The Lehman Brothers Q & A
ERIC S. LEHMAN BIO
graduated from West York High School in 1996 and
York College (PA)
(with a BS in marketing) in 2000.
Eric worked for Cooper Industries from 2000 - 2002, was
with various companies from 2002 - 2009, and currently works as
VP of Sales & Marketing for Total Identity Solutions. Eric helped
out both Chip Fissel and
Jim Costello as a coach @ West York... and, served as West York
Wrestling Booster Club
President for one year. Eric and wife Kim have two children
(Connor & Taylor) and currently
live in Clarksville, Tennessee... about 5 minutes from West York
Wrestling Alum - Rod Stough!
Eric, Kim and the
kids previously lived in El Paso, TX and San Antonio, TX from 2005 -
▪ Dr. Kim is a West Point
graduate (1996), Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (2005),
a Major in the US Army, board certified in Dermatology... and is
currently Chief of Dermatology,
Neurology, Pain Management & Chiropractics @ Blanchfield Army Community
Fort Campbell, Kentucky... home of the 101st Airborne (that carried
the Navy Seals that killed
Bin Laden). Kim also was deployed and served in Iraq - 2010 @ Camp
Victory. Eric's interests
include Politics, NASCAR,
Baltimore Ravens Football,
attending Grand Ole Opry performances,
and is a life member of VFW Post 4895.
Eric is currently enrolled
Nashville School of Law.
Take the Last Train to Clarksville
- REST IN PEACE... DAVY JONES!
(L-R) Dr. Kim Lehman, Carol Stough,
'96 in Tennessee.
TODD M. LEHMAN BIO
graduated from West York
High School in 2004 and Millersville University
in 2008 (BS - Business Management w/minor in Athletic Coaching).
Todd is currently living in
San Antonio, Texas and is a Territory Sales Manager for
International, Inc. Todd is
engaged to Kelli Donnelly - and Todd and Kelli will be getting married
in San Antonio, Texas in
May, 2012. Kelli, has a BS in Psychology from Le Tourneau
University in Longview, Texas and
a Master of Arts in School Psychology from Texas State University in San
Marcos, Texas after
completing her internship. Kelli is currently working on an
internship at Floresville Independent
District in Floresville, Texas. Todd, when not on the road
w/Swisher Cigars, enjoys lifting
weights and working
out at a local San Antonio health club.
▪ Todd wrestled briefly @ Millersville University in
and wife... Kelli Donnelly Lehman.
WEST YORK HS VARSITY
1995-96 West York Wrestling Team
(L-R) Ryan Wagaman, Jake Kotzman,
Brenner, Kevin Scheivert.
2nd Row (L-R) Rob Ludwig, Josh Klinedinst,
Chad Luckenbaugh, Todd Platts.
3rd Row (L-R) Brandon Luckenbaugh, Justin Wilkins, Matt Sheridan,
Jon Knotwell, Jason Chamberlain.
4th Row (L-R) Coach Jerry Mathison, Coach Bill Luckenbaugh,
photo by Kevin
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PIAA State Tournament
& Eric Lehman.
WEST YORK HS VARSITY
2003-04 West York
Front (L-R) Mathias Smyser,
Felix Vasquez, Cody Martin.
Middle (L-R) John Mrenna, Jerry Brown, Cody Boyers,
Garrett Smith, Jason Seager.
Back (L-R) Luke Brodbeck,
Todd Lehman, Jack Smith,
Asst. Coach Eric Johnson,
Alfred Deardorff, Alex Huntsberry.
photo by Kevin
1/3/09 (L-R) Eric Lehman and
The Lehman Brothers Interview...
by Don Lehman
Webmaster, Archivist & Owner of westyorkwrestlingalumni.com
- Interviewer Don Lehman
- Eric Lehman &
- Todd Lehman.
- Thanks... Eric and Todd, for taking the time out of your busy
schedules to share some
thoughts and catch the alumni up on what you are doing these days.
At West York, you both
wrestled and played football. Which sport was your favorite and
WY's Eric Lehman @
DIII Regionals (right).
I would have to say that hands
down my favorite was wrestling. I'm not sure I can pin it
down to a single reason, but I enjoyed the teammates that I had a chance
to wrestle with at the 3 scholastic levels - Elementary, Jr. High, and
Sr. High. I always had good coaches, and had a fair amount of
success - so that made it fun, too. We also had great fans and
supporters in the 90's that were a lot of fun to be around and were
extremely loyal. There was a core group of fans and parents that
would travel to all the matches and tournaments and sit together.
I have to say, I truly disliked during the time I played....and I regret
that. I never watched football as a kid or in high school, and
never took it that seriously. I really enjoy watching NFL football
now, and I understand the game a lot more than I used to. Back
then, I just did what I was responsible for and only learned that
position. I was selected for a York Daily Record All-Star honor and the
War of the Roses game, but I couldn't play due to getting hernia
WY Football's Todd Lehman (back #59).
photo by Kevin
- I enjoyed both
sports greatly, but I think I would have to say football was my favorite
sport. I loved
being on a team and playing as a team. I liked being out on the
field with my friends and teammates in front of a huge crowd in battle
against the opposing team. I just really enjoyed going out there
and hitting people. As a captain my senior year at West York, I
would always tell my teammates as we were in the huddle... to just go
out and hit someone and put a show on for our fans who would show up
every Friday night no matter if it was raining or a clear night.
We didn't have the best team, but I would always tell them it didn't
matter what the score was, just play your hardest and put on a show for
Wrestling definitely made me a better football player. As a guard
on offense, I wasn't the biggest at 180lbs., but with strength and
balance and knowing how to move people from wrestling, not too many
defensive linemen could get through me and I made the all-county offense
and defensive teams at guard and linebacker - and also the
Lancaster/York War of the Roses Team. But, at the same time, I
loved being on the mat in front of everyone where it is just you against
your opponent. Everyone would see who the better, stronger and
smarter wrestler was that night.
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- You both had many coaches and mentors as you were growing up and
athletics at West York. Who was the one coach that really helped
you grow and become
successful? What key components stood out to you with that
Hands down, my Sr. High
Jerry Mathison, was the most influential coach
during my career. Though he had tremendous responsibility
with his job, a wife, and three kids of his own - he gave me all the
time and support I needed to be successful. He would do things
like stay extra to help me practice, or work out with me in the weight
room. The thing that I remember as the most kind thing he did, was
that he would go with me to other schools to practice whether it be
Dallastown or Red Lion, in order for me to get a good workout and not
have to go there by myself. I'll never forget what he did for me,
and I'll always appreciate that. I was also privileged to have a
NCAA DII National Champion as my head coach -
Bill Luckenbaugh, who was
a lot of fun to be around.
was a PIAA Hwt. State Champion and the only other Hwt. besides me to
wrestle at the State Tournament. At WY Junior High,
PIAA State Runner-up. A lot of wrestlers don't have an opportunity
that type of talent and experience in the wrestling room!
I would have to say my WY Junior
High Coach - Jeff Meckley. Pretty much every signature move
I used all the way up to my senior year at West York and into college, I
learned from Coach Meckley.
In 7th grade, Coach Meckley taught me the ankle pick and "turk" ride, and
I used those moves right up to college. I guess I was kind of
known for the ankle pick my senior year in high school. I can
quite a few matches that year where I was wrestling on my feet and I
could hear my opponents coach yelling "watch out for the ankle pick!"...
but, I was always able to bait them into giving me that ankle.
Unfortunately, we never really learned any new or more complicated moves
as I went through high school. We would always have such a small
team and most of the kids didn't know how to wrestle, so the coaches
would have to start with the simple basics... so I would just practice
and try to perfect my three main moves (ankle pick, turk and arm bars).
Coach Chip Fissel was another
great coach that I had. Coach Fissel was my WY coach during
my sophomore and junior years. I guess I could say he was my
freshman coach also, since I worked out with the senior high that year.
Coach Fissel would always push me hard in the wrestling room and he
would always jump in to wrestle me when we wrestled "live."
Unfortunately for me, he did not coach me my senior year.
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- Was there a teammate (who you worked out with) that helped in your
the wrestling room? What was a typical West York practice like
when you wrestled?
∙ Photo by Kevin
I enjoyed working out with Matt Sheridan, who wrestled 189. He was
a year younger than me. A couple of guys who were older than me
that I worked out with were Chad Gardner and Jeff Wolfe. In the
90's, West York had strong upper weight wrestlers, so there was always
good competition. Coach Jerry Mathison and I were always partners,
so I think he was the best at making me better. I was also
very fortunate to have had many outside folks come in to practice, which
I think were very helpful. I remember you coming in several times
over the years...no one liked that because you were good. Some
notable folks that I remember were Eric Platts when he wrestled for
Thaddeus Stevens and at York College,
Jeff Wolfe from ESU, Chad Gardner
from Thaddeus Stevens,
from York College, and Phil
Stambaugh from St. Pius X would come in for Christmas practices.
Tom Toggas came in several times. After we wrestled our dual meet
for the regular season, I would travel to Red Lion and wrestle Matt
Meisenhelter, who was a 3rd place PIAA State AAA place-winner. "You
will never become better unless you wrestle with competition better
than you." Wade Schalles came to Dover one time to do a clinic for
our West York and Dover teams. He said that phrase and I always
believed it to be very good advice. Looking back, I was very
fortunate to have so many talented people with whom to wrestle. It
definitely made me better.
as practices, ours were not very strong or structured. That's all
I care to say. Maybe someone else can elaborate. They were
fun, but if you were looking to get along with anything but natural
talent - that wasn't the place to do it. That's why we had others
come in to practice with me. That's why some of us stayed extra,
and that's why some of us went to other schools to practice. But,
it is what we had to do. They were fun, though, and we got very good at
wall-ball and basketball.
∙ Photo by Kevin
- I guess I would say that during my freshman and sophomore years
- wrestling against guys like Wade Ginter and Troy Finkenbiner made me a
much better wrestler. It definitely helped me during my
freshman year - wrestling them and then going against junior high
Wrestling against very good practice partners gives you an advantage in
matches... and, Wade and Troy were so much stronger and mature than I
was, and that makes you better!
But, after Wade, Troy, Garrett Wise and a few others graduated or moved
on, I didn't have anyone to practice with my senior year. Everyone
on our small 2004 WY team was really new to wrestling in the upper
weights. That wasn't my teammates fault,
They were great teammates, but just not experienced in wrestling.
I would wrestle my two coaches
during most practices or they would ship me off to other schools around
the county like Spring Grove or Bermudian Springs a couple of times.
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- What stands out to you as your most satisfying win in your
wrestling career... and, what
stands out to you as your most disappointing loss? Did you
take anything away from that win
and loss that stays with you to this day?
Eric Lehman (middle).
My most gratifying win was at
the 1995 District III consolation finals facing Beau Kint of Biglerville
for 3rd/4th place. The winner qualified for the PIAA State
Tournament and the loser went home. He had pinned me the week
before at Sectionals, and I went on to tech-fall him 16-1, with a series
of tilts. I never gave much thought about the possibility of
qualifying for the PIAA State Tournament, and I am sure no one else did,
The most disappointing loss was
to Tim Jordan of Pequea Valley in the '96 District III SC tournament.
The Harrisburg Patriot (Rod Frisco) newspaper had me ranked #1 in
District III the entire year, and I lost that match in overtime. I
had a bad call where I should have gotten more back points in the 2nd
period, and did not receive them...but, what wrestler doesn't have a
"should have" story about a bad call? I "should have" never put
myself in that position for the match to be close. I ended up
getting 3rd and qualifying for states, but it put me in a very difficult
tournament bracket. I regret and am embarrassed to not have been a
District Champion, and placing in the PIAA State Tournament....that
bothers me to this day. 3rd place really doesn't mean much to me.
I was out the first 5 weeks of the season, which were most of the
opening practices and a couple of matches, recovering from hernia
surgery. They would not clear me to wrestle until I had the
surgery, so it put me behind not being able to not practice or lift a
lot of weight for a while. I don't think I ever peaked that
season. I regret that, also.
Todd Lehman against Hanover (top).
- Both the most
satisfying and the most disappointing happened one right after the other
my senior year.
Actually, they were my last two matches (other than an all-star event)
my senior year. I was up at Hersheypark Arena for the 2004 AAA SC
Regionals... and I was about to wrestle
(143-26) from Cumberland
Valley in the consolation semi-finals. This was already my
5th match of the 2-day tourney and I was pretty nervous about this one.
I didn't remember wrestling Neil Bretz before, but I knew that he was
REALLY good. Bretz was ranked as the #1 wrestler in
Pennsylvania most of the 2003-04 season @ the AAA level, and was also
ranked #4 in the country. He had signed on to wrestle at Penn
State in the middle of the season. Bretz was upset in the
championship semi-finals, losing in overtime to Sean Darras of Conestoga
Valley, so I knew he was down.
I knew that I had to wrestle a perfect match to beat him.
I had to wrestle like I never wrestled before and try to not make a
single mistake. Luckily, one of my best friends, Lynn Anderson,
who I played football with at West York... came up to Hersheypark Arena
to support me. Just hanging out and talking to him helped calm me
down. I prepared myself mentally and knew that I needed to go out
and give everything I had. And, I did. I took him down with
an ankle-pick right off the whistle and put him in an arm bar... and,
for a split second, thought I was going to turn him for back points, but
I didn't. I did go on to beat him 3-2 and it took him out of the
medal round and another trip to the PIAA State Tournament - which he had
medaled at in the past. I remember talking to my friend and
college teammate @
Millersville, Cody Becker, at a practice the following year, and
Cody told me that when I was out there wrestling Bretz, half of the
arena was focusing on the match! Spring Grove's Cody Becker was
also one of the first guys to run onto the arena floor after the match
to congratulate me after the win.
The most disappointing match was the contest right after my big
win over CV's Bretz. I was wrestling for 3rd place at the SC
Regionals and a slot in the '04 PIAA State Tournament. My opponent
was an excellent wrestler from Gettysburg High School (Colby Haller)...
that I had beaten the week before in the Sectional IV Tournament finals.
I thought I had it in the bag. I didn't even get ready for the
match. We had a big break before that match, so the coaches & I
went out to eat and were just having some fun and laughs. When the
match finally came around it was just a big blur the whole time. I
definitely was not wrestling like I had earlier against Bretz. I
lost 4-0... giving up an escape, takedown and a penalty point for a
strong "crossface". I couldn't believe it. But, you live and
learn. Take every match
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- Do you still follow the sport of wrestling in Tennessee and Texas?
Is wrestling a focus
sport where you live?
I do not follow wrestling here, but I understand the school district we
are in (Clarksville High School) has several state team championships
and the state record for most appearances at the state team tournament.
I'm not sure what that means compared to Pennsylvania Wrestling, though.
I never really heard of any Tennessee schools really being powerhouse
wrestling programs. Maybe I can get
to go to a
match with me before he moves to Florida, and he can help me decide.
- I follow what's happening in the NCAA - by going to the
InterMat & FLO Wrestling websites - and I follow West York Wrestling by going to the
westyorkwrestlingalumni.com website. Texas really doesn't have or
focus on wrestling. There are some wrestling clubs, but that's
about it. FOOTBALL is the BIG sport down here in Texas!
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- Do you still keep in contact with any of your former wrestling and
and friends? Why is the bond in athletics so strong after
With wrestling, I really do not, but there are a few people that I think
about from time to time. I did enjoy seeing some old faces at the
last month. I drove 770 miles to come to that event.
two of my best friends are Butch Seiders and Jeff Nachtigall. I
talk to Butch probably 5 days a week and Jeff at least twice. We
always plan a trip every year. Jeff has been to El Paso and San
Antonio, when I lived in Texas, and Butch came to San Antonio a bunch of
times, and also came to visit us in Tennessee last summer. He and
Jeff actually drove the whole way to Texas with Todd when he moved to
San Antonio. We are planning for all of us to be in Tennessee this
summer. We've also been to Jeff's place in Myrtle Beach, SC a few
times. We started to include Todd in a few of the trips, but he's
been too busy selling cigars on the Mexican border these days to make it
- Not so much with wrestling. I am still in contact with
some of my teammates from West York Football, who happen to be some of
my best friends. A few of their names are Lynn Anderson, Nate
Sprenkle, Kyle Chronister and Shawn Wiley. For me, wrestling was
just a solitary independent sport. I knew I was on a team, but my
focus was me winning my match. I felt that I needed to be alone
away from everyone
to really focus my mind and prepare myself for the match.
So, I really don't have any close bonds with anyone from wrestling.
It is much different when it
comes to football. You are out there hitting and getting
hit... and, you look for your teammates and friends. You go
through the hot summer practices and hard days of football camp
together. I just think it's different since you are out there
practicing and playing games together. You go through everything
together as a team. That's my experience, though.
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- Wrestling runs deep in your family... as I wrestled at West York and
your Uncle Fred wrestled at West York and University of Maryland, your
cousin Steve Elicker
wrestled at South Western and East Stroudsburg. Did you both feel
like you "had" to wrestle,
or... was it something you liked and wanted to do from your early years?
Eric Lehman @ Sectionals...
Yeah, we had to wrestle...ha ha, but I am glad we did.
I enjoyed it and got everything
out of it I needed to in order to be successful in life and also to have
a good high school experience. We had a lot of faculty
support that followed the program, and it was definitely nice to have
teachers that were interested in the athletic programs.
the fact that you wrestled and were very good. You understood what
it took to wrestle at a high level and could analyze my tapes to see
what I did correctly and what needed changed. You knew how
critical strength and proper eating were to the development of a
Uncle Fred come to my matches was nice. I
was very lucky to always have family and friends in the stands when I
wrestled, if fact, I don't ever remember a time where I didn't have
WY's Todd Lehman @ Governor Mifflin Tourney (2nd from left).
- Oh, I didn't know we had a choice? Ha ha, I'm just kidding.
Knowing that our whole family wrestled definitely played a big part.
I just thought that it was the
coolest sport. Just
knowing that I was part of a sport that a lot of people couldn't do or
handle made it that much better. I always wanted to beat Eric and
one-up him at everything he did. I always wanted to try and win
more trophies and medals than Eric and dad. They both had tons of
them. After I got my first trophy in wrestling, I was hooked.
Of course, Eric went to states, twice!!
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- You both wrestled briefly in college... tell me about that big
step into the world of
I had a terrible experience.
Even though I tried, I was not good enough to wrestle NCAA Division I...
and was ill-prepared @ ESU. It definitely turned me off to the sport for
a while. My only success was that I pinned an NCAA Division III
All-American during a dual meet against Montclair State. Maybe it
would have been better if I wrestled Division III...who knows. The
biggest change - I will say - is that EVERYONE IS REALLY GOOD in the
wrestling room, and you yourself are not as good as you think you are.
I hated every minute of it, I just never fit in. A couple of years
later I won the York College Alumni Tournament (beating YC's John
Klingaman by tech. fall). I wanted to leave the sport a winner,
and that was my redemption.
- Well, if was definitely a BIG step! I was pretty cocky
going into my freshman year at Millersville University. I looked at
their website, and saw their college records the year before... a lot of
them around .500. I just finished my West York senior year @ 33-5,
and thought that it would be an easy transition to NCAA Division I @
Millersville. It was actually the OTHER way around. I
remember the first couple of practices... and I was being tossed around
like a rag doll!! I couldn't keep up with them. Mark Knock,
our team captain, & one of the guys who I looked up to the most...
pulled me aside at the end of a
one day and told me not to worry. Mark said that I was wrestling
like I was still in high school. College wrestling is MUCH more
fast paced and physical, and he said by the middle of the year, I
would adjust and get to the same page as the others. He was right.
By the middle of the year, I was hanging in there with the upper
classmen. It helped me that I was practicing everyday with a VERY
tough wrestler - Curtis Yeager, who was a 4-time NCAA DI qualifier.
But, college wrestling was just
a whole different ballgame.
All the guys on the team who I was close to and learned so much from
that year, graduated, so I lost interest going into my sophomore year.
It was just a little strange my sophomore year. I was also getting
jealous of my other college friends always having fun and going out and
eating! I just wanted to enjoy college, so I gave it up to
concentrate on getting a degree.
(Cody Becker had a
great career, though @ Millersville!)
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- If you both could do it all over again with regards to your
sports careers, what would you
do differently? And, if you could speak to today's youth, what
advice would you give them?
I wish I would have started
playing "football" at a younger age, and taken it more seriously.
Wrestling...well most people would say that if they would have worked
harder, but I don't have many regrets in that respect. I did what
I think I needed to in order to be successful. Maybe instead of
always going for the pin, even when it wasn't there, I could have been
more strategic about a few of my opponents and that might have changed
the outcome in a few of my key matches.
I would tell kids, and
more importantly parents, to lighten up with he extreme pressures that
are placed on student athletic programs, today. This is especially
true with elementary and junior high sports. I see many kids have
tremendous amounts of pressure and their entire sport "careers" mapped
out as a kid. I think people should relax, because I have yet to
see any more star athletes come out of situations like this, than
others. It is true that you need to work hard and do the proper
things to excel at your sport, but the cream will always rise to the
top. There are a lot of year-round one sport athletes, and that is
detrimental to wrestling because it takes away kids (soccer, hockey,
baseball, basketball, and football) that would have otherwise gone out,
but their fall, winter, spring and summer seasons are all booked playing
different leagues or variations of a single sport.
Ray Lewis is arguably one of the
greatest NFL players of all time, and he played 3 sports, including
wrestling (1993 Florida State AAAA Champ).
- If I could do it all over again, I would have definitely stuck
out wrestling at Millersville University my time there. I do
regret ending my wrestling career early, I often think about that.
If I could speak to today's youth, I would tell them to do whatever
makes them happy. It doesn't have to be sports, but if it is, just
work hard and have fun with it... and, try not to put too
much pressure on themselves. Too much pressure ruins any sport.
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- Tell me a little bit more about what you are doing now and what your
future plans hold?
currently the Vice President of Total Identity Solutions, a
manufacturer of vehicle graphics and wraps, embroidery, and screen
printing for businesses and organizations. I also am in my first
year of law school at the Nashville School of Law. My wife,
Kimberly, is a Major in the U.S. Army, a physician, and is the Clinic
Chief of Dermatology, Neurology, and Pain Management at the Blanchfield
Army Hospital at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. We live in Clarksville,
Tennessee, with our children Connor and Taylor, 2 dogs and 2 cats.
We have decided to stay in Clarksville upon the completion of Kim's Army
commitment, which is up in June of 2013. There are some
interesting private practice opportunities for her in this area that we
are currently exploring. I
am obtaining my law degree with the hopes of entering Tennessee
politics. I have a mentor, Fmr. Sen. Rosalind Kurita, that
is helping me network and position myself for a possible run for state
office. I am learning as much as I can and meeting as many people
as I can that are involved with this field.
- Right now I am living in San Antonio, Texas... working as a
Territory Sales Manager for Swisher International, Inc. (Swisher Sweet
Cigars). I'm engaged and getting married in May. I still
work out a lot and I'm trying to get involved with one of the local
wrestling clubs as a coach.
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- What sports event do enjoy watching most on TV these days?
Do you get to any sports
events in Tennessee and Texas these days?
I watch Baltimore Ravens
football and NASCAR racing - mostly Nationwide Series and Camping
World Truck Series. I have been to two Tennessee Titans games (one
with Rod Stough), and one Nationwide and one Truck Series race at
Nashville Superspeedway - which they closed down at the end of last
year. I'm only 4 hours from Atlanta, so maybe I'll go to a race
there, this year. When I lived in Texas, Todd and I went to the
Alamo Bowl once and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. We got to
meet Pete Geren, who was the Secretary of the Army at the time. I
was also a San Antonio Spurs partial season ticket holder, so I went to
a bunch of those games, and also went to the NBA Finals in 2007.
Also, I want to say that some of the toughest athletes I have ever been
are bull-riders, so I have been to both the San Antonio and Houston
Rodeos to see them compete.
Kelli & Todd Lehman in San Antonio, TX.
- I love NCAA
Football. I don't
really care for the NFL that much, but I love watching NCAA College
Football. I've been to a couple San Antonio Spurs games, a Rampage
Hockey game, an Alamo Bowl Game with Penn State/Texas A&M... and the
ARMY All-American High School Football game. I went to all of
those contests when my brother Eric still lived in San Antonio.
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- Thank you both for sharing your stories and thoughts with the
readers and fans. See you both in May... in San Antonio, Texas!
the interview....I'll see you there!
- Sounds good. Kelli and I can't wait for you guys to come
∙ You can
e-mail Eric Lehman
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2003 West York Football
∙ 1995 West York Varsity
Football - Eric Lehman
photo by Kevin
1996 SC AA Regionals @ Conestoga Valley
1996 PIAA District III Regionals AA Hwt. Podium.
Eric Lehman - 3rd from left...finishes 3rd
and qualifies for the 1996 PIAA State Wrestling Championships.
∙ Eric Lehman lost to Pequea Valley's Tim Jordan (left) in
the Regional semi-finals ... 2-0 - in sudden death overtime.
PIAA's @ Hersheypark Arena
1996 PIAA State Tourney... Hwt. - (1st Round)
3/7/96 @ Hersheypark Arena.
Eric Lehman 25-3 (top) wins by 4-1 decision
Todd Proper 31-8 of Maplewood High School... in the
1st round (match 104) of the 1996 PIAA State Tournament.
Proper went on to become a 3-time NCAA DII All-American
at Gannon University - with NCAA DII places of 3rd, 5th & 6th.
2003 West York HS Football
▪ West York's
(#59) makes a tackle
against rival York Catholic High School in 2003.
photo by Kevin
2004 PIAA District III Section IV
South Western, PA High School
2004 Section IV AAA
171lbs. Championship Podium
(L-R) Justin Seitz (Dallastown),
Todd Lehman (West York),
(Gettysburg) & Shawn Holtzapple (Dover).
∙ 171lb. Finals:
Todd Lehman, West York dec. Colby Haller, Gettysburg 6-5.
DIII SC AAA Regionals @
PIAA South Central AAA Regional Championships
▪ 3rd/4th Place
Consolation Finals @ 171lbs.
Todd Lehman (top) applies
to Gettysburg's Colby Haller. Haller used a second period escape and
takedown... and a third period penalty point to win by decision, 4-0,
to secure a 3rd place medal and a trip to the PIAA's. Todd Lehman
just missing out on the '04 PIAA AAA State selection.
photo by Keith Warehime
2011 - (L-R)
(WY '96) with...
cousin Steve Elicker (South
Western '89 &
photo by Karen Elicker Gardner
Eric & Todd Lehman
are listed on an all-time team...
West York Wrestling
Alumni.com All-Time Team
West York's Outstanding
West York's George Sterner Award
∙ 1996 - West York 2-time PIAA State Qualifier -
Eric Lehman. (PIAA photo)
West York's PIAA All-State
(77 on WY All-State List) -