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#2 Most Legendary Match at the Pit in Phillipsburg

on Sat, 02/13/2016 - 16:03

This year, the Phillipsburg School District announced that wrestling matches would all be held at the new high school beginning next year. Despite the team, fans, and community arguing against the move, the District held firm. Last night Phillipsburg won its 35th NJSIAA sectional championship in what could be the last match in the Pit.

The Express-Times ran an article of the top 15 legendary matches in the Pit based on, The Star-Ledger, and author Dave Leone, "Broke down 15 of the best matches in the history of Phillipsburg's legendary gym."

Number 2, What a debut

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Saturday at Lehigh

on Sun, 02/07/2016 - 17:47

Mike Caruso arrived at Lehigh University as a student, right around the time my dad arrived in Nazareth to begin his teaching and coaching career. At the time, Lehigh was coached by Gerry Leeman and future head coach Thad Turner was causing dad fits as the coach of Phillipsburg, NJ.

My dad and Thad became lifetime friends through wrestling and regularly got together, often to play golf later in life. Each summer he would work as a clinician at Thad's Lehigh wrestling camps. He'd take us to matches at Lehigh when they didn't conflict with our own wrestling schedules.

Dad also served on the

A Big Part of What Makes Nazareth Wrestling Special

on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 21:28

In the midst of my web browsing today, I came across this article by Brad Wilson of the Express-Times on the Nazareth wrestling "Old-Timers".

It was a really nice article on a good group of guys who have been supporting Nazareth athletics for literally decades.They should really be called the "Old Guard" as they represent everything Nazareth athletes have loved about this community.

These guys were at the heart of what was one of the greatest fan bases a competitor could hope to have.

Said Coach Ray Nunamaker following the 1989 State Tournament, "Nazareth is a community with a great deal

2016 Ray Nunamaker Memorial Junior Varsity Classic

on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 15:39

Browsing online I came across's entry form for the 2016 Ray Nunamaker Memorial Junior Varsity Classic sponsored by the District XI Wrestling Coaches Association.

The tournament will take place on February 19 and 20, 2016 at East Stroudsburg South.

Proceeds from the tournament are used for the hospitality rooms at the District and Regional Tournaments, District XI Coach of the Year award, Outstanding Wrestler award, post season coaches dinner/meeting, Wrestling Scholar Athlete-Hall of Fame Dinner and scholarships to the AAA and AA Scholar Athletes.

Once again, can't thank

Thanks to Everyone Affiliated with the Ironwood Ridge Wrestling Program!

on Tue, 02/02/2016 - 21:56

A special thanks to everyone affiliated with the Ironwood Ridge Wrestling Program. 

The organization renamed their wrestling tournament in honor of Ray and added his name to the back of their team tee's as Arizona's Athletic Association rules would not permit them to wear his initials on their singlet.

Coach Berrier was kind enough to send a few of the t-shirts to PA for the family.

[This logo resembles the team logo, it is set between the shoulders on the back a couple of inches across, the front has the team logo full size.]

The team won three straight state titles while dad was

Caliber of Competition - Ray's Last Ten Seasons

on Mon, 01/04/2016 - 22:10

The last set of yearbooks I looked through were from the 1990's and as I worked through them over the holidays I found it pretty amazing just how good the teams had become.

It wasn't only Nazareth, but Northampton as well. Through the ten seasons 1987-88 to 1996-97 Ray won PIAA AAA Coach of the Year four times, Don Rohn did it twice and Steve Powell of Easton and Phil Lockuff of Shikellamy (in our Region, but not District), once each (I could not find information for the 1997 COTY), so that is at least 8 times in 10 years from the Northeast Region and 7 out of 10 for District XI.


From Intermat Wrestling

on Sun, 01/03/2016 - 16:02

My good friend and teammate, Preston Moritz, forwarded along this article from Intermat Wrestling that referred to my dad and I wanted to incude it here.

Happy New Year!

on Fri, 01/01/2016 - 17:11

2015 was undeniably a year of highs and lows and we look forward to a better, more balanced 2016.

For as difficult as it was having dad have to endure his condition, we're all thankful for everyday and moment we had with him last year. It didn't matter if it was difficult or not, because we simply appreciated that time.

For me at least, I also learned alot in 2015. It is so easy to think about my father in terms of his wrestlers and accolades, but so many people who were not his wrestlers contacted us.

Nazareth Wrestling and 999's Homicide

on Wed, 12/30/2015 - 23:43

At the recent Nazareth Alumni Wrestling night we of course got to talking and telling stories. One thing that I realized as I was talking with Preston Moritz to some people was that the newer fans and graduates were not aware of the English punk band 999's album Separates use in our match preperation.

We'd listen to it while setting up the gym from the 1978-79 season through at least 1988-89.

For big matches we played the song Homicide for our warm-up.

In 2016, the band is celebrating its 40th year.

Here is a photo compilation I put together recognizing the 34 years of my dad's career

Remembering Joe Drust

on Sat, 12/26/2015 - 15:34

On Christmas Day, 2015, Joe Drust passed away at his home. His obituary is available here.

Joe was Coach Ray Nunamaker's first assistant coach at Nazareth and a lifelong friend. He was Ray's varsity assistant and JV coach from the 1963-64 season through 1968-69. In 1969-70 Joe started a feeder program for the high school team.

[District XI Championship team 1967-68; Nazareth defeats Hellertown for the 1st time and in one of the most well remembered matches in Nazareth history, John Doto defeats Easton's Phil Noto 3-2 in the heavyweight finals to clinch the title]

Recently, I was