor...
by Steve Heiser 505-5446/@ydsports - email@example.com
local wrestling community is justifiably proud of York County's tradition of
excellence in the sport.
For proof, look no further than the list of local men who have been selected for the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
That prestigious honor roll is now up to 11. (*update... now 12 w/Bob Gano 2017)
West York High School graduate Bill Luckenbaugh became No. 11 this week. He's also the fourth Bulldog to be picked.
The man known as "Lucky" truly deserves the recognition after excelling as both an athlete and a coach.
At West York, Luckenbaugh finished with a 69-5-0 career record, including 50 pins. He won three sectional titles, two District 3 crowns and a PIAA state championship as a senior in 1969 at 127 pounds.
At East Stroudsburg State College, he
compiled a 77-7-1 record with 59 falls, including Pennsylvania State
As a high school head coach at Elizabethtown and later West York, Luckenbaugh finished with a 152-46-1 mark, including league titles at West York in 1992 and 1994. He was also the District 3 Coach of the Year in 1994.
That's one seriously impressive resume.
Luckenbaugh learned of his selection on Saturday, and he will be inducted in April 2016 in State College.
"I knew that I was nominated but being
nominated doesn't mean you get in," he said. "It's a select fraternity,
Family legacy: Luckenbaugh lives in Florida now, where he is in the air conditioning and heating business. He moved from York County in 1996. He hasn't been actively involved in wrestling since leaving his position as an assistant coach at Lake Gibson in Florida in 2003. The sport, however, has left him with many lasting memories.
"My brother Dana used to beat me up all the
time on a rug in the basement," he said of his start in wrestling.
The early introduction to the sport would
later prove invaluable. Dana Luckenbaugh was a dominant wrestler in
The legacy of Luckenbaugh wrestling
excellence didn't stop there, either. Bill's sons were both mat standouts.
Chad Luckenbaugh was a three-time Pennsylvania state medalist, and Brandon
Luckenbaugh was a 1998
Building relationships: Despite his many mat accomplishments, however, Bill Luckenbaugh says he most cherishes the relationships he's built.
"What's really special is the people you're
involved with and the coaches and the kids that you're around,"
Bill Luckenbaugh made sure to note the huge influence on him of his two primary coaches, John Toggas at West York and Clyde H. "Red" Witman at East Stroudsburg. Both men are already members of the PWCA Hall of Fame. Toggas died within the last month. Luckenbaugh also wanted to thank former West York wrestling standout Don Lehman, who nominated him for the award. Lehman runs the respected westyorkwrestlingalumni.com website.
"Bill dedicated a huge portion of his life
to the sport at the competitive, coaching and officiating level ... as well
When he's inducted in April, Bill
Luckenbaugh will actually be a five-time hall of famer. He's already in the
More than the accolades, however, Lehman said he will remember Luckenbaugh, the person.
"When I was a sophomore, I suffered my only
career dual-meet loss to Don Donley of York High, 3-2, early in
Reason for county to celebrate: Lehman also believes that Luckenbaugh's induction should be a reason to celebrate for the entire York County wrestling community.
"(The York-Adams League and its
predecessors) has had 40 PIAA state champions since 1965 — that is an
unbelievable statistic when compared to all the other sports. (The
York-Adams League) continues to have
Steve Heiser is sports editor of The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .
HALL OF FAMERS
Following are members of the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame with York County ties.
Charles "Chuck" Richards (West York) 1976
John T. Toggas (West York) 1992
Bill Bence (Dallastown) 1993
Dr. D. Kenneth Ober (West York) 1994
Terry Conover (Hanover) 1996
Shaun Smith (Dover/) 2003
Joey Wildasin (South Western) 2004
x-Tony Koontz (Delone Catholic) 2011
Brad Lloyd (Red Lion) 2013
Charlie Jacobs (Dover) 2015
Bill Luckenbaugh (West York) 2016
Bob Gano (Delone/Biglerville) 2017
x-Delone was not a member of the York-Adams League when Koontz wrestled, but later joined the league. In addition, many athletes from Delone live in York County.
WEST YORK WRESTLING HISTORY
Looking Back @ 1967 West York Wrestling History...
January 1967 by Bob Dugan
YORK COUNTY has had only one State PIAA wrestling champion - a lad named Luckenbaugh from
West York. But, John Toggas, Bulldog mat mentor, is spreading the word: There's likely to be
another one - a lad named Luckenbaugh from West York!
In 1964-65 when Toggas took over the coaching duties at West York, his 112-pounder, Dana
Luckenbaugh, went "all the way". This year's unbeaten club has as one of its key performers
at 103 pounds Dana's brother, Bill, a 10th grader who has the West York coach eyeing another
trip to University Park for the grappling finals. "Bill has great potential." enthuses Toggas. "He's
almost a carbon copy of Dana. He's a little taller, but has the same moves and the same strengths
that made Dana a champion. Like Dana, Bill is a pinner. He's always looking for that chance to flip
his opponent. In five league matches, Bill has four falls and an 11-0 decision to his credit. The
decision was over Glenn Miller, a sectional champion last year from York Suburban."
THE YOUNGSTER moved into a starting berth on the West York varsity after a junior high record
of 35 wins and one loss. The lone defeat was suffered as a seventh-grader in a match against
Manheim Central. Bill was nipped 5-4 last month in a tournament at Clearfield by Newport's Mike
Shull, but came back to win runner-up honors by beating the Clearfield entry who is a defending
champion from District Nine. The West York sophomore hasn't yet attained the coolness that his
brother displayed "before the battle". "Bill gets a little nervous waiting for the bout to start",
Toggas stated, "but once he's on the mat, the nervousness disappears. Dana would take it easy
before a match and never seemed to worry about his opponent."
THE BIG THING going for Bill is his desire; it's just as intense as Dana's. The youngster has two
big aims: To match Dana's total of wrestling trophies and to win a State title. And, Dana is doing
his best to help his brother attain the goals. He works out with Bill on the West York mats almost
every night. "Bill has the potential to be a State champ," Toggas repeated. "And he has three
years to make it. I honestly feel he can't miss." West York is currently tied with Dallastown and
Dover for the York County League lead, all with 5-0 records. The next three weeks should relieve
the first place jam. While Dover and Dallastown are meeting head-on at Dover this Thursday, West
York wrestles at Hanover. Then the Bulldogs have successive home matches with Dover and
"If we get by Hanover, we should have 1400 people at our matches with Dover and Dallastown,"
Toggas predicts. "We have a fine following. There were about 40 fans who traveled all the way
to Clearfield got the tournament during the Christmas holidays."
More 60's at Charlie's 60's Page
Some "Lucky" Fishing!!
(L-R) West York Alumni - Bill Luckenbaugh & son Chad Luckenbaugh in Florida.
2015 photo courtesy of Chad Luckenbaugh
Bill Luckenbaugh '69
Billy Luckenbaugh - 1969
West York High School Wrestling
(Overall High School Career Record of 69-5-0)
1968 PIAA State Wrestling Champions
1969 PIAA State Wrestling Finals @ 127lbs.
(L-R) West York's Bill Luckenbaugh with WY coaches...
John T. Toggas and Bob Bowers @ Penn State's Rec Hall.
1969 - West York's 127lb. Bill Luckenbaugh (top) applies a bar
& decisions Andy Kolhepp (New Castle) 18-7
in the 1969 PIAA State Mat semi-final round.
▪ 1969 PIAA State Wrestling Champion @ 127lbs.
• 1969 PIAA Finals 127lbs. - Bill Luckenbaugh (West York)
decisioned Bob Pratt (Easton Area HS)... 8-2.
1969 - Bob Pratt of Easton (left) lifts Bill Luckenbaugh of West York
in the PIAA State Wrestling Championship Finals @ 127lbs.
▪ Luckenbaugh decisioned Pratt, 8-2 and
claimed the 1969 Pennsylvania State Wrestling Championship!
Looking Back... 46 Years!
1969 PIAA State Wrestling Champions
▪ Front (L-R) Tom Teagarden, McGuffey; Rich Panella, New Castle;
Carl "Chico" Lutes, Easton; Leslie Peterson, Canon-McMillan;
Bill Luckenbaugh, West York; Dan Howard, Allentown Dieruff.
▪ Back Row (L-R) Kevin Love, Carnegie; George Myers, Dallastown;
Wade Schalles, Hollidaysburg; Robert Sacavage, Mt. Carmel;
Rodney Smith, Mt. Lebanon; John W. Sprenkle, West York.
@ Penn State University's Rec Hall
1968 CARLISLE BUFFALO TOURNEY
2016 PWCA HALL OF FAME
GAMETIMEPA.com Throwback Thursday
West York Wrestling's success can be traced back to a 1965 state championship
by Steve Navaroli 8/27/14
In 1969, West York had a pair of PIAA wrestling champions in John Sprenkle (Hwt.)
and Bill Luckenbaugh (127). In fact, that championship closed Sprenkle's stellar career with a 55-6
record and Luckenbaugh went on to star on the mat at East Stroudsburg, where he won both PSAC
and NCAA Division II titles in 1974.
But the example of what was possible was set when Luckenbaugh's brother, Dana Luckenbaugh,
earned the first-ever PIAA championship won by a then-YCIAA (now YAIAA) wrestler. Dana
Luckenbaugh topped former state champ Bill Welker of Shamokin High School, 4-3, in the 112-pound
final. Sprenkle said that, and the entire 1965 West York squad, showed his team how to be successful.
"I was blessed and fortunate to be on some great teams at West York," said Sprenkle, who was
also a football star for the Bulldogs. "That '65 team was an awesome one. (John) Toggas was a
phenomenal coach." It capped an amazing three-year run for West York which won the YCIAA team
championship from 1963 to 1965, amazingly with three head coaches: Bob Brown, Ken Ober and Toggas.
Dana Luckenbaugh was a three-time YCIAA sectional champ. Teammate Darryl "Smokey"
Dennis (120 pounds), won two sectional titles. Several years later, his brother, Bill, followed by Neil
Bupp, Kevin McCleary and Donald Lehman would go on to become the school's other three-time
section title winners.
Sprenkle recalled seeing Dana Luckenbaugh when kids would go to the former A. H. Martin
Elementary School and "roll out the horsehair" wrestling mats under the watchful eye of coach
Don Strausbaugh. "(Strausbaugh) could never keep Dana in the wrestling room. He always wanted to
be up in the gym shooting baskets," Sprenkle laughed. "Everything to him came natural. He didn't have
to work as hard as Bill and I did."
But Dana Luckenbaugh, who posted a 56-6-1 record as a high school grappler, was one of a kind.
Just ask Charlie Jacobs, who wrestled at rival Dover during the same time period. "He was very strong,
he never panicked," Jacobs said. "He used to read the comics before the matches. Nothing excited Dana.
He had extremely long arms and thick hands. When he put a tight waist on you, you knew it.
He was very tough." Steve Navaroli YDR Article 8/27/14
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