A Bald Eagle wrestler has returned to the nest, as Rob Weikel, former starter for the Lock Haven University wrestling team, has returned to his college alma mater as an assistant coach, the Pennsylvania-based school announced Wednesday.
Weikel, a 2001 graduate of LHU, will be joining a coaching staff led by second-year head coach Scott Moore, along with assistant coaches Steve Fittery and Matt Pell, volunteer assistant coach Matt Bonson, and student assistant Harry Turner.
Moore is excited to have Weikel return, as a former Bald Eagle wrestler, and for his roots in Central Pennsylvania wrestling as both a competitor and coach, saying, “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. 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.”
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 and two-time Region Champion. He also participated in the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic, an annual event that features the top high school wrestlers in Pennsylvania taking on their counterparts from the rest of the nation.
For the past decade, 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 (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) 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 is looking forward to returning to his alma mater, saying, “I couldn’t be more excited to help build the tradition at Lock Haven. 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.”