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1977 - 78 Season

15th Season14-2 (156-45-3 career record);

Team Captains Todd Lahr and Jeff Trip

From the Yearbook:

We are the League Champions Again

At the start of the season, Coach Ray Nunamaker knew he had a winning team. This Nazareth Blue Eagle Wrestling team was one of the best which Nunamaker ever coached. He felt that they were good wrestlers and good kids. Mr. Nunamaker remarked, "I had very few problems in coaching this team."

Roger Manini making weight was the only major problem. Important highlights of the season were the State Finals with Jeff Tripp against Jay Patterson of Wilkes-Barre Meyers. Jeff lost 8-6, but wrestled outstanding in the tournament. To be second in the state of Pennsylvania is quite an accomplishment. Beating Saucon Valley for the second consecutive Colonial League Championship was very rewarding.

Seniors Todd Lahr and Jeff Tripp did a fine job as Co-Captains for the squad.

Another League Title for Nunamaker

Senior Greg Leh added to the triumphs of the season by placing first in the First Annual Colonial League Tournament. Juniors Robbie Albert, Roger Manini, Keith Fairman and Jody Werner also posted fine records. Albert advanced to the State Tournament after finishing second in both the District and Regional Tournaments, and placed first in the Christmas City and Colonial League Tournaments.

Many records were set this season, perhaps the greatest of which was the fact that Coach Ray Nunamaker surpassed his 150th win since he has been a wrestling coach at Nazareth, truly a remarkable achievement. Jeff Tripp also broke a school record for posting the most wins in one season with 30 wins and 4 losses. With a final overall record of 14-2 and 8-0 in the league, the Blue Eagles ended another outstanding season.


1st Assistant, Steve Kulicki; 2nd Assistant Sebastian Rampulla; Cheerleading Coach, Ruth Ann McKay.

Nazareth wins the Colonial League dual meet and tournament championships.

It was a heart-breaking finals for the Blue Eagles with four matches decided by five points, all in losses.

  • 105 - Roger Manini lost to Rich Shoemaker of Parkland 5-4
  • 112 - Jeff Tripp lost to Rick Negrete of Freedom 6-5
  • 119 - Keith Fairman lost to Gene Waas of Bethlehem Catholic 3-1
  • 145 - Robbie Albert lost to Rick Scarpantonio of Easton 3-2

Future coach John Rodriguez wins his second District title by a 9-2 score over Scott Phillips of Pocono Mountain.

Jeff Tripp and Rob Albert are both Regional Runners-up.

Jeff Tripp becomes Coach Nunamaker's 2nd PIAA State Runner-up at 112.

Albert loses 6-2 in the opening round to Randy March of Dover.

Tripp advances to the finals with a 9-4 opening round decision over Will Wolfe of Cumberland Valley, a 4-0 win over Chomie Auday of Harriton, and a 5-5, 8-7 overtime win in the semifinals over Wade Cutler of Clearfield. He lost to Jay Patterson of Wilkes-Barre Meyers in the finals.

Also in the tournament:

Eason's Mark Noto advanced to the finals at 132.

Stroudsburg's Dan Woolever and Liberty's Mike Walters both lose in the semifinals at 155

Allen's Tom Hersh and Dieruff's Abe Atiyeh meet in the semifinals at 185, with Atiyeh advancing to the finals.



Graduating in 1978 for the Blue Eagles (with 30 or more career wins):

  • Jeff Tripp 60-13 with 34 pins
  • Brian Boyer 34-17-1 with 9 pins

Individual Results:

  • D. Rader: 5-12
  • S. Treon: 0-3
  • R. Albert: 26-5
  • K. Fairman: 22-5-2
  • A. Haberle: 14-8-1
  • S. Getz: 11-4-1
  • T. Halbfoerster: 1-0
  • R. Manini: 24-5-0
  • J. Werner: 22-7-1
  • B. Boyer: 19-6
  • T. Lahr: 20-8
  • G. Leh: 19-6-1
  • M. Male: 1-0
  • R. Rader: 1-0
  • L. Rissmiller: 16-7-1
  • R. Schneebeli: 6-2
  • M. Skutches: 1-0
  • J. Tripp: 30-4

Jeff Tripp graduates with the second most wins in school history (60) and tied for 2nd with most career falls (34). He sets the record for most wins in a season (30), Rob Albert ties for 2nd (26), Roger Manini ties for 4th (24) and Keith Fairman and Jody Werner tie for 7th (22). Jeff Tripp is 2nd in pins per season (19), tied for 1st in dual meet team points per season (82), and 2nd in most career matches (73). Keith Fairman and Alan Haberle tied for 6th (10) all time in pins per season.

Brian Boyer has 12th (34) most wins.

Steve Getz ties the fastest fall at HWT record with an 0:11 pin against Salisbury.

Rob Albert sets the record for most takedowns per season (63), Brian Boyer was 2nd (54), Jeff Tripp 3rd (44), and Greg Leh and Todd Lahr tied for 6th (36) all time.

The team set the record for most wins (14), most total points in a season (666), most pins in a season (93), and most takedowns (396).

Mat Maids:

  • Carol Dlugos
  • Anne Musser
  • Donna Williams
  • Kim Shafer
  • Jane Brown
  • Becky Santee
  • Kathy Correll
  • Sue Dlugos
  • Lydia Siegfried
  • Lynn Rader