18th Season 16-2 (193-58-4 career record)
Team Captains Lee Ashenfelder and Rick Noll
From the Yearbook:
Wrestlers Mature into Colonial League Champs
With the excellent history of Nazareth Wrestling in the past this year the fans did not expect anything but the best. The best is what the fans got. The 1980-81 team was undefeated in the league, gaining the Colonial League Championship, and held an overall record of 16 wins and 2 losses. Grabbing the 16 wins allowed the team to set a new school record.
Along with the above honors Nazareth became the Colonial League tournament champions receiving 126.5 points to Saucon Valley's 121.5. The tournament resulted in three champions Mark Belkey, Brett Fehnel, and Lee Ashenfelder. Lee Ashenfelder was a champion at the Christmas City tournament as well. At the Christmas City tourney Greg Noll, Jim Albanese, and Bruce Shoemaker also had respectable showing of second place.
The highlight of the wrestling season for Coach Nunamaker and the squad came on January 22. On this day Nazareth defeated Saucon Valley 33-22. The match was highlighted by Ernie Arduini's pin at Heavyweight.
The Nazareth Wrestling Team surely was something to make the school proud. This year's wrestling team overcame many obstacles which permitted it to gain many achievements throughout the season.
Dual Meet Results
- Nazareth 40; Southern Lehigh 15
- Nazareth 36; Dieruff 18
- Nazareth 58; Salisbury 6
- Nazareth 38; Lehighton 12
- Nazareth 9; Easton 44
- Nazareth 26; Catasauqua 24
- Nazareth 33; Wilson 17
- Nazareth 36; Northampton 17
- Nazareth 33; Saucon Valley 23
- Nazareth 4; Liberty 30
- Nazareth 36; Maple Point 20
- Nazareth 39; Freedom 21
- Nazareth 48; Pen Argyl 9
- Nazareth 42; Notre Dame 12
- Nazareth 52; Northwestern 5
- Nazareth 34; Bangor 15
- Nazareth 29; Parkland 28
- Nazareth 55; Palisades 8
JV Coach, Rich Israel; Jr. High Head Coach, Steve Kulicki; Asst. Jr. High Coach, Sebastian Rampulla; Cheerleading Coaches Diane Werkheiser and Donna Panick
Bruce Shoemaker records a :09 second pin at 145 pounds, the first under :10 second pin during Ray's tenure.
In the Christmas City tournament Lee Ashenfalder is 1st, Greg Noll, Jim Albanese, and Bruce Shoemaker are 2nd, and Rick Noll is 3rd.
Nazareth wins the Colonial League Championship and individual league tournament.
Mark Belkey, Lee Ashenfalder, and Brett Fehnel are league tournament champions, Greg Noll and Bruce Shoemaker are 2nd, and Mark Daney, Jim Albanese, Rick Noll, and Mike Dlugos are 3rd.
Nazareth is 5th in the District Tournament. Greg Noll finished as District XI runner-up at 98, losing to Northampton's Stephan Billy by fall in 5:58. Jim Albanese is 3rd and Lee Ashenfalder and Brett Fehnel are 4th.
In the Northeast regional tournament Greg Noll is 4th and Jim Albanese qualified, but did not place.
Brett Fehnel is 6th (24) all-time for career pins.
Lee Ashenfelder is tied for 3rd (26) for wins in a season.
Lee Ashenfelder is 4th (52) for takedowns per season, Bruce Shoemaker is 5th (49), Rick Noll is 6th (48), and Greg Noll is 7th (47).
Brett Fehnel is tied for 4th (14) all time for pins in a season and Greg Noll is 8th (12).
Brett Fehnel is 3rd (81) all time for team points in a season.
Nazareth records ten pins under one minute, the most in a season since 1973.
The Nazareth Wrestling Program record improves to 236-169-6.
Graduating in 1981 for the Blue Eagles (with 40 or more career wins):
- Brett Fehnel 44-25-3 with 24 pins
- Bruce Shoemaker 42-23-2 with 11 pins
- Lee Ashenfalder 40-16 with 16 pins
- M. Belkey: 8-13
- J. Burnett: 0-3
- J. Albanese: 20-10-2
- J. Brooks: 0-5
- M. Dlugos: 18-5
- J. Gensits: 5-2
- G. Grube: 4-6
- D. Hickswa: 4-5
- G. Noll: 21-9-1
- T. Werkheiser: 0-4
- E. Arduini: 9-6
- L. Ashenfalder: 26-3
- W. Crane: 0-1
- M. Daney: 12-6
- B. Fehnel: 22-5-1
- G. Hoffman: 0-3
- R. Noll: 18-9
- B. Shoemaker: 18-9-1
- D. Werkheiser: 14-11-1
- Tina Audenried
- Lisa Enstrasser
- Wendy Fairman
- Ann Belkey
- Tammy Bajan
- Lori Kline
- Cheryl Moss
- Kay Hess
- Holly Werner
- Dana Joseph