West York Alumni
www.westyorkwrestlingalumni.com HISTORY The 40's
District III Team Champions! 1936 ▪ 1938 ▪ 1942
coached by PWCA HOF'er... Charles "Chuck" Richards
Charles "Chuck" Richards
West York's 1st Wrestling Coach... 1934-56
THE FATHER OF WEST YORK WRESTLING!
West York Coach Charles "Chuck" 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.
Richards began his teaching career at West York Area Senior High School in September of 1934.
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 Frosh, Atlas, Patton Trade & Navy Plebes. West York finished with a record of 4-4.
▪ The 1st West York dual meet was against Gettysburg College Freshmen - held on 1/19/1935.
West York Area High School lost that first wrestling dual meet 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!
From 1934-54, Richards' high school wrestlers won 111 individual titles. His teams won 72%
of their wrestling matches. Coach Richards had nine wrestlers that went on to coaching
careers: H. Leon Senft, Herb Schmidt, Udell Seitz, Johnny Swartz, Edward Bupp, Nevin Hake,
Dean Harbold, Ronald Myers and Eugene Brady. West York won District III Team titles in 1936,
1938 and 1942 ... Richards was a key organizer along with Al Brittain of Hershey High and Sherman
Hollabaugh of Manheim High. The 1st DIII Team Tourney was in 1936.
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.
The F&M Head Coach at that time was Charles Mayser...F&M was a National Champion in the 30's!
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.
Richards' WY Football Teams won 69% of their games during his 18 seasons. Coach Richards
headed up the school's track program for 24 years. He retired from teaching @ West York in 1975.
▪ Charles "Chuck" Richards is in the York, District III and the PA Wrestling PWCA Halls of Fames.
▪ Coach Chuck Richards left the WY coaching duties at the end of the 1955-56 season.
1947-48 West York Wrestling
▪ West York's Paul C. McCleary is seated 1st 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. (WY Varsity) Coach Chuck Richards - 4th row far right.
A West York Mat...
"LOOKING BACK... 45 YEARS"
1971-72 West York Varsity Wrestling Team (14-0)
∙ Front Row (L-R) Steve Thomas, Paul Mulay, Skip Martin, Keith Lichty,
Kevin McCleary & Neil Bupp.
∙ Back (L-R) Coach John T. Toggas, Jim Haas, Barry Albright, Scott Callahan,
Barry King, Mike Stambaugh & Don Lehman.
1971-72 (14-0) West York Individual Mat Records
∙ Steve Thomas jr. 95lbs. 16-3-2 (4 falls)
∙ Paul Mulay sr. 103lbs. 19-2-0 (2 falls)
∙ Keith Lichty jr. 112lbs. 9-5-0 (7 falls)
∙ Skip Martin soph. 112lbs. 3-4-1 (2 falls)
∙ Barry Botterbusch jr. 120lbs. 1-7-1 (0 falls)
∙ Rick Albright soph. 120lbs. 0-4-0 (0 falls)
∙ Kevin McCleary jr. 127lbs. 22-2-0 (5 falls)
∙ Mark Jenkins sr. 127lbs. 3-9-1 (1 fall)
∙ Neil Bupp sr. 133lbs. 18-2-0 (11 falls)
∙ Jeff Masch soph. 133lbs. 0-1-0 (0 falls)
∙ Jim Haas sr. 138lbs. 15-4-0 (7 falls)
∙ Alan Eisenhart soph. 138lbs. 0-1-0 (0 falls)
∙ Barry Albright jr. 145lbs. 3-2-0 (1 fall)
∙ Scott Callahan sr. 154lbs. 21-1-0 (12 falls)
∙ Barry King jr. 165lbs. 4-5-0 (1 fall)
∙ Mike Root soph. 165lbs. 0-6-0 (0 falls)
∙ Mike Stambaugh sr. 180lbs. 22-3-1 (9 falls)
∙ Don Lehman jr. Unl. 21-1-0 (12 falls)
YCIAA Wrestling League
1971-72 Champions (14-0).
October 14. 2015
Local Wrestling Loses Legend
by Steve Heiser 505-5446/@ydsports - email@example.com
Author: 10/14/15 COLUMN By Steve Heiser of The York Dispatch
1973 -West York Coach John T. Toggas.
In sports, the word "legend" sometimes gets tossed around a little casually.
It's often used to describe athletes or coaches who are really very good, not great, and certainly
In York County wrestling circles, however, John Toggas was a truly legendary figure.
The longtime West York High School coach is in six separate halls of fame, he was the first York County
wrestling coach to reach 300 victories, and he coached three Pennsylvania state high school
Those are some serious coaching credentials.
Unfortunately, Toggas died on Friday in Bensalem at age 83. His death, however, will not diminish
the memories of the man for the people who knew and admired him.
"(West York) lost a great coach, mentor and friend," said Don Lehman, who runs the West York
Wrestling Alumni website. "Coach Toggas left a lasting mark on West York wrestling."
Respect from a coaching rival: One of the men who often went head-to-head against Toggas was
longtime Dover coach Charlie Jacobs. Both men are in the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches
Association Hall of Fame. Despite being coaching rivals, Jacobs had nothing but respect for Toggas as
a coach and a man. "John loved the sport of wrestling," Jacobs said. "He brought great energy and
enthusiasm, which always generated much excitement during any matches with his Bulldogs. "His
"Bulldog Pride" caused all opposing coaches to work extra hard to compete with his tough squads."
Fierce competitor: At his heart, Toggas was a fierce competitor. That trait helped the York High grad
compile a 307-110-4 career record at Biglerville (38-32-2 from 1958 through 1964) and West York
(269-78-2 from 1964 through 1983 and 1986 through 1991).
"(He) wanted to win every match," Lehman said. "I'm sure the coaches in the county who competed
against West York in those days would agree with that." Despite his competitive streak, Toggas was
not stingy with sharing advice with other wrestling coaches. "He was willing to share with us younger
coaches what he thought was important to creating a successful wrestling program," Jacobs said. "He
certainly had a tremendous influence on the success of the York County wrestling scene."
Career highlights: One of the highlights of Toggas' career came in his final season in 1991 when his
Bulldogs topped Cumberland Valley, 31-28, for his 300th victory. Of course, that's just one of many
career highlights. Here are a few others:
▪ He coached three state champions (Dana Luckenbaugh in 1965 and Bill Luckenbaugh and John
Sprenkle in 1969). Dana Luckenbaugh was York County's first state champ.
▪ He was inducted into the National Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1999 and the York
Area Sports hall of fame in 1995.
▪ He won five York County League championships, was a two-time York County League Coach of the
Year and guided his Bulldogs to the 1971 team title at the prestigious Easton High School Holiday
Watching 'his boys' succeed: While Toggas liked winning championships and earning honors, he might
have gotten more enjoyment out of seeing his wrestlers excel after leaving West York. "Many of his
athletes continued successful wrestling careers beyond high school, and several were able to give
back to the sport by becoming coaches and officials," Jacobs said. "I know he loved seeing 'his boys'
achieve that success and recognition on the state and national levels."
Lots of support: Lehman said one of the keys to Toggas' success was the wide-ranging support he
received from his family and the broader West York community. "Coach Toggas had a great wife
(Mary Jane) and family (son John S. "Moc" and daughter Steph) who came to practically every match,"
Lehman said. "Coach Toggas also had a great support team in Raymond Troxell (the West York
superintendent), Neil Everhart (the West York principal) and coaches Robert Bowers, Whedon Myers,
John Sprenkle, Bill Luckenbaugh, etc., throughout his coaching years. West York also had a fabulous
fan base for the sport of wrestling and Coach Toggas, along with his booster club, had a lot to do with
Maintaining his love for the sport: After retiring as a coach, Toggas maintained his ties to the sport as
a high school official and was a member of the NCAA Rules Committee as a high school representative.
He also loved to talk about the sport. "Before he got ill, Coach Toggas would stop by my home every
Thursday to sit in my office to chat about everything under the sun," Lehman said. "He loved wrestling
and missed all facets of it after he retired."
Lasting legacy: There's little doubt that the York County wrestling community will miss Toggas as well.
"All of us need to remember and appreciate the great contribution he gave to the great sport of
wrestling," Jacobs said. "Thanks, J.T." That's a lasting legacy for a legendary coach.
GAMETIMEPA.com Throwback Thursday
West York Wrestling's success can be traced back to a 1965 state championship
by Steve Navaroli 8/27/14
▪ 1964-65 - YCIAA League Wrestling Co-Champions!
▪ 1965 YCIAA Sectional II Team Tourney Champions
▪ Front Row (L-R) Jeff Linebaugh, Gary Carbaugh, Dana Luckenbaugh,
Darryl "Smokey" Dennis, Burton Snyder, Steve Kunkle & Tom DeLong.
▪ Back (L-R) WY Coach John T. Toggas, Jack Hershberger, Don Narber,
Fred Lehman, Charles "Chuck" Bostic, Gary Narber & William Wiehe.
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.
▪ West York's 1965 PIAA State Wrestling Champion - Dana Luckenbaugh.
York, PA's FIRST... PIAA State Wrestling Champion!
"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 1963-1965, 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." 8/27/14 YDR & GametimePA - by Steve Navaroli - 8/27/14
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West York Wrestling's success can be traced back to a 1965 state championship
"Preserving an Eighty-Year Plus... History"
1977-78 WY Champions '09 Reunion
West York 1977-78 Championship Team Reunion
▪ Front (L-R) Don Botterbusch, Bruce Stambaugh, Rod Stough, John Silar.
▪ Back (L-R) Larry Gay, Barry Gay, Asst. Coach Don Lehman, Randy Blasdell,
David Stram, WY Head Coach John T. Toggas, Asst. Coach John Sprenkle.
▪ Photo by Kevin Drawbaugh of JK Images
A West York Wrestling Sitemap...
West York History West York Coaching Page
West York Win/Loss % West York Records
Alumni News ▪ "By The Numbers" Here! ▪ 1983
The Recent News! A. Scott Callahan Page
Career Dual Undefeated! WY Photo Archive
"Coach" JT Toggas The WYWA Interviews
1972 #1 Voted Team 40-2 West York Run!
Hall of Fame Page What's New? ▪ WY/DT '71
WY Alumni Golf HERE ▪ Youth Page PA to NCAA
Gov. Mifflin & Easton Tourneys ▪ '04 Elementary
'01 York Suburban & '81 Selinsgrove Tourneys
A FREESTYLE "SHOWDOWN" @ WYAHS!
1973 @ WY "USA-PA vs. Poland Meet!"... HERE!
(w/ K. Lichty, K. McCleary & D. Lehman - of PA)
PIAA Area ▪ YCIAA/YAIAA 1965 1968 1969
PIAA Area ▪ The Luckenbaugh's "Lucky" OW
PIAA Area ▪ Sectionals ▪ District III ▪ Regional's
PIAA Area ▪ 4-time & 3-time Sectional Champions
PIAA Area ▪ WY's PIAA Qualifiers Medalist's
PIAA Area ▪ WY's Big 3! All-American's Dana
West York's Outstanding & Sterner Mat Awards
▪▪ A Lehman/Welker... Wrestling USA Interview
▪ "A 1975 Trip to Munich, Germany!"
Archive ▪ Letters ▪ Football Club '09, '10
Lucky▪Stetler▪Lehman '74 NCAA's PA to NCAA
ESSC WRESTLING ▪ Bill Luckenbaugh DII's!
1968 PA Junior College LHU's Brian Kuntz
PSAC Photos/Results...1973 ▪ 1974/1972 ▪ 1975
West York Wrestling Alumni's... NCAA Page
Maryland '69 Terps Team w/F. Lehman
Charlie's 60's Page (A look @ the 1960's!!!)
WY 70's Football HERE! 2004 Night Summer
"A 98lb. wrestler in his high school days at West York, Pat Brown... said
his coach, John T. Toggas, always told him he should become a jockey." YDR 6/6/14 Article
West York Wins '64 Junior High Wrestling Title
▪ Front (L-R) Bill Luckenbaugh, Steve Smith, Edward Spangler, Jeff Linebaugh.
▪ Back Row (L-R) Coach Robert Bowers, Steve Kunkle, Dan Druck, Don Narber,
Ronald Emenheiser, Coach Whedon Myers. @ 1964 West York HS (1964)
'64 WYJH Tourney Championship Round
72lbs. Phil Dasheux (Northern) dec. Steve Flickinger (Spring Grove) 4-1
80lbs. Bill Luckenbaugh (West York) pinned Dave Fileo (Northern) 4:33
88lbs. Jeff Linebaugh (West York) pinned Barry Strausbaugh (Spring Grove) 2:36
95lbs. Donovan Grove (Dover) pinned Rich Hartman (Spring Grove) 2:46
103lbs. Bob Ginter (Northern) dec. Steve Slothower (Dover) 11-0
112lbs. Jeff Leiberknecht (Eastern) dec. Bill Beckheimer (Spring Grove) 11-0
120lbs. Eric Bowersox (Spring Grove) dec. Gary Gross (Dover) 8-6
127lbs. Joe Lighty (Dover) dec. Steve Kunkle (West York 5-0
133lbs. Steve Smith (West York) dec. Barry Duncan (Dover) 4-4 2-0 OT
138lbs. Earl Ginter (Spring Grove) pinned Dan Druck (West York) 1:29
145lbs. Edward Spangler (West York) dec. Jim Kelly (Northern) 9-2
154lbs. Ron Emenheiser (West York) dec. Don McCall (Dover) 4-2
165lbs. Donald Narber (West York) dec. Jeff Lohr (Eastern) 9-2
2017-18 West York
Wrestling Alumni Website
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John T. Toggas are in the
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2015 (L-R) 1969 WY Alumni - 2-time YCIAA Sectional Champion
Larry Haas, with WY Football standout, Wayne Hoffman.
photo courtesy of Chad Luckenbaugh
June 18, 1983... West York & Biglerville Wrestling Reunion
∙ Front Kneeling (L-R) Mark Younkers, Jeff Meckley, Karl C. McCleary, ▪▪Don Heckman,
Gary Carbaugh, Dan Dixon, Ken Shorts, Bruce Stambaugh, Chuck Nace, Rod Stough,
Don Botterbusch, David Toggas, Tom Toggas.
∙ 2nd Row Kneeling (L-R) Mark Hoffman, Rob Eyster, Mark Einsig, Scott Hursh,
Tom Hoover, Skip Martin, Brian Kuntz, Bill Pope, Todd Kern, ▪▪John Pitzer, Steve Culver.
∙ 3rd Row Standing (L-R) Barry King, Brad Pope, Tom Tallman, Jim Shorts, Neil Bupp,
Terry Lehr, Keith Lichty, Scott Miller, Mark Kuntz, Guy Boyer, Bob Hildebrand, ▪▪Ed Taylor,
Glen Eby, Jack Myers, Dave Heckard, ▪▪Gary Wagner, Steve Toggas, Kevin McCleary.
∙ 4th Row Standing (L-R) Chuck Bostic, Gary Narber, Mark Lauer, N/A, Don Lehman,
Gary Johnson, Ron Emenheiser, Coach John T. Toggas, Randy Blasdell, Perry Tallman,
▪▪Ron Wagner, ▪▪Tim Geiger, ▪▪Perry Mickey, ▪▪Jim Mickey.
(▪▪) denotes - Biglerville High School Wrestling Alumnus.
(N/A) denotes - Please...we need some help on a name!
ALSO CLICK ON:
▪ 1982 West York Wrestling Reunion of 1971-72 YCIAA Champions
▪ 2004 West York Wrestling Reunion of Past Mat Alumni - Coaches
▪ 2009 West York Wrestling Reunion of 1977-78 YCIAA Champions
▪ 2012 West York Wrestling Alumni Night @ West York High School
▪ 2013 West York Wrestling Alumni Night @ West York High School
▪ This website is dedicated to the great memory of an office, full of photos,
a coffee pot, and the endless conversations between wrestlers and their coach. This
website is dedicated to the memory of a scales room, clean and immaculate, with
nicely framed photos of "past" West York Wrestling champions and championship
teams... and, an exam table used for daily naps! This website is dedicated to the
memory of a small hot wrestling room - full of records, all-time teams, motivational
quotes and a dark blue mat kept clean by a team of dedicated "mat maids." This
website is dedicated to the memory of an old equipment room, with its proudly
hung and pressed WY uniforms, and an equipment locker with a history of WY's
YCIAA Sectional Champions, so neatly written. This website is dedicated to the
memory of those great fans, the full gyms and the proud support we felt. The Alumni
Website is dedicated to the memory of a head coach who had the vision for the
above, and the great patience to stay those long nights while his wrestlers chatted
& took those long showers after a tough practice or dual meet. This website is
just a "modern" extension of the visuals we saw during our lives at West York Area!
▪ This website is dedicated to a former head coach who cared, John T. Toggas
and the many WY athletes who competed in the World's Oldest and Toughest Sport!
WY's Robert Bowers and John T. Toggas
John S. "Moc" Toggas Memory