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1982 - 83 Season

20th Season 14-4 (219-67-4 career record)

Team Captains Bob Fehr and Dave Weiss

Read more at Lehigh Valley Wrestling History.

From the Yearbook:

For the third consecutive year the fans were not disappointed as the Nazareth wrestlers brought home another Colonial League championship with an undefeated season of 8-0.

Under the leadership of Mr. Ray Nunamaker and co-captains Bob Fehr and Dave Weiss the team worked hard: practicing, running, losing weight, and building their muscles. All of the hard work and dedication payed off as they finished with a 14-4 record overall.

The wrestlers also won the Colonial League tournament and crowned four individual champions, took four second place finishes and had an astounding 171 points overall. The four wrestlers who finishes first in the Colonial League tournament were Kevin Aruini, Tom Eschenbach, Jim Karch, and Bob Fehr.

Two Nazareth wrestlers, Kevin Arduini and Jim Karch, advanced to Regionals by finishing third in Districts. This year was also a year for breaking records. Tom Eschenbach set a school record for the most takedowns in a season (95), and most escapes (37) Kevin Brown set the record for the quickest pin in the 119 plbs class by pinning T. Wilde (WM. Allen), in :27 seconds. And the whole Nazareth Varsity team set a record for the most pins (90) and the most takedowns (478) in a season.

With only three seniors leaving the squad, and many experienced wrestlers returning, next year's team should prove to have an excellent season.

Coaches Rich Israel, Brent Mertz, Ray Nunamaker, and Rocky Chunko.

It was in Ray's 20th season coaching that Don Rohn is hired at Northampton. A weight lifting competition between the K-Kids and Nazareth arranged by former Hellertown teammates Rocky Chunko and Don Rohn, leads to a conversation that starts The Rivalry.

Dual Meet Results:

  • Nazareth 29; Allen 23
  • Nazareth 68; Bangor 0
  • Naareth 45; Lehighton 10
  • Nazareth 49; Southern Lehigh 8
  • Nazareth 14; Easton 44
  • Nazareth 45; Salisbury 8
  • Nazareth 46; Palisades 8
  • Nazareth 39; Northampton 16
  • Nazareth 48; Catasauqua 9
  • Nazareth 33; Wilson 20
  • Nazareth 18; Freedom 34
  • Nazareth 34; Saucon Valley 21
  • Nazareth 33 Dieruff 23
  • Nazareth 46; Pen Argyl 15
  • Nazareth 31; Notre Dame 18
  • Nazareth 30; Pocono Mountain 29
  • Nazareth 15; Liberty 36
  • Nazareth 24; Parkland 28

Kevin Arduini and Tom Eschenbach finish 3rd in the Easton Tournament and Bob Fehr is 4th.

Kevin Arduini wins the Christmas City Tournament, Jim Karch and Bob Fehr are 3rd, Troy Laurito is 4th, Judd Smith is 5th and Kevin Brown and Rusty Amato are 6th.

Nazareth wins the Colonial League Championship (3rd consecutive) and individual league tournament.

Kevin Arduini, Tom Eschenbach, Jim Karch, and Bob Fehr all win the league tournament, Kevin Brown, Troy Laurito, Rusty Amato, and Judd Smith are all runners-up, Brett Lieberman and Mark Belkey are 3rd and Dave Weiss places 4th.

Nazareth is 7th in the District XI tournament. Kevin Arduini and Jim Karch both place 3rd at Districts and Bob Fehr is 4th.

Graduating in 1983 for the Blue Eagles (with 40 or more career wins):

  • Bob Fehr 50-19-1 with 25 pins


Individual Results:

  • T. Laurito: 15-6
  • B. Lieberman: 3-8-1
  • B. Pritchard: 6-7
  • R. Schoeneberger: 2-2
  • R. Shook: 1-5
  • R. Amato: 17-16
  • K. Arduini: 29-7
  • K. Brown: 19-11
  • M. Fehr: 6-13-1
  • J. Karch: 28-7-1
  • R. Miller: 2-5
  • F. Carchio: 0-3
  • T. Eschenbach: 25-6
  • M. McPoyle: 0-1
  • S. Murphy: 1-5
  • J. Silimperi: 0-1
  • J. Smith: 20-9-1
  • J. Tavianini: 0-1
  • M. Belkey: 12-11
  • B. Fehr: 26-8-1
  • J. Fenner: 0-1
  • D. Weiss: 12-14-1

Bob Fehr is 9th all time in career wins.

Kevin Brown sets the fastest pin record for 119 lbs (0:27).

Tom Eschenbach sets the record for takedowns in a season (95) and escapes in a season (37). Bob Fehr is 5th (64) in takedowns per season.

The team sets the record for most pins in a season (96) and most takedowns (478).

Bob Fehr is tied for 8th (24) in career pins.

Kevin Arduini is 4th (29) for wins in a season, Jim Karch is 5th (28), Bob Fehr is tied for 7th (26) and Tom Eschenbach is 11th (25).

Judd Smith is tied for 5th (14) in most pins per season.

Jim Karch is 6th (78) in team points per season and Bob Fehr is 8th (73).


The Nazareth Wrestling Program improves to 262-178-6.


Mat Maids:

  • Kristy Amato
  • Cheryl Moss
  • Caroline Albert
  • Kerrey Zito
  • Dana Joseph
  • Lori Kline
  • Missy Owens
  • Lee Ann Stocker
  • Shelley Ruch
  • Shelly Werner
  • Alayne Moss
  • Laura Stocker