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SUNBURY – Family and friends filed into Zion Lutheran Church Monday to pay their respects to Phil Lockcuff, well- known Northumberland resident and Hall of Fame wrestling coach.  Current assistant wrestling coach at Shikellamy High School Justin Michaels says, “Coach meant so much to all of us.  It is a family at Shikellamy wrestling that just continues on through Coach Lockcuff’s legacy.”

Junior Shikellamy High School wrestler Anthony Best and senior wrestler Dan Karpinski, along with the entire wrestling team, cheerleading team and coaches, attended.  They saw coach as a mentor.  “He was a mentor not only to the team, but to the community as well,” says Best.  “He was always there for inspiration,” says Karpinski, “He was one of the best coaches in the world.”

Current head wrestling coach John Supsic says Lockcuff loved what he did.  “With our kids, he would still come into our locker room, asked about their grades and still took an interested.”  Supsic smiled when saying, “This was the first time our kids made it early.  I hope this is a new beginning, they will remember Coach Lockcuff and always show up on time from now on!”

Lockcuff died Friday at the age of 75.  He will be laid to rest Tuesday. (Sara Bartlett)

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