The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


February 22, 2013

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


Hall was awarded the Robert Redman Trophy as the outstanding senior athlete and was inducted into the Bloomsburg University Hall of Fame in 1998. Hall also started the wrestling program at Cocalico High School where he coached for eight years.

Lynch was the first wrestler to take the mat for the new Mifflinburg wrestling program in 1952. He compiled an unbeaten record his senior year but was unable to compete in the postseason because of a Scarlet Fever epidemic. At Lock Haven State Teachers College, Lynch placed third at 130 pounds at the NAIA tournament. He returned to Mifflinburg to teach and coach, introducing the Granby System of wrestling to central Pennsylvania. Lynch and Bob Manotti organized the first elementary tournament in District 4.

Lynch coached his three sons to nine sectional championships, five district titles, five regional crowns, three PIAA runner-up finishes and one PIAA championship. His son, Scott, was a three-time All-American and NCAA champion at Penn State. His grandson, Adam, is currently the Director of Wrestling Operations at Penn State.

Hepburn began wrestling in eighth grade and won three West-Central Sectional championships. He was a two-time district runner-up, a two-time regional runner-up and a two-time state qualifier. At Penn State, Hepburn wrestled at 177 and 190. He moved to heavyweight his senior and beat five state champions to become the starter for the Nittany Lions team that was the Eastern Wrestling League champions and ranked seventh in the NCAA.

Hepburn began his coaching career at Loyalsock as an assistant in 1984 and became the head coach in 1986. He has 276 career wins and coached 21 district champions, 19 regional champions, 38 state qualifiers, 29 state place winners and eight PIAA champions. His team was the PIAA champion in 2005. Hepburn has also been an official for 29 years.

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