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Wrestling Falls to Kutztown
Muhlenberg won only three of 10 bouts in falling to Division II Kutztown, 33-12. At 149, senior Bill Holsinger remained undefeated (8-0) for the season by taking his opponent down to his back in overtime for a 10-5 win. A pin by freshman Dylan Moulton and a decision by junior Joe Salerno were the Mules’ other two wins. Click here for box score.


MEN’S HOOPS TEAM UNANIMOUS CHOICE TO WIN CC EAST

The Muhlenberg men’s basketball team was a unanimous choice to win the Centennial Conference East Division championship in the preseason poll of coaches and sports information directors.

The Mules received 18 of 20 first-place votes (teams could not vote for themselves). Franklin & Marshall was the pick to win the West and overall titles. Gettysburg is the defending champion.

The complete poll, with first-place votes in parentheses:

East Division
Muhlenberg (18) ... 90
Ursinus (2) ... 70
Haverford ... 53
Swarthmore ... 41
Washington ... 36
West Division
Franklin & Marshall (16) ... 88
Gettysburg (4) ... 72
Johns Hopkins ... 62
Western Maryland ... 37
Dickinson ... 31

The Muhlenberg women were tabbed for second in the East behind defending CC champ Swarthmore. Johns Hopkins was the pick in the West and overall:

East Division
Swarthmore (17) ... 111
Muhlenberg (7) ... 100
Ursinus ... 76
Washington ... 76
Haverford ... 50
Bryn Mawr ... 30
West Division
Johns Hopkins (17) ... 117
Franklin & Marshall (3) ... 100
Gettysburg (2) ... 87
Western Maryland ... 67
Dickinson ... 29

BALANCED SCORING KEY FOR MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM

Any proper discussion of the Muhlenberg College 2001-02 men’s basketball team, which opens tomorrow at the Scotty Wood Tournament, should begin with senior forward Mark Lesko. But if that’s where it
Mark Lesko
Senior Mark Lesko soared above the competition last year.
ends, the Mules could be in for a frustrating season.

Lesko had a phenomenal junior year, averaging 20.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game and earning first-team All-Centennial Conference honors for the second straight season. He was the first Muhlenberg player in 30 years to average 20 points for a season, and he was remarkably consistent, scoring in double figures in every game he started after beginning the campaign sidelined with a foot injury.

Lesko, a preseason All-American, poured in 38 points at New York University and 36 at Albright, but Muhlenberg lost both games. For all his accomplishments, the Mules were much better off when other players stepped up. They were 13-4 when three or more players scored in double figures and 1-8 otherwise.

That trend is likely to continue in 2001-02, so in order to remain at the top of the CC East Division (they have finished in first or tied for first seven of the last eight years), the Mules will be looking for more consistent scoring from other sources.

Senior Michael Barletta, like Lesko in his second year as a team captain, had his best offensive year in 2000-01, averaging 11.8 points and leading the team with 41 three-pointers. He hit many big shots in the closing minutes of important games and once again will be expected to provide an emotional spark for the team.

The Mules’ two other seniors are also guards. Bill Cwieka has shown the ability to be a legitimate three-point threat and will be looked at to knock down long shots consistently. He averaged a career-best 5.1 points per game as a junior. John-Paul Pawlowski is a defensive specialist at the point.

Also returning in the backcourt are juniors Anthony Strachan and Toomey Anderson. Strachan, a team co-captain, has done an unheralded job running the offense for much of the past two seasons. He led the team with 44 steals in 2000-01 and was second in assists (47) and rebounding (5.4 per game) and fourth in scoring (7.9 per game). Anderson started only 11 games at point guard but was usually on the court when games were decided. He led the Mules with 64 assists last year and averaged 6.3 points per game.

Joining Lesko in the frontcourt is junior Aaron Holden, who showed considerable improvement as a sophomore. The 6-9 center averaged 5.8 points and 3.5 rebounds last winter and ranked second on the team with 18 blocked shots.

The team will also look to a talented group of newcomers for contributions as it seeks to extend its streak of seasons with double digits in wins to 20.


Questions or comments? Send mail to falk@muhlenberg.edu
Last updated November 15, 2001