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1983 - 84 Season

21st Season 13-2-1 (232-69-5 career record)

Team Captains Tom Eschenbach and Judd Smith

From the Yearbook:

Students at Nazareth had good reason to show their pride at this yer's wrestling matches as the Blue Eagles, for the fourth consecutive year, walked away as the undefeated Colonial League Champions. Led by coaches Nunamaker and Chunko, the team ended the season with an 8-0 Colonial League and a 13-2-1 overall record.

Individually, the wrestlers did well in tournaments also. Eleven wrestlers (out of 12) placed in the Colonial League Tournament. 1st place winners were; Kevin Arduini (112 lbs), Ron Miller (126 lbs), Tom Eschenbach (138 lbs), Steve Hooper (145 lbs), Rusty Amato (155 lbs), Jim Karch (167 lbs), and Randy Schoeneberger (185 lbs). 2nd place winners were: Greg Albanese (91 lbs), Blaine Pritchard (105lbs), Troy Laurito (132 lbs), and Judd Smith (Hwt). As a team, an amazing 201.5 points were scored by Nazareth in this tournament.

In the Christmas City Tournament, there were six place winners. Troy Laurito, Tom Eschenbach, Jim Karch, and Rusty Amato placed thirs. Kevin Arduini placed 4th. Fran Carchio placed 6th.

In the Easton Tournament, Jim Karch and Judd Smith both took first. Tom Eschenbach placed third and Kevin Arduini took fourth.

In the District XI AAA tournament, Tom Eschenbach took first, Judd Smith and Jim Karch both placed second.

The two most outstanding tournament wrestlers were Tom Eschenbach and Jim Karch. Tom placed second in the Northeast Regionals and was a qualifier for the State Tournament. Jim Karch placed third in the Northest Regionals and fifth in the Pennsylvania State Tournament.

Four years ago, the Nazareth Wrestling team won the Colonial League Championship and since then, the team has done nothing but get better. This year, the team set a record for the most team pins in a season (105). We all look foward to seeing an even better team next year.

Dual Meet Results:

  • Nazareth 43: Lehighton 18
  • Nazareth 54: Bangor 7
  • Nazareth 25; Liberty 32
  • Nazareth 49; Southern Lehigh 3
  • Nazareth 23; Pocono Mountain 31
  • Nazareth 38; Salisbury 16
  • Nazareth 63; Palisades 3
  • Nazareth 37; Freedom 12
  • Nazareth 58; Catasauqua 3
  • Nazareth 27; Northampton 24
  • Nazareth 39; Wilson 13
  • Nazareth 58; Saucon Valley 7
  • Nazareth 52; Pen Argyl 7
  • Nazareth 39; Parkland 16
  • Nazareth 51; Northwestern 13
  • Nazareth 26; Easton 26


JV Coach, Rocky Chunko; Jr. High Head Coach, Rich Israel; Asst. Jr. High Coach Brent Mertz, Cheerleading Coaches Donna Hartman and Kathy Chunko.

Jim Karch and Judd Smith win the Easton Tournament. Tom Eschenbach is 3rd and Kevin Arduini 4th.

In the Christmas City Tournament Troy Laurito, Tom Eschenbach, Jim Karch, and Rusty Amato placing 3rd, Kevin Arduini 4th, and Fran Carchio 6th.

Nazareth wins the Colonial League Championship (4th consecutive) and individual league tournament. Kevin Arduini, Ron Miller, Tom Eschenbach, Steve Hooper, Rusty Amato, Jim Karch, and Randy Schoeneberger all place 1st and Greg Albanese, Blaine Pritchard, Troy Laurito, and Judd Smith finish 2nd.

Nazareth is the District XI Runner-up.

  • Tom Eschenbach wins the District XI title at 138 with a 4-3 win over Emmaus' Tom Johns.
  • Jim Karch falls to Roger Neff of Lehighton at 167 by an 11-6 score to finish 2nd in Districts..
  • Judd Smith loses a 7-6 decision to Dave Hower of Allen at heavyweight to become a District runner-up.
  • Rusty Amato is 3rd
  • Kevin Arduini is 4th
  • Ron Miller is 4th

Tom Eschenbach is 2nd in the Northeast Regionals and Jim Karch is 3rd.

Jim Karch places 5th in the PIAA State Championships at 167.

Graduating in 1984 for the Blue Eagles (with 40 or more career wins):

  • Tom Eschenbach 69-19-1 with 21 pins
  • Judd Smith 47-15-1 with 31 pins


Individual Results:

G. Albanese: 2-4

J. Deutsch: 0-1

S. Hooper: 13-8-1

T. Laurito: 18-8

B. Lieberman: 2-7

B. Pritchard: 15-7

R. Schoeneberger: 15-3

R. Amato: 25-8

K. Arduini: 20-8

K. Brown: 11-12

M. Fehr: 0-3

J. Karch: 33-6

R. Miller: 12-6

J. Brimmer: 0-1

F. Carchio: 3-4

T. Eschenbach: 31-5

M. McPoyle: 6-14

S. Murphy: 2-3

J. Silimperi: 1-5

J. Smith: 25-3


Tom Eschenbach graduates tied for 3rd (69) most wins in school history and Judd Smith is 14th (47).

Jim Karch ties the record for most wins per season (33) and Tom Eschenbach ties 3rd (31).

Tom Eschenbach is tied for 8th (55) for takedowns in a season.

Judd Smith is 5th (16) for pins in a season and Rusty Amato is tied for 6th (14).

Judd Smith is 6th in career dual meet points (80) and Jim Karch is 7th (79)

Judd Smith is 5th (31) in career pins.

The team sets the record for most pins (105) and most team points (681) in a season.


The Nazareth Wrestling Program improves to 275-180-7


The Mat Maids:

  • Carolyn "Chickie" Albert
  • Ginger Hoffman
  • Alayne Moss
  • Laura Stocker
  • LeeAnn Stocker
  • Shelly Werner
  • Sue Fritchman
  • Denise Ricevuto
  • Beth Fehr
  • Annemarie Silimperi
  • Monica Werner