31st Season 21-2 (410-87-7 career record)
Team Captains Ben Duelley, Mark Getz, and Dan Tashner
From the program's Season Outlook:
The Nazareth Blue Eagles look forward to another outstanding year of wrestling. Last year the Blue Eagles finished the season with a 22-2 record, and were ranked fifth in the nation. Their only two losses were to the number one team in the nation, Northampton. They were also Colonial League Champions for the thirteenth straight year. Graduating for the Blue Eagles were District Champions Adam Colombo and Mark Madson, as well as solid veterans Scott Hacker, Nick Calantoni, and Eric Rice.
The 1993-94 schedule is once again loaded with quality teams. The Blue Eagles open the season with nationally ranked Rock Hill, South Carolina (14th in USA Wrestling Magazine). On the same day, they wrestle New York power Long Beach, NY and up and coming Pennridge High School. Once more Nazraeth will be competing in the Virginia Duals, taking on the best the state of Virginia has to offer. They will also wrestle New Jersey power Phillipsburg High School. Some of the strongest competition will come from our own state of Pennsylvania. In our own back yard we face the 1992-93 #1 team in the nation Northampton, and perennial state powers Easton and Shikellamy. As you see, Nazareth, once more is ready to "Accept the Challenge."
Coach Nunamaker feels this year's team is capable of contending for the #1 High School Wrestling Team in the Nation.
The seniors are led by Dan Tashner (36-2), State Runner-up; Mark Getz (31-3), 3rd in States; Ben Duelley (32-8), Regional Runner-up; Sean Topping (26-10), 4th in Districts; and Pete Eckhart (24-9), 5th in Districts. Senior Letterwinners Matt Novak and Jeff Smith offer valuable experience.
The juniors are led by Travis Doto (29-7), Regional Champion; Justin Hoff (18-6), and Brian Tashner (22-3). Also seeing varsity action last year were Shane Topping (1-0), and transfer Dave Cote from Seneca Valley. Look for strong performances from Zach Musselman and Nate Peters.
Three sophomores also saw varsity action as freshment: Matt Kleinle (9-15), Ben Rizzotto (2-1), and Brian Seals (1-1). Tony Vitale, a transfer from Easton, is slated to see a lot of action this year. Junior varsity wrestlers Jon Borck, Matt Getz, and Shawn McEntire offer experience, and junior high standouts Erik Kelly and Nick Hooper add some talent for the future.
The incoming freshmen appear to be a strong group as Chris Vitale, Andy Cote, Marc Aber, Jarret Hoff, Bryan Duelley, and Rob Rohn will challenge for varsity spots.
Coach Nunamaker says the key to the season will probably depend on the first three weights and the upper weights. He feels the middle weights are extraordinarily strong. Coach Nunamaker states, "Once more we will field a particularly strong team and will make a strong run at the State and National Championship."
Preseson High School Super 25 Wrestling Teams from USA Today:
- Walsh Jesuit, Ohio
- Nazareth, PA
- Mount Carmel, Chicago, OH
- Calvary Chapel, Santa Clara, CA
Dual meet results:
- Nazareth 60; Rock Hill, SC 3 (Top 25 nationally ranked)
- Nazareth 61; Pennridge 9
- Nazareth 65; Long Beach, NY 3
- Nazareth 47; Pocono Mountain 8
- Nazareth 28; Easton 24 (Top 25 nationally ranked)
- Nazareth 32; Phillipsburg, NJ 21 (Top 25 nationally ranked)
- Nazareth 53; Wilson 0
- Nazareth 42; Freedom 15
- Nazareth 47; Grundy, VA 12 (defending VA AA state champions)
- Nazareth 46; Great Bridge, VA 6 (Top 25 nationally ranked; defending VA AAA state champions, only loss of season)
- Nazareth 57; Bangor 6 (Ray Nunamaker becomes 2nd coach in PIAA wrestling history to have 400 wins)
- Nazareth 59; Southern Lehigh 12
- Nazareth 56; Saucon Valley 3
- Nazareth 38; Shikellamy 19
- Nazareth 48; Bethlehem Catholic 6
- Nazareth 18; Northampton 22 (Top 25 nationally ranked, held at Stabler Arena)
- Nazareth 38; Parkland 9
- Nazareth 44; Pen Argyl 9 (Ranked #1 AA Dual Meet team in PA at the time)
- Nazareth 74; Palisades 0
- Nazareth 22; Easton 30 (top 25 nationally ranked)
- Nazraeth 71; Salisbury 0
- Nazareth 69; Catasauqua 0
- Nazareth 31; Liberty 16
From Tim Shoemaker the Express-Times (excerpts):
This picture said a thousand words during the ssecond annual Valley Youth House Elite wrestling duals at Liberty High School on Saturday.
Nazareth, Northampton, and Easton won all nine matches by a combined score of 547-54 - that's an average of 61-6.
"I was hoping fom something like this," said Nazareth coach Ray Nunamaker, whose Blue Eagles beat Long Beach, NY 65-3, Rock Hill, SC 60-3 and Pennridge 61-9. "I know from a fan's perspective, it's not what they were hoping for. But we think we have some of the best wrestling in the country and we're anxious to prove it."
"Nationally, the Lehigh Valley is not getting the respect it should. Rock Hill (#15 in the nation) dominates teams in its area, so it gets the national ranking. Easton gets beat by Nazareth and us and they get no recognition," Northampton coach Don Rohn said.
From Tim Shoemaker of the Express-Times:
Nazareth 152 pounder Ben Duelley knew all along he was going to wrestle an important match in his team's 28-24 win over Easton on Saturday night, no matter what the early signs may have said.
Duelley's 14-4 win over Mike Mertz was surprisingly necessary as Nazareth (5-0), the No. 1 team in the Express-Times rankings, defeated the No. 4 Red Rovers for the seventh time in their last ten meetings.
From Greg Kuhn of the Express-Times:
It wouldn't be easy to explain to someone from outside the Lehigh Valley the anticipation, adrenalin and excitement leading up to one of the biggest high school wrestling meets in the country. This was an event that many high school athletes can only dream about.
Nazareth junior Dave Cote looked around at the crowd that had gathered for Wednesday night's match with Phillipsburg in Liberty High School's spacious Memorial gym, and almost couldn't believe it.
"When you're dreaming, this is what you picture," Dave Cote said. "It really is great."
Cote's victory at 145 pounds gave Nazareth the lead for the first time and put it ahead for good as it went on to defeat Phillipsburg, 32-21, in a match-up between two of the Top 10 teams in the country, according to USA Today.
Northampton wins the Christmas City Tournament over Nazareth (267.5-212). Dan Tashner wins the pinner award and Outstanding Wrestler in addition to the title along with Brian Tashner, Sean Topping and Travis Doto. Mark Getz, Dave Cote, and Zach Musselman are runners-up, Pete Eckhart is 3rd, Andy Cote 4th, Shawn McEntire 5th, and Justin Hoff 6th.
Nazareth returned to the Virginia Duals. Read an article from the Daily Press on Nazareth's 47-12 win over Grundy, VA and 46-6 win over Great Bridge, VA.
From Tim Shoemaker of the Express-Times:
Now that Nazareth's wrestling team has conquered Virginia, it's time to go after another sttae.
Nazareth (10-0), the No. 1 team in the Express-Times rankings, completely dominated the two best teams Virginia has to offer in the 14th annual Virginia Duals at Hampton Coliseum on Saturday.
In their first match, the Blue Eagles beat Grundy, Virginia's top-ranked small school 47-12, and in the process beat four of their five state place-winners.
In the nightcap, Nazareth beat Great Bridge 46-6. Great Bridge, one of the state's perennial big school powers, and Grundy have won seven state titles in the last decade in their respective classes.
"It sets us up for next week," Nazareth coach Ray Nunamaker said. "I've got to remind them not to eat too much tonight. We have to start thinking about Wednesday."
Nazareth essentially wrestles for the Colonial League championship on Wednesday against Pen Argyl, the top-ranked Class AA team in Pennsylvania. Then on Saturday at Liberty, it's an independent match vs. Northampton, No. 2 in the Express-Times ratings and No. 1 Class AAA team in the state.
If Nazareth fans - busloads of them made the trip to Virginia - needed any indication of how things might go, they got it right away.
The match with Great Bridge figured to be much closer. The Wildcats (10-1), ranked as high as No. 11 in the country by Amateur Wrestling News, lost everything that was close to the Eagles.
For most Virginia wrestling fans in attendance, it was a novelty. None of them had seen a Great Bridge team lose like that. The Wildcats have been the bullies of Virginia wrestling for a long time.
"They put it to us," Great Bridge coach Steve Martin said. "They were a notch above us. That's the difference when you get to this level. I hope it's the last time that happens to us."
Nazareth wins the Colonial League (14th consecutive - after the season Nazareth moves to the Mountain Valley Conference).
From Gary Blockus of the Morning Call:
Nazareth proved last night that the best salve to heal an aching loss against nationally-ranked Northampton on Monday was pounding on a contender for the Colonial League crown.
The Blue Eagles, who have won 13 straight league titles and 113 consecutive league matches, put the big hurt on Pen Argyl by a 44-9 score last night.
Nazareth is runner-up in the District XI Individual Tournamanet finishing behind Northampton 244.5-168.5), Easton is 3rd (165.5).
- Dan Tashner wins his second title at 125 making his fourth appearance in the District finals with a 14-1 win over Chad Gerstenberg of Northampton
- Dave Cote wins a District title at 145 with a 3-1 OT victory over Toby Kratzer of Emmaus
- Brian Tashner drops a 14-7 decision to Northampton's Dave Emili at 119
- Mark Getz lost 12-2 to Jon Laudenslager of Pocono Mountain at 135.
- Travis Doto lost 9-4 to Kevin Lesoine of Stroudsburg at 140
- Justin Hoff finishes 4th
- Ben Duelley finishes 4th
- Chris Vitale finishes 6th
- Shawn McIntire finishes 6th
Northampton wins the Northeast Regional Tournament ahead of Williamsport and Nazareth is 3rd (164.5-98-95.5).
Dan Tashner and Mark Getz place 1st, Travis Doto is 3rd, and Brian Tashner, Justin Hoff, and Dave Cote are 4th.
PIAA AAA State Championship Preview
PIAA State Championships
Nazareth finishes 5th in the PIAA AAA State Championships, Northampton is 1st followed by Greensburg Salem, Connellsville and Cannon McMillan (81.5-68.5-62.5-60.5-56).
Dan Tashner and Mark Getz both win PIAA AAA State Titles, the only team that year with two champions.
Also in the 1994 Tournament:
- Northampton's Dennis Liberto is 3rd at 103, after falling 7-4 to eventual champion Jeremy Hunter in the semi-finals. Jamarr Billman of Easton is 4th.
- Matt Roth of Parkland is the state champion at 112, John Horvath of Freedom loses to North Allegheny's Teague Moore to finish 4th.
- Northampton's Dave Emili is 2nd at 119.
- Northampton's Whitey Chlebove is the state champion at 130.
- Northampton's Ryan Gumlock finished 3rd at 152.
- Easton's Eric Thompson wrestles back to 3rd at 160 after a quarterfinal loss to eventual champion Keilan O'Daniel from Canon-McMillan.
- Stroudsburg's Mark Miller is 2nd at 171.
In post-season competition Dan Tashner defeated Mark Piotrowsky (35-3) of Jefferson, NJ 8-6 in the Lions All Star Classic.
Dan Tashner lost 3-2 to Willie Weinberg of Fairfield, Ohio, a 4x state champion with a 144-2 career record. And Mark Getz lost 8-6 in overtime to Oscar Wood of Gresham, Oregon, a 3x Junior National Greco-Roman champion with 118-1 HS record who won by technical fall or fall in every match his sophomore through senior seasons. Both of these matches were in the Dapper Dan Classic (USA vs. PA).
In the AAA vs. AA Challenge of the Champions Dan Tashner defeated Chris Marshall of Biglerville (AA State Champion, 33-0) 6-5 and Mark Getz defeated Brad Gilbert of Benton (AA State Runner-up 35-2) 5-3. Dan received the Outstanding Wrestler award.
In the National High School Tournament Mark Getz was the only Nazareth entrant and placed 5th out of 44 competitors. His loss in the championship bracket was 6-3 to eventual winner James Johnson of Walsh Jesuit who was ranked No. 1 in the country.
From the Yearbook:
Nazareth is known as the epitomy of wrestling. Once again, they had a successful season with a record of 21-2. The tri-captains of this year's team were Ben Duelley, Mark Getz, and Dan Tashner.
The wrestlers of Nazareth captured the Colonial League Dual Meet Champion title for the fourteenth consecutive year. Nazareth was also the victor over such impressive teams as Rock Hill, Grundy, Great Bridge, Phillipsburg, and Easton. At the climax of the season, Nazareth was nationally ranked as high as second according to USA Today. Nazareth fell to their rival, Northampton, after the match was rescheduled twice due to inclement weather. According to senior Pete Eckhart, "We put forth our best effort, but came up a little short."
The team was very well rounded with many oustanding wrestlers. Three team members qualified for state competition; Travis Doto, Dan Tashner, and Mark Getz. For the first time in school history, Nazareth took home two gold medals. These medals went to seniors Dan Tashner and Mark Getz. Junior Travis Doto wrestled diligently, but was one match away from placing. In addition to the three state qualifiers, many qualifed for Regionals. They included Ben Duelley, Brian Tashner, Justin Hoff, and Dave Cote.
Senior Mark Getz chose to compete at Nationals, although he suffered a knee injury, he still finished fifth and received the All American Award.
Graduating in 1994 for the Blue Eagles (with 40 or more career wins):
- Dan Tashner 121-20-4 with 71 pins
- Mark Getz 91-16 with 30 pins
- Sean Topping 75-32 with 35 pins
- Ben Duelley 55-16 with 18 pins
- Pete Eckhart 46-18 with 14 pins
- M. Aber 1-0
- A. Cote 18-12
- D. Cote 28-5
- T. Doto 38-6
- B. Duelley 21-7
- P. Eckhart 22-9
- M. Getz 34-3
- Ja. Hoff 0-1
- Ju. Hoff 27-9
- M. Kleinle 1-1
- S. McEntire 7-5
- Z. Musselman 21-8
- M. Novak 0-1
- R. Rohn 3-1
- J. Smith 14-14
- B. Tashner 27-6
- D. Tashner 36-1
- Se. Topping 21-4
- Sh. Topping 1-1
- C. Vitale 15-16
- T. Vitale 1-2
Dan Tashner graduates with the 3rd most wins in school history (121), Mark Getz is 9th (91), Sean Topping is 14th (75), Ben Duelley is tied for 34th (55), and Pete Eckhart is tied for 42 (46).
Dan Tashner ties for 3rd matching his junior season for wins in a season (36), Travis Doto is tied for 4th (35), and Mark Getz is tied for 5th (34).
Travis Doto and Dan Tashner tied for second in most team points in a season (114), Justin Hoff is 15th (96), and Brian Tashner is tied for 18th (91).
Mark Getz is 16th all time for takedowns in a season (89).
Dan Tashner ties for 2nd in pins per season (22) and Travis Doto is tied for 3rd (21).
Dan Tashner ties Dan Madson for most career pins (71) and is second (again to Madson) in falls and technical falls (75).
Dan Tashner is 5th in career takedowns (253) and Mark Gets is tied for 7th (233).