West York Area 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|
Click - ESSC/ESU Lettermen by Year & Weight Class!
▪ ESU's Jeff Wolfe Photo Page
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!
(ESSC Wrestling Alumnus)
In Memory of a Great Coach...
East Stroudsburg University Wrestling
ESSC Coach Clyde Hilton "Red" Witman
Coach Clyde H. "Red" Witman
2-time PSAC Champion
photo by Tom Elling - PA Wrestling News
▪ Clyde "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 John 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) High School...
Clyde "Red" Witman coached a PIAA State Wrestling Champion!
∙ 1957 - Rod Gibble 112lbs.
▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪
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,"
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. 2/26/67
EAST STROUDSBURG STATE WRESTLING
1967-68 WRESTLING (12-2)
1967-68 ESSC Wrestling Team (PSAC Champs)
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.
A 1967-68 ESSC Alumni Reunion @ ESU
(L-R)... Rich Schumacher, Jim "The Mixer" McMaster, George Hummel,
Ned Bushong, Frank Coco & Jerry McDonald @ ESU's Stadium. 10/10/09
October 10, 2009 ESU Hall-of-Fame Induction
ESU-Bloomsburg Football Game @ ESU
The 1967-68 ESSC Wrestling Team
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.
▪ 1970-71... WRESTLING UPDATE
EAST STROUDSBURG STATE COLLEGE WRESTLING 1970-71
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
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
tourney. source: East Stroudsburg State Wrestling... The Stroud Courier
ESSC 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!!!
∙ 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!
NCAA Division I Wrestling
1976-77 - ESSC's 1st Year in the E.I.W.A.!
1976-77 East Stroudsburg State College (Div. 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, ?.
▪ Back (L-R) Asst. Coach Bob Dalling, Bill Katinowsky, ? , Wayne Carroll,
Greg Shoemaker, Don Blair, Head Coach Clyde H. "Red" Witman.
EAST STROUDSBURG STATE
'73-'77 Wrestling Archives...
Don Lehman - 12/28/13 - in Nashville, TN
Thanks for visiting! Don Lehman '77
The York Dispatch
DISPATCH SPORTS ARCHIVES
November 4, 1973
East Stroudsburg Wrestling Squad Leans
Heavily on Five Former York Grapplers...
▪ 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 '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
"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 Wrestling Fact
▪ While at East Stroudsburg State College ... Bill Luckenbaugh
pinned 59 of his 85 mat opponents for a .694 pinning percentage !
'73-'77 ESSC ARTICLES & ARCHIVE
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
View ESU's "All-Time" Wrestling Letterwinners
(West York HS has 10 Bulldog athletes on the list!)
ESSC/ESU Wrestling Letterwinners (1970-2015)
▪ PSAC All-Time Wrestling Champions '40 - '10
ESSC PSAC Placewinners Page - CLICK HERE!
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 INTERVIEW
▪ Steve Elicker was also a standout wrestler
at 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...
1970-2015 - (West York HS has 10 athletes on the list!)
Click to view ESSC/ESU Lettermen by Year/Weight Class
EAST STROUDSBURG UNIVERSITY
ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT LETTERS
Don Lehman Hwt./190lbs.
Don Lehman's ESSC Wrestling Letters (4)
DO NOT DUPLICATE/COPY PHOTOS-INFO WITHOUT STRICT PERMISSION
FROM THE WEBMASTER - DON LEHMAN
Website by Don Lehman '73
© 2014-15 West York Wrestling Alumni Website
Don Lehman, Webmaster - e-mail
© 2014-15 West York Wrestling Alumni Website
News | Alumni | Records | NCAA Page | History | Photos | Coaching