1972 - 73 Season
10th Season 12-1-1 (103-26-3 career record);
Team Captains Mike Mihalik and Dave Schreck
From the yearbook:
Grapplers Capture League Crown
Highlighted by a 38-12 victory over Saucon and a surprise 21-21 tie with Easton the '73 grapplers recorded the second best season in the history of Nazareth wrestling. Capturing the Lehigh Northampton League crown for the first time since 1968, Nazareth wrestlers finished the season with ten straight wins.
In the Sectional meets held in our own gymnasium, Nazareth sent seven boys into the finals and captured four sectional championships on the performances of Dave Schreck, Tim Reese, Terry Reese, and Lynn Morris. Competing in District XI competition at Liberty High School, only the Reese brothers lasted to the finals, with dave Schreck being eliminated in a surprise upset by a Freedom wrestler. Junior Terry Reese became our only District XI champion.
Co-Captains Dave Schreck, a four-year letterman, undoubtedly set a school record for setting school records. He recorded the most pins ever one by one man, was named the most valuable wrestler during the Holiday Christmas Tournament in Phillipsburg, and posted an unblemished 14-0 record during the regular season.
As a team, the Eagles set a few records of their own. They registered three shutouts, rare in wrestling, and devoured most opponents with few problems. Boasting a 12-1-1 record, Nazareth proved themselves as a wrestling powerhouse in the Lehigh Valley.
Wrestlers Win 100th for Coach Ray Nunamaker
Many coaches dream of a successful and rewarding season. Our own coach, Ray Nunamaker, had an exceptional season, capturing the League and Sectional titles. Another rewarding moment occurred at Pleasant Valley High School when Coach Nunamaker captured his 100th triumph throughout his ten years of coaching wrestlers at Nazareth. Mr. Nunamaker commented that he hopes the next ten years are as good as the past ten years have been.
Our JV wrestlers compiled an almost perfect season, marred only by losses at Easton and Liberty. Among their twelve victories were three shutouts, Northwestern 69-0, Wilson 63-0, and a perfect match against East Stroudsburg 72-0. We are hopeful that the success of this Junior Varsity squad will carry into future years.
Dual Meet Results:
- Nazareth 43 Lehighton 3
- Nazareth 14 Phillipsburg 33
- Nazareth 55 Palisades 9
- Nazareth 21 Easton 21
- Nazareth 58 Northwestern 6
- Nazareth 38 Saucon Valley 12
- Nazareth 48 Parkland 5
- Nazareth 44 Northampton 11
- Nazareth 60 Pen Argyl 0
- Nazareth 34 Wilson 14
- Nazareth 60 Pleasant Valley 0
- Nazareth 27 Liberty 15
- Nazareth 54 Bangor 2
- Nazareth 59 East Stroudsburg 0
The Mat Maids are Judith Remaliy, Kimberly Keefer, Kim Shorkey, Susanne Johnson, Veronica Ricci, Kathleen Tanzosh, Janice Lahr, Sandra Deutsch, Carol Yavorski, Debra Doyle, Pamela Kulp, Jonice Knecht.
Nazareth defeats Pen Argyl to give Ray his 100th career coaching victory.
Dave Schreck goes through the regular season without giving up a single point.
Nazareth is the Lehigh-Northampton League Dual and Tournament Champion.
Tim Reese is District XI runner-up at 88 pounds losing to Dave Quier of Saucon Valley (formerly Hellertown).
Terry Reese wins a District XI title at 138 over Brad Weller of Emmaus 6-2.
Easton teammates and future Nazareth coaches Greg Shoemaker and Darwin Brodt both claim District XI titles.
Graduating in 1973 for the Blue Eagles (with 30 or more career wins):
- Dave Schreck 68-11 with 39 pins
- Mike Mihalik 36-14-4 with 8 pins
- Joe Skutches 31-5-1 with 10 pins
Individual Records (Record; Pins)
- Tim Reese: 4-2
- Steve Keck: 10-4; 6
- Dave Schreck: 22-1; 18
- Joe Skutches: 16-3; 4
- Terry Faust: 10-5-1; 3
- Kurt Eichman: 5-4; 3
- Greg Skutches: 7-3-1; 3
- John Yavorski: 13-9; 8
- Terry Reese: 22-2-1; 9
- Marty Boo: 8-7-1; 3
- Bob Getz: 1-1; 1
- Mike Mihalik: 17-4-2; 4
- Jim Miller: 16-6; 5
- Bob Bastian: 11-4; 3
- Lynn Morris: 19-3-1; 14
Dave Schreck is tied for 1st with most wins in a dual meet season (14), 1st in career wins (46), 1st in best career dual record (41-0), 1st Pins per season (11), 1st Pins per career (27), 1st (53) takedowns per career, 1st (82) team points per season, 1st (232) team points per career, 1st (51) total career matches, and 1st (0) least points scored upon in a dual meet season.
The 1972-73 team tied for 1st for fewest losses (1) in school history, were 1st (615) for most total poins scored in a season, tied for 1st (60) for most pins, were 1st for most takedowns (164), and were 2nd for least times pinned (4).
Ray Nunamaker's Summary of the 1972-73 Wrestling Program:
Senior High School
The wrestling program of Nazareth is a very sound one. We had an outstanding dual meet season 12-1-1. Our only loss was to Phillipsburg, NJ, the number one team in the state. We also drew with powerful Easton High School. Nazareth was 2nd in the Phillipsburg Holiday Tournament; won the Lehigh Northampton Northern Division Title; and won the Lehigh Northampton Tournament Championship.
Our biggest disappointment came in the tournaments. We lost Joe Skutches (District XI Champion 1972) in the League tournament and then had our most outstanding wrestler (Dave Schreck), upset in the Districts. There was a ray of sunshine however, when Terry Reese captured the District XI 138 pound championship. His brother Tim ended up a runnerup in the 91 pound exhibition class.
The Junior Varsity squad had an equally successful season, 11-3. The Freshman team enjoyed its best year ending with a 6-2 season.
Junior High School
The Junior High intramural program began on March 19, and will run for five weeks. The program is conducted by Ray Nunamaker and Steve Kulicki. Sessions are conducted Monday thru Thursday from 3:40 to 5:15. The instruction will be concluded with an Intramural Wrestling Tournament. Approximately 55 7th and 8th graders have expressed an interest in the program.
The elementary program was run during the months of November and December for approximately 18 ssessions. The sessions ran two hours and thirty minutes, three times a week. There were eighteen participants in the program.
Although this is not an official part of our school program, I feel it is important to our total program. Approximately sixty boys participated in the midget wrestling program.
Coaching with dad, I wasn't even two in this pic: