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Grass Wins Wrestling Title

Freshman Tucker Grass of the Muhlenberg wrestling team won his first career tournament in his second week of collegiate competition, capturing the 125-pound title at the Ursinus Fall Brawl.

Grass, one of five Mules to earn places at the non-scoring meet, won four straight decisions en route to the championship. He beat opponents from 14th-ranked York in the first two rounds, then defeated a wrestler from No. 20 Lycoming in the final.

Two other Muhlenberg wrestlers were defeated in championship finals. At 149, junior Joseph DeCampo stormed into the final with a technical fall and a pin, but was decisioned by an Elizabethtown competitor. Sophomore Matt Horn fell to a Lycoming wrestler in the 184-pound final.

Junior Joe Tartar made a nice return to the team after missing the 2005-06 season with an injury. Despite having less than a week of practice since the football season ended, Tartar pinned three of his five opponents to win the heavyweight consolation final.

Sophomore Billy Hall edged a Messiah wrestler, 4-3, to reach the 141-pound semifinals, but then dropped the rematch in the consolation final and finished fourth.

Click here for Muhlenberg box score.
Click here for complete results.

The Muhlenberg men’s cross country team made its NCAA Championships debut a success, finishing ahead of three teams to place 29th.

NCAA logo The Mules were one of the last teams invited to the national meet and entered ranked 33rd in Division III.

“Our goal coming in was to finish better than our 33rd ranking,” said senior John Dyer. “We knew we were better than that, and we wanted to show it.”

To show it, the runners had to contend with a West Chester, Ohio, course made sloppy by the heavy rains that pounded the Midwest earlier in the week.

“The course was comparable to running a half a foot of mud,” commented Dyer. “Every step you took, you just sunk in.”

Muhlenberg was paced by strong showings from the seniors in the final meet of their collegiate careers. Senior Stephen Rothwell led the way for the Mules and finished in 28:53, good for 138th place out of 279 runners. Fellow senior Tim Seeley followed close behind, finishing in 29:03, which put him in 155th place.

“It was really an exciting experience, especially being that four of us are seniors,” said Dyer.

Click here for Muhlenberg box score.
Click here for the championship Web site.

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Last updated November 18, 2006