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Long-time York College Spartan Duane Bastress has been named the new York College head wrestling coach, replacing his mentor Tom Kessler. Bastress, who was a two-time national champion under Kessler, served the previous six seasons as a Spartan assistant coach before accending to the program's top spot.
Bastress won a pair of Division III National Championships in the Green and White, winning the tournament in 2005 and 2006. Bastress completed his senior year 40-0 and his three years at York College with a mark of 97-6. Including his one year stint at Bloomsburg, Bastress compiled a collegiate record of 114-21. He also ended his career with a 65-match winning streak.
A hands-on coach, Bastress will continue to get on the mat and train with the Spartans, providing York’s wrestlers with a great example of dedication to the Spartan program. His intense work ethic, drive for success, and understanding of high-level wrestling will continue to help the York squad grow and develop.
Bastress was inducted into the NWCA Division III Hall of Fame at the 2013 Division III National Championships in Iowa.