1973 - 74 Season
11th Season 11-3 (114-29-3 career record);
Team Captains Lynn Morris and Terry Reese
From the Yearbook:
Nazareth's performance in District XI wrestling action probably wasn't as appreciated as it should have been. The Eagles (11-3) wrestled somewhat in the shadows of top-ranked Easton and powerful Saucon Valley. Coach Ray Nunamaker's team finished second, behind Saucon Valley, in the Lehigh Northampton League and third in the District Class A tournament.
Undefeated Terry Reese at 145 captured his second straight district crown while teammates Greg Skutches at 132 and also undefeated Lynn Morris at heavyweight grabbed their first crown. Runnersup Bob Bastian at 188 and Tim Reese at 98 provided vital strength at their ends of the lineup.
One reason for the year's success is the great individual talent we have shown. Even the wrestler who wasn't a champion and didn't have an impressive record was a real credit to the team. Together they made up a team everyone was proud of.
Coach Nunamaker may be small, but, as the saying goes, "Good things come in small packages." If wrestling ability is contageous, perhaps he's just started another epidemic.
And on the JV season from the Yearbook:
This year's junior varsity wrestling team was run as a junior varsity team should be. In all, 31 different wrestlers participated throughout the year at one of the twelve weight classes. This is a good indication of the highly competitive field of young men who will be trying to capture a starting berth in next year's varsity team.
Our Eagles 10-4, under the direction of Coach Steven Kulicki boasted many outstanding prospects for the years to come. Dave Tripp (12-1-1) at 98 pounds, Ray Gross (8-3) at 119, Steve Albanese (5-2) at 120, Perry Snyder (5-1-1) at 126, Ed Campbell (12-2) at 133, and Tom Davis (9-4) at 145 were the mainstays in the Eagle lineup. Junior Bob Buesing (8-0-2), a first-year wrestler, helped strengthen the upper weights.
With a little work and determination, these wrestlers might just happen to be in the spotlight for the next wrestling season. Good luck and good grappling.
1974 Varsity results:
- Nazareth 39 Lehighton 9
- Nazareth 21 Phillipsburg 23
- Nazareth 38 Southern Lehigh 18
- Nazareth 10 Easton 35
- Nazareth 37 Salisbury 14
- Nazareth 55 Bangor 2
- Nazareth 36 Northampton 18
- Nazareth 52 East Stroudsburg 3
- Nazareth 14 Saucon Valley 28
- Nazareth 43 Parkland 6
- Nazareth 27 Liberty 18
- Nazareth 57 Pen Argyl 2
- Nazareth 53 Jim Thorpe 0
- Nazareth 43 Wilson 9
From the 1974-75 Wrestling Program:
Nazareth's performance in the District XI wrestling action wasn't as appreciated as it should have been. The Eagles (11-3) wrestled somewhat in the shadows of top-ranked Easton and powerful Saucon Valley. Coach Ray Nunamaker's team finished second, behind Saucon Valley, in the Lehigh Northampton League and third in the District Class A Tournament.
Undefeated Terry Reese at 145 captured his second straight District crown while teammates Greg Skutches at 132 and also undefeated Lynn Morris at heavyweight grabbed their first crown. Bob Bastian at 188 and Tim Reese at 98 provided vital strength at their ends of the line-up.
Nazareth wins the Christmas City Tournament and finishes 2nd in the Lehigh Northampton League.
The PIAA splits into a Class A and Class B for the post-season. Nazareth finishes 3rd in Districts.
- Greg Skutches defeats Curt Stanley of Easton 8-4 at 132 to claim his District title.
- Terry Reese defeats Russ Grifo of Easton 11-3 at 145 to claim his District title. He is a Regional Runner-up.
- Bob Bastian loses 6-3 to Lee Guzzo of Easton to finish as a District XI runner-up.
- Lynn Morris defeats Tom Giordani of Saucon Valley 1-0 to claim his District title at Heavyweight. He also is a Regional Champion and State Runner-up.
Also from the yearbook under "Recognition":
This year's wrestling team was proud to have three great champions. Terry Reese repeated as a District XI Champt at 145 and was a Regional runner-up. Greg Skutches surprised everyone with a superb performance all season long to take the 132 pound crown. But the biggest accomplishment was by Lynn Morris. Unbeaten through the season, he earned himself a District title at heavyweight, then next the Regional Championship, and, finally, was a State Runnerup. His only loss in the finals was a 2-1 decision, thought by many to be an unfair decision by the referee. Congratulations to all these great champs!
Graduating for Nazareth in 1974 (with 30 or more career wins):
- Lynn Morris, competing at heavyweight, finished 2nd in the state, becoming Ray's first state finalist. Lynn graduated with a career record of 45-4-2 with 34 pins giving him a career 90% winning percentage and over 75% pinning percentage.
- Terry Reese 53-8-1 with 25 pins
- Bob Bastian 32-9 with 13 pins
- Greg Skutches 30-6-1 with 7 pins
Shoemaker and Brodt repeat as District XI champions for Easton.