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WRESTLING QUALIFIES 4 FOR NCAAs
Basketball Teams End Regular Season with Sweep
Mules to Host Playoff Doubleheader on Wednesday

The Muhlenberg basketball teams concluded their most successful combined regular season ever with a doubleheader sweep of Ursinus. The women won the first game, 90-69, while the men captured the nightcap in a thriller, 80-77. The teams have combined for a 40-8 record, and both won the championship of the Centennial Conference East Division.

Muhlenberg will host a CC semifinal doubleheader on Wednesday. The women will play the winner of Monday’s tiebreaker game between host Western Maryland and Johns Hopkins, and the men will square off against Gettysburg in a rematch of last year’s CC championship game. The other playoff games Wednesday are Swarthmore at Franklin & Marshall (women) and Ursinus at Franklin & Marshall (men).

Jenn Risley
Risley (above) scored eight of her 15 points in the first half; Anderson (below) saved his production for later.
Toomey Anderson

• Women’s Basketball: Muhlenberg (21-3, 13-2) shot 62.9 percent in the first half, then held off a second-half charge by Ursinus (10-14, 7-8) to clinch the outright division title and match its best CC record ever.

The two seniors honored before the game both figured prominently in a 17-0 run late in the first half that turned a one-point margin into a 41-23 lead. Jenn Risley scored six of her 15 points in the run, including a jumper that kicked it off, and Lindsay St. Lawrence hit back-to-back three-pointers.

The Mules shot 60 percent from three-point land in the first half to open up a 54-32 lead at the break, then cooled off in the second half. The Bears cut the lead to 11 but could not get any closer.

Sophomore Susan Marchiano led all scorers with 23 points, and junior Randi Baran had a career-high nine assists. Sophomore Jill Friedman scored 10 points. Click here for box score.

• Men’s Basketball: Junior Toomey Anderson scored 10 of his 12 points in the final 98 seconds as the Muhlenberg men’s team (19-5, 10-3) matched its best CC record ever by nipping Ursinus (8-15, 7-6) in a game that featured 13 lead changes and no lead greater than seven.

The Bears took a 72-70 lead on a layup with 2:09 to play, but Anderson hit three-pointers on the next two trips down the floor to give the Mules a 76-72 advantage. He connected on four straight free-throw tries in the final 23 seconds to nail down the win.

Muhlenberg won despite an off-day from senior Mark Lesko, who scored only six points, snapping his streak of 46 consecutive games in double figures. Junior Aaron Holden came up big with Lesko sitting on the bench with four fouls for much of the second half, recording his fourth double-double with 17 points (on perfect 8-of-8 shooting) and 10 rebounds.

Michael Barletta, one of four Muhlenberg seniors honored before the game, scored a team-high 20 points. Click here for box score.

All Four Wrestlers Are Repeat Champions

Seniors Bill Holsinger, Andrew Faust and Tyler Cathey and junior Nate Yeasted each won his respective weight class to earn a return trip to the NCAA Division III Championships and lead Muhlenberg to a second-place finish at the Centennial Conference Championships.

The Mules had 80.5 team points to finish second behind Western Maryland (106.5) for the second straight year.

Holsinger won his third CC title at 149 pounds, improving his season
Nate Yeasted
Yeasted is one of four Mule wrestlers headed to the nationals.
record to 28-1. He pinned a Gettysburg wrestler in the semifinal for his 50th career fall, then earned a 7-4 decision in the title bout.

Faust completed a successful return to the mats after taking last season off by capturing the 165-pound gold. He won at 149 as a freshman and also earned an at-large NCAA berth the following year. Faust (19-3) won two decisions to take the title.

Cathey stormed through the heavyweight class to become the third wrestler in CC history to win four titles. He received the Chris Clifford Award for the most career tournament points. Cathey, undefeated at 10-0 this season, pinned both of his tournament opponents.

Yeasted, last year’s Most Outstanding Wrestler while winning at 133, was outstanding again in recording a pair of close decisions at 141 to earn his second straight championship. With a record of 31-7, he is the first wrestler in school history to win 30 bouts in back-to-back years.

Also winning places for the Mules were junior Joe Salerno (third at 157), sophomore Joe Getz (third at 174) and freshmen Brian Marcotulli (fourth at 125) and Jeremy Hart (third at 133).

The NCAA Division III Championships are scheduled to be held at the First Union Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on March 1-2.

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Last updated February 16, 2002