Wanted: Muncy wrestling coach
MUNCY-Royce Eyer wasn’t looking to move on from coaching wrestling at Muncy. As a matter of fact, he’d just received approval by the school board that his contract had been renewed. But an opportunity recently came along which he said he couldn’t pass up.
Eyer accepted a job as a full-time assistant coach at Lycoming College and announced on Muncy wrestling’s Facebook page he will be resigning ad the Indians’ coach. Lycoming confirmed he will be the school’s new assistant coach pending a background check.
“They had an opening and it’s pretty good benefits and a pretty good opportunity,” Eyer said. “It seemed like it made sense to go back to Lycoming and coach at that level.”
Eyer, a 2001 Lycoming graduate who was a two-time All-American for coach Roger Crebs, was the 2001 national champion at 157 pounds, one of six NCAA national champions in school history. He also served as an assistant coach under Crebs after his graduation from Lycoming in 2001 as both an assistant and a volunteer assistant through 2014.
“I think it’s a huge advantage being able to have that experience and know how he expects things to be done,” Eyer said. “There’s a level of comfort there knowing how he likes things done.”
Eyer replaces Seth Lansberry on the staff. Lansberry, a two-time All-American at Lycoming, is moving to a part-time role on the coaching staff.
Eyer took the reigns of the Muncy wrestling program after Denny Harer did not have his contract renewed by the school in 2018 amid various allegations of wrong-doing. Eyer took a program which had finished fourth at the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships in March of 2018 and guided it to a 41-9 record over the last two seasons, including a perfect 10-0 mark in Mid-Penn Conference duals.
In his two years as Muncy’s coach, Eyer guided nine wrestlers to the state tournament. The Indians also took second in the District 4 Duals in 2019 and fourth in 2020.
“Walking into the situation was a little bit challenging and tough,” Eyer said. “But we got through that first year and it was all about the kids and wrestling. And as long as we kept that perspective, all that other drama was just an outside distraction.”
Lycoming is coming off a season in which it posted a 12-5 record in dual meets and have five wrestlers place at the Southeast Regional tournament. But only two of those placewinners return to the team next year: heavyweight Connor Fulmer and 184-pounder Gable Crebs. But the Warriors did add Montoursville state champion Cameron Wood in recruiting.
“I think they have a solid core of guys coming back,” Eyer said. “They’re young, but it’s a different level and those kids are here to wrestle. It’s a different dynamic than coaching high school, but I’m looking forward to it.”
Muncy, on the other hand, is looking for its third coach in the last five seasons. The Indians were tied for the longest active streak of consecutive years with a state placewinner before failing to put anyone on the podium each of the last two seasons.
Scott Johnson and Bryce Vollman return to the lineup this season after qualifying for states this past year. Johnson is coming off a 41-1 win freshman season and Vollman has posted 100 career wins in three seasons as a starter for Muncy. Ethan Gush returns after a 33-win season in which he came one win shy of qualifying for his second consecutive state tournament.
But the Indians will have to find a way to replace 447 career wins combined between the graduation losses of Mario Barberio (141), Christian Good (117), Jacob Blair (114) and Cael Hembury (75).