Muhlenberg College

Allentown, Pa.
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WRESTLERS WIN BIG TWICE IN VIRGINIA

The Muhlenberg wrestling team won 17 of 20 bouts, scoring bonus points in all but two of the wins, to soundly defeat Centennial Conference rival Washington & Lee, 40-9, and Southern Virginia, 52-3.

Seniors Bill Holsinger and John Slokovitz, who entered on opposite sides of the ledger, both recorded two pins. Holsinger, ranked fourth in Division III at 149, remained undefeated on the season (14-0) and extended his school record for career pins to 43. Slokovitz came in winless on the season at 197 but needed less than four minutes total to flatten both of his opponents.

Junior Joe Salerno (157) and senior Andy Faust (165) were the other Mules to wrestle twice and win both times. Salerno notched his 50th career win against W&L and later added a technical fall, while Faust had a pin and a techincal fall.

At 141, junior Nate Yeasted ran his season record to 20-3, and at heavyweight, senior Tyler Cathey (3-0) and sophomore Josh Carter (14-3) each recorded a pin.

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BASKETBALL TEAMS SWEEP GETTYSBURG

The Muhlenberg men’s basketball team started strong and finished strong to topple Gettysburg, 70-62, in a rematch of last year’s Centennial Conference championship game. In the first game of the doubleheader, the 10th-ranked Mule women remained undefeated with a 74-58 win.

Men’s Basketball: Muhlenberg (9-3, 2-1) stormed out of the gates, making eight of its first 11 shots, including four of five from three-point range, to open a 23-4 lead 6:22 into the game. But the Bullets (10-4, 2-1), who were ranked 15th in Division III earlier this season and are still receiving votes in the national poll, crept back into the game.

Gettysburg finally overtook Muhlenberg with 13:25 left in the second half, using a 9-0 run to open up a 49-44 lead. The Bullets still led at the five-minute mark, 56-54, and the game was tied at 58 with 3:30 to play.

The Mules took the lead for good on a hoop by senior Mark Lesko and held a slim 61-60 advantage when senior Bill Cwieka scored a three-point play with 1:40 to play. Juniors Anthony Strachan and Toomey Anderson made all six of their free-throw attempts in the final minutes to ice the big win, Muhlenberg’s sixth in a row.

Anderson finished with 16 points to tie senior Michael Barletta, who was 7-of-11 from the field in his best game of the season, for team scoring honors. Lesko was held to 4-of-12 shooting but recorded his third straight double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Strachan scored 12 points.

The win, combined with Franklin & Marshall’s 52-46 defeat of Ursinus, put the Mules into a first-place tie in the CC East. Click here for box score.

Women’s Basketball: Unlike the men, the women started slowly, scoring only six points in the first seven minutes. It was the second unit of sophomores Jill Friedman, Amber Nelson and Lindsay Tis and freshmen Gwen Doyle and Elizabeth Bryant that gave the Mules the spark they needed to win their 11th straight game.

Muhlenberg (11-0, 3-0) eventually opened up a 22-11 advantage on Gettysburg (7-6, 3-2) and led by as many as 19 in extending its school-record home winning streak to 16. A loss by ninth-ranked Wilmington to No. 20 Capital left the Mules as one of eight remaining undefeated teams in the country.

Senior Jenn Risley scored a season-high 19 points to lead Muhlenberg, while classmate Lindsay St. Lawrence added 13 to move into 14th place on the program’s all-time scoring list with 748 points. Sophomore Becky Richmond had 12 points and nine rebounds.

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Last updated January 9, 2002