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FOOTBALL FALLS IN NCAA GAME
Wrestlers Successful in “Brawl”
Note: this article was edited on Nov. 21 to reflect an inaccuracy in the original story.

Two Mules Place Second

A pair of wrestlers lost close bouts to nationally ranked opponents to highlight a strong day for Muhlenberg at the Ursinus Fall Brawl, a non-scoring meet.

Sophomore Matt Loesch, who won the 197-pound title last year, reached the final again. In the final, Loesch faced Nick Vinciguerra of New Jersey, who is ranked sixth in Division III, and dropped a 6-2 decision.

Junior Dale Mills also reached the championship final at 149, where he lost a one-point decision to Jim Russial, a York wrestler ranked third in Division III. Mills lost to Russial in tournament finals last year, once by two points and once by one.

The most impressive performance, however, may have belonged to freshman Joe Tartar, who made his debut with the Mules at heavyweight. Tartar dropped his first match, 1-0, then proceeded to win all five of his consolation bouts to finish third. Four of Tartar’s wins were by fall in the first period, three of them in the first minute. His only won not by fall was an 8-2 decision against the wrestler who had defeated him originally.

Freshman Joseph DeCampo (141) and sophomore John Hesse (184) also reached the consolation finals of their respective weight classes, but had to settle for fourth place.

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Mark Robinson rushed for 228 yards and one touchdown to lead the St. John Fisher football team to a 31-3 win over Muhlenberg in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The Cardinals (10-1), ranked 12th in Division III, rolled up 480 yards of total offense on a Mule defense that entered the game ranked among the national leaders in four categories. St. John Fisher advances to play at Delaware Valley in the round of 16. Muhlenberg’s season ends with a record of 8-3.

Fisher completed a 36-yard pass on the third play of the game, and although that drive ended with an interception by junior Alexander Miller, it was the first of many big plays by the Cardinal offense. Fisher used a 57-yard run by Robinson to set up a field goal with 1:44 left in the first quarter and took a 10-0 lead when Curt Fitzpatrick completed a 47-yard pass to Craig Fitzpatrick five minutes into the second quarter.

The Mules got their lone points when freshman Jordon Grube capped an 11-play, 56-yard drive with a 26-yard field goal with 4:52 left in the half, cutting the lead to 10-3. But the Cardinals came right back to score a touchdown little more than two minutes later on Robinson’s 41-yard run.

“Fisher just really came to play today and it seemed like we came out flat, especially in the first quarter,” said junior rover Phil Gasker, who made a team-high nine tackles.

Fisher added two more touchdown passes in the second half. Curt Fitzpatrick finished with 254 yards and three touchdowns against a Mule secondary that hadn’t allowed a scoring pass in more than seven games coming in.

Freshman Matt Johnson rushed for 64 yards to lead the Muhlenberg offense, which managed only 226 total yards and turned the ball over five times.

Linebacker Dan Walker had a sack to tie the school record of 10½ in a season. Edited 11/23/04 due to change in stats.

Walker was one of three senior starters on a defense that allowed only 10 offensive touchdowns in 11 games. The senior class, which also included three offensive starters, finished its career with a 32-12 record, falling one win short of the school record for a four-year span.

“I am very proud of these seniors and all they have accomplished,” said Mike Donnelly, the Mules’ head coach. “They have put together a great four years and I know we are really going to miss them.”

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Last updated November 20, 2004