Russ Houk Arrives
Head Wrestling Coach, Russ Houk, 1957-1971.
Bloomsburg State College head wrestling coach Russ Houk was hired in 1957. By his second year the team had a record of 9-1 and had won its first Pennsylvania State College Athletic Conference (P.S.C.A.C.) championship. Houk went on to coach his teams to five P.S.C.A.C. championships and three National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (N.A.I.A.) titles in fourteen seasons, compiling an overall record in dual meets of 142 - 34 - 4, winning 80% of the time.
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1958-1959 State Teachers College Wrestling Champions
(L-R): Paul Withers, 191 lbs.; Robert Asby, 2nd place, 167 lbs.; Stanley Elinski, 2nd place, 177 lbs.; Robert Rohm, 1st place, 157 lbs.; Gary Allen, 1st place, Hwt.; Richard Rimple, 1st place, 137 lbs; Dale Sullivan, 2nd place, 130 lbs.; Tom Gorant, 130 lbs.; James Garman, 1st place, 123 lbs.; Manard Aungst, 2nd place, 115 lbs.