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1965-66 Season

3rd Season 11-2 (26-9 career record);

Captains Ron Klein and Ricky Metz

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From the Yearbook

Nazareth wrestling fans witnessed the winning of the Lehigh-Northampton League crown by a group fo eager, well-coached grapplers. Good conditioning was a major factor in the Eagles' team record of 11-2 overall and 8-1 in league standings. Nazareth shared co-championship with Hellertown and Wilson. Nazareth racked up a total of 510 points for the season, against the total opponent score of 140.

The team consisted of 8 seniors, 13 junior, 10 sophomores, and 12 freshman. Six seniors holding fine records will be lost through graduation - 115lb. Jim Hahn, 13-0; 148lb. Rick Metz, 6-4-1; 157lb. Gail Smith 12-1; 168lb. Ron Klein, 13-0; 183 lb. Charles Zurowski, 10-3; and heavyweight Jerry Schweitzer, 11-0-2.

Nazareth is the co-champion of the Lehigh-Northampton League.

Dual Meet Results:

  • Nazareth 30 Northampton 19
  • Nazareth 17 Phillipsburg 27
  • Nazareth 53 Pen Argyl 9
  • Nazareth 54 Whitehall 5
  • Nazareth 17 Hellertown 22
  • Nazareth 49 East Stroudsburg 2
  • Nazareth 56 Northwestern 0
  • Nazareth 57 Bangor 0
  • Nazareth 43 Palisades 8
  • Nazareth 23 Southern Lehigh 15
  • Nazareth 37 Parkland 14
  • Nazareth 46 Salisbury 5

Also from the Yearbook:

Coach Nunamaker, a Penn State graduate, has done outstanding work with our boys to push wrestling to a record high in Nazareth. Mr. Nunamaker took his grapplers to the top this year when his team became champions in the league. Continued coaching such as this can only bring success, victories and promote good sportsmanship for future Nazareth wrestlers.

Coach Drust, a graduate of East Stroudsburg State College, has aided Mr. Nunamaker and his wrestlers tremendously.

Bob Klein finishes 2nd in the District XI finals dropping a 6-4 loss to Allen's Danny Layton at 168. The team finishes 7th in Districts.

Individual Records (may be dual meet only):

  • Carl Peters: 9-3-1
  • Tony Laurito: 9-4
  • Jim Hahn: 13-0
  • Jerry Hahn: 4-2-1
  • Ken Keefer: 4-2
  • Art Metz: 2-2
  • Bob Bowers: 4-3-2
  • Henry Laurito: 5-8
  • John Davis: 10-3
  • Ricky Metz: 6-4-1
  • Terry Rissmiller: 1-1
  • Gail Smith: 12-1
  • Ron Klein: 13-0
  • Chuck Surowski: 10-3
  • Jerry Schweitzer: 11-0-2

As of 1968 the team still held the record for the most pins in a season with 60, and Ron Klein had the most individual pins in a season with 9 and teampoints with 63. Dave Peters pin over Pen Argyl's Conroy in 0:17 seconds was 4th quickest in school history.

Ron Klein and Jim Hahn were tied for 2nd in school history with 12 career dual meet pins each.

Jim Hahn, Ron Klein, and JerrySchweitzer were the 7th, 8th, and 9th wrestlers to go undefeated during the dual meet season in school history.

Jim Hahn recorded the most career dual meet points in school history with 110. Ron Klein was 2nd (107) and Ricky Metz 12th (80).

Ron Klein was 2nd (7) in least points scored upon during dual meets in school history.

John Davis set the fastest pin record at 138 (1:31) and Gail Smith did the same at 154 (0:31) in school history.

Ray Nunamaker's Summary of the 1964-65 Nazareth Wrestling Program

Program Evaluation

Senior High Program

If a program can be evaluated by the caliber of men that it turns out, I feel we have a very well developed program. These men were not only fine wrestlers, but also gentlemen.

In my opinion the wrestling program has arrived at Nazareth.

There were approximately 85 candidates out for varsity wrestling this year. This number was eventually reduced to 45. The most significant aspect of this number was the large freshman turnout (22) of which eleven made the squad.

There is more interest in the program than there has ever been. For the first time we have six or seven boys planning to attend wrestling camps during the summer, and many of our boys have entered post-season tournaments. The only real hindrance to our program is our limited practice facilities.

Junior High Program

The number of active participants was up slightly (24), but I do not consider it to be a strong program. The instruction sessions were held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for a period of six weeks. At the end of the six week period an intramural tournament was held. There was a fairly good attendance from the junior high students which seems to indicate that the interest is there if only we can meet the need with a sounder program.