Athletics: Wrestling

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Program Overview:

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

Washington & Lee Invitational champs
Muhlenberg won the championship at the 2007 Washington & Lee Invitational.
high of four in 2001, 2002 and 2007. In six of those 10 years, a Mule wrestler returned from the national meet with All-America honors, with one finishing as high as fourth place.

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 and NCAA East Regional. 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.