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Lasting Legacy

By Staff | May 6, 2020

Earl Poust, during his senior year at Muncy High School, 1954

MUNCY–The Poust family had no wrestling history when Earl was enticed to join Muncy’s team as a freshman in 1950. The Indians needed a lightweight, and Poust fit the bill. It was a sport he never left, going on to be a three-year letter winner at Penn State before returning to Muncy where he coached and taught.

Last month, the Muncy school board voted to name the school’s new wrestling room in Poust’s honor. Although Poust died in 2018 at 82-years-old, his legacy still rings true in Muncy.

As a freshman, Earl went 10-4, as a sophomore 7-4, as a junior 14-1 and as a senior 15-0 in dual meets. He was Co-captain his senior year, West Branch champ in 1954 while finishing District IV runner-up as a freshman, junior and senior.

Poust went on to Penn State where he lettered for the Nittany Lions from 1956-1958. In 1957, he finished third at the EIWA tournament and qualified for the NCAA tournament.

Poust went 119-52-3 in 13 years as Muncy’s wrestling coach, including six West Branch championships and one District 4 championship. Poust is a member of the District 4 Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the Muncy Athletic Hall of Fame in 1981.

In 2015, he was awarded the Penn State Wrestling Club’s Outstanding Alumnus Award.

The Muncy School District has built a new media center, wrestling room, gymnasium, and weight room as part of an $18 million upgrade of facilities at the high school. The new wrestling room is wall to wall mats. The new gymnasium will have a seating capacity about twice the size of the current gym, and will also allow both the boys and girls basketball teams to practice simultaneously so students aren’t getting home late after practice during the winter sports season.

The construction on everything was set to be done toward the end of the school year, with a soft opening of the facilities, but that has been postponed after Gov. Tom Wolf shut down all Pennsylvania schools for the remainder of the academic year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But it didn’t stop the board from honoring Earl Poust by naming the new practice room in his honor. Besides coaching, where he helped produce 34 sectional, 10 District 4 and four regional champions, Poust was a teacher and counselor for 37 years at Muncy before retiring. He coached Dana Balum and Ed Ott to state runner-up finishes.