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East Stroudsburg State College


1973-74 Wrestling Archives...
ESSC 1973-74 Wrestling Season...
Four West York High School Wrestlers...
Earned ESSC Varsity Letters:
Keith Lichty, Bill Luckenbaugh,
Mike Stambaugh, Don Lehman.
Click - view ESSC/ESU Letters by Year/Weight Class


1973-74 Wrestling Archives...

The York Dispatch
November 4, 1973
East Stroudsburg Wrestling Squad Leans
Heavily on Five Former York Grapplers!!

  Four former West York Area High School mat stars and 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.


1973-74 East Stroudsburg State College
NCAA (PSAC) Varsity Wrestling Team
(L-R) Billy Cuff, Keith Lichty, Bill Luckenbaugh, Gary Kessel, Mel Riddick.
Back (L-R) Don Lehman, Bob Stetler, Mike Stambaugh, Carl Seitz, Phil Conlin,
Fred Swanson.

East Stroudsburg State Wrestling
1973-74 Final Results & Record
1973-74 ESSC Mat Team Record

   Montclair State 29 ESSC 15, ESSC 24 Elizabethtown 18, ESSC 19 Yale 16,
   ESSC 24 F&M 15, Bloomsburg State 25 ESSC 16, Slippery Rock 33 ESSC 11,
   ESSC 25 Trenton State 13, ESSC 29 Lock Haven 20, ESSC 36 Shippensburg 8,
   ESSC 39 Mansfield 3, ESSC 35 Kutztown 6, ESSC 18 West Chester 17,
   Wilkes 23 ESSC 16, Millersville 22 ESSC 21, Bloomsburg 25 ESSC 18.



               "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 NCAA opponents for a .694 pinning percentage !!


 East Stroudsburg State Wrestling
 1973-74 Final Results & Records
 1973-74 ESSC Mat Team Record

 Montclair State 29 ESSC 15, ESSC 24 Elizabethtown 18, ESSC 19 Yale 16,
 ESSC 24 F&M 15, Bloomsburg State 25 ESSC 16, Slippery Rock 33 ESSC 11,
 ESSC 25 Trenton State 13, ESSC 29 Lock Haven 20, ESSC 36 Shippensburg 8,
 ESSC 39 Mansfield 3, ESSC 35 Kutztown 6, ESSC 18 West Chester 17,
 Wilkes 23 ESSC 16, Millersville 22 ESSC 21, Bloomsburg 25 ESSC 18.


 The York Dispatch
 November 5, 1973
 Area Matmen Win For East Stroudsburg State
   At Montclair State College 11/4/73

   Three of the four former West York High School grapplers,
 now performing for East Stroudsburg State College

 posted wins Wednesday night as the Warriors bowed to the Montclair State College team, 29-15.
 Freshman Keith Lichty was pinned in his 126lb. test, losing in 4:58 to Nable Gulelove, a 2-time Metro
 Conference champ.  Warrior captain Bill Luckenbaugh wrestled @ 158lbs. and decisioned Bob Woods,
 13-2.  Sophomore Mike Stambaugh, a returning ESSC veteran, pinned his rival, Luke Vaccaro in 3:20.
 Don Lehman, a freshman Hwt., decisioned Rod Giaquinto, 3-2. East Stroudsburg State is set to compete
 in the annual Coast Guard Invitational Tourney at New London, Connecticut - Friday and Saturday.


 ▪ 1973 Coast Guard Academy
   Invitational Wrestling Tournament


  New London, CT.
 ▪ USCG Award Presentations by Otto Graham, Jr.

 1st Place
 Bill Luckenbaugh (150lbs.) (ow) - East Stroudsburg
 2nd Place
 Don Lehman (Heavyweight) - East Stroudsburg
 4th Place
 Mike Stambaugh (177lbs.) - East Stroudsburg


 The York Daily Record
 November 12, 1973
ESSC Matmen Rally to Win
   East Stroudsburg State's wrestling team showed its upper weights last night.
 Winning the last three bouts, Coach Clyde "Red" Witman's Warriors overcame a three-point deficit
 to defeat visiting Elizabethtown College, 24-18.  The win evened the ESSC team record at 1-1.
 Mike Stambaugh at 177lbs., George Ahner at 190lbs., and freshman Don Lehman at heavyweight
 posted decisions to spark the comeback.  ESSC won six of the 10 dual bouts, two by falls.
 Warrior star Bill Luckenbaugh, the team's only champion in last weekend's Coast Guard tournament,
 got one at 158lbs, and freshman Gary Kessel scored his first fall at 134lbs. Luckenbaugh's pin
 was his 30th of his career. 
The meet was tied 15-15 when Ahner gained an exciting victory
 at 190lbs.  The ESSC wrestler got a takedown with about 1:30 left to break a 5-5 tie with Curt Shober.
 A riding time point gave him an 8-5 victory.
  Lehman preserved the victory.  The Warrior heavyweight
got a takedown in the first minute to key a 3-1 victory over E-town's big DeHaven Robinson.
 Both Lehman and Robinson also scored on escapes.

 ESSC 24  Elizabethtown College 18
 118lbs.   Eric Mast (E) pinned Billy Cuff (ES) 7:41
 126lbs.   Gary Heim (E) dec. Keith Lichty (ES) 6-5
 134lbs.   Gary Kessel (ES) pinned Bruce Sensenig (E) 4:18
 142lbs.   Gene Ulrich (ES) dec. Charles Evans (E) 7-2
 150lbs.   Rod Chamberlain (E) pinned Mel Riddick (ES) 6:53
 158lbs.   Bill Luckenbaugh (ES) pinned Dave Lavanture (E) 1:39
 167lbs.   Rick Bailey (E) dec. Carl Seitz (ES) 7-1
 177lbs.   Mike Stambaugh (ES) dec. Bill Marshall (E) 12-6
 190lbs.   George Ahner (ES) dec. Curt Shober (E) 8-5
 Hwt.        Don Lehman (ES) dec. DeHaven Robinson (E) 3-1
  NCAA Official: Jan Dutt
  ESSC Head Coach: Clyde Witman
  Elizabethtown Head Coach: Dr. Ken Ober
  JV Score:  ESSC 15 Elizabethtown 9

(@ East Stroudsburg State College's LeRoy J. Koehler Fieldhouse)

 The York Dispatch
 November 15, 1973
 Former West Yorkers...
 Pace East Stroudsburg Over F&M
 "West Yorker's Luckenbaugh - McCleary Grapple at 158lbs.!"
    At East Stroudsburg State College 11/14/73
   Five former West York High School grapplers were in action in East Stroudsburg State's 24-18
victory over Franklin & Marshall College Tuesday night.  Senior Bill Luckenbaugh gained his third pin
 in four matches this season and 32nd in his college career over F&M freshman Kevin McCleary
 at the 4:55 mark in the 158lb. class.  McCleary and Luckenbaugh are both West York products.
 Luckenbaugh is now 40-4-1 at ESSC.  Soph. Mike Stambaugh, former West Yorker wrestler at 177lbs.
 upped his career record to 11-2 and remained undefeated with a 3-1 decision over F&M's Jeff Windstein
 for his fourth victory.  Bulldog grads who met defeat were freshman Keith Lichty, a 5-4 loss at 126lb.,
 and freshman heavyweight Don Lehman who lost a 6-3 verdict to F&M's Jim Devenney in the last match
 of the night.  York Dispatch Article
   (@ East Stroudsburg State College's LeRoy J. Koehler Fieldhouse)
   ∙ ESSC's next match is at Bloomsburg on Saturday... with Trenton State and Slippery Rock.

 Warrior matmen win one;
 lose two in quad match!
  @ Bloomsburg State College

    ▪ ESSC senior Bill Luckenbaugh (158) and freshman Don Lehman (heavyweight)...
 won all three of their matches to highlight
East Stroudsburg State College action in the
 Bloomsburg quadrangular wrestling tournament Friday.  The Warriors defeated Trenton State 25-13,
 but lost to Bloomsburg, 25-16, and to Slippery Rock, 33-11.  Luckenbaugh (7-0) scored two pins over
 Bill Pasukinas of Bloomsburg in 3:27 and George Davenport of Trenton State in 3:46 to give him five pins for
 the season and 34 for his career.  The ESSC All-American also defeated Angelo Natoli of Slippery Rock,
 a Penn State Invitational Champion last week, for the second time this season, 4-0.  He had beaten
 Natoli in the finals of the Coast Guard Invitational, 6-0.  Lehman (6-1), only a freshman from the same high
 school (West York) as Luckenbaugh, registered one of the night's surprises by pinning John Hohmann of
 Bloomsburg, a Coast Guard Ivt. champion, in 4:30.  The Warriors' heavyweight also decisioned previously
 undefeated and current National Greco-Roman Wrestling Champion, Mike Dumin of Trenton State, 3-2
 on riding time, and Frank Kuhl of Slippery Rock, 9-1. Gary Kessel (134) and Gene Ulrich (142) each won one 
 match and tied one for ESSC, who are now 4-3 on the season.  Kessel (3-3), a freshman, demolished Rich
 Hicks of Trenton State, who had beaten him in last season's New Jersey High School Regional Tourney,
 12-2.  ESSC's Gene Ulrich (2-4) gained a tie with Chris Messina of Slippery Rock at 142lbs.

  ESSC 25  Trenton State 13
 118lbs.   Bill Cuff ES dec. Dave Rule TS 9-8
 126lbs.   John Craddox TS dec. Keith Lichty ES 8-1
 134lbs.   Gary Kessel ES dec. Rich Hicks TS 12-2
 142lbs.   Gene Ulrich ES dec. Alex Betlea TS 10-1
 150lbs.   Dale Oliver TS dec. Melvin Riddick ES 10-7
 158lbs.   Bill Luckenbaugh ES pinned George Davenport TS 3:46
 167lbs.   Bill Hays TS dec. Carl Seitz ES 14-4
 177lbs.   Mike Stambaugh ES pinned Frank MacGuire TS 2:14
 190lbs.   Glenn Carson TS dec. Fred Swanson ES 9-1
  Don Lehman ES dec. Mike Dumin TS 3-2

  Bloomsburg 25  ESSC 16
 118lbs.   Tom Fink B dec. Bill Cuff ES 11-0
 126lbs.   Keith Lichty ES drew with Gary Scarano B 5-5
 134lbs.   Gary Kessel ES drew with Dave Brandt B 5-5
 142lbs.   Randy Watts B dec. Gene Ulrich ES 8-0
 150lbs.   Chuck Carter B dec. Melvin Riddick ES 9-3
 158lbs.   Bill Luckenbaugh ES pinned Bill Pasukinas B 3:27
 167lbs.   Dan Burkholder B dec. Carl Seitz ES 12-0
 177lbs.   Floyd "Shorty" Hitchcock B dec. Mike Stambaugh ES 14-2
 190lbs.   Ron Sheehan B dec. Fred Swanson ES 10-4
  Don Lehman ES pinned John Hohmann B 4:30

  Slippery Rock 33  ESSC 11
 118lbs.   Jack Spates SR pinned Bill Cuff ES 5:50
 126lbs.   Rick Thompson SR pinned Keith Lichty ES 2:10
 134lbs.   Jeff Condon SR dec. Gary Kessel ES 13-2
 142lbs.   Gene Ulrich ES drew with Chris Messina SR 4-4
 150lbs.   Mike Waller SR pinned Melvin Riddick ES 5:44
 158lbs.   Bill Luckenbaugh ES dec. Angelo Natoli SR 4-0
 167lbs.   Rich Peifer SR pinned Carl Seitz ES 4:57
 177lbs.   Bill Shuffstall SR dec. Mike Stambaugh ES 9-4
 190lbs.   Fred Swanson ES dec. Carl Messina SR 2-1
     Don Lehman ES dec. Frank Kuhl SR 9-1

 The York Daily Record
  December 17, 1973
 Ex-West York Bulldog Wrestlers Star
 Against... Lock Haven State College!

   York Daily Record 12/17/73:
A quartet of former West York High School wrestlers
led East Stroudsburg to a 29-20 victory over Lock Haven State College in a Pennsylvania
State Conference dual meet Saturday at Lock Haven.  It was the first victory for East Stroudsburg over
 Lock Haven in seven years as the Warriors pushed their dual meet record for the year to 5-3.
 Stealing the spotlight from his upper class teammates was freshman Keith Lichty.  The youngster
 was credited with the key victory in the match when he pinned defending PA State Conference champion,
 Rob Johnson, in 3:14 of their 126 pound match.  It was only the second victory of the season for Lichty
 who is now 2-5-1.  Bill Luckenbaugh, the former PIAA State Champion who earned All-American honors
last year, gained his 8th victory of the season with a pin over Don Eichenlaub in 4:27 of their 158 pound class.
 Eichenlaub, like Johnson, is the defending PA Conference wrestling champion. The victory boosted
 Luckenbaugh's brilliant college record to 44 victories, including 39 pins, four losses, and one tie.
 Luckenbaugh, highly regarded as a candidate for NCAA honors, was injured in a first round match of last year's
 PA Conference championship tournament and was forced to retire the rest of the season.  Also winning
 Saturday for East Stroudsburg was Mike Stambaugh, a former West Yorker and now a sophomore, who scored
 with a 9-8 triumph over Ron McMurray in the 177 pound class.  Freshman Don Lehman, the fourth Bulldog
 member of the Warriors squad, gained a tie with Lock Haven's Jim Schuster at 6-6 in the heavyweight class.
  ∙ Mike Stambaugh is now 6-2 on the season and Don Lehman is 5-2-1.

  @ Lock Haven State College

 The York Dispatch
  January 21, 1974
  ESSC vs. Kutztown State
   Yorkers Outstanding!
   Former Bulldogs Wrestlers Gain College Match Triumphs

   Four ex-West York grapplers were victorious in their individual dual matches to pace
 East Stroudsburg State to an easy 35-6 wrestling win over Kutztown State Wednesday night.
 Two of the local quartet pinned their opponents, with senior Bill Luckenbaugh (11-0 on the season,
 unbeaten in 37 consecutive dual meets) taking the 150-pound class and Don Lehman, East Stroudsburg's
 heavyweight, earning the other fall to bring his freshman season mark to 7-2-2.
 The other West Yorker's captured decisions, as 177-pounder Mike Stambaugh upped his sophomore
 record to 9-2 and Keith Lichty (126 pounds) evened his at freshman mark at 5-5-1.
  ▪ East Stroudsburg State has taken five bouts in a row, and is now 8-3 overall.
  @ ESSC's Koehler Fieldhouse

  The York Daily Record
   January 28, 1974
 ESSC vs. West Chester State

 Local Wrestlers Shine!

ESSC's Don Lehman

   York Daily Record 1/28/74:  Don Lehman
registered a 2-1 decision over Bob Eshleman
Saturday night in the heavyweight division to rally the East Stroudsburg State College
 wrestlers to an exciting 18-17 dual meet victory over West Chester. Lehman (9-2-1)...
 who lost to Solanco High School's Eshleman 3-2 in the '73 PA District III semi's last year,
 avenged his last high school loss.  Lehman is one of four West York athletes performing
for East Stroudsburg State, which improved its record to 9-3.  Undefeated Bill Luckenbaugh
 scored his sixth straight fall at 150 pounds over Ralph Reish for a 12-0 season record.  He
 has pinned 10 of 12 opponents.  Mike Stambaugh (10-2) gained a 10-2 decision over Eric
 Swanson at 177 pounds and 126-pounder Keith Lichty (5-6-1) bowed to West Chester's
 John Gallagher... with a close 3-2 decision.
  @ West Chester State College

 East Stroudsburg State will host Wilkes College...
 Thursday night, in its next action.

 ▪ The PA State Conference wrestling tourney is set for Feb. 22-23, 1974
 at Slippery Rock State College and
 the NCAA Division II wrestling tourney is in California
 (Cal-State Fullerton) March 1-2, 1974.


  The York Dispatch
   February 18, 1974
 ESSC vs. Wilkes College
 East Stroudsburg Falls
 West Yorker's Win Two, Lose Two Against Wilkes
   York Dispatch: The 9th and 10th ranked NCAA Division II college wrestling teams in the East
collided Thursday night at East Stroudsburg and Wilkes College proved its higher ranking
 by knocking off the Warriors 23-16.  Four former West York grapplers performed for the losers.
 Keith Lichty, a freshman performing in the 126-pound class scored perhaps his biggest win of the year
 when he pinned Lon Balum in 6:29.  Balum had entered the match with a 13-2 mark.  Lichty is now 6-6-1.
   At 150, undefeated Bill Luckenbaugh ran his record to 13-0 with a lopsided 17-3 decision over Wilkes' Mike Lee.
 The other ex-bulldogs, Mike Stambaugh and Don Lehman would just as soon forget their bouts.
  Stambaugh was pinned by Jim Weisenfluh in the 177-pound class while Lehman, who tips the scale at 198
 pounds, was forced to take on 265-pound Al Scharer in the heavyweight match and dropped a 6-1 decision.
 @ ESSC's Koehler Fieldhouse

  The York Dispatch
   February 21, 1974
 York Matmen at East Stroudsburg
 Await State Conference Finals

  Bill Luckenbaugh Closing Career
   Four former West York High School wrestlers will be wearing the colors of East Stroudsburg
 State College Friday and Saturday during the 31st annual Pennsylvania Conference Wrestling
 Conference Championships at Slippery Rock State College's campus.

 Bill Luckenbaugh has the most impressive record going into the tourney, as the 150lb.
 performer has just completed his second straight undefeated dual match season with a
 15-0 dual record including 12 pins.  The other West Yorkers are Keith Lichty (126lbs.),
 Mike Stambaugh (177lbs.) and Don Lehman (190lbs. or Heavyweight).
 Lichty earned a 7-7-1 dual meet record on the season, winning six of his last eight
 matches with five pins.  Stambaugh scored a 10-5 dual meet record on the season
 and freshman Lehman had some big wins early in the season at heavyweight and
 finished with an 8-5-2 dual meet record


 The Stroud Courier
   March 1, 1974
Luckenbaugh, Stetler Win PC Titles
  by John Aigeldinger 

  1974 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
  College Wrestling Championships

     March 1, 1974 - Bill Luckenbaugh and Bob Stetler, two of  the Warriors best grapplers joined the ranks of
 some of the greatest college wrestlers in the history of the sport by becoming Pennsylvania Conference
 wrestling champs last Saturday night.  Luckenbaugh is a former PIAA champion and a West York (PA) grad.
 "Lucky" took the 150 pound title in the 31st annual conference championship with a 5-4 victory over Mike
 Waller of Slippery Rock.  Stetler, a junior, was the 158 pound winner beating Angelo Natoli of Slippery
 Rock, 2-0.  Both wrestlers were sporting 15-0 regular season records going into the PSAC finals.
 The Warriors had two other place winners in Don Lehman, third at 190 pounds and Phil Conlin, fourth at
 142lbs.  Both are freshman. Lehman is a West York (PA) graduate and Conlin graduated from Warwick (PA).
 ESSC placed fourth among the 13 conference schools, a vast improvement over last year's twelfth place
 showing.  Luckenbaugh won his first PC title after being frustrated in two previous attempts.  He was
 second to national champion Stan Dziedzic of Slippery Rock in 1971 and he was injured and forced to
 default last year.  However Lucky was not to be denied his title this year as he pinned Bill Davis of
 Clarion in 1:42 of the semi-finals and came back in the finals, building up close to three minutes of
 riding time for the difference in his win over Waller.  Stetler edged Don Eichenlaub, the 150 pound
 champion in 1973, 5-3, on a takedown with 30 seconds remaining.  He controlled his final round
 match much more than the score indicated.  He rode Natoli the entire second period and escaped early
 in the third and forced the action the rest of the way. Stetler is a former East Stroudsburg Open winner.
   Luckenbaugh, Stetler and Lehman will compete in the NCAA Division Two Wrestling Championships
 Friday and Saturday at Cal State University - Fullerton, in Orange County, California.


 The York Daily Record

   February 25, 1974
 1974 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
 College Wrestling Championships

     February 23, 1974 - West York's
Bill Luckenbaugh, the top-seeded entry from
East Stroudsburg State College
, captured the 150lb. crown of the Pennsylvania State College
 Wrestling Conference championships held Saturday on the Slippery Rock State wrestling mats.
 Luckenbaugh is a senior and the ESSC captain.  Luckenbaugh, who upped his season's record to
 22-0, nipped Mike Waller of Slippery Rock with a 5-4 decision in the finals.  He had pinned Bill
 Davis of Clarion in 1:42 in the semi-finals Saturday, and he also had a 3:16 fall at the expense
 of Rich Schumacher of Indiana, Pa.  Bob Stetler of ESSC also won the PSAC 158lb title.
 East Stroudsburg finished fourth in the meet with 68 points.  Clarion won the team laurels for
 the fourth straight season with 156 1/2 points, followed by Slippery Rock State, 129 1/2,
 and Bloomsburg State, 80. Lock Haven was fifth in the 13-team field with 60 1/2 points.

     Another West Yorker, Don Lehman (ESSC), was third in the 190lb division, defeating
 Tom Schweinburg of Indiana, 12-2 in the consolation finals.  Lehman (4-1) had bowed to
 Bill Shuffstall of Slippery Rock, 6-1, in the championship 190lb. semi-final round.
Shuffstall won the PSAC championship at 190lbs defeating Jim Zoschg (MI), 7-1.
 ▪ Two other former West York Bulldogs
who competed for East Stroudsburg State
  were Mike Stambaugh, (0-2) at 177lbs., and 126-pounder Keith Lichty, who finished
  with a (2-2) mark.  Both ESSC wrestlers did not place in the tournament.
 ▪ Luckenbaugh, Stetler and Lehman are slated to travel and
   compete in the NCAA Division II tourney Friday and Saturday

   at the Cal-State Fullerton Gym, Orange County, California.

  1974 NCAA DII Championship Wrestling Results - 3/1-2, 1974.

 The York Dispatch
  February 25, 1974
 Herr, Luckenbaugh...
 State Mat Champions

     ▪ Tom Herr and Bill Luckenbaugh
are one step closer to national wrestling championships.
 Both York grappling products leaped into the spotlight Saturday with victories in the
 Pennsylvania Conference Championships at Slippery Rock State College.  Herr, defending NAIA
 national titlist, copped the heavyweight crown for Edinboro with an 8-4 victory in the finals
 over Clarion's Chuck Coryea while East Stroudsburg's Luckenbaugh nipped Slippery Rock's
 Mike Waller, 5-4, for 150-pound laurels.  Herr, a York Suburban product picked a good time
 to score his first career victory over Coryea after suffering four straight setbacks at the
 hands of the Clarion ace.  Herr, who won all five matches in the two-day championships,
 finished the season with a 26-3 mark and will defend his national title at River Falls, Wisconsin
 March 7, 8, and 9.  Luckenbaugh, a former West York standout, scored a pair of pins in
 earlier matches enroute to the victory in the finals.  He also went unbeaten through the
 tourney and finished the state campaign with a perfect 18-0 slate.  Luckenbaugh now
 advances to the NCAA Division II championships at California State-Fullerton March 1 and 2.
     Three other West Yorkers participated in the meet for East Stroudsburg with 190-pounder
 Don Lehman taking third in his weight class, while Keith Lichty (126) and Mike Stambaugh
 failed to place.  Lehman soundly defeated Tom Schweinburg of Indiana (Pa.) 12-2, in the
 consolation finals.  Lichty won two of his four matches but did not place and Stambaugh
 lost both of his matches.  East Stroudsburg finished fourth in the team standings, with
 Clarion State placing first, followed by Slippery Rock and BloomsburgWade Schalles of
 Clarion, who won the event's outstanding wrestler award, pinned Floyd Hitchcock of
 Bloomsburg in 4:28 in the 177-pound class.  Schalles is a two-time national champion and
 Hitchcock was a sliver medalist for the United States in last summer's World University
 Games in Moscow.  Both were undefeated during the regular season.  Three wrestlers
 finished the tournament with unblemished season records.  Clarions' Schalles is 38-0-1,
 Jack Spates of Slippery Rock is 29-0 and Bill Luckenbaugh of East Stroudsburg is 18-0.

  NCAA College Wrestling

  1974 PSAC Wrestling
  Conference Tournament Champions

  Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference

 Front (L-R) Jack Spates -118lbs. (Slippery Rock), Craig Turnbull -126lbs. (Clarion),
 Randy Watts -134lbs. (Bloomsburg),  Don Rohn -142lbs. (Clarion) &
 Bill Luckenbaugh -150lbs. (East Stroudsburg).
 Back (L-R) Tom Herr -Hwt. (Edinboro), Bill Shuffstall -190lbs. (Slippery Rock),
 Wade Schalles -177lbs. (Clarion), Bill "Bimbo" Simpson -167lbs. (Clarion) &
 Robert Stetler -158lbs. (East Stroudsburg).

 1974 PSAC Wrestling Championship
 Podium Medalists

 @ Slippery Rock State College
   (PSAC '74 weight class - 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 6th place medalists)
▪ 118lbs. Jack Spates SR Pete Morelli CL Tom DeLong IUP Tom Fink BL Dave Whare MI Willis Divel SH
▪ 126lbs. Craig Turnbull CL Rick Thompson SR Jeff Gallagher WC Lon Edmonds BL Keith Kosky IUP Jim Bailey MA
▪ 134lbs.  Randy Watts BL Jack Davis CL Jeff Condon SR Steve Powell WC Gary Walk LH Geno Zuccaro CAL
▪ 142lbs. Don Rohn CL Gene Costello SR Paul Gillespie WC Phil Conlin ES George Way LH Jim Sykes IUP
▪ 150lbs. B. Luckenbaugh ES Mike Waller SR Dave Crowell LH Bill Davis CL Tom Hutchinson IUP Ralph Reish WC
▪ 158lbs. B. Stetler ES Angelo Natoli SR Don Eichenlaub LH Bob Warnick CAL Chris Clark CL Steve Maxwell WC
▪ 167lbs. Bill Simpson CL Ron Sheehan BL Larry McCoy IUP Joe Jacquelin MI Ron Peifer SR Ralph Pivirotto ED
▪ 177lbs. *Wade Schalles CL Floyd Hitchcock BL Eric Guyll MI Ray Watkins ED Al Fricke LH Eric Swanson WC
▪ 190lbs. B. Shuffstall SR Jim Zoschg MI Don Lehman ES Tom Schweinburg IUP John Hohmann BL Chris Cole CL
▪ Hwt. Tom Herr ED Chuck Coryea CL Jim Schuster LH Dave Schley MI Bob Eshleman WC George Schenck K

                * Most Outstanding Wrestler - Wade Schalles 177lbs. (Clarion)

            1974 PSAC Team Points: 1st  - Clarion (CL),  2nd - Slippery Rock (SR),  3rd -Bloomsburg (BL),
            4th - E. Stroudsburg (ES), 5th - Lock Haven (LH),  6th - Millersville (MI),  7th - West Chester (WC),
            8th - Edinboro (ED),  9th - Indiana University of PA (IUP), 10th - California University of PA (CAL),
            11th - Shippensburg (SH),  12th -Mansfield (MA),  13th - Kutztown (K).




  1974 - NCAA DII Wrestling Championships
 East Stroudsburg State College - 7th Place
(39 1/2pts)
  Cal-State Fullerton University
 (Back) ESU Head Wrestling Coach Clyde "Red" Witman.
 (Front) ESU's Bill Luckenbaugh (150lbs.), Don Lehman (190lbs.),
  Bob Stetler (158lbs.)
 March - 1974
 ▪ LUCKY & LEHMAN @ '74 NCAA's


     East Stroudsburg State College '74 NCAA DII  Entries:
 Bill Luckenbaugh (150), Bob Stetler (158), Don Lehman (190).

 (Location - Cal-State @ Fullerton University, Orange County, California)

 The York Dispatch
  March 05, 1974
Yorkers Lehman, Luckenbaugh
Resuming Mat Tourney Action

NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships
Newly-crowned Pennsylvania Conference wrestling champions Bill Luckenbaugh (150)
 and Bob Stetler (158) will compete in the NCAA Division Two Wrestling Championships Friday and Saturday
 in Fullerton, California.  Don Lehman (190), a third place conference finisher, also will be entered in the NCAA
 tourney.  Lehman and Luckenbaugh are graduates of West York High School.  Luckenbaugh should be one
 of the favorites at 150 pounds based on his 22-0 season record which includes 16 pinsStetler is 10-1
 with five pins while Lehman is 15-7-2 with three pins.  "All three have the capabilities to do well, but then
 a lot of wrestlers have the capabilities." said Coach Clyde 'Red' Witman.  "Now is when experience, desire
 and determination come into play."  This will be Luckenbaugh's second NCAA tournament.  As a sophomore
 in 1971, he wrestled in the NCAA College Division Tournament in Fargo, S.D., winning his first two matches
 on pins before losing to Tom Minkel of Central Michigan, 5-4.  Luckenbaugh gained revenge for that loss
 the following year by beating Minkel, 11-1, in the finals of the APO East Stroudsburg Open Tournament.
 The senior sat out the 1971-72 season and was injured and unable to compete at last year's tourney.
    "Bill is one of the best pinners I've ever seen anywhere.  We obviously consider him one of the top
 wrestlers in the nation and we're counting on his performance in the NCAA tournament to prove this,"
 Witman stated.  Stetler just became eligible to compete for East Stroudsburg at the start of the 2nd
 semester.  The junior from Stroudsburg is a transfer from Huron, S.D. College where he wrestled for
 two years.  Lehman is a freshman.  He competed at heavyweight during most of the dual-meet
 season, but dropped down to 190 pounds for the Pennsylvania Conference Championships last week.
 East Stroudsburg and Bloomsburg are the only Pennsylvania Conference schools which will compete
 in the Division Two tournament.  The top two finishers in each weight class will qualify for the NCAA
 Division One Wrestling Championships March 14-16 at Iowa State University.


 The Stroud Courier
   VOL. LXII No. 19
 East Stroudsburg State College, East Stroudsburg, PA
  March 8, 1974
 Lucky Gets Crown And Trophy
 ▪ Senior wrestler Bill Luckenbaugh proved his grappling powers again this weekend breezing through the NCAA College
 Division II wrestling championships at Fullerton, California.  Lucky, top seeded at 150 pounds, pinned Roger Warner
 of Cal Poly San Louis Obispo in 3:35 of the final round match.  This was his fourth pin in five tournament matches
 and it enabled him to win a trophy for the most pins.  He also was second to Bloomsburg's Floyd Hitchcock in the
 outstanding wrestler balloting.
  Bob Stetler, another "Warrior Wonder," took third in the 158 pound class winning
 four consolation matches.  His biggest win came in a 9-2 thrashing of Mike Turnbull of the University of Akron,
 who earlier had eliminated him from the championship competition.  Turnbull decisioned Stetler 5-4 when his
 trick knee went out on him.  Coach "Red" Witman felt that if it had not been for the injury he could have
 conceivably gone on to win the title.  Don Lehman, only a freshman at 190 pounds, won one match in the
 championship round
, defeating a Northern Iowa grappler 3-2, and then fell to Mankato State's Kurt Kuehl
 by fall (4:56) in the quarterfinal match.  Lehman won one consolation match on Saturday before losing to Kuehl
 for a second time.  With only Lucky, Stetler and Lehman competing, the trio managed to score high enough
 for seventh place out of forty colleges.  Winning the final round enabled Lucky to go on to the NCAA Division I
 championships March 14-16 at Iowa State.  ESSC's only other NCAA champion was Rich Schumacher, who
 won the heavyweight college division title in 1970.
    1974 NCAA DII Championship Wrestling Results - 3/1-2, 1974

  The York Dispatch
   March 11, 1974
 "Lucky" Advances to...
    NCAA Division I Wrestling Tournament!!

  ▪ Undefeated Bill Luckenbaugh will represent East Stroudsburg in the NCAA Division One Wrestling Championships
 beginning Thursday, March 14 at Iowa State University.  Luckenbaugh is expected to be seeded high in the 150lb. class
 based on his 27-0 record and 20 pins.  The senior from West York, PA won the NCAA Division II title, pinning four
 of his five opponents.  He pinned Roger Warner of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo @ 3:35 of the finals.  "Lucky" also won
 individual honors in the Coast Guard Invitational and the Pennsylvania Conference Championships.  He was 15-0 in dual
 matches with 12 pins.  Among his victims this year were Mike Waller of Slippery Rock, a 3rd team All-American
 and Mike Lee of Wilkes, the NCAA Division Three Champion.  Coach Clyde "Red" Witman is hoping Lucky will get a
 second or third seed in the 36-man field to defending champion Jarrett Hubbard of Michigan, who is also undefeated.
 "Bill is good enough to win the national title, but so are six-seven other wrestlers. Remember, every wrestler entered
 has had to qualify by winning either a league, regional, or national tournament," indicated Witman.  "I'd say Bill's
 chances are better than most because he is a pinner.  Sometimes a pinner can deck people who may prove better than
 they are if the match comes down to a decision." the coach added. Witman is in his 12th season as ESSC head coach.
 This will be Luckenbaugh's first appearance in the NCAA Division One Tournament, formerly called the University Division.
 Lucky didn't qualify as a sophomore and last year he was injured and unable to enter NCAA competition.  The Warriors
 just missed having a second national qualifier as junior Bob Stetler placed third in the NCAA Division II Championships
 at 158lbs., where only the finalists qualified.  Stetler won five matches and only lost one.  He was defeated by Mike
 Turnbull of Akron in the second round when he suffered a knee injury.  He came back to trounce Turnbull in the
 consolation finals.  Don Lehman, an ESSC freshman, also competed in the NCAA Division II tournament at 190lbs.
 Lehman scored two victories, losing in the quarterfinals of the championship event.  Lehman narrowly missed placing
 for All-American status, winning a 6-5 decision over Seattle's Rich Maras and then losing to Minnesota State's
 (Mankato) All-American Kurt Kuehl, 9-6, in his last consolation bout.
   ▪ The 1974 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championship Tournament was
     held at California State University at Fullerton in Orange County, California.

   Bill Luckenbaugh of East Stroudsburg State College...
 was the "2nd seed" at the 1974 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Iowa City. 
 Bill won his first 2 matches by fall, but a severe knee injury suffered at practice
 the prior week hindered his progress in what would have been, a sure All-American medal. 
  Bill won the NCAA DII wrestling crown the week before to qualify for the DI tournament in Iowa City.
  You can look at the actual    Division I 1974 150lb. bracket w/"Lucky" by clicking

    ▪ ESSC Coach, Clyde "Red' Witman, presents the 1974 NCAA DII Outstanding Wrestler
 Award to Bloomsburg's 177lb wrestler Floyd "Shorty" Hitchcock.
 Coach Clyde Witman is president of the NCAA DII Coaches Association.

1974 NCAA Division II National Champions
March 1-2, 1974

Cal State-Fullerton
, CA
1974 NCAA DII Championship Wrestling Results - 3/1-2, 1974

  ▪ 1974 NCAA Division II National Champions
118lbs. - Terrence Perdew (Old Dominion)
126lbs. - Tom Garcia (Northern Iowa)
134lbs. - Jim Miller (Northern Iowa)
142lbs. - Ken Snyder (Northern Iowa)
150lbs. - Bill Luckenbaugh (East Stroudsburg)
158lbs. - Cliff Hatch (Cal Poly SLO)
167lbs. - Ron Sheehan (Bloomsburg)
177lbs. - Floyd Hitchcock (Bloomsburg)
190lbs. - Keith Leland (Cal Poly SLO)
Unl.       - Jim Woods (Western Illinois)

  ▪ Team Champion - Cal Poly SLO (131.5 pts)
     * Outstanding Wrestler - Floyd "Shorty" Hitchcock (Bloomsburg)
    ∙ NCAA Division II Wrestling Full Champions List History
    ∙ NWCA NCAA DII Wrestling Hall of Fame


  ESSC 1973-74

 Bill Cuff (118lbs.)    3-5 with 0 pins
 Keith Lichty (126lbs.)    7-7-1 with 5 pins
 Gary Kessel (134lbs.)    8-6-1 with 1 pin
 Phil Conlin (142lbs.)    3-2 with 2 pins
 Gene Ulrich (142lbs.)    6-5-1 with 1 pin
 ▪ Bill Luckenbaugh (150lbs.)    15-0 with 12 pins
 Mel Riddick (158lbs.)    0-7 with 0 pins
 Bob Stetler (158lbs.)    7-1 with 5 pins
 Carl Seitz (167lbs.)    2-5-1 with 0 pins
 Mike Stambaugh (177lbs.)    10-5 with 2 pins
 Don Lehman (Hwt./190lbs.)    8-5-2 with 2 pins
 Fred Swanson (190lbs./Hwt.)    6-8 with 1 pin

  ▪ 1973-74  ESSC Team record (9-6)
    PSAC Tourney Team (4th)
    NCAA DII Tourney Team (7th)

 1973-74 ESSC Captain
 Senior Bill Luckenbaugh...
 ▪ 1969-74 - B. Luckenbaugh Match by Match Results!
   ESSC Open, Coast Guard Invit., PSAC & NCAA DII Champion!

 ESSC 1973-74 Wrestling Season...

  Four West York High School Wrestlers earned Varsity Letters...
 Keith Lichty, Bill Luckenbaugh,
 Mike Stambaugh, Don Lehman.



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