32nd Season 17-3 (427-90-7 career record)
Team Captains Dave Cote, Travis Doto, Justin Hoff, Zach Musselman, and Brian Tashner
From the Program's Season Outlook:
The Nazraeth Blue Eagles look forward to another outstanding year of wrestling. Last year the Blue Eagles finished the season with a 21-2 record, and were ranked thrid in the final AAA Top Ten Dual Meet Rankings in Pennsylvania. The Blue Eagles were nationally ranked the entire year, and won some impressive dual meets against Easton, Great Bridge, VA, Grundy, VA, Phillipsburg, NJ, and Rock Hill, NC. The biggest match of the year was against Northampton at Stabler Arena before 3,900 enthusiastic fans. Nazareth lost 22-18 to the number two team in the nation, according to USA Today.
Dan Tashner and Mark Getz capped outstanding careers by winning State Championships in Hershey, PA and were both named High School All-Americans.
The challenge is set for the 1994-95 Blue Eagles. Nazareth has joined a new league called the Mountain Valley Conference. Three of the Lehigh Valley Championship Teams are now in the same conference: Northampton (East Penn), Nazareth (Colonial), and Stroudsburg (Centennial). The rest of the league is made up of Pocono Mountain, Pleasant Valley, East Stroudsburg, and Lehighton.
The 1994-95 schedule is loaded. Early in December the Blue Eagles compete in the Elite Duals where they meet National Prep Runnerup St. Benedicts, Newark, NJ, at noon. In the afternoon they wrestle the #1 team in the Nation last year and the pre-season pick this year, Walsh Jesuit, Ohio. And finally in the evening they meet Pennsylvania powerhouse and nationally ranked Cannon McMillan. 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, and league, we face one of the nation's top teams in Northampton High School. Also perennial state powers Easton and Shikellamy as well as up and coming teams like Liberty and Parkland high schools.
A new venture this year will be a trip to Ohio to compete in the "Ironman Invitational". The tournament is sponsored by Wrestling USA Magazine and Center Mat Magazine and features the top scholastic wrestling teams in the country. Bestides Nazareth, Easton, and Northampton invited teams are Walsh Jesuit, OH, St. Edwards, OH, Choctaw, OK, Indepdendence, CA, and Bismark, ND to name a few!
Coach Nunamaker has a "good feeling" about this year's team although he realizes "on paper" they may not have the returnees that some of the other top teams have. He states, "If you go by what the teams have on paper, it wouldn't be necessary to wrestle the match." Bring on the Season!
The seniors are led by Travis Doto (35-6), state qualifier; Dave Cote (28-5) district champion; Justin Hoff (27-9), fourth in regionals; Brian Tashner (27-6), fourth in regionals; Zach Musselman (21-8), second, Christmas City. Shane Topping (1-1) and Nate Peters will offer valuable experience.
The juniors are led by Shawn McEntire (7-5) sixth in districts; Matt Kleinle (1-1), Tony Vitale (1-2), Nick Hooper (10-1) junior varsity, and Eric Kelly. Matt Getz, Jason Hann, and Ben Rizzotto offer much junior varsity experience.
Five sophomores saw varsity action as freshman and will be the leaders of the future. Andy Cote (18-12) and Chris Vitale (15-16) were starters last season and have made vast improvement. Rob Rohn (3-1) and Mark Aber (1-0) have displayed skill which will make them outstanding wrestlers. Jarret Hoff is the youngest of the wrestling Hoff family and is set to make his mark.
Sophomores ready to compete on the varsity and junior varsity level include: Paul Bowlby, Jason Bucchi, Darren Danner, Ken Hildebrandt, Chuck Kimble, and Jamie Rice.
A strong group of freshmen will challenge for spots in the varsity and junior varsity lineup; they include Nate Deutsch, Andy Faust, Todd Getz, Steve Rohn, and Pete Topping.
Coach Nunamaker feels he has an outstanding group of wrestlers, but with the national competition, many will have to rise to a higher level of competence to achieve at this level. This is exactly the situation he wants for his wrestlers so they can be the best they can be! Let the season begin!
Dual Meet Results:
- Nazareth 59; Pen Argyl 3
- Nazareth 52; Wilson 10
- Nazareth 72; St. Benedicts, NJ 0
- Nazareth 27; Walsh Jesuit, OH 36 (Ranked #1 USA)
- Nazareth 21; Canon-McMillan 28 (Top 25 in USA)
- Nazareth 32; Phillipsburg, NJ 21 (Top 25 in USA)
- Nazareth 70; Lehighton 0
- Nazareth 41; Shikellamy 19
- Nazareth 26; Easton 16 (Top 25 in USA)
- Nazareth 53; Freedom 3
- Nazareth 48; Stoudsburg 6
- Nazareth 28; Northampton 23 (Top 25 in USA)
- Nazareth 56; Pleasant Valley 9
- Nazareth 38; Bethlehem Catholic 18
- Nazareth 42; Parkland 6
- Nazareth 49; Pocono Mountain 13
- Nazareth 40; Liberty 15
- Nazareth 66; East Stroudsburg 6
- Nazareth 47; Stoudsburg 9 (District Duals semi-finals)
- Nazareth 15; Easton 34 (District Duals finals)
Valley Youth House Elite Duals (Nazareth, Northampton, Easton, Liberty, Canon McMillan, Walsh Jesuit, OH - #1 in the US, Spencerport, NY, St. Benedicts Prep, NJ)
Nazareth wins the Christmas City Tournament. over Bangor (283.5-165). Rob Rohn is named the Outstanding Wrestler. Chris Vitale, Andy Cote, Brian Tashner, Justin Hoff, Dave Cote, Travis Doto, Rob Rohn, Shawn McEntire and Jarret Hoff win titles while Steve Rohn and Mark Aber are 3rd and Zach Musselman was 5th.
The 16 team Ironman Invitation is held at Walsh Jesuit OH. Top ranked Walsh Jesuit wins with 208, Northampton is 2nd (191), Nazareth 3rd (141.5), Bismark, ND 4th (134), Easton, 5th (131), Choctaw, OK 6th (130.5), St. Edward, OH 7th (126) and Midwest City, OK 8th (95.5).
Ten of the top 25 teams are in the field. Entering the tournament Walsh is 1, Northampton 2, Choctaw 6, Easton 13 and Nazareth 16.
Dave Cote and Travis Doto win titles. Matt Kleinle is 2nd, Christ Vitale and Justin Hoff are 3rd, Brian Tashner 4th, Rob Rohn 5th and Andy Cote 6th.
From Tim Shoemaker of the Express-Times:
The worst thing that could happen to the Easton, Nazareth and Northampton wrestling teams this weekend is that they'll be better prepared for the March grind of district, region and state tournaments.
What's the best that could happen?
The upside of entering the inaugural Iron Man Invitational, a 15 team mega-tournament at defending USA Today national champion Walsh Jesuit High School, is limitless.
If wrestling against good competition makes you better, then what does wrestling against the best make you?
"That's the value of wrestling against teams like that," Nazareth coach Ray Nunamaker said. "It makes your kids more aware. You have to be focused. You have to wrestle all six minutes."
In some cases even more.
The first round of the individual tournament, which features 10 of the nations top 25 teams plus assorted invited individuals, begins at 4:pm Friday.
If Northampton, USA Today's national champion in 1993, is going to recapture its No. 1 rankings, it is going to have to have a monster tournament. The Konkrete Kids lost 28-27 to Walsh Jesuit in last Saturday's Valley Youth House Elite Duals at Liberty with one of the Warrriors' better wrestlers, Brent Zupanic (152), out of the line-up.
Zupanic knocked heads with Nazareth's Travis Doto in the previous match. Both Doto and Zupanic, who was carried off the mat on a stretcher, missed the last round, but were optimistic about being ready for the Iron Man.
Nazareth vs. Shikellamy
Nazareth wins the Mountain Valley Conference (15th consecutive league title).
Nazareth loses to Easton in the District XI Dual Meet finals.
District XI Individual Tournament
Nazareth wins the District XI Individual Tournament over runner-up Northampton (236-218), coach Nunamaker is Coach of the Year and Rob Rohn wins the Outstanding Wrestler award.
- Justin Hoff wins the District title at 130 over Easton's Rich Morris 5-3 OT
- Dave Cote wins his second District title at 135 over Easton's Brad Weaver 6-2
- Travis Doto wins his first District title at 145 by technical fall over Keith Kutzler of Pleasant Valley in 5:02
- Rob Rohn wins his first District title at 152 over Easton's Russ Snyder 7-2
- Andy Cote drops a 6-1 decision to Easton's Jamarr Billman of Easton at 112
- Matt Kleinle loses by fall at heavyweight to Northampton's Rick Umstead
- Brian Tashner is 3rd
- Mark Aber is 4th
- Jarret Hoff is 4th
- Chris Vitale is 5th
- Steve Rohn is 6th
- Shawn McIntire is 6th
"The team race was a great one...Nazareth with four champions, two runners-up, and a healthy dose of other medalists, won the championship. It was Ray Nunamaker's seventh such title." Scott Barr, Wrestling Country
Northeast Regional Tournament
Northampton (119) wins the Northeast Regional tournament over Easton (118) and Nazareth (101).
Andy Cote, Justin Hoff, and Dave Cote all win titles. Travis Doto is 2nd. Brian Tashner and Rob Rohn finish 3rd.
PIAA AAA State Championships
Nazareth is the AAA PIAA State Runner-Up to Northampton (101.5-89) and Canon McMillan is 3rd (81). Easton finishes 4th.
Travis Doto is the state champion and Brian Tashner is runner-up. Rob Rohn is 4th, Dave Cote 5th and Andy Cote and Justin Hoff finish 6th.
Ray Nunamaker wins the state coach of the year award.
From the Yearbook:
Grappling their way through the season, the Nazareth Wrestling team, coached by Mr. Ray Nunamaker, had a record of 17-3. Coach Nunamaker was assisted by Mike Frick, Greg Shoemaker, and Adam Colombo. The team was led by senior captains Travis Doto, Dave Cote, Justin Hoff, Brian Tashner, and Zach Mussleman.
Nazareth experienced losses only to nationally ranked teams including Easton, Canon-McMillan, and the number one ranked team in the nation Walsh Jesuit. Nazareth finished first in the District XI Tournament and in the Bethlehem Christmas City tournament. They finished second in the PIAA state tournament, and third in the Ironman and Northeast Regional Tourney. This awesome team earned a fifth place ranking nationaly in the USA.
Nazareth gave a great performance at states by sending six kids to wrestle, and all of them placing. Travis Doto lead the way, becoming Nazareth's eighth state champion and reached a hundred wins along the way. Brian Tashner was a state runnerup and is fourth in all time wins with a hundred and seventeen victories. Dave Cote finished fifth at states and had a hundred and two career wins. Rob Rohn finished fourth and his teammates Andy Cote and Justin Hoff both finished sixth. Overall the season was a great success.
In the state tournament:
- Northampton's Dennis Liberto wins a state title at 103, Easton's Bryan Snyder is 4th.
- Easton's Jamar Billman is 3rd at 112, Cote 6th.
- Teague Moore of North Allegheny defeats Dave Emili of Northampton in the finals.
- Mark Angle (nephew of WWE's Kurt Angle) defeats Tashner in the finals at 125, Easton's Tony Rosado is 4th and Northampton's Tim Mazzocchi is 5th.
- Easton's Eric Greshko is 2nd at 140, while Stoudsburg's Josh Lesoine is 3rd and Northampton's Christian Luciano is 6th.
- Northampton's Ryan Gumlock is 3rd at 160.
- Central Catholic's Fran Volpe is 2nd at 171.
- Northampton's Craig Fenstermaker is 3rd at 189 and Dieruff's John Flamish is 5th.
Voted #3 AAA Dual Meet Team in PA.
Ranked 5th in the nation by USA Today.
Graduating in 1995 for the Blue Eagles (with 40 or more career wins):
- Brian Tashner 117-24 with 47 pins
- Dave Cote 102-29-1 with 20 pins
- Travis Doto 100-15 with 48 pins
- Justin Hoff 80-24 with 30 pins
- M. Aber 22-13
- J. Bucchi 2-2
- A. Cote 31-12
- D. Cote 34-6
- T. Doto 36-2
- B. Duelley 0-2
- A. Faust 3-7
- Ja. Hoff 16-9
- Ju. Hoff 34-6
- N. Hooper 1-3
- E. Kelly 1-1
- C. Kimble 0-1
- M. Kleinle 18-9
- S. McEntire 17-12
- Z. Musselman 13-10
- R. Rohn 34-9
- S. Rohn 19-14
- B. Tashner 35-8
- P. Topping 2-3
- C. Vitale 30-5
- T. Vitale 1-5
Three Blue Eagles gradueate with 100+ career wins: Brian Tashner 4th all-time (117), Dave Cote 8th (102) and Travis Doto 9th (100).
Travis Doto wins 36 matches tied for 3rd most in a season.Brian Tashner is tied for10th (35). Dave Cote, Justin Hoff and Rob Rohn tie for 15th (34). Andy Cote is 35th (31) and Chris Vitale is 36th (30).
Rob Rohn has the 9th most takedowns in a season (108).
Travis Doto is tied for 16th in most pins in a season (18).
Travis Doto and Brian Tashner tied for 7th in career pins (47) and they tie for 9th for pins and technical falls (51).
Marc Aber set the record for fastest pin at 140 (0:17).