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Don York

School: Cleveland

Sport Played: Coach

High School Honors: (Attended Franklin from 1946-49.)

Post High School Career: Portland State College, Varsity Wrestling Cleveland High School Wrestling Coach for 24 years (1957-76 and 1978-83), with 114 wins and 60 losses, 37 individual PIL Champions and 4 individual State Champions.; 1961 and 1962 teams were undefeated PIL Champions. Annual Don York Invitational Wrestling Tournament is held at Cleveland High School. Inducted into the Oregon Section of National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2009.


I attended Franklin from 1946-49, then on to Vanport, forerunner of Portland State College. PSC couldn't give diplomas when my course work was complete, so I want to University of Oregon for a quarter and received my degree. While there I roomed with two PIL Hall of Fame members, Jack Dunn and Cliff York. I was offered a job then at Lincoln, and when I told the football coach that I had wrestled in college, he was delighted to give me the job, since he had been appointed wrestling coach and knew absolutely nothing about the sport. The next year I transferred to Cleveland where I taught English and coached wrestling between 1957 and 1983.

My main reflection is about how many of the athletes I worked with have become lifelong friends, probably because we always have something to talk about. I spend much of my summers sailing my hobi 16 and racing when competition shows up.

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