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1968-69 Season

6th Season 12-2 (62-13-1 career record)

Captains Jeff Duelley and Craig Reimer

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From the yearbook:

Perfect League Record Marred by Hellertown

Plagued by injuries throughout the year, the Blue Eagle wrestlers nevertheless secured an enviable record of 12-2. The two losses came at the hands of a powerful Phillipsburg squad which closed the season with a 38 match winning streak, and to a Lehigh-Northampton League team, Hellertown. The loss to Hellertown left the grapplers just one-half match out of first place, and gave Hellertown the League Championship.

Nazareth's might was proven in the District XI Tournament, in which we placed second out of the 36 teams in contention, whereas the League champs placed 8th. Jeff Duelley, at 120, was the only District XI Champion from Nazareth, with Elwood Faust filling the runner-up spot in the 133 pound class. Some of the outstanding records were Rich Albert 15-2-1; Joe Laurita 14-2-1; Jeff Duelley 15-2; Biff Stannard 14-3-1; Elwood Faust 17-2-1; and Craig Reimer 12-3.

Dual Meet Results:

  • Nazareth 35 Pen Argyl 6
  • Nazareth 5 Phillipsburg 34
  • Nazareth 29 Salisbury 12
  • Nazareth 53 Whitehall 2
  • Nazareth 25 Northampton 21
  • Nazareth 31 Parkland 15
  • Nazareth 58 Bangor 2
  • Nazareth 51 Palisades 15
  • Nazareth 22 Wilson 16
  • Nazareth 19 Hellertown 20 (only league loss)
  • Nazareth 43 Northwestern 0
  • Nazareth 27 Pocono Mountain 9
  • Nazareth 43 Southern Lehigh 6
  • Nazareth 41 East Stroudsburg 2

Nazareth finishes tied for 2nd with Dieruff in the District XI Tournament and Jeff Duelley repeats as champion, the first 2x District XI champion in school history posts a pin in 4:55 over Wilson's John Pulli at 123.

At 136 Elwood "Woody" Faust loses 6-1 to Dieruff's Dan Howard.

From the 1998-99 Wrestling Program celebrating 50 years of Nazareth wrestling was this article on Jeff Duelley:

Jeff Duelley is a 1969 graduate of Nazareth High School. With only beginning his short-lived wrestling career in his Sophomore year, Jeff was a two-year Varsity letterwinner, and Co-Captian in his Senior year with Craig Reimer. Jeff was a member of Ray's District XI Championship team in 1967-68, and was Ray Nunamaker's first two-time District XI Champion in 1967-68 and 1968-69. The only dual match he lost was in his Senior year to John Pulley of Wilson. But, he avenged that loss pinning Pulley in the District XI wrestling finals in 1969.

After graduation, Jeff joined the Army where he served eighteen months in Vietnam and received a Bronze Star. He married Cindy Albert (1969) a Nazareth High School cheerleader, who grew up with a contingent of wrestling brothers...Kim, Dick and Rob. Jeff and Cindy have two sons, Ben (1994) and Bryan (1997).

Ben and Bryan both came up through the Nazareth Midget Wrestling Program and went on to wrestle for Ray. Jeff and his family live in Tatamy, PA.

"My most memorable moment as a Nazareth Blue Eagle wrestler was living with Ray, Ron Lewis and Claude Shapelle (when they were single of course). I was trying to cut weight for Regionals. Joe Drust, assistant coach, took me to the movies to keep my mind off of eating and we ended up watching "Cool Hand Luke" eat several dozen eggs! Being extremely hungry at the time, I asked Joe if I could have something to eat and he firmly said "NO"!"

"Another memorable moment was when I went to Regionals in my Senior year and got to take along my very own personal cheerleader (my future wife, Cindy)."

"Other favorite memories were the camaraderie in working out with Rich Gross, Keith Fehr, Woody Faust, Art Metz, Frank Stampf and Dick Albert, being part of the 67-68 District XI Team Championship led by Joe Laurito and anchored by John Doto; the dedication of our coaches and the more than rigorous workouts with Carl Peters, Tony Laurito, and Danny Keen, who taught me a great deal about wrestling."

"Although we didn't wrestle anywhere near the number of matches as the sport does today, the experience was one I will never forget. My thanks to the Nazareth Wrestling fans for helping to keep the sport alive! I wish future Nazareth Blue Eagle wrestlers much success."

Assistant Coach: Joe Drust

Intramurals: Larry Oberly and Steve Kulicki

Individual Records (Final Record; Season; Sectionals; Districts; Regionals):

  • Rich Albert: 15-2-1; 12-1-1; 2-0-0; 1-1-0
  • Joe Laurito: 14-2-1; 11-1-1; 2-0-0; 1-1-0
  • Keith Fehr: 9-4-0; 7-3-0; 2-0-0; 0-1-0
  • Jeff Duelley: 15-2-0; 9-1-0; 3-0-0; 3-0-0; 0-1-0
  • Biff Stannard: 14-3-1; 10-2-1; 3-0-0; 1-1-0
  • Elwood Faust: 17-2-1; 12-1-1; 3-0-0; 2-1-0
  • Craig Reimer: 12-3-0; 12-2-0; 0-1-0
  • Jack Yeakel: 10-5-1; 7-4-1; 3-0-0; 0-1-0
  • Jim Lopresti: 5-7-3; 5-6-3; 0-1-0
  • Jack Miller: 7-5-0; 7-5-0
  • Bill Kelley: 6-2-0; 5-1-0; 1-1-0
  • Carmen Cortez: 9-5-1; 9-4-1; 0-1-0
  • Herman Petersen: 7-3-1; 7-2-1; 0-1-0
  • Lee Keck: 1-1-0; 0-0-0; 1-1-0

Nazareth led the league in pins (31), most bouts won (102), least bouts lost (24), most team points scored (399) and least team points given up (88), but Hellertown won the league with a 12-1-1 record against Nazareth's 12-2.

Carmen Cortez graduates with the most dual meet wins in school history (27), takedowns (34), and career matches (39). Joe Laurito has the 2nd most pins in a dual meet season (8).

Jeff Duelley becomes the schools' 18th Disctrict XI champion.

Jeff Duelley and Art Metz are tied in 11th with most career dual meet pins (9) and Carmen Cortez is tied at 16th (8).

Carmen Cortez is tied for 3rd for career dual meet points scored (106), Craig Reimer is 16th (79), Frank Stampf 17th (78), and Elwood Faust 19th (77).

Ray Nunamaker's Summary of the 1968-69 Wrestling Program:

Senior High School

The wrestling program at the high school level is on a very sound basis. We manage to attract a large number of boys (90) out for the team each year and have created an increased interest in wrestling in the community.

The past year we lost the League Championship by a single point and finished in a tie for second place in the District with Dieruff High School. We lose eleven seniors from this year's squad, but I feel because we have a sound program we will be able to field a "decent" team next year.

Seven of our graduating seniors have been accepted into college, with the possibility of two more attending community college.

There remain two drawbacks to our program: the limited practice facilities available, and the uneveness of competition in our league.

Junior High School

The junior high program, conducted by Larry Oberly and Steve Kulicki, showed marked improvement over the previous year. The participants were mainly 7th and 8th graders, and a few 9th graders. The junior high program began on December 3 and continued until February 28. Emphasis was placed on beginning holds and learning when to use these holds. Sessions were run from one to one and a half hours. Physical conditioning was stressed in the beginning and actual wrestling in the later part of the program. Approximately 60 boys turned out for the program.

Two scrimmages were scheduled with other junior high schools, but one had to be cancelled. One intramural tournament was again held with boys competing in nine different weight classes.

The junior high program as of now, is not on a sound basis. The program is hampered by limited practice facilities and insufficient competition to stimulate and maintain a high level of interest at this level.

5th and 6th Grade Program

The elementary program began the first week in October and ran for six weeks until the second week in November. Sessions ran for one hour and fifteen minutes, at a rate of one practice session per week.

Emphasis in this program consisted of teaching basic moves used in wrestling. In addition to the actual practice time, Mr. Drust spent time with the boys precedding each practice discussing rules, scoring, and sportsmanship.

A total of 60 boys participated in the program and interest was high.

In evaluating the program one major weakness appeared. The amount of time involved was insufficient to teach in depth even the basic moves. Actual practice time consisted of only seven hours. Divide the time allotted by the large number of participants and you can see that this was a definite handicap.