23rd Season 15-2-1 (261-75-6 career record)
Team Captains Steve Hooper and Randy Schoeneberger
From the yearbook:
When someone mentions Nazareth wrestling, people listen, and this year was no exception. With a final record of 15-2-1 overall and 8-0 in the league, the standard of outstanding Nazareth wrestlers has been kept up for yet another year. After 5 years as Colonial League Champions, Nazareth took the title once again. Along with the Colonial League Title, Nazareth also clinched the Colonial League Tournament. With first place awards going to Jimmy Kerfoot, Steve Hooper, and Randy Schoeneberger, and seconds going to Jack Muschlitz, Sean Grigus, and Joe Beck, wins in the tourney were spread out over a wide range of weight classes. Steve Hooper was named outstanding wrestler at the tournament, a well-earned feat by the fine wrestler.
This year's Varsity squad members ranged from freshmen to seniors. Starting with junior Jay Locher at 98/bs., the lineup included junior Jimmy Kerfoot, freshman Preston Moritz, senior Blaine Pritchard, sophomore Kenny Herceg, freshman Jon Shimer, senior Scott Transue, junior Jack Muschlitz, senior Steve 'Gator' Hooper, senior Joe Beck, sophomore John Renner, and senior Randy Schoeneberger, a favorite in his weight class in the league all season.
With such an outstanding team, it is no wonder that several of our varsity wrestlers toughted it out through District Competition and made it to Regionals. Randy Schoeneberger took a second place at Districts, while John Renner and Steve Hooper both capped fourth place victories. Randy was then booster into Regional Competition.
With seven varsity starters possibly returning next year, including Jimmy Kerfoot, Jay Locker, Kenny Herceg, Jack Muschlitz, John Renner, Jon Shimer and Preston Moritz, the team's experience level will be higher than ever.
The JV team also had an outstanding season this year, ending with a final record of 15-2 overall, 8-0 in the league. This year's Junior Varsity lineup included Sean Grigus, Jerry Johnson/Scott Rhubright, Sean Gall/Ross Nunamaker, Ricky Buss, Mike Loenarczyk/Brian Frace, Todd Scalvini, Jerome Trujillo, Mark Metz, Scott Engler, Ron Yeakel, Ken Werkeiser, and Tom Bickert. With each new wrestling season, the JV team lays the foundation for an experienced and hard-working Varsity team.
Coached by Ray Nunamaker and assistant coach Rob Albert, the team put forth tremendous effort and the final record of both JV and varsity provies it. Both co-captains, Steve Hooper and Randy Schoeneberger, had nothing but good things to say about the team. Said Hooper, "I was proud to be a captain of this year's team." Randy felt much the same way about the team, saying, "The team worked really well together. The guys on the team were close friends, which made working together so much easier." Of the Junior Varsity, both Hooper and Schoeneberger felt that they were a close-knit, hard-working team and they have high expectations for next year's squad.
Dual Meet results:
- Nazareth: 60; Lehighton 6
- Nazareth 40; Dieruff 21
- Nazareth 28; Easton 28
- Nazareth 58; Bangor 3
- Nazareth 34; Emmaus 24
- Nazareth 51; Southern Lehigh 10
- Nazareth 44; Pocono Mountain 13
- Nazareth 49; Salisbury 17
- Nazareth 46; Palisades 10
- Nazareth 35; Freedom 18
- Nazareth 46; Catasauqua 8
- Nazareth 25; Northampton 34
- Nazareth 40; Wilson 23
- Nazareth 42; Saucon Valley 14 (Nazareth records 50th consecutive League win)
- Nazareth 51; Pen Argyl 8
- Nazareth 44; Parkland 14
- Nazareth 39; Northwestern 14
- Nazareth 21; Liberty 30
Nazareth is 2nd in the Christmas City Tournament (16 teams). Randy Schoeneberger is the only champion. Jay Locher is 2nd, Ken Herceg and Steve Hooper are 3rd, Jim Kerfoot, Jack Muschlitz, and John Renner are 5th, and Joe Beck is 6th.
Nazareth wins the Colonial League Championship (6th consecutive) and the nine team Colonial League Tournament. Jim Kerfoot, Steve Hooper, and Randy Schoeneberger are 1st, Shawn Grigus, Jack Muschlitz, Joe Beck and John Renner are 2nd, Jay Locker and Blaine Pritchard are 3rd, and Ken Herceg is 4th. Steve Hooper wins the Most Outstanding Wrestler award.
Nazareth is 7th in Districts (22 teams).
Randy Schoeneberger is the lone Nazareth finalist at heavyweight and loses by fall in 1:29 to Pottsville's John Flannery (who went on to play in the NFL). Steve Hooper and John Renner both place 4th.
The Morning Call, then using a panel of sports staff members and coaches voted undefeated Liberty the top dual meet team. Nazareth had been tied with Northampton, but dropped to 5th in the area in the final voting. Northampton was four and Easton 6th. Quakertown and Phillipsburg were 2 & 3.
Read an article by Gary Blockus of the Morning Call at the end of the dual meet season where Ray talks about the season and each member of the line-up.
Graduating in 1986 for the Blue Eagles (with 30 or more career wins)
- Randy Schoeneberger 59-12 with 40 pins
- Steve Hooper 56-23-1 with 21 pins
- Blaine Pritchard 46-30-1 with 34 pins
- Troy Laurito 33-14 with 14 pins
S. Gall: 1-1
P. Moritz: 14-8-1
R. Nunamaker: 1-1
J. Shimer: 12-12
S. Grigus: 0-1-1
K. Herceg: 16-9-1
J. Renner: 16-5-1
J. Kerfoot: 19-10
J. Locher: 17-7
J. Muschlitz: 19-8
T. Scalvini: 0-4
J. Turillo: 2-2
K. Werkheiser: 3-3-1
J. Beck: 21-8
J. Deutsch: 4-1
S. Hooper: 23-5-1
B. Pritchard: 18-9
R. Schoeneberger: 28-3
S. Transue: 4-15-1
The five point technical fall was added to PIAA wrestling.
Randy Schoeneberger graduated with 11th (59) most wins, Steve Hooper was 12th (56), Blaine Pritchard was 18th (46), and Troy Laurito 32nd (33).
Randy Schoeneberger finished the regular season 25-0 and his first loss came to eventual state champion and future NFL player John Flannery of Pottsville.
Randy Schoeneberger set the record for Falls and Technical Falls (22) and the record for most team points in a season (107).
Randy Schoeneberger was tied for 8th (28) in wins per season.
Jack Muschlitz was 4th (78) for takedown in a season and Steve Hooper was 5th (75).
In a new category, Randy Schoeneberger set the record for Career Falls & Technical Falls (43) and Blaine Pritchard was 2nd (34).
The team set the record for most Falls including Technical Falls (122).
The Nazareth Wrestling program improved to 261-75-6.