Steve Bastianelli

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Steve Bastianelli achieved extraordinary success as a Delaware high school wrestler and coach, a national Junior Olympian and wrestler at Lehigh University. He is a member of the Delaware
Wrestling Hall of Fame. Steve was unbeaten in high school at Sussex Central for his dad, DSMHOF inductee Herm Bastianelli. Steve was 84-0 and won state championships in each year of his high school

He also won several national Junior titles, was a first-team high school All-American and finished 4th in the 1976 Olympic trials before leaving Sussex Central. At Lehigh University, he was a
four-year starter and remains among the Lehigh career leaders in wrestling wins. He was a four-time NCAA Division I qualifier, won an EIWA championship in 1980, finished second once and third twice
in EIWA tournaments. During his four-year career at Lehigh, the team was in the NCAA wrestling top 10 every year. He began his coaching career at St. Mark’s in 1980. During his 23-year tenure as head
coach, St. Mark’s won 10 state wrestling titles and finished second eight times with a dual meet record of 201-79-2 (.713 win percentage) while scheduling some of the nation’s toughest prep

Steve coached 58 individual state champs and 131 runners-up. Two of his wrestlers became first-team college All-Americans, including Sheldon Thomas, Delaware’s only NCAA Division I national
champion. Steve was Delaware Wrestling Coaches Association Coach of the Year three times. He served as president and vice president of the organization.



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