1971 - 72 Season
9th Season 9-5 (91-25-2 career record);
Team Captains Gilbert Bastion and Craig Lawrence
From the yearbook:
Grapplers Display High Spirit and Ability
Wrestling is gradually becoming one of th emost popular spectator sports. The attendance at the matches this year has surpassed that of any previous year. Since the home matches this year were played at the relatively small Junior High gym, there was always a full house and some fans had to stand or sit on the floor.
The Eagles had a good start with a win against Lehighton Indans with a score of 30-19. The next match, against Phillipsburg, was supposed to be at home but, because of the large crowd expected, was played at the neutral Wilson gym. There, in an exciting match, the Eagles were defeated by the Stateliners 31-21. Although they came back with a win 43-10 against Palisades, they were defeated the next match by Easton. The only other defeats were Saucon Valley, Wilson, and Liberty.
JV's Post Excellent 12-2 Record
The varsity record was 9-5 which put the Eagles in third place behind Saucon Valley and Wilson. THere were many outstanding wrestlers this season including heavyweight Gib Bastian, Dave Schreck at 103 pounds, and Joe Skutches at 112 pounds. Gib's record was 13-1 with his only loss to Lehighton's George Barkanic. Dave Schreck also had an excellent 12-2 record and he was also a district runner-up. Joe Skutches had a 7-1-1 varsity record and he became a district champion.
This year, because of the large number of participating teams in the Lehigh-Northampton League, the League was split into a northern and a southern division. Since no one team could play all the other teams in their league in one season, the League champion was determined by the Sectional Tournament Finals. Since Nazareth came in second in that tournament, the Eagles were actually in second in the League.
An outstanding performer in the Sectional Tournament held at Wilson High School was junior Mike Mihalik. Mike defeted highly favored Sam Crivellaro who last year was a district contender. Another good show was given by junior Russel Lerch, who took over at the last minute for ailing heavyweight Gib Bastian. He took second place in the League and qualified for the District tournament. Other District qualifiers were League Champions Dave Schreck and Joe Skutches, and runners-up Randy Miller and Steve Keck.
Dual Meet Record:
- Nazareth 30 Lehighton 19
- Nazareth 21 Phillipsburg 31
- Nazareth 43 Palisades 10
- Nazareth 23 Easton 27
- Nazareth 56 Northwestern 0
- Nazareth 19 Saucon Valley 25
- Nazareth 39 Northampton 11
- Nazareth 24 Parkland 15
- Nazareth 33 Pen Argyl 18
- Nazareth 17 Wilson 21
- Nazareth 15 Liberty 24
- Nazareth 54 Bangor 6
- Nazareth 69 Pleasant Valley 0 (most point scored in a match in school history)
- Nazareth 45 East Stroudsburg 2
Nazareth held its matches at the Junior High School this season.
Dave Schreck advanced to the District XI finals at 103 losing to Liberty's Greg Filipos 6-2.
Joe Skutches defeated Greg Cron at 112 5-4 to win his title. He finishes the season as a Regional Runner-up.
Nazareth is 4th in Districts as a team.
Future Nazareth coaches Rocky Chunko (120, Hellertown) won a title and Darwin Brodt (154, Easton) finished 2nd in double OT.
Graduating in 1972 for the Blue Eagles (with 30 or more career wins):
- Lee Keck 30-9-1 with 11 pins
Individual Records (Overall, Dual; Sectionals; Districts; Regionals; Pins):
- Steve Keck: 3-2; 0-0; 2-1; 1-1
- Randy Miller: 13-9; 9-5; 3-1; 0-1; 3
- Dave Schreck: 20-4; 12-2; 4-0; 2-1; 9
- Joe Skutches: 14-2-1; 7-1-1; 3-0; 3-0; 1-1; 6
- Terry Faust: 5-6; 4-4
- Lee Keck: 12-5-1; 10-3-1; 0-1; 4
- Jim Mellick: 3-7; 2-5; 1-1; 2
- Terry Reese: 10-5; 7-3; 1-1; 2
- Barry Newhard: 6-6; 6-5; 0-1
- Glen Young: 13-5-1; 10-3-1; 1-1; 4
- Jim Miller: 3-4-1; 3-3-1; 0-0; 2
- Kurt Eichman: 0-1; 0-1
- Mike Stauffer: 1-0; 1-0; 1
- Mike Mihalick: 9-2-1; 5-1-1; 4-0; 0-1; 2
- Bob Abel: 8-9-1: 7-6-1; 0-1; 3
- John Farnack: 0-3; 0-2
- Craig Lawrence: 9-4-1; 8-3; 1-1; 1
- Gib Bastian: 15-2; 13-1; 0-0; 6
- Russell Lerch: 3-2; 0-0; 3-1; 0-1
Ross Nunamaker with Co-captain Craig Lawrence at the 2014 Nazareth Wrestling Alumni Night: