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Loesch Wins Second Wrestling Title
Wrestlers Fifth at Ursinus

Freshman Matt Loesch won his second title in as many competitions as the Muhlenberg wrestling time finished fifth out of seven teams at the Ursinus Invitational.

Loesch, seeded first, swept through all three of his bouts at 197, winning on a pin in the semifinals and, just like he did at King’s last weekend, defeating Jeff Malone of York in the championship match.

Two Mule wrestlers placed second in their classes, junior Jeremy Hart at 141 and sophomore Dale Mills at 149. Hart was seeded third but scored a 4-1 decision over the second seed from Ursinus in the semis. Mills dropped a one-point decision in the final to a wrestler who beat him by two points at King’s.

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Nathan Davis caught a 16-yard pass from Phillip Jones with 3:03 left in the fourth quarter to give the Christopher Newport football team a 24-20 win over Muhlenberg in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The Mules (7-3) had their seven-game winning streak snapped with the NCAA Football season-ending defeat. The Captains (8-2) advance to the second round to face Bridgewater, a 28-24 winner over Waynesburg.

CNU drove 84 yards in nine plays for the winning score, including a controversial 31-yard pass play on fourth-and-7. Muhlenberg got the ball back and drove to the Newport 28-yard line, only to have three straight passes fall incomplete and allow a sack on fourth down.

The thrilling game featured three lead changes in the second half. The Mules opened up a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, thanks to their defense. A fumble recovery by junior Ryan Peer 6:30 into the game set up Muhlenberg at the Captain 23-yard line. Four plays later, senior Matt Bernardo ran in from 2 yards out for the first points of the game.

The Mules forced a punt after only three plays on the next drive and took over near midfield. A 21-yard pass completion to Mike Mrkobrad, with a 15-yard personal foul tacked on at the end, set up Brian Hendershot’s 36-yard field goal.

Christopher Newport showed its first signs of life on the second play of the second quarter, when Jones threw an 85-yard touchdown pass to Roland Hilliard. A field goal with 3:32 left in the half tied the score, but Muhlenberg regained the lead just 29 seconds before halftime when Hendershot booted his second field goal, this one from 27 yards to cap a 13-play, 56-yard drive.

Little more than two minutes into the second half, Hosh Weekes returned one of four Mule interceptions 23 yards for a touchdown, giving the Captains their first lead. Muhlenberg drove 80 yards in nine plays to take the lead back on Bernardo’s second touchdown run, from 4 yards out on the third play of the fourth quarter.

Bernardo finished with 105 yards on 28 carries for his 23rd 100-yard game. He finished his brilliant career tied for ninth in Division III history with 68 career touchdowns.

“It’s disappointing to go out with a loss like this, but we played hard and I’m proud of myself and our team,” he said.

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Last updated November 22, 2003