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1967-68 Season

5th Season 13-1 (50-11-1 career record);

Captain Pete Topping

The 1967-68 school year saw the retirement of longtime coach and athletic director, Andrew S. Leh. Andy Leh coached football, baseball, and basketball at Nazareth for 42 years and 1,114 games. He was 281-140-7 with 6 undefeated seasons and 12 league titles in baseball; 160-73-18 with 3 undefeated seasons and 10 league titles and co-titles in football; and 221-214 with 2 league titles in basketball.

From the Comet yearbook:

Mr. Leh, who symbolizes sports at Nazareth, has been an active coach in interscholastic sports since 1926. He fielded the first interscholastic football team, composed of only 20 members. For 26 years he coached all three varsity sports - football, basketball, and baseball. He resigned as basketball coach in 1952 and as football coach in 1956. Mr. Leh was appointed Athletic Director in 1956 and has continued as baseball coach.

Of course, it was Andy who hired Ray Nunamaker to take over the wrestling program, and for that we are indebted to him.

The yearbook also noted that, "Nazareth Teams Dominate Lehigh-Northampton League in Track, Football, Basketball, And Wrestling...Greatest Sports Year in School's History."

What a tribute to Mr. Leh.

The 1967-68 dual meet results:

  • Nazareth 23 Northampton 20
  • Nazareth 42 Pen Argyl 0
  • Nazareth 18 Phillipsburg 30
  • Nazareth 44 Salisbury 0
  • Nazareth 52 Whitehall 0
  • Nazareth 58 Bangor 0
  • Nazareth 27 Parkland 9
  • Nazareth 37 Palisades 11
  • Nazareth 30 Wilson 12
  • Nazareth 25 Hellertown 14
  • Nazareth 46 Northwestern 3
  • Nazareth 38 Pocono Mountain 3
  • Nazareth 39 Southern Lehigh 8
  • Nazareth 39 East Stroudsburg 8

Nazareth defeated Hellertown for the first time in school history.

Nazareth won the Lehigh-Northampton League title outright.

Nazareth claims its first District XI Tournament Championship. It is the first title for a non-East Penn Conference team. Ray earns Coach of the Year Honors and four individuals claim District XI titles: John Doto, Jeff Duelley, Joe Laurito, and Terry Rissmiller. Terry went on to claim a Regional title and placed fourth at states, while John Doto was a Regional runner-up.

  • At 91 pounds, Joe Laurito defeats Dennis Kuhns of Allen 4-0.
  • Jeff Duelly defeats John Filipos of LIberty at 115 pounds 4-0.
  • Art Metz loses a 3-2 decision to Easton's Barry Snyder at 141.
  • Terry Rissmiller defeats Joe Schantz of Emmaus 7-1 at 148.
  • And at Hwt. John Doto defeats Phil Noto of Easton 3-2 to clinch the District XI team championship for the Blue Eagles.

"The team title was once agin the story as the 1968 tourney unfolded Nazareth and Easton were locked in a two team struggle that would not be decided until the final 30 seconds of the final round.  The Blue Eagles' John Doto clinched the team title when he took down Phil Noto with 30 seconds to go in their bout. The takedown and win gained the first team crown for Nazareth. Ray Nunamaker was voted Coach of the Year. Neither the team nor Nunamaker, however, would repeat their feat for another 19 years!" Wrestling Country by Scott Barr.

Visit Lehigh Valley Wrestling History to learn all about the 1967-68 season.

Records & Place in School History

The 1967-68 team posted the best record (13-1), most wins (13), fewest losses (1), most consecutive wins (11), most total points scored in a season (518), most takedowns (155), most individual matches won (133), and best JV record (13-1) in school history.

Terry Rissmiller and John Doto set the school dual meet records for wins (14) and best season record (14-0). Pete Topping had the best dual meet career record (20-0), most takedowns per season (20), initial takedowns per season (13), and caeer takedowns during dual meet season in a career (32) in school history.

John Doto graduated with 9th most pins in school history (10).

Terry Rissmiller graduated with the least points scored on him in a season (6) in school history. John Doto was 3rd (7), Jeff Duelley 5th (7), and Pete Topping 6th (8).

Total dual meet points scored in a career saw John Doto 6th (96 points) all time, Pete Topping 8th (87), and Terry Rissmiller 11th (84).

Individual Records (I believe this is dual meets only):

  • Rich Albert: 12-2
  • Frank Stampf: 8-4-2
  • Don Dreibelbis: 0-3
  • Elwood Faust: 10-4
  • Ken Steward: 1-0
  • Craig Reimer: 10-4
  • Art Metz: 3-1-1
  • Terry Rissmiller: 14-0
  • Pete Topping: 13-0
  • Wil Theimer: 11-0
  • Carmen Cortez: 10-4
  • John Doto: 14-0
  • Jeff Duelley: 8-0
  • Keith Fehr: 1-1
  • Rich Gross: 0-1
  • Colin Petz: 10-3
  • John Gerlog: 6-2
  • Jim Lopresti: 0-1
  • Craig Fogel: 2-2