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LOESCH REACHES NATIONAL SEMIS
Track Teams Break Three Records

The Muhlenberg indoor track and field teams combined to break three school records while earning places in five events on the first day of the ECAC Championships.

The most impressive school record was set by the women’s 4x200-meter relay team of senior Ashlie Hankee, freshman Jenna Lombardi, senior Danielle Bovelle and junior Danielle Seiler. The foursome knocked 1.57 seconds off the school record they set last week while winning the gold medal at the Centennial Conference Championships, running a 1:49.33 to place sixth.

Less than 45 minutes later, Seiler ran on another record-setting relay team, combining with freshman Sara Gearin, sophomore Stephanie Conicella and junior Karen Mount to place third in the distance medley relay.

Senior John Brodowski broke his own school record in the pentathlon, finishing fourth.

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Sophomore Matt Loesch has gone where no Muhlenberg wrestler has gone before, winning his first two bouts at the NCAA Division III Championships to advance
Matt Loesch
Loesch is one of two Centennial Conference wrestlers in the championship semifinals.
to the championship semifinals at 197 pounds.

Loesch (29-3) knocked off two seeded wrestlers and is scheduled to face another, third-seeded Jamall Johnson (25-9) of Delaware Valley, in his semifinal bout.

“It means a lot to me to represent Muhlenberg well,” said Loesch. “I had high expectations, and a lot of guys came in during midterms and sacrificed their time to help me work out. Having a team around you is the most important part.”

In his first bout, Loesch went up against second-seeded Nick Vinciguerra of The College of New Jersey, a former junior college national champion who came in with a 36-2 record. One of the wins was a 6-2 decision against Loesch in the championship final of the Ursinus Fall Brawl.

“Last match I went in with the attitude that I would feel him out, since I’d probably see him again,” noted Loesch. “I was right, and I had the right offense for him this time.”

Loesch went to the offense right away, taking his opponent down to his back to open up a 5-0 lead midway through the first period. The margin had been pared to 8-7 when Loesch scored a takedown late in the third. Vinciguerra reversed Loesch with about 10 seconds remaining, but Loesch held on for the 10-9 win.

In his next bout, Loesch was golden against seventh-seeded Silver Oghayore of Norwich, a strong Nigerian wrestler who had a 33-3 record. Loesch scored an early takedown, but made a mistake making a move later in the first and was taken down. A quick reversal, however, gave Loesch a 4-3 lead after one period.

The match was still tight when Loesch recorded another five-point move, nearly coming up with the pin, in the last minute of the third period. He ended with a 10-5 win, his 21st in a row.

As for Johnson, his next opponent, Loesch had this to offer: “He’s tough, but he’s beatable. He’s a good come-from-behind pinner. He pinned two guys he was losing to in the MACs, so he’s never out of it.”

Loesch is already guaranteed of earning All-America status, joining Jason McLean (2001) and Nate Yeasted (2003) as the Mules’ only All-Americans. Prior to this year, no Muhlenberg wrestler had won his opening bout at the NCAA Championships, not to mention his first two.

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Last updated March 4, 2005