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1966-67 Season

4th Season 11-1-1 (37-10-1 career record);

Captains Carl Peters and John Davis

From the Comet Yearbook:

Nazareth Area High School's wrestlers once again proved tough to beat as they compiled an excellent 11-1-1 record, being 8-0-1 in league competition. They shared the Lehigh-Northampton League crown with Hellertown.

With much talend and two fine coaches, Nazareth went through the season crushing many of its opponents by lopsided scores. As a team, Nazareth racked up a total of 493 points for the season, while holding their opponents to 111 points.

Bob Bowers was Nazareth's District XI Champion this year, while Kim Albert was runner-up in his weight class.

The JV team had a successful season also, producing a 9-4 record.

Easton drops Nazareth from their wrestling schedule. 

Dual Meet Results:

  • Nazareth 46 Northampton 5
  • Nazareth 13 Phillipsburg 30
  • Nazareth 28 Pen Argyl 13
  • Nazareth 45 Whitehall 6
  • Nazareth 26 Wilson 15
  • Nazareth 18 Hellertown 18
  • Nazareth 45 East Stroudsburg 5
  • Nazareth 51 Northwestern 2
  • Nazareth 44 Bangor 3
  • Nazareth 44 Parkland 0
  • Nazareth 49 Palisades 5
  • Nazareth 38 Southern Lehigh 6
  • Nazareth 46 Salisbury 3

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

Bob Bowers becomes a District XI champion with a 9-5 decision over Easton's Barry Snyder. Also in the finals, Kim Albert loses a 9-4 decision to Hellertown's Tom Huber. The team finishes 6th in Districts.

Joe Drust is the assistant coach and Jerry Treon is the intramural coach.

Individual Records (I believe dual meet results only):

  • Carl Peters: 6-0
  • Frank Stampf: 7-1
  • Tony Laurito: 10-2
  • Dan Keen: 9-2-1
  • Jerry Hahn: 7-2-1
  • Bob Bowers: 10-2
  • Art Metz: 11-2
  • Henry Laurito: 1-2
  • Terry Rissmiller: 8-4
  • Kim Albert: 9-3
  • John Davis: 10-2-1
  • Pete Topping: 9-0
  • Craig Fogel: 4-2
  • Carmen Cortez: 8-2
  • John Doto: 9-4
  • John Morykan: 0-1-1
  • Craig Reimer: 1-0
  • Colin Petz: 1-0
  • Bob Gross: 1-0

The 1966-67 team had the fewest losses in school history and were tied with the most wins. They also gave up the least number of team points in a season (111) and gave up the least number of pins in a season (3).

Carl Peters graduated with the 4th most pins (12) in school history, Tony Laurito was 5th (11), John Davis was 9th (10) and Tom Konya 10th (9).

Pete Topping became the schools' 10th wrestler to go undefeated during the dual meet season.

Tony Laurito scored the 6th (87) most team points in school history, John Davis 7th (86), and Carl Peters 11th (78).

The team set 5 quickest pin records: Bob Bowers at 127 (1:08), Art Metz at 133 (0:50), Kim Albert at 145 (0:52), Ron Klein at 165 (0:35) and Carmen Cortez at 180 (0:52)

Ray Nunamaker's Summary of the 1966-67 Nazareth Wrestling Program:

Senior High Program

It is the coaches' opinion that the wrestling program is very sound. This year we had our largest turnout to date: 84 candidates. The squad was eventually reduced to 48 members. This figure includes 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. Our biggest problem is a lack of adequate training space. This condition will be alleviated to some extent next year with the addition of a junior high wrestling room.

The caliber of wrestling has also improved. This year's team had the finest record in 17 years of the sport in Nazareth. The wrestling team ended up with an 11-1-1 record having shared for the second year the Lehigh-Northampton League Championship with Hellertown.

A very valuable addition to our program this year was Biff Stannard. Whenever Biff missed a day I wondered how we ever got along without him. He gives his time willingly and has a sincere interest in working with kids. I feel very fortunate that we have a trainer like Biff Stannard on our staff.

Junior High Program

The junior high program is still not on a sound basis. The wrestling room was very inadequate, which we feel restricted the turnout. Twenty-four boys participated in the program. The instruction sessions were held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for a period of six weeks. A 7th and 8th grade scrimmage was held with Phillipsburg which the boys enjoyed very much. At the end of the six week period an intramural tournament was held.

Next year we look forward to an improvement in the program with the addition of the new resilite mats.

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