In the decade of the 2000s, Muhlenberg College wrestling established itself as one of the top programs in the Centennial Conference, qualifying athletes for the NCAA Championships in all but one of 10 seasons, including a
Muhlenberg won the championship at the 2007 Washington & Lee Invitational.
Muhlenberg won a school-record 17 dual matches in both 2000-01 and 2001-02. In 2001, the Mules won the CC dual-meet championship with a perfect 5-0 record.
Formal preseason wrestling practice begins in late October. The competitive season runs from mid-November to late February, when wrestlers compete in the CC Championships, which is an automatic qualifier for the NCAA Tournament. The first half of the season consists mostly of invitational meets, at sites such as King’s, Ursinus and Messiah. In 2008, Muhlenberg traveled to New England for a tournament at Williams.
The squad is often bolstered in the second semester by returning athletes who played football in the fall. Dual, triangular and quadrangular meets make up the second semester schedule as the team prepares for the CC Tournament.
In tournaments and dual meets, Muhlenberg regularly competes against nationally prominent programs like Lycoming, Brockport State, Springfield, Wilkes, King’s, York, Messiah and New Jersey.
The Centennial Conference has gotten increasingly competitive since Merchant Marine and Stevens were added as league members for the 2004-05 season. Both teams were ranked in the top 30 in Division III at the end of the 2010-11 season. The CC added another solid program in New York University for the 2011-12 year.