The 1989 - 90 Season
27th Season 20-0 (330-80-6 career record)
Team Captains Mike Herceg, Mike Miller, and Brad Silimperi
From the Program's Season Outlook:
The commitment to excellence continues. Each year it gets tougher and tougher to top the preceding year. This year's team has a big challenge in front of it. The 1988-89 team was the number one ranked team in the Lehigh Valley. In addition, they won the Colonial League Championship for the ninth year in a row and the District XI Championship.
Once more the Blue Eagles had a strong State Tournament by placing three wrestlers in the top three and finishing fourth as a team. Mike Miller reigns as the 145 pound Pennsylvania State Champion, Brad Silimperi was runnerup in a heart-breaking 4-3 loss to three time State Champion Ty Moore, and Mike Herceg wrestled superbly to place 3rd at 125 pounds.
New faces to the 1989-90 schedule will include Wyoming Valley West a District II and State Power (18-0), and Quakertown with a vastly improved team. Shamokin, a school with a rich wrestling tradition in the State (District IV) also makes its debut on the Blue Eagles schedule.
The strength of the Nazareth Wrestling team this year should be their tournament team. Led by many outstanding individuals, Nazareth will make a run at the State Championship at Hershey. Once more North Allegheny will also return a powerful team. If the Eagles remain healthy and continue to improve the State Tournament should be very interesting.
This year's senior class is blessed with some exceptional talent - a coaches dream. They are led by three-time State Finalist and former State Champion Brad Silimperi, State Champion Mike Miler, and third place finisher Mike Herceg. But the seior talent does not stop there. Scott McEntire, Anthony Silimperi, and Greg Dieter are three of the best upper weights in District XI. Jason Magditch and Ryan Lahr are both seasoned varsity performers, while Dave Connors and Matt Engler provide valuable depth and experience.
The juniors are led by Dan Madson (27-5) a two-time District XI placer. Todd Killino is a scrappy wrestler who could see plenty of action along with Sean McAlone, Ken Haas, Eric Yeakel, Darin Wenrich, and Paul Wickmann have much valuable junior varsity experience.
Sophomores to watch are Ryan Nunamaker (17-7-1), Chad Feichtel, and Steve Herceg.
The freshman class has two future standouts in Brian Knott (103) and Mark Madson (152).
Coach Nunamaker states, "We have great senior leadership on this team and we have individuals committed to being the best. The stage is set, so now is the time to go out and make things happen."
We hope you enjoy another exciting season of Nazareth Wrestling.
Dual Meet Results:
- Nazareth 53; Pocono Mountain 12
- Nazareth 47; Easton 10
- Nazareth 39; Phillipsburg 13
- Nazareth 71; Pen Argyl 0
- Nazareth 48; Quakertown 10
- Nazareth 56; Wyoming Valley West 4
- Nazareth 58; Freedom 7
- Nazareth 60; Bangor 3
- Nazareth 32; Northampton 16
- Nazareth 72; Southern Lehigh 0
- Nazareth 66; Salisbury 3
- Nazareth 61; Palisades 4
- Nazareth 46; Shamokin 13
- Nazareth 53; Parkland 8
- Nazareth 36; Catasauqua 14 (#2 AA dual meet team in PA)
- Nazareth 47; Liberty 14
- Nazareth 44; Wilson 10
- Nazareth 60; Saucon Valley 3
- Nazareth 42; Parkland 25 (District Duals Semi-Final)
- Nazareth 31; Northampton 19 (District Dual Finals)
From the Yearbook:
The Nazareth Wrestling Team became a dynasty. They had a perfect undefeated 20-0 season. The Blue Eagles were ranked the #1 dual meet team in the state by Pennsylvania Wrestling Roundup and third in the nation by Amateur Wrestling News. The list does not stop there. The team finished first in the Williamsport and Christmas City Tournaments and captured both the District XI dual meet and District XI tournament championships. They finished runners-up in the Northeast Regional Tournament and the PIAA State Tournament.
The Blue Eagles were virtually untouched in dual meet action. They held all of their opponents under sixteen points during the regular season. Nazareth tournced the big three this year including Easton (32-16), Phillipsburg, NJ (39-13), and Northampton (32-16 and 31-19) in the District XI dual meet finals. Ray Nunamaker again was the class of the state. He was District XI and PIAA Coach of the Year. Coach Nunamaker was also inducted into the Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame.
The team was led by Tri-Captians: Mike Miller who ended his brilliant career by going undeated (39-0) and winning his second consecutive PIAA State title.
Mike Herceg became a PIAA State runner-up and Brad Silimperi set the school record for career wins with 131. All three were Williamsport, Christmas City, District, and Regional Champions.
Underclassmen and Seniors filled Coach Nunamaker's star-studded team. They were Jason Magditch, Ryan Lahr, Greg Dieter, and Anthony Silimperi, who placed 2nd in the District XI Tournament. Scott McEntire and Dave Connors both advanced to the PIAA State Tournament and helped the Eagles greatly in being state runners-up. Juniors also shined. Dan Madson finished third in Regionals and advanced to states. Sean McAlone placed 2nd in Districts, and Darin Wenrich had a big pin that helped Nazareth overpower Easton. Two super sophomores include Ryan Nunamaker, who placed 5th in the PIAA State Tournament and Steve Herceg who had a record of 25-10-1.
Ted Meixell, sports writer for the Morning Call, wrote, "lest anyone cast a glance at all those seniors in Nazareth's lin up and conclude that Ray Nunamaker's gang will be easy pickin' next season, think again; not only did the Blue Eagles finish unbeaton, but so did their JV, Junior High and both of their feeder midget teams."...And so the Dynasty continues.
The JV wrestling team also went undefeated (16-0). Many members of this year's JV team will recieve the opportunity to become Varsity wrestlers next year.
Nazareth's JV's finished first in the Northampton JV Tournament, which included 15 teams. Ben Fry, Todd Laudenbach, and Eric Yeakel finished first. Mark Madson, Heath Hoff, and Nick Sisonick all placed second. Other JV Stars who saw some varsity action include Chad Feichtel, Ken Haas, Todd Killino, and Keith Meichur.
Nazareth wins the 16 team Williamsport Top Hat Tournament (152) over Bald Eagle Area (138) and Bald Eagle Nittany (101).
Brad Silimperi, Mike Herceg, and Mike Miller each win a title, Jason Magditch, Dan Madson, and Scott McEntire are second, Ben Fry, Steve Herceg and Anthony Silimperi are 3rd, and Ryan Lahr and Sean McAlone are 4th.
Nazareth wins the fifteen team Christmas City Tournament (243.5) over Northampton (197.5) and 3rd place Allen and Catasauqua (128).
Brad Silimperi, Mike Herceg, Mike Miller, Dan Madson, and Anthony Silimperi all win titles, Jason Magditch and Scott McEntire are 2nd, Darin Wenrich is 3rd, and Dave Connors, Steve Herceg, and Ken Haas were 4th.
Nazareth wins the Colonial League (10th consecutive).
Nazareth wins the District XI Individual Tournament, setting the points record while defeating Northampton and Easton, and they then win the first ever District XI Dual Meet Tournament.
"Seven Nazareth wrestlers marched into the final round. Although only three were crowned champions, the team title was already well out of hand. A remarkable 10 teammates placed in the top three in the dominating performance. Nazareth didn't even share the other awards as Ray Nunamaker won the Coach of the Year award, and Brad Silimperi nailed down the Outstanding Wrestler voting. Silimperi won his third district title this year in impressive fashion, pinning future champion Chad Billy in the first period." - Scott Barr, Wrestling Country
Brad Silimperi, Mike Herceg and Mike Miller win district titles. Sean McAlone, Dan Madson, Scott McEntire, and Anthony Silimperi were 2nd, Dave Connors, Ryan Nunamaker, and Steve Herceg were 3rd and Todd Killino was 6th.
Nazareth is runner-up in Northeast Regional Championships to Shikellamy (147-136.5). Brad Silimperi, Mike Herceg and Mike Miller win titles, Ryan Nunamaker was 2nd, Dave Connors, Dan Madson, and Scott McEntire were 3rd and all qualified for states.
Nazareth is AAA PIAA State Runner-Up, "Miller, Grays, Rozanski Cop State AAA Crowns by Ted Meixell. North Allegheny wins the team title (133), Nazareth edges Shikellamy (64.5 - 61.5).
PIAA AAA Tournament results:
- Mike Miller becomes Coach Nunamaker's first and only 2x State Champion at 152
- Mike Herceg is State Runner-Up at 125
- Ryan Nunamaker finishes in 5th place at 119
Graduating in 1990 for the Blue Eagles (with 40 or more career wins):
- Brad Silimperi a 1x Champion, 3x State finalist with a career record 131-9-1 with 49 pins, most wins of all time at the time.
- Mike Miller a 2x Champion with a career record of 130-11-2 with 58 pins, 2nd most wins of all time at the time.
- Mike Herceg a 2x State Placewinner with a career record of 94-17-1 with 47 pins.
- Jason Magditch with a career record of 63-21-1 with 31 pins.
- Scott McEntire with a career record 55-19 with 20 pins.
- Anthony Silimperi with a career record 45-16 with 26 pins.
Voted #1 AAA Dual Meet Team in PA by PA Wrestling Roundup.
- D. Connors: 25-8
- R. Dent: 1-0
- G. Dieter: 0-1
- C. Feichtel: 2-2
- B. Fry: 4-4
- K. Haas: 3-2
- M. Herceg: 35-3
- T. Killino: 5-3
- R. Lahr: 19-13
- D. Madson: 31-7
- J. Magditch: 23-5
- S. McAlone: 21-14
- S. McEntire: 21-14
- K. Meichur: 2-1
- M. Miller: 39-0
- R. Nunamaker: 25-8-1
- A. Silimperi: 30-7
- B. Silimperi: 34-2-1
- D. Wenrich: 16-8-1
- E. Yeakel: 2-3
Brad Silimperi graduates with the most wins in school history (131), Mike Miller is second (130), Mike Herceg is 5th (97), Jason Magditch is 15th (63), Scott McEntire is tied for 24th (55), and Anthony Silimperi is tied for 31st (45)
Mike Miller and Brad Silimperi set the record for most falls and technical falls in a career (74), Mike Herceg is 5th (54), and Jason Magditch is 10th (36).
Mike Miller sets the record for most wins in a season (39), Mike Herceg is 5th (35), Brad Silimperi is 8th (34) and Dan Madson is tied for 12th (31).
Mike Miller sets the record for team points in a season (110), Brad Silimperi is 2nd (109), Dan Madson is 5th (101), and Mike Herceg is tied for 7th (90).
Dan Madson is tied for most pins in a season (22), Mike Miller is tied for 2nd most (21), Anthony Silimperi is tied for 9th (18) and Mike Herceg is tied for 12th (17).
Mike Miller sets the record for career falls (58), Brad Silimperi is 4th (49), and Mike Herceg is 5th (47).
Brad Silimperi sets the record for takedowns in a season (160), Mike Miller is 5th (124), Ryan Lahr is tied for 12th (85) and Dave Connors is 14th (83).
Dan Madson sets the fastest fall time at 171 with a 0:13 pin and Steve Herceg does the same at 130 (0:20).
Nazareth sets school record with a perfect 20-0 dual meet season. They also claimed most pins in a season with 167, most falls including TF's with 190, most takedowns 983, and most team points scored (1,022).
The Nazareth Wrestling Program improves to 373-176-8
Ray Nunamaker's Program Evaluation:
This year's 1989-90 wrestling season was a "dream" season. Each year the Nazareth Wrstling Program has seemed to get stronger and attract more fans, and this year it may have reached its peak. The Nazareth Wrestling Team was the number one ranked dual meet team in the state, and for over eight weeks the third best wrestling team in the United States.
Nazareth was second in the state wrestling tournament to North Allegheny. This was the third year in a row that Nazareth has placed fourth or better in the Pennsylvania State Tournament. Mike Miller won his second Pennsylvania State Championship at 152 pounds and Mike Herceg was state runnerup at 125 pounds. Ryan Nunamaker finished a surpirse 5th place in the state meet. Brad Silimperi, a three time state finalist, met defeat in the quarter-finals and failed to place, thus ending the high school career of Nazareth's winningest wrestler (131-9-1).
Nazareth completed their first ever undefeated season (20-0). They won the Colonial League Championship for the tenth year in a row. The last time Nazareth met defeat in the league was January 10, 1980 to Saucon Valley. Nazareth also became the first ever District XI Dual Meet Champion, defeating both Parkland and Northampton.
Nazareth won the District XI Tournament crowning three champions and advanced ten wrestlers (most ever) to the Northeast Regionals. Nazareth finished second in the Regional Tournament to Shikellamy, but most important had three champions and advanced seven wrestlers (most ever) to the state meet. Brad Silimperi became one of the the few wrestlers to win four Regional Championships. Mike Miller won his third, and Mike Herceg won his first.
Mike Miller was invited to participate in the Pittsburgh Press Classic for the Pennsylvania Team against the best wrestlers in the United States. Mike met and defeated a three time Missouri state champion 11-8, as the Pennsylvania Team crusted the U.S. Team 39-8.
The varsity team was not alone with its success as the junior varsity coached by John Rodriguez also ended up with an undefeated season (16-0). The junior varsity program was affected to some degree by the large number of teams unable to field JV teams.
The junior high team led by Jody Werner and assisted by Joe Silimperi and Chuck Madson enjoyed similar success, as they finished the season undefeated.
The community wrestling programs also enjoyed outstanding success as both midget teams (blue and white) went undefeated.
As you can see the future of the Nazareth Wrestling Program looks very good; whether we have a season comparable to this year's is doubtful. This year's team was relatively free of problems, injuries, illness, etc. that enable us to reach our potential. It will certainly give teams of the future something to strive for; certainly the participants and the community are on the right track for future success.