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"The Luckenbaugh's"
▪ (L-R) Bill Luckenbaugh (1969 PIAA State Champion),
Dana Luckenbaugh (1965 PIAA State Champion),
and their very proud father, Paul Luckenbaugh ...
after Bill's PIAA State Wrestling Championship in 1969!
@ Penn State University's Rec Hall

▪ Dana Luckenbaugh was York, Pa's ...
"1st" PIAA State Wrestling Champion!
York, Pa's State Wrestling Champion Page

1969 PIAA State Wrestling Finals @ 127lbs.
▪ 1969 - West York's Bill Luckenbaugh is congratulated
by West York Head Wrestling Coach John T. Toggas....
after Bill's PIAA 127lb. State Wrestling Championship!
"Lucky" decisioned Bob Pratt of Easton, 8-2
to win a PIAA State Wrestling 127lb. Title!!!

1969 PIAA State Wrestling Finals @ 127lbs.
1969 - Bob Pratt of Easton (left) lifts Bill Luckenbaugh of West
York High School in the PIAA State Wrestling Finals @ 127lbs.
▪ Luckenbaugh decisioned Pratt, 8-2 to...
claim the 1969 PIAA State Wrestling Championship!

1969 PIAA State Wrestling Semi-Finals @ 127lbs.
▪ 1969 - West York's Bill Luckenbaugh (127lbs.) top, with an arm bar.
Bill Luckenbaugh (West York) dec. Andy Kolhepp (New Castle) - 18-7.


1969 PIAA State Wrestling Champions
▪ Front (L-R) Tom Teagarden, McGuffey; Rich Panella, New Castle;
Carl "Chico" Lutes, Easton; Leslie Peterson, Canon-McMillan;
Bill Luckenbaugh, West York; Dan Howard, Allentown Dieruff.
▪  Back (L-R) Kevin Love, Carnegie HS; George Myers, Dallastown;
Wade Schalles, Hollidaysburg; Robert Sacavage, Mt. Carmel;
Rodney Smith, Mt. Lebanon HS; John Sprenkle, West York HS.
@ Penn State University's Rec Hall

1969 HS All-American - Bill Luckenbaugh - HERE!


1968 - West York's 120lb. Bill Luckenbaugh ...
was 2nd in the 1968 PIAA State Wrestling Tournament... @ 120lbs.
∙ Norm Palovcsik (Clearfield) dec. Bill Luckenbaugh (West York) 11-8.

1968 SE Regional Mat Champions

▪ Front Row  (L-R) Bill Thomas (York High), Andy Matter (Upper Darby),
Bruce Jones (Newport), Mike Loercher (Manheim Central),
Karl Ginder (Manheim Central HS).
▪ Back (L-R) Phil Conlin (Warwick), Steve Thompson (Manheim Central),
Bill Pascarella (Cumberland Valley), Bill Luckenbaugh (West York HS),
Ivan Bell (Haverford), Dan Sanders (Lower Dauphin HS),
Rick Swanger (Cumberland Valley HS).

▪  1983 PIAA District III Hall of Fame Induction.
(L-R) Bill Luckenbaugh & Coach John T. Toggas.


1965 PIAA State Wrestling Champions
▪ Front (L-R) Bob Hallman (North Penn), John Abajace (Trinity HS),
Dana Luckenbaugh (West York), Phil Detore (Greensburg-Salem),
Barry Souder (Mt. Lebanon Area),  Dan Kohlhepp (DuBois).
▪  Back (L-R) Francis Michael (W-B GAR), Charles Houser (Dieruff),
 Paul Armstrong (Steel-High), Mike Gudiness (Mt. Lebanon),
 Joe Yerg (State College), Robert Funk (Manheim Township).
@ Penn State University's Rec Hall

1983 PIAA District III Hall of Fame Induction.
(L-R) Dana Luckenbaugh & Coach John T. Toggas.

1964-65 West York Wrestling Team

▪ 1964-65 YCIAA League Wrestling - Champions
▪ 1965 YCIAA Section Tourney Team Champions

▪ Front (L-R)
Jeff Linebaugh, Gary Carbaugh, ▪ Dana Luckenbaugh,
  Darl "Smokey" Dennis, Burton Snyder, Steve Kunkle, Tom DeLong.
▪  Back (L-R) *Coach John Toggas, Jack Hershberger, Don Narber,
Fred Lehman, Charles "Chuck" Bostic, Gary Narber, William Wiehe.


                                    DANA LUCKENBAUGH
                    (3-time YCIAA Sectional Champion)

    ▪ Dana Luckenbaugh finished 2nd at 112lbs. - @ the 1964 District III Wrestling
with Dr. Kenneth Ober as his West York Area HS Coach.
   Dana Luckenbaugh went on to finish 3rd at the
1964 Southeastern Regionals.
   Dana Luckenbaugh went on to claim the 1965 District III
and the SE Regional
   Wrestling title...
and, the coveted 1965 PIAA State Wrestling 112lb. title
   with John T. Toggas as his West York Area High School Coach.

        * Dana had "three" head wrestling coaches in his three varsity years at
        West York Area High School... Bob Brown, Dr. Ken Ober & John T. Toggas!

            1965 PIAA State 112lb. Championship Finals
          ▪ Shamokin High School's Bill Welker (top)... rides West York HS's 112lb.
          Dana Luckenbaugh.  Luckenbaugh secured a riding time point in the final
          period to gain a 4-3 dec. and become West York's 1st state champion!!
          ▪ photo submitted by '63 PIAA State Wrestling Champion - Dr. Bill Welker
                                                              (larger photo)


1969 PIAA State Champions Photo (larger)
1965 PIAA State Champions Photo (larger)

               West York Wrestling's
       Sectional Photos & Results (Section Years)
60, 62, 65, 66, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 77, 78, 79, 80,
81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 91, 91, 96, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 09,

        10, 12, 13.

          ▪ Sectional Champions - -  CLICK HERE!

          ▪ District III Champions -
          ▪ Regional Champions -

         West York High School has produced
     78 PIAA State Mat Qualifiers since 1938!

         West York's PIAA All-State Wrestlers/Qualifiers:
                                        CLICK HERE!
     ▪ WY's PIAA State Champions - CLICK HERE!

                         The YCIAA-YAIAA
PIAA State Wrestling Champions
 Honor Roll Page!
                                         CLICK HERE!


1969 YCIAA Sectional Champions

1969 YCIAA Sectional Wrestling Champions

▪ West York's - Bill "Lucky" Luckenbaugh (2nd from left in front row),
Haas (4th from left in front), Frank Vega (6th from left in front),
 John W. Sprenkle (6th from left in back row).
(There are 4 PIAA State Champions in above photo)

1969 District III Champions

         1969 Pennsylvania District III Wrestling Champions
∙ Front (L-R) George Myers (Dallastown), Francis Coleman (Reading),
Bruce Jones (Newport), Ken Kauffman (Manheim Township),
John Sprenkle (West York).
∙ Back (L-R) Steve Thompson (Manheim Central), Robert Stock (Reading),
Bill Luckenbaugh (West York), Dan Sanders (Lower Dauphin),
Dave Yohn (Manheim Central), Dan Blakinger (Manheim Township),
Mark Spangenberg (Camp Hill).


1969 SE Regional Champions

West York's William Luckenbaugh (5th on left front row)
and John W. Sprenkle (far right back row)...
were 1969 Southeastern Regional Wrestling Champions!
(Dallastown's George Myers 2nd from left in back row).

State Champs from York, PA's
YCIAA/YAIAA Divisions (40)

PIAA State Champion High School Weight Year
  ∙ Dana Luckenbaugh  West York Area 112 1965
  ∙ Bill Luckenbaugh  West York Area 127 1969
  ∙ George Myers  Dallastown 145 1969
  ∙ John Sprenkle  West York Area Hwt. 1969
  ∙ Dick Hartman  Dallastown 180 1970
  ∙ Keith Smith  Dover 132 1975
  ∙ Doug Krebs  Susquehannock 145 1975
  ∙ Keith Smith  Dover 132 1976
  ∙ Mark Noll  Dallastown 126 1983
  ∙ Shaun Smith  Dover 138 1983
  ∙ Mark Egloff  South Western 155 1983
  ∙ Tony Koontz  Delone Catholic Hwt. 1983
  ∙ Tony Koontz  Delone Catholic Hwt. 1984
  ∙ John Johnston  Biglerville 138 1985
  ∙ Mark Banks  York Vo-Tech 155 1986
  ∙ Trevor Byers  Bermudian Springs 119 1986
  ∙ Joey Wildasin  South Western 119 1988
  ∙ Joey Wildasin  South Western 125 1989
  ∙ Joey Wildasin  South Western 130 1990
  ∙ Neil Barnes  Dallastown 160 1993
  ∙ Chris Marshall  Biglerville 125 1994
  ∙ Ken Haines  Gettysburg 189 1995
  ∙ Joe Henson  Hanover 140 1996
  ∙ Joe Henson  Hanover 140 1997
  ∙ Josh Henson  Hanover 160 1997
  ∙ Shain Leggett  Biglerville 103 1999
  ∙ Dana Gingerich  Delone Catholic 130 2003
  ∙ Gary Mayfield  Hanover 112 2004
  ∙ Brian Polashuk  Spring Grove 125 2006
  ∙ Rickey Schmelyun  Bermudian Springs 140 2006
  ∙ Cory Beaver  Littlestown 171 2007
  ∙ Clay Gable  Dallastown 171 2009
  ∙ Tyler Small  Delone Catholic 125 2010
  ∙ Jordan Conaway  New Oxford 112 2011
  ∙ Chance Marsteller  Kennard Dale 152 2011
  ∙ Chance Marsteller  Kennard Dale 160 2012
  ∙ Chance Marsteller  Kennard Dale 160 2013
  ∙ Ian Brown  Hanover 132 2014
  ∙ Tristan Sponseller  Bermudian Springs 195 2014
  ∙ Chance Marsteller  Kennard Dale 170 2014
PIAA Champions Page PIAA Qualifier's Page Medals

'74 NCAA College Wrestling
Luckenbaugh ESU Bio

   The York Daily Record
     February 25, 1974
   1974 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
   The College Wrestling Championships
@ Slippery Rock State College
       ∙ 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 (IUP), 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.
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 did not place in the PSAC tournament. 

 ▪ Lucky, Stetler & Lehman  "Going to California!"
                 ▪ Bill Luckenbaugh, Bob Stetler and Don Lehman are slated to travel and
             compete in the NCAA Division II national tourney Friday and Saturday
             at the Cal-State University Fullerton Gym, Orange County, California.

         Pennsylvania HS's - NCAA Division II Wrestling Champs

1974 PSAC Wrestling Tournament
Conference Champions

Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference

▪ Front  (L-R)  Jack Spates (Slippery Rock), Craig Turnbull (Clarion),
Randy Watts (Bloomsburg),  Don Rohn (Clarion) &
Bill Luckenbaugh (East Stroudsburg State).
Back Row (L-R) Tom Herr (Edinboro), Bill Shuffstall (Slippery Rock),
Wade Schalles (Clarion), Bill "Bimbo" Simpson (Clarion) &
Robert Stetler (East Stroudsburg State).

FULL 1974 PSAC Wrestling Results


Bill "Lucky" Luckenbaugh

150lb. NCAA DII Champion - Bill Luckenbaugh
Bill "Lucky" Luckenbaugh
East Stroudsburg State (University) College
1974 NCAA DII National Wrestling Champion
▪ NCAA DII Finals - 150lbs.
Bill Luckenbaugh (ESSC) pinned Roger Warner (Cal Poly) 3:35.

1974 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championship Results


1973-74 East Stroudsburg State College
NCAA (PSAC) Varsity Wrestling Team
▪ Front
(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.

March - 1974

(Back) ESSC's  Head Wrestling Coach ▪ Clyde Hilton "Red" Witman.
(Front) ESSC's Bill Luckenbaugh (150lbs.), Don Lehman (190lbs.),
     Bob Stetler (158lbs.).

NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships
@ Cal State University, Fullerton, CA
ESSC (Luckenbaugh, Stetler, Lehman) 7th Place...
w/39 1/2pts.
▪ Cal-State Fullerton 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.
   Lucky also was second to Bloomsburg's 177lb. Floyd Hitchcock in the outstanding wrestler balloting.
    Bob Stetler, another "Warrior Wonder," took 3rd in the 158 pound class winning four consolation matches.
   Stetler's 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 for ESSC, 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, just missing out on All-American status in the 1974 NCAA DII tourney.
              ▪ With only "Lucky", Stetler and Lehman competing for East Stroudsburg State...
    the "trio" managed to score high enough for seventh place out of forty DII colleges.
              Pennsylvania HS - NCAA Division II Wrestling Champions

       ▪ Winning the final round enabled Lucky to go on to the NCAA Division I championships March 14-16
     at Iowa State University.  ESSC's only other NCAA DII champion was Rich Schumacher, who  
     won the heavyweight college division (DII) title in 1970.
         ▪ Bill Luckenbaugh of East Stroudsburg State College...
       was the "2nd seed" at the 1974 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Iowa City. 
       Bill Luckenbaugh 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 NCAA DI All-American medal. 
         ▪ Bill Luckenbaugh 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 HERE!


Click & view ESSC/ESU Wrestling Letterwinners!
"Billy the Kid"
East Stroudsburg University
East Stroudsburg State College
Wrestling Archive 1973 to 1977 - CLICK HERE!
(Bill Luckenbaugh, Mike Stambaugh, Don Lehman, Keith Lichty)
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

            Bill Luckenbaugh

 Bill Luckenbaugh

 ESSC Career Match Record... 1969-74
 East Stroudsburg State College
   ▪ Overall ESSC Combined Mat Record (77-7-1).
   ▪ Overall ESSC Combined Pins (59) .694 pinning
   ▪ Overall ESSC Dual Meets (51-4-1).
   ▪ Overall ESSC Dual Meet Pins (41)

2011 Elizabethtown HS Hall of Fame Induction
Bill Luckenbaugh - former E-Town Head Mat Coach.

(L-R) West York Alumni - Bill Luckenbaugh & son Chad Luckenbaugh in FL.


               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.

"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."     
  Reach Steve Navaroli at 771-2060 or snavaroli@ydr.com


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            YAIAA's PWCA Hall of Fame Inductees (13)

                             ▪ Charles "Chuck" Richards (West York) 1976
                             ▪ John T. Toggas (West York/Biglerville) 1992
                             ▪ Bill Bence (Dallastown) 1993
                             ▪ Dr. D. Kenneth Ober (West York/Elizabethtown College) 1994
                             ▪ Terry Conover (Hanover) 1996
                             ▪ Shaun Smith (Dover/Del Val) 2003
                             ▪ Joey Wildasin (South Western/GCCC/OSU) 2004
                             ▪ Tony Koontz (Delone Catholic/N. Iowa) 2011
                             ▪ Brad Lloyd (Red Lion/LHU) 2013
                             ▪ Charlie Jacobs (Dover HS) 2015
                             Bill Luckenbaugh (West York/East Stroudsburg State) 2016
                             ▪ Bob Gano (Delone Catholic/Biglerville) 2017
                             Mark Banks (Y. Suburban/York Tech/W. Virginia) 2018

                                   PWCA HALL OF FAME (1970-2018)

                                            Dr. Ken Ober & John T. Toggas are in the
                                          National Wrestling Hall of Fame




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