Wrestling 2012-13 Season Review

 

Matt Parker
Parker came within one win of placing at the Messiah Petrofes Invitational and reached the consolation semifinals at Ursinus' Will Abele Invitational.
Led by two seniors, the Muhlenberg wrestling team began its rebuilding process in earnest in 2012-13.

After two years of not having any freshmen on the roster, the Mules brought in a talented group of newcomers, and while they often took their lumps in the competitive Centennial Conference, they gained valuable experience that has the program pointed in the right direction.

The top performers on the team were the only two seniors, Matt Parker and Chris Galletta.

Parker, a four-year veteran who entered the year with a career record of 11-44, had his best season by far, going 17-15 with three pins. He earned the first two tournament places of his career, coming in fifth at the Mount St. Vincent Invitational and fourth at the Centennial Conference Championships.

Chris Galletta
Of Galletta's 11 pins, six came in the first period, one in 37 seconds.
Galletta returned to the program after two years away and compiled a team-best 18-10 record with 11 pins. The heavyweight won the title at Mount St. Vincent and went 3-1 at the CC Championships to place third, winning the consolation final in a multiple-overtime thriller.

Among the freshmen, 141-pounder Che Chengsupanimit was the most successful, winning six bouts, including one by major decision at the CC Championships. Pat Fruehling (133) and Matthew Goldstein (157) also competed at the conference meet, and Jimmy Coiley (157) pinned three of his first five opponents before suffering an injury.

Forced to give up numerous points on forfeits, the Mules were winless in 11 dual matches. They came in ninth, just a half-point out of eighth, at the CC Championships and finished ahead of two teams at the NCAA East Regional.