Bloomsburg University Wrestling Hall of Fame Members

Ricky Bonomo '88-Inducted 1999

Ricky Bonomo is the Huskies' most decorated wrestler in school history. Three times an NCAA, EWL and PSAC champion at 118 pounds, he put together a career record of 116-12-3, third best in school history. As a sophomore, Ricky was 34-2 with nine pins and 11 technical falls. In his junior season, Ricky was 28-3 with a second national title. As a senior, Ricky was 28-2 and won his third national title. Ricky also won three PSAC and EWL Wrestler of the Year awards.

Rocky Bonomo '87-Inducted 1999

Rocky Bonomo was a two-time All-American finishing fourth and eighth at 126 pounds at the NCAA championships. He was a three-time EWL and PSAC champion and is fourth on the Huskies all-time win list with a record of 110-19, a .853 winning percentage. As a sophomore Rocky was 35-2 and 35-8 as a junior with 10 technical falls. Despite missing part of his senior year with injury, Rocky was 13-4 and helped the Huskies to a fifth place finish at the NCAA championships. Rocky has been an assistant coach at Lock Haven University for the last nine years.

Tony Caravella '80 Inducted-2004

An outstanding wrestler, Carvella posted a career record of 112-28-2, 6th on Bloomsburg's all-time list. He won an Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) title during his senior year after finishing second the two previous years. He was a three-time PSAC champion and a three-time qualifier for the NCAA championships. As a senior in 1979-80, he earned All-American status and placed 7th in the NCAA championships. He also won the Wilkes Open and University of Delaware Invitational during his career. He was inducted into the EWL Hall of Fame in 2004.

George Chaump '58-Inducted 1994

Chaump was a four-year member of the football team and three-year member of the wrestling team at Bloomsburg. In football, he was a three-year starter, missing his junior year with an injury. After graduation, Chaump went on to coach high school football, compiling a record of 58-4, winning six conference titles and six Coach of the Year awards. In addition, Chaump was an assistant at Ohio State and the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He then moved on to be head coach at Indiana University (Pa.), Marshall University and the U.S. Naval Academy.

Todd Cummings '83-Inducted 2006

A four-year letterwinner, Cummings was team captain in 1981-82 and 1982-83. He compiled 96 wins while at Bloomsburg, including Eastern Wrestling League and Delaware Tournament champ (1981), West Chester Tourney champ (1983) and four-time PSAC place winner. Cummings also qualified for the NCAA tournament twice.

After Bloomsburg, Cummings also enjoyed a successful coaching tenure at Central Columbia High School, leading the team to back-to-back PIAA "AA" State Championships in 1986 and 87. In 1986, he was named Coach of the Year in the Central Susquehanna League, when his team won the District IV championship. In 1990, his team was the Columbia County League Champions. His teams have won District, Sectional, and League championships while compiling over 200 dual meet victories. Todd has coached 20 PIAA state medalists to date.

Stan Elinsky-Inducted 2005

Elinsky was a three-sport standout for the Huskies earning a total of 11 letters in football, wrestling and track and field.In wrestling, Elinsky helped the Huskies to a dual meet record of 30-7 and two PSAC championships and one NAIA national championship, the first national title for any Bloomsburg team. Individually, Elinsky had to second place finishes at the PSAC championships and a third place finish in both the PSAC and NAIA national championships.

After graduation he taught science in Deposit Central (NY) School for 33 years and retired in June of 1994. During those 33 years, he coached football for 10 years, wrestling for 33 years, and track & field for 2 years. Elinsky's coaching success included 22 tournament team championships, 210 individual tournament champions, and a record of 293-166-6. For his accomplishments he was named Coach of the Year in Section IV four times. In 1977 his team won the overall Section IV title, one of the smallest schools ever to achieve that feat. He is a member of the Section IV Hall of Fame, the New York State Wrestling Hall of Fame, and received a Lifetime Service Award for Coaching from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Jim Garman '59--Inducted 2008

Garman was Bloomsburg's first-ever Pennsylvania State conference wrestling champion in 1957 and went on to become the first three-time champ. As a senior he went on to earn a trip to the NCAA wrestling championships, part of a group of four wrestlers to be the first Huskies' to reach the prestigious meet. He posted an overall dual meet mark of 29-1 in his four years and helped the team to an overall mark of 25-9 in that time.

Bill Garson '63-Inducted 1983

Garson was one of the best wrestlers in the history of the Bloomsburg program. As a freshman in 1960, he finished fourth at heavyweight to help the Huskies to the NAIA national championship. In 1961, he won the 191-pound championship before coming back to repeat as national champion in 1962. He also helped the Huskies to their second national title in three seasons that year. As a senior, Garson ended his career by winning the heavyweight championship in front of his home fans at Bloomsburg.

Bill Garson '63-Inducted 1983

Garson was one of the best wrestlers in the history of the Bloomsburg program. As a freshman in 1960, he finished fourth at heavyweight to help the Huskies to the NAIA national championship. In 1961, he won the 191-pound championship before coming back to repeat as national champion in 1962. He also helped the Huskies to their second national title in three seasons that year. As a senior, Garson ended his career by winning the heavyweight championship in front of his home fans at Bloomsburg.

Joe Gerst '68 -Inducted 2000

Gerst lettered all four years in wrestling and football. In 1968 he was named the 1968 winner of the Robert B. Redman Award as the top senior male athlete. As a member of the football team under legendary coach Russ Houk, he helped the team post a 6-3 record his senior season, the first winning season in seven years. During his four years of wrestling, the team had a record of 40-10-3. As a junior in 1967 he won the NAIA national championship at 152 pounds and finished second as a senior. He was also was a two-time PSAC champion, winning titles as both a junior and senior. In football, he gained a team-high 531 yards as a sophomore with five touchdowns, and added 412 yards rushing and five touchdowns as a junior. He missed a portion of his senior season due to an injury.

Robert Hall '63-Inducted 1998

Hall was a standout on the mats for the Huskies. He was the first Bloomsburg wrestler to place (fifth) in NCAA competition and first to be named All-American. He was also an NAIA champion and a two-time PSAC champion. Along with his fifth-place NCAA finish, Hall was third at the NAIA championships as a senior helping him earn the school's Robert B. Redman award as the Outstanding Senior Athlete in 1963.

A teacher for over 30 years, Hall helped start the wrestling program at Cocalico (Pa.) High School in 1963. In 1970, he coach three sectional champions and a runner-up in the Lancaster County League.

Floyd "Shorty" Hitchcock '74-Inducted 1982

Bloomsburg's first NCAA Division I wrestling champion, Hitchcock posted an outstanding career record of 84-7-2. As a senior in 1974, Hitchcock posted 34 wins, including 24 by fall. He capped off his senior season by winning both the NCAA Division I and II 177 pound titles, earning the Outstanding Wrestler award at both championships. Following his collegiate career, Hitchcock won a silver medal at the World University Games in freestyle wrestling. He has since gone on to a successful career as a high school and college coach.

Russ Houk-Inducted 1982

Houk was known both nationally and internationally for his involvement with wrestling. While Bloomsburg's head coach, he led his teams to three NAIA national championships and five Pennsylvania Conference titles and was named national "Coach of the Year" three times. In his 14 years, the Huskies were 142-34-4. In addition, Houk served three four-year terms, one as chairman, on the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Committee. He also managed the 1972 and 1976 freestyle teams. Houk has been inducted into the Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame and the NAIA Hall of Fame.

Elfed "Vid" Jones '30-Inducted 1988

Jones served in many capacities at Bloomsburg as both a player and a coach. He was an assistant football coach for the Huskies from 1926 to 1929 in charge of the offensive line while also playing fullback. From 1926 to 1930, he was the school's junior varsity basketball and track and field coach. He helped introduce wrestling to Bloomsburg in the 1928-29 season. After graduation, Jones coached both basketball and track and field at the high school level and was a PIAA official for over 20 years.

Philip Lockcuff '60-Inducted 1995

Lockcuff earned three letters in both football and baseball for the Huskies. He went on to an outstanding coaching career in high school wrestling, posting a record of 270-32-4 over 27 years. Lockcuff was a three-time "AAA" Pennsylvania Coach of the Year (1984, 1985, 1991) and a 13-time District IV "AAA" Coach of the Year. His teams were Susquehanna Valley Conference champions numerous times and Northeast Regional "AAA" team champions several times.

Dave Morgan '89 -Inducted 2001

Morgan was a standout on the wrestling mat for the Huskies finishing his career tied for the most victories in school history with 127. His overall record of 127-26-6 gives him the fourth best winning percentage (.817) in school history. Morgan was a two-time All-American for the Huskies finishing third in 1987-88 and sixth in 1988-89 at 150 pounds. During each of his four years Morgan increased his win total, going from 28 wins as a freshman to 31 as a sophomore, 33 as a junior and 35 as a senior. A four-time NCAA qualifier, Morgan was also a two-time Eastern Wrestling League and PSAC champion. He helped the Huskies to the 1988-89 PSAC championship.

Don Reese '82-Inducted 1996

Reese is the only wrestler to win an individual Eastern Wrestling League title in each of his four seasons. Twice he won at 126 pounds and twice at 134 pounds. In 1982, he advanced to the NCAA Division I National Final where he finished as a runner-up, earning All-American honors. As a senior, Reese was a PSAC champion, EWL champion and was named Athlete of the Year. He is the all-time winningest wrestler in Bloomsburg history with a record of 126-22-4.

Robert Rohm '60-Inducted 1986

Rohm is one of a few athletes to be awarded 12 varsity letters during his collegiate career. As a member of the football team, he played quarterback, halfback and fullback and served as the Huskies' cocaptain his senior year.

In wrestling, Rohm was a major contributor in helping establish Bloomsburg as a national power. He was a third-place finisher in 1957 at the Pennsylvania Conference Championships and recorded a runner-up showing in 1958. In 1959, he won his first conference title, a feat he would duplicate his senior season. In addition, the 157 pounder captured the NAIA national title as a senior. During his wrestling career, the Huskies lost just two dual meets.

On the baseball team, Rohm played both second base and outfield and was named to the All-Conference team as a senior. Following his graduation, Rohm went on to a successful career as a high school wrestling and football coach.

Ronald Russo '70-Inducted 1985

A three-time letter winner in wrestling for the Huskies, Russo won two Pennsylvania Conference titles and two Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) crowns. He was also a NAIA runner-up his junior year and finished sixth at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. As a senior, Russo won the NAIA title and finished fourth at the NCAA championships. That season, he was selected for the prestigious East-West All-Star Classic, where he helped the East team score a win. He was also the recipient of the Redman Award as the university's outstanding senior male athlete. He became Columbia University's head coach in 1973 and led the team to the Ivy League championship in 1980, '81 and '82.

Randy Watts '75--Inducted 2009

Watts was a member of the Huskies wrestling team (a Division II program at the time) and was a two-time PSAC champion. His senior year was his best year when he had a record of 23-4-1 and finished first at 150 pounds in the NCAA Division II tournament. He then took sixth at 150 pounds in the NCAA Division I tournament to earn Division I All-American honors. Overall Watts posted a career record of 79-27-3 with a dual meet mark of 49-16-3.

In his career at Bloomsburg he won or placed in 25 open tournaments, including three third-place finishes in the prestigious Wilkes Open. He also competed in matches against 10 NCAA I champions, three Olympians and one world champion. Off the mats he was a member of the College Concert Choir, the college chapter of "Fellowship of College Athletes" and campus "Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship." He was named to "Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities" and "Outstanding College Athletes of America."

Following graduation Watts moved into teaching and is currently a Health and Physical Education instructor at Milton Area. He has also taught at Berwick, Warrior Run, Lewisburg and Line Mountain.

Along with teaching, Watts has been a wrestling coach for 34 years and is the junior high coach at Warrior Run. He has led Warrior Run's junior high teams to 27 championships, been voted the District 4 Junior High Coach of the Year four times and the Pennsylvania State Junior High School Coach of the Year once. He coached three seasons at Berwick, one season at Lewisburg, two seasons at Line Mountain and four seasons as head varsity coach at Milton.

Watts has coached AYSO soccer for 18 years and is the past president (two terms) and long time active board member of the Warrior Run Fort Freeland Heritage Society. He received the 2004 California Grange Community Service Award.

Other activities he is in involved with include being the past president (two terms) of the Susquehanna Wrestling Officials chapter, a member of the District 4 and PA State Wrestling Coaches Association. He is a trustee and active member of the Lewisburg Alliance Church and a member of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and was awarded the Minute Man Award for Service project of a Monument for 21 Revolutionary Patriots.

Don Wise '56-Inducted 1992

Wise was instrumental in the return of wrestling to varsity status at Bloomsburg in the 1954-55 season, serving as captain in 1956. He twice placed third in the conference championships for the Huskies. Wise went on to a highly successful coaching career and served as trainer to the 1972 U.S. Olympic Wrestling team. He is the first Bloomsburg wrestler inducted into the Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame. Wise coached at the high school level and led his team to seven consecutive league titles while posting a record of 101-24-3.