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2000-01 Winter Sports Update

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For the Week of February 5 to February 11
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
Memorial Hall, the home of the Muhlenberg basketball, wrestling and volleyball teams, has been selected to for a Virtual Tour to appear on the Web site

The virtual tour consists of a series of views of the facility, available as snap shots or as interactive, 360-degree images. For the 360-degree images, users can zoom in, zoom out or rotate the image, navigating as though they were inside the facility.

Memorial Hall was selected as a result of fan balloting on the Web site. The site currently features tours of four well-known Division I arenas, including Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium and Allen Fieldhouse at the University of Kansas.

Filming for the virtual tour will be conducted during Saturday’s doubleheader against Washington.

The Muhlenberg wrestling team won its second Centennial Conference dual-meet championship by defeating Ursinus, 21-15, on Feb. 1. The Mules previously won the dual-meet crown in 1994. The 2001 CC champion will be determined at the championship tournament at Gettysburg on Feb. 17. Standings through matches of Feb. 10:

                   CC  overall
MUHLENBERG........5-0   17-6
Western Maryland..4-1   14-7
Ursinus...........3-2   18-6
Wash. & Lee.......2-3    6-5-1
Gettysburg........1-4    7-9
Johns Hopkins.....0-5    4-12

With one week remaining in the regular season, both Muhlenberg basketball teams are in the thick of the race for Centennial Conference playoff berths. The top two teams from each division qualify for the playoffs.

In the men’s race, Muhlenberg and Ursinus are tied for first place. The Mules have already clinched a postseason game (at worst a tiebreaker) and can secure a playoff spot by defeating Swarthmore on Feb. 14.

EAST               CC  overall
MUHLENBERG........6-5   12-10
Ursinus...........6-5   15-7
Washington........4-7   11-11
Haverford.........2-9    6-16
Swarthmore........2-9    3-18

WEST               CC  overall
Frank. & Marsh....9-2   17-5
Gettysburg........9-2   14-8
Dickinson.........8-3   13-9
Johns Hopkins.....6-5   13-9
Western Maryland..3-8    7-15
On the women’s side, Muhlenberg has already clinched a playoff berth. The Mules will need help to earn a share of their sixth straight division title.
EAST               CC  overall
Swarthmore.......11-2   19-3
MUHLENBERG........9-4   13-9
Washington........4-8    9-12
Ursinus...........4-9    7-14
Haverford.........2-11   4-17
Bryn Mawr.........0-13   0-21
WEST               CC  overall
Frank. & Marsh...10-2   16-5
Johns Hopkins....10-2   15-7
Western Maryland..8-4   16-6
Gettysburg........8-5   17-6
Dickinson.........3-9    5-17

Tuesday, February 6
MEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 85, Haverford 56. Junior Mark Lesko recorded his ninth double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead five players in double figures as the Mules rolled to their most convincing win of the season. Lesko had 14 points in the first half alone, which ended with the Mules on top, 45-34. Muhlenberg then opened the second half on a 14-0 run to extend its lead to 25. Sophomore John Ström and junior Michael Barletta scored 13 points apiece. Freshmen Jason Kodym and Ryan Richter each scored their first career points. Click here for box score.

Wednesday, February 7
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 52, Haverford 42. Senior Jessica Drennan recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 14 points and 14 rebounds to lead Muhlenberg to its 19th consecutive defeat of Haverford. The win assured the Mules of a postseason game for the ninth year in a row. Senior P.J. Schwartz dropped in a career-high 13 points, and senior Jennifer O’Neill added 13. Click here for box score.

Friday, February 9
WRESTLING Messiah 26, Muhlenberg 18. A pin at 125 in the final bout of the night gave Messiah the non-conference win. Muhlenberg had an early 6-0 lead on decisions by sophomore Nate Yeasted and senior Jason McLean, but the Falcons won the next five bouts. In one of them, junior Bill Holsinger had his 20-match winning streak snapped by the fourth-ranked wrestler in Division III. A forfeit win at heavyweight kept junior Tyler Cathey in the undefeated ranks. Click here for box score.

Saturday, February 10
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 82, Washington (Md.) 54. Junior Jenn Risley scored a career-high 22 points as Muhlenberg clinched a Centennial Conference playoff berth with its seventh straight home win. The Mules held Washington to 21-percent shooting in the first half and held a double-digit lead the entire second half. Sophomore Randi Baran tied career highs with 10 points and 6 rebounds, and senior P.J. Schwartz had 8 points and a career-high 7 rebounds. Click here for box score.
MEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 89, Washington (Md.) 83. The Mules held on to their share of first place in the Centennial Conference East Division by pulling away from a 64-all tie in the final seven minutes. Sophomore Anthony Strachan scored 7 of his 11 points down the stretch and also pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds. Junior Mark Lesko also recorded a double-double, his 10th of the season, with 28 points and 14 rebounds (21 and 10 in the first half alone). Sophomore John Ström added 15 points and sophomore Michael Rossmell 13. Muhlenberg extended its winning streak to a season-best three games. Click here for box score.
INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD at Bucknell Winter Classic. Muhlenberg had a “relay” good day in its second-to-last meet before the Centennial Conference championships, as three relay teams set school records. The men’s 4x800 team ran a 8:17.45 to knock more than 30 seconds off the previous record, and women’s 4x800 had a time of 10:30.97, nearly 10 seconds better than the old standard. The men’s distance medley relay team clocked in at 10:45.67 for another record. Freshman Richard Kipp, junior Will Elson and senior Chris Catalano ran on both record-setting men’s relay teams. Individually, sophomore Brendan Gallagher broke his own school record in the 5,000 meters with an ECAC-qualifying time of 15:37.18, and sophomore Jason App tied his own mark in the pole vault (13-9). Click here for Muhlenberg highlights.
WRESTLING Muhlenberg 36, Elizabethtown 10; Muhlenberg 36, Baptist Bible 16. Muhlenberg wrapped up an outstanding dual-meet season by sweeping a pair of matches and making some more history. Junior 149 Bill Holsinger pinned his Baptist Bible opponent in 41 seconds to become the Mules’ all-time leader with 86 career wins. He also set a school record with 22 wins in dual meets for the season. Junior heavyweight Tyler Cathey won his lone match to tie the school record for best undefeated dual-meet record in a season (17-0). Senior Jason McLean (141) and junior David Jenning (184) each recorded a pair of pins, and sophomores Joe Salerno (157) and Justin Böhl (165) also went 2-0. Click here for box scores.

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Last updated February 10, 2001