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For the Week of January 29 to February 4
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
WRESTLING WINS DUAL-MEET TITLE
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. 3:
                   CC  overall
MUHLENBERG........5-0   15-5
Western Maryland..4-1   13-6
Ursinus...........3-2   16-5
Wash. & Lee.......1-3    4-5-1
Gettysburg........1-4    6-9
Johns Hopkins.....0-4    4-10


BASKETBALL TEAMS IN PLAYOFF HUNT
With two weeks 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.

The men’s race is plenty “thick,” especially in the East Division, where all five teams a separated by three games. The Mules are currently in second place, a game behind Ursinus:

EAST               CC  overall
Ursinus...........5-4   14-6
MUHLENBERG........4-5   10-10
Washington........3-6   10-10
Haverford.........2-7    6-14
Swarthmore........2-7    3-16

WEST               CC  overall
Frank. & Marsh....8-1   16-4
Gettysburg........7-2   12-8
Dickinson.........6-3   11-9
Johns Hopkins.....5-4   12-8
Western Maryland..3-6    7-13
There is less clutter on the women’s side, where Muhlenberg has a three-game lead over Ursinus for second place:
EAST               CC  overall
Swarthmore........8-2   16-3
MUHLENBERG........7-4   11-9
Ursinus...........4-7    7-12
Washington........3-7    8-11
Haverford.........2-9    4-15
Bryn Mawr.........0-12   0-19
 
WEST               CC  overall
Johns Hopkins.....9-1   14-6
Frank. & Marsh....8-2   14-5
Gettysburg........8-3   17-4
Western Maryland..6-4   14-6
Dickinson.........3-7    4-15


Monday, January 29
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Elizabethtown 58, Muhlenberg 55. A late comeback effort fell just short in the Mules’ non-league loss to 18th-ranked Elizabethtown. Muhlenberg trailed, 53-38, with just under seven minutes to play, then went on a 13-0 run to get to within two points. The Mules eventually got the margin to one with six seconds left, but the Blue Jays closed out the game by hitting two free throws. Junior Lindsay St. Lawrence had 16 points to go along with season highs of 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Senior Jessica Drennan recorded her fourth double-double of the season (11 points, 12 rebounds). Click here for box score.
MEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 64, DeSales 60. Junior Michael Barletta scored 10 of his game-high 17 points in the first 10 minutes of the second half, giving the Mules just enough of a cushion to defeat their local rivals. Muhlenberg had a 10-point lead cut to one in the final two minutes, but two potential go-ahead shots by DeSales missed the mark. Junior Mark Lesko had his third straight double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. He also blocked four shots, giving him 100 for his career. Sophomore Michael Rossmell scored 11 points, including two clinching free throws with two seconds left. Click here for box score.

Wednesday, January 31
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 78, Dickinson 52. Muhlenberg opened up a 44-19 lead early in the second half and cruised to its seventh straight home win. Freshman Susan Marchiano led four Mules in double figures with a career-high 14 points and also had 5 steals. Senior Jessica Drennan scored all 12 of her points in the second half. Muhlenberg held the Centennial Conference’s second-leading scorer to 2 points. Click here for box score.
MEN’S BASKETBALL Dickinson 65, Muhlenberg 63. Dickinson came out on top in a back-and-forth game that featured 13 lead changes in the second half alone. The Mules took a 63-62 lead on a dunk by junior Mark Lesko with two minutes to play, but Dickinson hit a jumper 13 seconds later to go on top for good. Muhlenberg missed two three-pointers in the final minute. Lesko had 25 points (on 11-of-14 shooting) and 10 rebounds for his fourth straight double-double, but he was the only Mule in double figures. Click here for box score.

Thursday, February 1
WRESTLING Muhlenberg 21, Ursinus 15. Junior Tyler Cathey’s 9-4 decision at heavyweight in the final bout of the night clinched Muhlenberg’s school-record 14th win of the season and the Centennial Conference dual-meet championship. The Mules led 15-6 at one point, but held only an 18-15 advantage before Cathey won his 12th straight bout. Senior Jason McLean had the key bout in the early going, coming back from an 8-0 deficit in the second period to post a 15-12 win. Junior Bill Holsinger won by fall for his school-record 29th win of the season. Sophomores Nate Yeasted and Joe Salerno and freshmen Brendan Barrett also recorded victories. Click here for box score.

Friday, February 2
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD at Moravian Greyhound Field Challenge. Muhlenberg was one of several area schools that got together for a “Field Day.” Freshman Joshua Boyer placed second in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump, qualifying for the ECACs in the former. Sophomore Jason App and freshman Matt Frye finished 2-3 in the pole vault. Click here for Muhlenberg highlights.

Saturday, February 3
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Johns Hopkins 54, Muhlenberg 39. Muhlenberg fell into a 10-0 hole to start the game and never recovered. The Mules held Johns Hopkins to 34-percent shooting, but shot only 31 percent from the field and 32 percent from the line themselves. Senior Jessica Drennan and junior Jenn Risley scored 8 points apiece. Click here for box score.
MEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 79, Johns Hopkins 76. Muhlenberg ended seven years of frustration by hanging on to defeat Johns Hopkins. It was the Mules’ first regular-season win against the Blue Jays since the Centennial Conference was formed. Hopkins held a 49-41 lead early in the second half before Muhlenberg went to the inside play of junior Mark Lesko and sophomore Aaron Holden, who combined for 17 of the team’s next 22 points. The Mules went ahead for good, 70-69, on a pair of free throws by junior Michael Barletta with 3:48 to play, then survived missing five free throws in the final minute. Lesko finished with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Holden scored 17 points and Barletta 16. Click here for box score.
WRESTLING Lycoming 34, Muhlenberg 9; Muhlenberg 35, Hunter 11; York 27, Muhlenberg 13. Juniors Tyler Cathey and Bill Holsinger both went 3-0 in the Mules’ final home appearance of the season. Cathey remained undefeated at 15-0. Holsinger improved his record to 32-3 and extended his personal winning streak to 20. In his first bout, he was trailing 11-6 with 30 seconds remaining before pinning his opponent. Sophomore Justin Böhl notched his first career win with a major decision against Hunter. Click here for box scores.

Sunday, February 4
INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD at East Stroudsburg’s DeSchriver Invitational. Muhlenberg added one ECAC qualifier and two school records to its season tally. Freshman Josh Cohen qualified in the 500 meters with a time of 1:09.10. Senior Katrina Beck tied her own school record in the high jump, finishing third at 5-4, and senior Laura Roth placed fifth in the mile with a school-record time of 5:26.87.


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Last updated February 5, 2001