1974 - 75 Season
12th Season 9-5 (123-34-3 career record);
Team Captains Steve Keck, Mike Morin, and Bill Sandbrook
1974-75 Season Outlook from the Program:
The Blue Eagles return seven letterwinners from the 1974 team. Nazareth was ranked 21st in Pennsylvania, which has over 645 schools with interscholastic wrestling programs. Gone are four boys who accounted for 94 victories and three District XI titles: Greg Skutches, Terry Reese, Bob Bastian, Lynn Morris.
Coach Nunamaker feels that many of his wrestlers have improved tremendously over the summer, and he hopes that some new faces can fill in for the departed Seniors. Nazareth is always competitive, and this year will be no different. Dave Tripp and Tim Reese will bolster the light-weights. Ray Nunamaker feels the middleweights will be the most competitive he has had in years. Battling for starting berths will be Steve Keck, Tim Danner, Mike Yavorski, Steve Albanese, Ray Gross, Perry Snyder, Ed Campbell, Jeff Evanko. In the upperweights Bill Sandbrook, Mike Morin, Brian Lawrence, Bob Buesing, and Mark Schutts will lead the way.
All in all it points to another exciting dual meet season, and the never ending quest to be a State Champion.
From the yearbook:
Wrestling, the oldest sport known to man, is alive and flourishing at Nazareth High. Wrestling can be the fastest, most exciting six minutes of a person's life. It's both an individualistic and a team sport, where, due to it's nature, anything and everything happens. The 74-75 season wascharacteristic of this. The varisty record shows only a 9-5 season, but the story goes deeper. In December captian Mike Morin was hit by mononucleosis and was out for just about the rest of the year. Undaunted, the Eagles went into the Christmas City Tournament as underdogs, and came out with the first place trophy. Placing for the Eagles were Jeff Tripp in second place, Dave Tripp first place, Steve Keck second place, Steve Albanese second place, and Bill Sandbrook first place.
Three of the team's losses came at the hands of Easton, Saucon Valley, and Liberty. All three of these teams were ranked in the top ten of the state. The other two losses were to nineteenth ranked Lehighton and a thrilling 23-22 loss to Northampton. These factors gave Nazareth an honorable mention rank in state-wide ranking of over 600 schools.
A personal lift for the team was the surprise of Steve Albanese in the Regional Tournament. Here Steve showed his true ability by defeating two District Champs and becoming the Northeast Regional 134-lb. champion.
What makes Nazareth wrestling so interesting? Everything. The fans, the wrestlers, and even the referee. Year after year wrestling gains followers and continues to become a significant part of Nazareth High School sports.
Dual Meet Results:
- Nazareth 38 Southern Lehigh 13
- Nazareth 20 Lehighton 30
- Nazareth 39 Salisbury 14
- Nazareth 6 Easton 45
- Nazareth 40 Jim Thorpe 18
- Nazareth 46 Bangor 10
- Nazareth 22 Northampton 23
- Nazareth 51 East Stroudsburg 0
- Nazareth 25 Freedom 22
- Nazareth 12 Saucon Valley 37
- Nazareth 34 Parkland 12
- Nazareth 6 Liberty 35
- Nazareth 37 Pen Argyl 17
- Nazareth 39 Wilson 11
The JV team went 11-3.
Assistant Coaches: Steve Kulicki, Sebastian Rampulla, and Randy Polinski.
Nazareth wins the Christmas City Tournament and finishes 2nd in the Lehigh Northampton League.
Ray's son Ross, who was trying to help put the mat away after a home match, has a section of mat accidentally dropped on him, resulting in a broken tibia and fibula in his left leg.
Nazareth was shut out of the 1975 District XI finals and finished 8th as a team.
Nazareth's Steve Albanese lost the opening round 16-16, 6-5 in overtime to Bertus Jones of Greensburg Salem at 132.
Also in the tournament:
- Easton's Bobby Weaver wins the tournament at 98 pounds and Saucon Valley's Jim Zenz loses in the semifinals.
- Northampton's Rick Billy finishes 2nd in the state losing in overtime in the finals.
- Easton's Greg Shoemaker is second at 112 losing 2-1 in the finals to Mike DeAugustine of North Allegheny. Freedom's Mike Zito loses by fall to DeAugustine in the semifinals.
- At 126, Easton's Guy Weaver advanced to the semifinals.
- Saucon Valley's Jerry Rodriguez loses in the semifinals to eventual champion John Eichenlaub of Lock Haven.
- Freedom's Rich McIntyre wins the state championship at 145.
- Liberty's Brian Statum wins the title at 155.
- At 185, Saucon Valley's Gary Albright defeats Bethlehem Catholic's Mike Brown in the finals 10-5.
Graduating in 1975 for the Blue Eagles (with 30 or more career wins):
- Steve Keck 37-15-2 with 19 pins
- Tim Reese 30-15-3 with 8 pins
- Dianne Schaffer
- Nancy Erdie
- Cindy Harper
- Chris Gyulai
- Terry Sofka
- Brenda Stoudt
- Connie Marchak
- Cheryl Houck
- Fran Saveri
- Tammy Boyer
- Becky Hontz
- Royce Getz
- John Ziegler
- Lisa Keck
- Carol Yavorski
- Kim Keefer
- Judy Remaley
- Kim Shorkey
- Mary Yavorski
- Jill Wagner
- Sara Melick
- Laura Kessler
- Nancy Abel
- Rita Stampf
- Nadine Faust
Ray Nunamaker's Summary of the 1974-75 Wrestling Program:
Senior High School
The Nazareth Wrestling team had a moderately successful season. Our deal meet record was 9-5. Four of our losses came at the hands of teams ranked in the top 20 in Pennsylvania. The other loss was a 23-22 defeat to Northampton. We finished second in the Lehigh-Northampton League to Saucon Valley. Nazareth also won the Christmas City Tournament hosted by Bethlehem Catholic for the second straight year.
Steve Albanese placed third in the District XI meet and advanced to the Regionals. Mark Schutts gained a 4th place. Steve proceeded to capture first place in the Northeast Regional and advanced to the State Finals (championships).
The Junior Varsity team had an 11-3 record, while the Freshman team won eight matches and lost two.
Junior High Program
The junior high school intramural program began the last week in January and ran for approximately seven weeks (25 sessions). The program was concluded with an intramural tournament open to the entire junior high. The program was conducted by Randy Polinski. The number of regular participants was small. As of now, it is not a sound program.
This is a community run program which is very essential to our "total" wrestling program. It is not strong enough to be the "sole" feeder system for our high school program.