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1969-70 Season

7th Season 10-4 (72-17-1 career record)

Captains Ken Steward and Rich Gross

From the Comet yearbook:

Eagles Compile Worthy 10-4 Seasonal Record

Despite facing their toughtest schedule in years, the Blue Eagles wrestled to a 10-4 overall season record. Defeated only by powerful Phillipsburg, Easton, Hellertown, and Wilson squads, the Eagle grapplers decisively beat all other opposition to finish third in league action.

This year Nazareth High wrestling has asserted a great influence on the community. As a winter spectator sport, wrestling has aroused as much enthusiasm and attracted as large a following as basketball. Joseph Drust, former assistant coach, initiated an elementary school wrestling program, and Ronald Lewis took over as JV coach and assistant varsity coach.

Although the season's squad was relatively inexperienced, several of the boys turned in outstanding performances. 168 pound junio Jack Miller, 12-2, tied Ron Klein's 1966 school record of nine pins in a single season. Richard Albert, 11-3, Rich Gross, 12-1-1, and Miller were Lehigh-Northampton League Sectional winners in their respective weight classes. Other fine records were compiled by Kenn Steward, 12-2; junior Ron Gerhard, 11-3 and freshman David Schreck, 9-1.

Dual Meet Results:

  • Nazareth 41, East Stroudsburg 6
  • Nazareth 3, Phillipsburg 43
  • Nazareth 37, Pen Argyl 18
  • Nazareth 19, Easton 25
  • Nazareth 31, Salisbury 14
  • Nazareth 50, Bangor 5
  • Nazareth 30, Northampton 15
  • Nazareth 26, Parkland 13
  • Nazareth 37, Palisades 15
  • Nazareth 18, Wilson 25
  • Nazareth 10, Hellertown 33
  • Nazareth 44, Northwestern 3
  • Nazareth 29, Pocono Mountain 15
  • Nazareth 42, Southern Lehigh 3

The midget program was started this year by Joe Drust.

Jack Miller tied the school record with nine pins in a season. Rich Albert set the record for career dual meet wins (34),best career dual meet record (28-0), most dual meet matches (41), and was second in career team points (134).

The team finished 3rd in the Lehigh Northampton League.

The JV team, coached by Ron Lewis is 13-1, tying the school record for best JV season record.

The Nazareth Wrestling program record improved to 115-113-3, the first time the program had an overall winning record.

Graduating in 1970 for the Blue Eagles (with 30 or more career wins):

  • Rich Albert 45-10-1 with 9 pins

Individual Records (Total; Dual Meet; Holiday Tournament; Sectionals; District)

  • Dave Schreck: 9-2; 9-1; 0-0; 0-1
  • Terry Faust: 2-3; 2-2; 0-1
  • Jerry Leh: 6-9-1; 6-7-1; 0-1; 0-1
  • Rich Albert: 15-5; 10-3; 1-1; 3-0; 1-1
  • Rich Gross: 19-2-1; 12-1-1; 3-0; 3-0; 1-1
  • Bill Liming: 7-5-3; 6-3-3; 1-1; 0-1
  • Kenn Steward: 15-4; 11-2; 2-1; 2-1
  • Dan Dreibeleis: 10-7-2; 7-5-2; 1-1; 2-1
  • Glenn Young: 2-6; 2-5; 0-1
  • Tim Messinger: 9-8-1; 7-6-1; 0-1; 2-1
  • Jack Miller: 15-4; 12-2; 0-1; 2-0; 1-1
  • Ron Gerhard: 13-5; 11-3; 0-1; 2-1
  • Gib Bastian: 3-4; 2-3; 0-0; 1-1 

District XI Notes:

Future Nazareth assistant coach Rocky Chunko of Hellertown is District runner-up to Easton's Brad Weaver, and Chunko's teammate and future Northampton head coach Don Rohn wins the first of his three District titles over Mike Tophoney of North Schuylkill. Hellertown claims their first District XI title.

Future Penn State assistant coach John Fritz wins Outstanding Wrestler for Liberty.