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Former PIAA champ named wrestling coach at Franklin Regional

The Franklin Regional School Board hired Matt Lebe to be the varsity wrestling coach Monday.

Lebe replaces Eric Mausser, who resigned from Franklin Regional to take a principal job at Mercer.

“It’s exciting, but it’s going to be a challenge,” Lebe said. “I’m replacing someone who did a great job building the program. The program and the wrestlers have high expectations.

“They’re great kids. I’ve been with the program the last few years, and they’re a hard-working group.”

Lebe was a standout football player and wrestler at Jeannette. The 2001 graduate was a PIAA champion his senior season. He went on to graduate from West Virginia, where he was an All-American wrestler.

He’s a physical education teacher at Jeannette and was the school’s former wrestling coach and athletic director.

“I know what these kids expect,” Lebe said. “Eric left a strong foundation. The wrestlers expect to win every time they’re on the mat.”

Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at [email protected] or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

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