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Head Coach – Jason Carpenter

Jason is a 1996 graduate from Selinsgrove High School.  He began wrestling in third grade.  Jason worked through the elementary and junior high wrestling programs at Selinsgrove and eventually high school wrestling at the 275 weight class.  Under the instruction of Todd Myers and George Hummel, Jason achieved the status of district champion in 1995 and 1996 and many other tournaments throughout his junior and senior years.  From high school he went on to Clarion University where he played football.  Jason later transferred to Lock Haven University and graduated in 2000 with a BA in Sociology.  He, then, became a PIAA wrestling official for six years.  Jason says “I want to take what I’ve learned from wrestling and teach kids the discipline it takes to become a quality wrestler.”


Assistant Coach - Jerry Bastian

Coach Jerry Bastian has been a Seals elementary wrestling coach for the past seven seasons. He served previously as the head coach for the K-2 level for two seasons and has served as the head coach for the K-6 program for the last four. He has previous coaching experience as an assistant at Milton Area High School. During the past several seasons the Seals program grew into a highly successful one that has finished first or second in the Susquehanna Valley Elementary Wrestling League events for the past three seasons. Seals wrestlers have qualified for and placed in the PJW State Tournament as well as the MAWA Eastern National tournament. They have also achieved success in several other high caliber tournaments.

Coach Bastian enjoys coaching the Seals elementary wrestlers as well as coaching local youth in the Selinsgrove Area Youth Football League. He looks forward to continue to help build success for the program as the Seals junior high assistant. Coach “Jerry” has two sons, Coy and Cale, who are wrestlers and a wife, Joan, who is active in the program. He looks forward to watching a successful high school program in the future.

Assistant Coach - Bill Bechtel

Bill was a four year starter for Selinsgrove’s legendary wrestling coach Dick Smoker. He continued his wrestling career at Susquehanna University where he again was a four year starter. He became the Crusaders first undefeated wrestler in dual meets. His dream was to return to Selinsgrove High School and give back to the program that gave him so much. The dream came true when he was hired to teach Environmental Science In the fall of 1971. Bill’s coaching career began as the assistant junior high coach that same year. The next year he was hired as the head junior high coach and stayed in that position for 9 years. He then moved up to the assistant varsity position and became the varsity coach when Coach Smoker became ill. He stayed in that position for 10 years. After taking 15 years off, he returned to the junior high where he is now the assistant coach. This is his eighth year in that position.


Volunteer Assistant Coach - Mike Gaugler

Mike is a 1993 graduate of Selinsgrove.  While at Selinsgrove, Mike was a three-time qualifier for the Northeast Regional tournament.

He then went on to wrestle 2 years at the University of Pennsylvania.  Mike wrestled his final 2 years at Messiah College and finished his wrestling career as a D-III National Tournament qualifier.

After serving in various capacities in the elementary wrestling program for the past 9 years, Mike will serve at the Junior High and Varsity levels.

Mike believes the sport of wrestling is an excellent tool to train strong, well-rounded men and he would like to pass those lessons on to another generation of Selinsgrove wrestlers.