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Garden Spot Sr. High Wrestling

Garden Spot High School
669 East Main Street
New Holland, PA 17557
Title
Name
Phone
 Head Coach
 Adam Bunting
 717-471-7646
 Assitant Coach
 Ryan Bunting
 717-368-4751
 Assistant Coach
 Greg Hackenburg
 N/A
 Assistant Coach
 Joe Finkey
 717-278-5153
 Student Manager
 Paula Groff
 N/A


Important Documents:

  • GARDEN SPOT HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING TEAM GUIDELINES


 


HISTORY:

The Garden Spot Wrestling program was started as an intramural or “club” team in 1961.  Robert Weaver was named first coach and he and his rookie wrestlers would get together and roll around after school in the cafeteria since no wrestling room existed at that time.  “We would have to fold up all the tables and chairs and then roll out the mats in order to practice,“ recalled Weaver.  “It took up half the time that we allotted for our practice session.”  Nevertheless, the seeds of the program were planted during this time as the wrestlers learned the basics of the sport in an informal setting.


The 1961-62 season is considered the official first season for the Garden Spot Wrestling program.  The team participated in 10 scrimmages or exhibition matches with other schools.  While the team score did not count, the individual matches were recorded and used for seeding purposes as the wrestlers were entered into the sectional tournament held at Governor Mifflin.  “We did not have anyone place and move on to districts, “ said Jack Schnader, a sophomore at the time.  However, the team was now considered a school sport, and the next year the team wrestled 13 dual meets, finishing a respectable 5 and 8.


Coach Weaver stepped down after the 1968-1969 season.  In stepped Gene Hale, who would direct the program for the next 30 years.  In those 30 seasons, Hale had a record of 241-197-5, while coaching 10 district champion wrestlers and 14 state qualifiers.  Hale’s 1987-88 and 1988-1989 teams won section titles while going 33-3 over that span.  In 1970, Hale’s team was declared Lancaster County co-champions, sharing the title with Manheim Township and Manheim Central.  Hale also had the distinction of coaching the Lancaster-Lebanon League’s first 100 match winner, Cordell Musser.  In 2008, Coach Hale was inducted into the Lancaster-Lebanon League Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame.


In 2000, the program had co-head coaches in Ray Kahler and Steve Borja.  After three seasons, Kahler stepped down leaving Borja as the sole head coach.  In 2002, Borja’s son, Steve Jr. became the Spartans first and only state champion, taking the title at 171 lbs. after a runner-up finish in 2001.  Steve Jr. won one league championship as well as two district championships.  He concluded his career with 114 wins. Borja Sr. resigned the head coaching position after the 2004 season with an overall record (including the Borja/Kahler years) of 16-37-1.


Matt Zamperini was named head coach in 2005, and he went to recruit heavily as the team had dwindled down to 5 members the previous year.  Under Zamperini, the team posted a 9-20 record in two seasons, however, the seeds were planted for future success as both the elementary and junior high programs were replenished and stabilized.

Zamperini stepped down after the 2005-2006 season to take the reins of the football program.  Zamperini's assistant coach, Tom Hecker took over.  Coach Hecker posted a 34-23 record over three seasons before tragically losing his life in a car accident on February 8, 2009.  While the loss of Coach Hecker was a tragedy, the team voted to finish out the season in his memory, as they won their final two dual meets in convincing fashion to honor their fallen coach.


Hecker’s assistant, Hoyt Craver took the reins at the start of the 2009-2010 season.  Craver was a former Spartan wrestler who had been a part of the 1988 and 1989 section championship teams.  Craver’s goal was to continue the progress the team had made throughout the decade and bring a team championship to the program.  Under Coach Craver, the Spartans were 44 and 16, were crowned LL League Section II champions in 2011 as well as the District III Section 4 team champions.  Spartan wrestling celebrated its 50th year of wrestling during the 2011-2012 season and Coach Craver stepped down at the conclusion of the that season.


The 2012-2013 season began with coach Brian Schilling taking over.  Coach Schilling was the Jr. High coach the previous season.  In the 2012-2013 season, the Spartans went 13-5, claimed a LL League Section 2 Championship, ended the season ranked 11th in District III qualifying them for the PIAA Duals Tournament and placed 2nd at the PIAA District III, Section 4 tournament qualifying 6 wrestlers for Districts and ultimately qualifying one wrestler for the state tournament. The following 2013-2014 season was even more successful with the team going 14-4, claimed another LL League Section 2 Championship and was ranked as high as 25th in the state. The team qualified for the PIAA Duals Tournament.  6 wrestlers qualified for Districts and 2 wrestlers qualified for states in which one placed 5th,  The 2014-2015 season was plagued by injury but still finished with a winning season of 9-7.  One wrestler qualified for states where he placed 8th.  Under Coach Schilling, the Spartans were 36 and 16.


The 2015-2016 saw former Spartan wrester Adam Bunting return to the school district to take over as head coach. Prior to his return, Adam was the head coach at Palmyra High School for 6 years. ...



Presented Awards

  • Spartacus Award
  • Reggie Geist Outstanding Wrestler Award
  • Keith Musser Inspirational Wrestler Award
  • Most Improved Wrestler Award
  • SCPYWO Elementary to Senior Wrestler(s)
     

Forms/Applications

  • Seniors
    • Chad Burkhart Scholarship Application ($TBD) - Ben Jones
    • LL Wrestling Officials Scholarship ($1,000) - LL League Officials
    • District III Coaches Association Scholarship for Books ($TBD) - District III Coaches Association
    • "The Bull" Memorial Scholarship Application ($TBD) - Garden Spot Athletic office
  • All Wrestlers
    • LL Wrestling Officials Academic Achievement Recognition Form (Recognition Only) - LL Officials

Award Descriptions

Reggie Geist Award:  Outstanding Wrestler


Reggie Geist wrestled 189lbs and heavy weight for Bob Weaver’s Spartan team of the mid 1960’s.  Geist was dedicated to the sport in which he participated in from Junior High through graduation in 1965.


When Reggie died in 1967, after a long illness, his graduating class raised funds to initiate a wrestling award in honor of their classmate.  Since 1968, The Reggie Geist Award is presented each year to an outstanding varsity wrestler selected by the coaches.


In 1973 Reggie’s parents, Richard and Dorothy, assumed sponsorship of the award.  In recent years, his sister Vicki Martin and her family have presented the awards at the annual Spartan Wrestling Awards Banquet.


The graduating class of 1965 describes the award, and the man whose memory is honored with this memorial:


Reggie Geist has written indelible records of high ideals, sportsmanship, and loyalty in the annals of Garden Spot history.  What does it take to be an athlete and sportsman?  Skills born of courage, patience, dedication, and endurance.  Reggie knew this, but he also possessed the stature to understand that skill must be accompanied by humility in regard for others, attributes a true sportsman.  His classmates established this award in his honor as one that should endure for a greater purpose, the commemorating his life . . . Reggie requires no award to sustain his memory.



Keith Musser Award:  Inspirational Wrestler

Keith Musser began wrestling in the third grade, and continued even through graduation in 1986.  He and his brother Cordell (’84) trained together at Garden Spot under Coach Hale and later Messiah College in Grantham, PA.


The brothers were no strangers to overcoming adversity with a champions attitude.  From early childhood, Cordell learned to walk, run, and wrestle in spite of the loss of his right leg below the knee.  As a Spartan wrestler, he advanced to the State Championship three times.  Keith knew adversity as well and is remembered as a hard worker who loved the sport of wrestling.


“He often ran into hardship and obstacles in his path” his brother reflects.  “But Keith approached his illness and his life the same way he approached the challenges of this sport . . . with determination.”


A Spartan team captain and leader, Keith was optimistic, friendly or rarely had a bad word or mood around friends, family and team mates, even during the long nine month battle with cancer that claimed his life in 1989.


“Wrestling is a very hard sport that requires much physical and mental conditioning – like life.  You don’t always have a team to fall back on.  You get out of wrestling what you put into it.”  Cordell explains the relationship between wrestling and life and the essence of the award he presents each year in honor of his brother Keith.


As brothers, Keith and Cordell were two years and weight class apart.  Rivals, yet close, they roomed together in college, wrestled through school and were always pushing each other.


Keith was a consummate “coachable athlete”.  He was all state soccer player, league MVP in baseball and section Champion his senior year of wrestling.  Former GSHS soccer coach Ray Stern once said that if he could pick an athlete for his own son to aspire to . . . it would be Keith Musser.  He demonstrated the condition of mind and body for the challenge of sport and life.



SCPYWO Award:

The “Iron man Award” is given to a Senior Wrestler who has come up through the Elementary program and wrestled through their High School years.

 

The Spartacus Award:

This award is voted on by five people who are fans of GS Wrestling.  This is the fans award and is given to the GS Wrestler who best represents the sport, both on and off the mat.  It is not based on academic grades or the wrestling record.  The Mat Club selects five people (non-wrestling parents) who will vote on the Spartacus.  The 3-2-1 system is used to avoid a tie and the forms are sealed by the individual and handed into the athletic department by those voting.