YORK, PA – The York College athletic department is proud to announce that Duane Bastress, Brandon Bushey, and Mike Welch have been selected for induction into the York College Athletic Hall of Fame. The threesome will comprise the 27th class in the Hall of Fame’s history.
Bastress, a 2006 York College graduate, is the most accomplished wrestler in the storied history of the program. Bastress earned a pair of Division III National Championships at 184 pounds, earning the crown in 2005 and followed it up with another title in 2006. He went undefeated to earn the championship in 2006.
Bastress completed his three-year career with a record of 97-6 including ending his career with a 65-match win streak. Overall, Bastress went 114-21 which included a freshman campaign at Bloomsburg. He was the 2006 Daniel J. Klinedinst Award winner signifying the outstanding senior male athlete at York College.
Bastress was inducted into the NWCA Division III Hall of Fame at the 2013 Division III National Championships in Iowa. After his career, he has been on the coaching staff at York. He served six seasons as an assistant to former head coach Tom Kessler. Bastress took over the Spartan head coaching reigns in July of 2013. Bastress owns a dual meet record of 61-25 in his four years at the helm of the York program.
Bushey was a four-year letter winning men’s basketball player who graduated in 2006. Bushey was a key cog in the Spartans’ run to the NCAA Division III Final Four in 2004-05. He led the Spartans to a four-year record of 77-35 including a 53-8 mark over the final two years of his Spartan career. The 77 wins are the second best record for a four-year men’s basketball class.
Bushey concluded his career with 1,719 points in 111 games including 104 starts for the Spartans. He was a career 48.9% shooter from the floor in addition to making 43.3% of his three point attempts. He finished his career as an 86.8% shooter from the free throw line as he canned 230-of-265 career free throws. He also grabbed 436 rebounds, dished out 236 assists, registered 122 steals and had 45 blocked shots.
Bushey’s name is all over the Spartans’ men’s basketball record book. He is sixth in points scored, sixth in field goals made, second in three-point field goals made (277), fourth in three-point field goal percentage, second in free throw percentage, 11th in assists, 12th in blocked shots, sixth in steals, first in minutes played (3,457), tied for second in games played, first in games started, and sixth in minutes per game.
In addition to his exploits on the field, Bushey earned York’s first, and only, NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in the spring of 2006. He was the 2006 Capital Athletic Conference Male Scholar Athlete of the Year and was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America selection. Bushey is the first of three Spartans to earn Academic All-America honors twice during his York College career.
Welch was a four-year Spartan baseball player who graduated from York in 2006. He concluded his career as a .387 hitter in 165 games for the Green and White. He registered 138 runs scored, 57 doubles, one triple, 28 home runs, and 182 career RBI. He led the Spartans to 104 wins in 169 games (61.8%) as York made one NCAA Tournament appearance in 2004.
Welch etched his name in the annals of all-time Spartan greats. He ranks first in on base percentage (.468), first in home runs, first in RBI, second in slugging percentage (.624), second in doubles, second in total bases (377), second in sacrifice flies (14), third in batting average, fourth in hits (234), fourth in walks (83), fifth in runs scored, sixth in games played and games started, and sixth in total at-bats (604).
Welch was a two-time Academic All-District selection while he was also a national Academic All-America in 2005. Welch was a 2004 NABC All-Region and All-American selection. He was also a three-time All-Capital Athletic Conference selection.
The three will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in the ceremony scheduled for October.