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WRESTLERS SEEK TO “PICK UP WHERE THEY LEFT OFF”

In 2001, the Muhlenberg wrestling team had one of its best seasons ever. The Mules set a school record with 17 wins (17-6), including 11 straight in one stretch, and won the Centennial Conference dual-meet championship with a perfect 5-0 league mark.

Muhlenberg qualified four wrestlers for the NCAA Championships and came
Bill Holsinger
Senior Bill Holsinger needs 11 wins to reach the century mark for his career.
back with its first All-American ever. Although that All-American has graduated, the rest of the headline performers all return for the 2001-02 season, which begins tomorrow at New York University.

“We hope to pick up where we left off last season,” said sixth-year head coach Tom Schleicher. “Our team is working hard but our upper weight classes are a little thin right now due to the football season.”

Seniors Bill Holsinger and Tyler Cathey and junior Nate Yeasted will lead Muhlenberg as the team’s tri-captains this season. Holsinger (149 pounds) had an outstanding season in 2001, setting school records for wins (37) and pins (15) in a season and becoming the school’s all-time leader in wins (89). He won his second CC title and posted a 20-match winning streak.

Holsinger’s personal goals this season are to win the conference in his weight class and place in the top eight at nationals. As for the team, “We would like to have another winning season record-wise and win the Centennial Conference championship,” according to Holsinger.

Yeasted (133) was named Most Outstanding Wrestler of the CC Tournament last season after pinning both of his opponents in the first period. He finished with a 30-14 record. Yeasted’s personal goals are to win a conference championship and make it back to nationals. Last season he lost two matches at nationals but hopes to avenge those defeats and get a win of his own this year.

Cathey, one of the football players who will join the team later, recovered from an offseason injury to win his third straight CC heavyweight title. Ranked eighth in Division III for most of the season, he tied the school record for best-undefeated dual-meet record (17-0).

Other returning wrestlers to watch include junior Joe Salerno (25-12 at 157) and seniors David Jenning (10-13 at 184) and John Slokovitz (12-18 at 197).

MEN’S SOCCER ELIMINATED IN DOUBLE-OVERTIME HEARTBREAKER

Tom Long headed in a cross from Vinny Pedalino with 4:30 left in the second overtime to give Western Maryland a 1-0 win over Muhlenberg in a semifinal match of the Centennial Conference men’s soccer tournament.

The Green Terror (14-4) advances to Saturday’s championship match against Gettysburg, which stunned top-seeded host Johns Hopkins, 2-1. The Blue Jays went through the CC regular season undefeated.

The Mules (12-6) took 12 shots and had good chances to score, but Western Maryland goalie Ryan Defibaugh made several point-blank saves to give the Green Terror their third straight win against Muhlenberg. The game was 4:30 away from going into penalty kicks when Long scored.

Entering the game, Muhlenberg was ranked eighth in the Mid-Atlantic Region and Western Maryland was eighth. Of the Mules’ six losses on the season, five were to teams ranked ahead of them in the region.

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Last updated November 2, 2001