District 3 Wrestling Championships (copy)

Trinity’s Andrew Wert is congratulated by head coach Chris Bentley in the 2015 District 3 Class AA championships. Bentley died Thursday morning from a heart attack, according to a coach at the high school.

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Trinity wrestling head coach Chris Bentley died Thursday morning, according to multiple sources at the high school. 

Athletic director Gary Bricker said Bentley, 46, was at work at Clarks America, in Hanover, in the morning when he collapsed and could not be resuscitated. The cause of death was unknown, Bricker said, although a coach at the school said it was believed to be an apparent heart attack.

"He was a wonderful individual and outstanding leader to our program, and he was a great role model to our kids," Bricker said in a phone call.

He is survived by his wife, Lara, and two sons, Devon and Caleb.

Bentley coached his oldest son, Devon, for three years at Trinity when the program first began. His youngest son, Caleb, finished his junior year as a lightweight. Devon, who recorded Trinity's first win during a tournament in 2010, committed to wrestle at Penn State prior to the 2013-14 collegiate season.

Bricker shared with The Sentinel an email sent by high school principal John Cominsky to members of the school Thursday afternoon.

"Coach Bentley was a much loved and respected husband, father, friend, and coach to everyone who knew him," Cominsky's email said. "He was a man of deep faith."

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

Bentley played football and wrestled in high school and college. He was named head coach of the Shamrocks in their inaugural season in 2010-11. He also ran Renegade Force Wrestling Club in Shippensburg, a traveling youth organization. He coached elementary school-age wrestlers and served as a volunteer coach at the high school.

Bentley was hired at Trinity just weeks before the start of the 2010-11 season, and the Shamrocks finished 0-3 in dual meets that first year. The program's first individual win came in the Cumberland Valley Kick Off Classic that year, courtesy of Devon Bentley in a 6-1 win at 103 pounds over Dover's Zach Pelkey. 

Just two months later, another sophomore on the team, Adam Geiger, won the program's first District 3 Class AA individual championship, a 6-5 comeback win over Wyomissing's Julio Arredondo at 171.

One year later, West Virginia transfer Ryan Diehl claimed the Shamrocks' first individual PIAA championship when he beat Meyers' Vito Pasone for the 113-pound title.

Trinity was 21-91 in dual meets under Bentley's seven years in charge.

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Mallory Merda contributed to this report.

Email Jake Adams at jadams@cumberlink.com or follow him on Twitter @jakeadams520​


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