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Friday, November 11, 2005
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The Muhlenberg wrestling team is rolling into the 2005-06 season with unprecedented depth. With a roster of 26, the Mules will not only fill every weight class, but they will have depth in almost all of them.

The Mules will enter a strong 12-team field at the King’s Monarch Invitational to get their season started tomorrow.

“We are working really hard,” said senior captain Chris
Dale Mills
Despite missing nearly two months with an injury, Mills led the Mules in technical falls (four) and near-falls (22) last year.
. “On paper we could be one of the most well conditioned teams out there.”

The depth begins at the lowest weights and runs through the entire lineup. Junior returning starter Michael Tenenhaus will return from an internship next semester to find 125 and 133 full of freshmen. This will provide for some fierce wrestle-offs and competition for a spot that is not too common at these weights.

At 141, sophomore Brian Saval, who was 17-8 as a rookie, will return for the Mules. It is a similar story at 149, where Joseph DeCampo, a sophomore with a 13-11 record last season, will take the spot.

Co-captain and senior Dale Mills will represent Muhlenberg at 157 pounds, although he has three freshmen pushing him. Mills was the Centennial Conference runner-up at 149 last season and ended with a 14-5 record. He leads the team in career wins with 68 and career pins with 19.

Gibson, 13-18 a year ago, along with sophomore David Lavin and a freshman will battle it out for the spot at 165. Returning sophomore Josh Jacobs will also be looking to fill in at the middle weights.

Junior John Hesse, who had a big year at 184 last season with an 18-10 record, will drop to 174 for this coming season. Hesse, the conference runner-up, tied for the team lead in riding time and was second in takedowns last year.

At 197 sits junior Matt Loesch, Muhlenberg’s lone national qualifier. Loesch comes into the season ranked fourth in the Brute-Adidas National Wrestling Coaches Association preseason poll. Loesch had a record of 30-5 last year, won the conference tournament and then went on to place fourth at nationals, gaining All-America status.

At heavyweight, sophomore Joe Tartar, the team leader with 11 pins last season, will be sidelined due to a football injury. But thanks to the depth there is someone to fill in. Sophomore Chris Swensen, 2-3 last season with both wins by fall, looks to take the slot for the Mules.

A talented group of 14 freshmen are new in the room and are pushing all of the upperclassmen. The depth will be good for the Mules, especially if any injuries occur.

The Mules are optimistic going into the season as they look to improve on their 8-10 overall record and fourth-place CC finish.

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Last updated November 11, 2005