By Doug Spatafore
Lock Haven Sports Information
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – The Lock Haven University wrestling team has added Rob Weikel to the staff as an assistant coach.
Weikel is a 2001 graduate of LHU, earning a degree in Health and Physical Education. He is also a former Bald Eagle wrestler.
LHU second-year head coach Scott Moore is excited for the addition of Weikel, who has deep roots in Central, Pennsylvania wrestling.
“Weikel will be a great asset to our program in many ways and will serve as a great role model, and technician for our wrestlers moving forward,” Moore said. “As a Lock Haven alum, he understands the potential of this program and will do his part in bringing back the strong tradition of Mat-Town USA.”
For the last 10 seasons, Weikel has served as both a head and assistant coach at nearby Central Mountain High School, where he helped the Wildcats to a 170-27 dual-match record. In 2010, he was named the USA Wrestling National High School Assistant Coach of the year after helping Central Mountain win the 2010 PIAA AAA State Team Title.
Under his leadership, Central Mountain placed third at the 2009 PIAA AAA State Championship, second at the 2008 state championship, won six district team titles and seven conference championships. Weikel’s wrestlers won 25 individual district titles, 18 individual regional championships, 20 state medals and he coached six individual state champions.
Weikel was a three-year starter for the Bald Eagles. Prior to LHU, he was a standout at Bellefonte High School. While competing at Bellefonte he was a three-time District Champion, two-time Region Champion and Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic participant.
Weikel is looking forward to returning the mats of his alma mater.
“I couldn’t be more excited to help build the tradition at Lock Haven,” said Weikel. “The coaching staff, administration and student-athletes have made it an easy transition for me. I have been fortunate to go from one great program in Central Mountain, to another at LHU. This area thrives on great wrestling and that is why it is such a special place to wrestle and coach.”