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Wrestlers to Compete for CC Championship

The Muhlenberg wrestling team travels to McDaniel for the Centennial Conference Championships tomorrow.

The Mules placed second at the CC meet each of the last two years and finished in a three-way tie for second place during the 2002-03 dual-meet season. McDaniel is the three-time defending champion, but Ursinus won the dual-meet title with a perfect 5-0 record and is ranked 30th in Division III.

The 10 champions at their respective weight classes tomorrow receive automatic bids to the NCAA Division III Championships, scheduled for March 7-8 at Ohio Northern.

Senior 141-pounder Nate Yeasted will be looking for his third consecutive trip to the nationals. He won the CC title at 133 as a sophomore (earning Most Outstanding Wrestler honors) and at 141 last year. Yeasted was the only Mule to go 5-0 at his weight class during the CC dual-meet season and brings an overall record of 22-6 into the tournament.

Muhlenberg also has a pair of contenders who were 4-1 against CC competition in freshman Dale Mills (149) and senior Joe Salerno (157). Mills has tied a school record for freshmen with 28 wins this season. His only CC loss was a 6-5 decision to Scott Roesch of Ursinus. Mills and Roesch have met three times this season, with the Ursinus wrestler winning twice, and all three bouts were decided by one or two points.

Salerno (21-12) placed third at 157 each of the last two seasons. His lone CC loss was to Sean Howard of Ursinus, although he did not wrestle McDaniel’s top 157-pounder.

Junior Josh Carter will look to keep a Muhlenberg tradition alive at heavyweight. The last six CC champions at that class have been Mules. Carter is 12-8 for the season and went 2-0 in CC meets.

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The Muhlenberg indoor track and field teams broke three school records at Kutztown’s Bears Den Invitational, their final tuneup for next weekend’s Centennial Conference Championships.

Senior Will Elson continued his outstanding winter season, winning the mile with a time of 4:16.99 to set his third school record of the season. He also made the NCAA provisional qualifying standard of 4:17.00 by the slimmest of margins. Elson qualified provisionally in the 800 meters last week.

Sophomore Kristin Boydston also left little room to spare as she set the school record in the shot put by a half-inch. The previous mark of 36-7 was set in 1992 and had been tied for the oldest record in the women’s book. Boydston placed second.

Freshman Danielle Seiler was the Mules’ third record-breaker, placing second in the 500 meters in 1:22.82 to eclipse a standard set in 1994.

Other notable performances for Muhlenberg included junior Rob Uniszkiewicz winning the 3,000 meters; sophomore John Brodowski placing second in the high jump; juniors Richard Kipp and Ben Phillips finishing third and fourth in the 800; and sophomore Ashlie Hankee taking third in the 55-meter hurdles with an ECAC-qualifying time.

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Offense on Display in Regular-Season Home Finale

Juniors Jill Friedman and Lindsay Tis combined for 51 points to lead the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team to a 96-82 win over Washington in
Lindsay Tis
Tis’ previous career high of 17 points was set earlier this year at Washington.
the highest-scoring game in program history.

The victory gave the Mules (16-8, 12-2) a share of the Centennial Conference East Division championship. Muhlenberg can win the title outright, and homecourt throughout the playoffs, by defeating Ursinus in tomorrow’s regular-season finale.

The 178 combined points eclipsed the 177 scored in a 1995 game, also against Washington. The two teams combined for 106 points in the second half alone (a school- and CC-record 62 of them by Muhlenberg) – nine more than were scored in the last game played by the Mules.

Friedman recorded career highs of 27 points and 17 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. The 27 points matched the most scored by a Muhlenberg player in the last 10 years. Tis also set a career high with 24 points. It was only the third time in the last 11 years that the Mules had two players score 20 points in the same game.

The Shorewomen (9-15, 5-9), playing for the third straight day, tied a CC record by making 14 three-pointers (in 28 attempts) to keep the Mules from getting too comfortable. Washington led by four at halftime and by eight early in the second half, but Muhlenberg shot 66.7 percent from the field (20 for 30) in the final 20 minutes to pull away.

Friedman and Tis were a combined 13-of-17 in the second half, accounting for 34 of the Mules’ 62 points. The previous school record was 59 points in a half, set against Haverford in 1990, and the CC record was 61 points in a half, set by Ursinus against Bryn Mawr in 1997.

Sophomore Gwen Doyle scored 14 points, making three three-pointers to tie the school record of 43 in a season.

Muhlenberg tied another school record with 37 wins in consecutive seasons.

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Last updated February 21, 2003