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Pennsylvania wrestler, coach Steve DeAugustino passes

Stephen V. DeAugustino, pioneering wrestler and coach in Pennsylvania, died Friday, March 27, 2020 after a brief illness. Steve DeAugustino was 95.

DeAugustino was born in Pine Twp., Mercer County on Nov. 9, 1924 to Leonard and Mary (Puntureri) DeAugustino

DeAugustino was a graduate of Grove City High School in Pennsylvania, where he was a two-time PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) state mat champ, winning state titles at 95 pounds in 1940 and 120 pounds in 1942. After high school, DeAugustino headed east to Lock Haven State Teachers College (now Lock Haven University) where he was a four-time PSAC (Pennsylvania State Athletic Association) champ.

Stephen DeAugustino
After graduating from Lock Haven, Stephen DeAugustino then launched his long, successful teaching coaching career. He taught and coached for forty years at Munhall, Grove City, and West Mifflin School Districts. During that time, his teams tallied over three hundred victories and was the first to coach at 500 dual meets in the state of Pennsylvania. DeAugustino also served as a mat official during his time as a high school teaching and coaching career.

Stephen V. DeAugustino also earned numerous honors over the years. He has been inducted into the Pennsylvania Coaches Wrestling Association Hall of Fame, the Lock Haven University Hall of Fame, The Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame and the Mercer County Hall of Fame. What's more, DeAugustino was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Pennsylvania Chapter in 2005.

"Steve was not only a fine wrestler but he was also a fine coach and family man," Tom Elling, the dean of wrestling writers and historians, told InterMat. "He also flashed a ready smile. His son George was a wrestler at Lock Haven State. His grandson Michael DeAugustino currently wrestles for Northwestern at 125."

A memorial mass with military honors will be held at a later date yet to be released at The Church of The Beloved Disciple, his home church, located in Grove City, Pa.

Online condolences may be offered online at the website conducting the funeral.

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