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1984 - 85 Season

22nd Season 14-4 (246-73-5 career record)

Team Captains Rusty Amato and Jim Karch

From the program's Season Outlook:

The Blue Eagle Grapplers, Distrixt XI AAA runnerups, and undefeated Colonial League Champions for four years in a row, are primed for even loftier goals in 1985. Returning to lead the Blue Eagles are nine letter winners and a host of young wrestlers eager to break into the line-up.

Nazareth has a great tradition in wrestling, and this year's team should help to reinforce that tradition. Coach Nunamaker states, "All we want to be is the best! If this year's team is willing to reach beyond themselves, and establish a vision of what they want to accomplish, and follow the principles of training requested of them, they will be the best."

Leading the team will be senior Jim Karch (5th place in the PIAA state tournament). He will have a very large supporting cast in seniors: Kevin Arduini (20-8), three year letter-winner; Kevin Brown (11-12), three year letter winner; Rusty Amato (25-8), two year letter winner; and Ron Miller (12-6), 4th place in Districts.

The juniors are also a talented class with Steve Hooper (Colonial League Champion), Blaine Pritchard (2nd Colonial League), and Randy Schoeneberger (Colonial League Champion).

With all the experienced wrestlers returning, you can see why everyone on the team is looking forward to "Five in 85". Come and join us in another exciting wrestling season and the never ending quest of each wrestler to be "State Champion".

From the Yearbook:

When a team is on top, everyone wants a shot at it. For the past four years, Eagle wrestlers have been perched high above the rest of the Colonial League, accepting all comers. The 1984-85 season saw Nazareth prevail again, as they earned yet another league dual-meet championship. They continued their domination at the Colonial League Tournament where Eagle grapplers took five firsts, one second, and two thirds, enought to capture the team title. The squad ended the season at 8-0 (league) and 14-4 (overall).

Our wrestlers copped a tremendous amount of individual titles, as well as team merits. The honors began at the Christmas City Tournament, where Ron Miller, Jim Karch, and Rusty Amato took firsts, and Steve Hooper placed second. There was one third place finisher in Jay Locher. Nazareth, as a team, took first overall in the 16 team tournament.

The next location for the Eagles to shine was the Colonial League Tournament. Kevin Arduini, Ron Miller, Jim Karch, Rusty Amato, and Randy Schoeneberger, all captured a number one randking. Steve Hooper took second and Jay Locher and Jim Kerfoot placed 3rd.

Post-season competition saw Jim Karch and Rusty Amato, favorites in their class all year, advance to the state tournament. The journey started at District competition where Karch and Amato took firsts. Ron Miller pulled out a second, Kevin Arduini a third, and Randy Schoeneberger placed fourth. At Regionals, Karch again placed first and Amato second. Arduini, who had to battle back from early defeat, took a third in order to qualify for States.

At the highest level of competition, Karch fought his way to a second place. Although Amato and Arduini did not place, they should be congratulated for fine seasons. Arduini accumulated more ins than any other Nazareth wrestlers, save Karch. Amato, who wrestled light all year, finished high on the all-time win chart.

A listing of records broken this year sounds like a Jim Karch scrapbook. He set the school record for: most wins per season (35), best season record (35-1), pins per season (20), points per season (103). One more record to fall was the takedown mark. The achievement went to the lightning quick Ron Miller (131).

Looking to next year, Eagle fans can expect more of the same excitement. Six varsity starters will return along with reinforcements from a powerful JV squad. The second team finished the year at 16-2 overall, and 8-0 in league.

Dual Meet Results:

  • Nazareth 52; Lehighton 9
  • Nazareth 43; Dieruff 21
  • Nazareth 19; Easton 36
  • Nazareth 56; Bangor 9
  • Nazareth 40; Emmaus 22
  • Nazareth 38; Southern Lehigh 12
  • Nazareth 42; Pocono Mountain 18
  • Nazareth 44; Salisbury 22
  • Nazareth 48; Palisades 12
  • Nazareth 45; Freedom 13
  • Nazareth 39; Catasauqua 15
  • Nazareth 24; Northampton 36
  • Nazareth 41; Wilson 21
  • Nazareth 51; Saucon Valley 10
  • Nazareth 46; Pen Argyl 12
  • Nazareth 42; Parkland 21
  • Nazareth 21; Northwestern 30
  • Nazareth 22; Liberty 34


Rob Albert, JV Coach; Darwin Brodt, JR High Head Coach; Jody Werner, Asst. Jr. High Coach; Mike McPoyle, Asst. Jr. High Coach; Jackie Mogiliski, Cheerleader Coach; Mat Maid Advisors, Sally Fehr and Linda Silimperi.

Nazareth wins the Christmas City Tournament. Ron Miller, Jim Karch and Rusty Amato all win titles. Ken Herceg, Kevin Arduini, and Steve Hooper place 2nd, and Jay Locher is 3rd.

Nazareth wins the Colonial League Championship (5th consecutive) and individual league tournament. Kevin Arduini, Ron Miller, Jim Karch, Rusty Amato, and Randy Schoeneberger win titles. Steve Hooper is 2nd and Jay Locher and Jim Kerfoot finish 3rd.

Nazareth finishes in 2nd place in the District XI tournament.

  • Jim Karch defeats Roger Neff of Lehighton in a rematch at 167 for the District title by a 9-4 score.
  • Rusty Amato defeats Easton's Kevin Benton at 185 6-4 to win his District title.
  • Ron Miller drops a 3-2 decision to Joe Billy of Northampton at 126 to finish as District runner-up.
  • Kevin Arduini is 3rd
  • Randy Schoeneberger is 4th

Nazareth is 5th in the Northeast Regional tournament. Jim Karch is the NE Regional Champion. Rusty Amato is a Regional runner-up. Kevin Arduini finishes 3rd to advance to states.

PIAA Championships

Kevin Arduini lost his opening match to Keith Helfrick of Cumberland Valley, who would finish 2nd. Only quarterfinalists were able to wrestle back at that time.

Jim Karch is the PIAA State runner-up at 167, becoming the program's first two time placewinner. Karch won his opening round 12-10 over Gary Horner of Chartiers Valley. He won his quarterfinal match 10-5 over Scott Corl of Bellefonte. In the semifinals he faced Jim Walsh of Seneca Valley, who was then undefeated (31-0) and Karch won 6-4. In the finals he lost 6-1 to Dave Brown of Valley.

Rusty Amato would have been in the round for 7th and 8th at 185, but it was not contested at that time. He won his opening match 9-2 over Arley Smith of Meadville. In the quarterfinals he lost 8-3 to Jeff Spinetti of Uniontown who would go on to win the championship with a perfect 30-0 season record. In the wrestlebacks, Amato lost 3-3, 3-2 overtime to Ron Venit of Ridley. Of note, future Olympic champion and WWE Superstar Kurt Angle as a sophomore at Mt. Lebanon is knocked out in the opening round.

Also at States:

Liberty's Dan McIntyre finishes 2nd at 98 by a 3-2 decision to Ron Rothka of Canon McMillan.

Easton's Jack Cuvo wins at 105.

Bethlehem Catholic's John Likens loses to eventual champion Doug Wyland of North Allegheny in the semifinals 4-1, and finishes 5th.

Freedom's Keith Venanzi placed second at 132.

Liberty's Gino Capuano won at 138.

Allen's Scott Schleicher won at 145.

Easton's Kevin Benton places 5th at 185.

Graduating for the Blue Eagles in 1985 (with 35 or more career wins):

  • Jim Karch finishes as Coach Nunamaker's 4th PIAA State Runner-up and becomes the first 100 career win wrestler at Nazareth. His career record is 109-28-1 with 52 pins.
  • Kevin Arduini 81-41 with 33 pins
  • Rusty Amato 70-29-1 with 32 pins
  • Kevin Brown 43-37 with 20 pins
  • Ron Miller 39-16-1 with 7 pins


Individual Results:

  • A. Joseph: 4-5-1
  • K. Herceg: 18-5
  • J. Kerfoot: 14-10
  • J. Locher: 0-1
  • J. Muschlitz: 7-13-2
  • G. Albanese: 4-9
  • J. Beck: 6-11-1
  • S. Gensits: 1-3
  • S. Hooper: 18-10
  • B. Pritchard: 7-1-1
  • R. Schoeneberger: 14-6
  • S. Transue: 2-4
  • M. Miller: 4-6
  • R. Amato: 28-5-1
  • K. Arduini: 21-9
  • K. Brown: 7-6
  • J. Karch: 35-1
  • R. Miller: 25-5-1
  • B. Swedar: 1-1

Jim Karch is the first 100 win wrestler for Nazareth and becomes the career win leader (109). Kevin Arduini is 2nd (81), Rusty Amato is 4th (70), Kevin Brown 19th (43), Ron Miller tied 22nd (39).

Jim Karch has the best season record (35-1)

Jim Karch has the most wins in a season (35) and Rusty Amato is 9th (28).

Jim Karch ties the record for pins in a season (20) and becomes the all time pin leader (52). Kevin Arduini is 6th (33) career pins and Rusty Amato is 7th (32).

Jim Karch sets the record for most team points in a season (103) and a career (308). Rusty Amato is 3rd (84) in a season.

Jim Karch has the most career matches 138.

Rusty Amato has the most escapes in a season (43)

Jim Karch has the most near fall points in a season (62).

Ron Miller sets the school record for takedowns in a season (131) and becomes the first in school history to break 100 takedowns in a season. His 131 takedowns were 25% of all takedowns by the varsity. Rusty Amato and Steve Hooper tied for 5th (70) in a season.

Blaine Pritchard sets the fastest fall at 119 lbs (0:22)

The team set the record for most team points in a season (713), tied for most pins in a season (105), and had the most takedowns (532).


Mat Maids:

  • Vicky Audenreid
  • Ashley Fehr
  • Debbie Graff
  • Sue Fritchman
  • Beth Fehr
  • Beth Kraemer
  • Ann Marie Silimperi
  • Monica Werner
  • Jennifer Frare
  • Ann Kril
  • Mary Lou Messenlehner