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Wrestling Team Pins Down Coaching Record
Schleicher Sets Record for Wins

The Muhlenberg wrestling team extended its winning streak to three by defeating host Maritime, 45-9, and Kings Point, 22-18, in a non-league tri-match.

The sweep made Head Coach Tom Schleicher the winningest coach in Mule wrestling history with a record of 67-62 in his seventh season. Mike LaPorta won 65 matches as head coach from 1987 to 1993.

The Mules (9-4) made more history in the opening match by recording six pins – the most in program history since Jan. 17, 1947, when seven Muhlenberg wrestlers scored falls in a 35-3 win against Brooklyn Polytechnic (pins were worth five team points then).

Junior heavyweight Brendan Barrett had the fastest of the six pins, flattening his opponent in 37 seconds to close out the 45-9 win. His major decision in the final bout of the Kings Point match was more meaningful, as it provided the winning margin.

Other double winners for the Mules were seniors Jed Wulfekotte (125), Nate Yeasted (141), Joe Salerno (157) and Greg Jacobs (174/184) and freshman Dale Mills (149), who extended his personal winning streak to 13.

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Men’s Basketball: David Pearce made a basket with 0.6 seconds remaining in overtime for the game-winner as the Swarthmore men’s basketball team defeated Muhlenberg, 83-79.

The loss was the fourth in a row for the Mules (6-9, 0-5), whose last three setbacks have been by a total of eight points.

Down by as many as seven points in the second half, Muhlenberg sent the game into overtime when senior Aaron Holden hit two free throws with 11 seconds to play in regulation. Holden’s field goal with 1:01 to play in the first overtime gave the Mules a 78-77 lead, and the teams traded free throws for a 79-79 tie with 22 ticks on the clock.

After Pearce’s basket, Muhlenberg threw the ball too long on an inbounds pass, and the Garnet (7-10, 3-2) scored again at the buzzer.

Senior Toomey Anderson scored a career-high 24 points, including 12 in the second half and six in overtime. Holden also finished with 24.

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Indoor Track: Senior Will Elson won the 1,500 meters in a school-record time of 4:03.94 at the Susquehanna Invitational.

Elson’s time qualified for the ECAC Championships and was just seven seconds off the facility record. Junior Brian Cash (4:10.08) and freshman Alex Hotz (4:15.09) also topped the previous school mark of 4:16.64, which had stood since 1993.

The women’s team also had one school record and one ECAC qualifier, but in different events. The 4x400-meter relay team of freshmen Danielle Seiler and Kate Isselee, sophomore Samantha Sachleben and junior Diana Garretto knocked more than five seconds off the school record, set last year. Sophomore Ashlie Hankee qualified for ECACs in the 55-meter hurdles.

Isselee also placed second in the 400 meters and eighth in the 200 meters, and sophomore Meghan Douglas-Snyder tied for second in the pole vault.

For the men, junior Josh Cohen was second in the 400 and as part of the 4x400 relay and fourth in the 200. He missed school records in both individual events by less than a quarter-second.

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Mules Survive Comeback

Junior Becky Richmond scored 14 points and added nine rebounds to lead the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team to a 55-53 win over Swarthmore (11-4, 5-1). With this win, the Mules (10-5, 6-0) gain first place in the Centennial Conference East Division.

The Mules dominated the first half, going on a 15-0 run to open up a 22-7 lead with 8:32 left in the first half. Muhlenberg led by 16 points at halftime (35-19) and took its biggest lead at the very beginning of the second half on a layup by Richmond.

The Garnet came back to within one with 1:33 left on the clock on a layup by sophomore Alison Wolff. Junior Lindsay Tis made one free throw with 23 seconds left to give the Mules a 55-53 lead.

Swarthmore inbounded the ball under its own basket with seven seconds left and a chance to tie, but threw the ball out of bounds. Muhlenberg missed a free throw with five seconds to play but got the offensive rebound and ran out the clock.

Richmond said, “We needed to stay calm and defend well. I have confidence in myself and in my teammates to pull it out. We play the same game all the time, which allows for us to win in these types of situations.”

Junior Susan Marchiano recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Swarthmore’s Katie Robinson led all scorers with 23 points and scored her 1,000th career point.

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Last updated January 25, 2003