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February 22, 2013

High school wrestling: Nye, Lynch among new D4 Hall inductees

By Frank Dimon

For The Daily Item

WILLIAMSPORT -- Five new members of the District 4 Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame will be inducted before the finals of the Class AA tournament at Williamsport High School on Saturday night.

The class of 2013 consists of Bob Nye of Shamokin, Don Baylor of Muncy, Bob Hall of Hughesville, Bob Lynch of Mifflinburg and Ben Hepburn of Loyalsock.

The Class AAA representatives, Marlin Van Horn of Selinsgrove and Rob Johnson of Shikellamy, were inducted during the District 4 Duals at Milton last month.

Nye compiled a 99-22-2 career record for the Indians and earned four medals at the District 4 tournament, including gold in 1991. As a junior he won a Northeast Regional championship at 275 pounds and captured a PIAA championship. He was unable to defend his title as a senior because of an injury.

Nye, who earned a health and physical education degree from Lock Haven University and a masters in sports management from the U.S. Sports Academy, teaches at Shamokin High School where he was an assistant coach for 13 years.

Baylor was a thee-sport athlete at Muncy where he won eight letters and was a member of the unbeaten 1954 football team. Baylor compiled a 32-7 record as a wrestler, winning two West Branch championships. As a junior he had just two losses, both to state champion Dave Einsel of Shamokin. In his senior year he won District 4 and Northeast Regional titles and was unbeaten until the PIAA finals where he lost 4-0 at 185 pounds.

Hall won four varsity letters at Hughesville. He was a District 4 champion and Northeast Regional runner-up at 185 pounds in 1959. At Bloomsburg State Teachers College, Hall won two Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championships, finished first and third at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national tournament, and placed fifth at the NCAA tournament. He thus became the first Bloomsburg athlete to earn All-America status.

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