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The Muhlenberg men’s distance medley relay team captured gold on the first day of the ECAC Indoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Ursinus.

The team of juniors Lex Mercado and Steve Rothwell, sophomore Dan Steinhart and freshman Stuart Udis set the Ursinus Field House record and came within 1.32 seconds of qualifying for the NCAA Championships. Their time of 10:14.72 was the second-best in program history.

On the women’s side, junior Rachel Drosdick finished in second place in the pentathlon. She bested her point total of earlier this season by more than a hundred and came within 141 points of her own school record.

Five Mules will compete in day two of the ECACs on Saturday as they try to qualify for the NCAA Championships.

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Washington & Lee 8, Muhlenberg 1. The Mules opened their season with a loss to the defending national runner-up. Muhlenberg’s lone point came at No. 1 singles, where senior Amy Schmidt defeated the 12th-ranked player in the region in straight sets.

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Junior Matt Loesch finds himself in a familiar place.

Loesch (18-2) won his first two bouts at the NCAA Division III National Wrestling Championships to put him in the championship semifinals against second-seeded Jamall Johnson (23-4) of Delaware Valley for the second year in a row.

Loesch will not only have a spot in the championship bout on his mind, but also revenge. He fell to the consolation bracket in last year’s tournament after being pinned by Johnson. Johnson went on to finish in second place, while Loesch was fourth.

Loesch, seeded third, started this year’s NCAAs with a 7-2 decision win over a Springfield wrestler in the first round. His quarterfinal victory came by way of a takedown in overtime to earn sudden victory against a North Central wrestler who entered the bout with a record of 26-2 on the season.

The victories assured Loesch All-America status for the second straight season. After becoming just the third Mule wrestler to receive All-America honors a year ago, he’s the first to do it twice.

The other semifinal at 197 sets fourth-seed Jim Swanson against unseeded wrestler from Wilkes, who knocked off the first and eighth seeds. Loesch defeated Swanson last season to advance to the consolation final.

Senior Dale Mills saw an outstanding career with Muhlenberg come to an end as he received a tough draw in the 157-pound bracket. After dropping a major decision to the sixth seed in the first round, he was the only wrestler in the consolation bracket to face a seeded opponent. He lost a 13-9 decision to the fifth seed to knock him out of the double-elimination tournament.

Wrestling resumes at The College of New Jersey at 10:30 on Saturday morning.

The Mules’ other two All-Americans in wrestling are Jason McLean (2001) and Nate Yeasted (2003).

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Last updated March 3, 2006