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Steve Powell to step down as Easton wrestling coach

By Brad Wilson | For lehighvalleylive.com
on May 06, 2016 3:46 PM, updated May 06, 2016 6:15 PM

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One of the most successful wrestling coaches in Lehigh Valley history will step down.

Easton head wrestling coach Steve Powell will announce his retirement Friday night at the Rovers’ annual wrestling banquet.

Powell, whose 534 dual-meet wins rank No. 1 in District 11 and who has coached 19 state champs, tied for No. 3 all-time in Pennsylvania, leaves Easton after 32 years as head coach and 40 years coaching wrestling at Easton.

“There isn’t a better job anywhere,” Powell said. “But, just as every wrestler knows some day that he will wrestle his last match, with every wrestling coach it has to be the same. … It’s best for the kids and best for the program.”

Powell’s health has been an issue of late; he’s had four stents and three cardiac procedures done and he walks with a visible limp from what he calls a “really bad hip.” Such issues have changed the way he coached the last several seasons.
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