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Yeasted Wins Third Straight Wrestling Crown
Mules Finish Fourth at CC Championships

Senior 141-pounder Nate Yeasted won his third straight title at the Centennial Conference Wrestling Championships as Muhlenberg finished in fourth place.

Yeasted earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships, scheduled for March 7-8 at Ohio Northern.

Yeasted (24-6 for the season) recorded a 7-1 decision over Mike Cox of Ursinus in the semifinals. In the championship bout, Davey Blake of host McDaniel hit his head on the mat while attempting a takedown midway through the first period. Although dazed, he was permitted to continue, but after 40 more seconds the referee stopped the match and Yeasted was the winner by injury default.

Yeasted shared the Chris Clifford Award as the senior with the most career success at the CC Championships. He was named Most Outstanding Wrestler after winning the 133-pound crown in 2001 and captured the title at 141 last year.

Senior Joe Salerno (157) and juniors Bill Cummins (197) and Josh Carter (heavyweight) all placed third in their respective classes. For Salerno, it was his third straight third-place finish, and he ended his career with a record of 84-61. Senior Jed Wulfekotte was fourth at 125.

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The Muhlenberg men’s basketball team saw its season come to an end with a 76-69 loss at Ursinus (19-6, 13-0), which became the third team in history to go through the Centennial Conference season undefeated.

The Mules (10-14, 4-9) trailed by 16 points early in the first half, but battled back to cut the deficit to four points on two occasions.

Muhlenberg had four players score in double figures. Senior Anthony Strachan recorded his ninth double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds, while teammates Chase Licata and Aaron Holden tallied 17 points apiece. Holden tied a school record for the second time in four days with six blocked shots, also tying the school record for blocks in a season (58).

Freshman forward Jimmy O’Brien scored a career-high 10 points.

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• Baseball: The Muhlenberg baseball team was scheduled to open its 2003 season with a three-game series at Washington & Lee, but the games were cancelled due to weather conditions. The Mules’ new “Opening Day” is now Saturday, March 1, vs. Becker at Homestead Fla.

Tiebreaker Game to Determine First Playoff Opponent

Senior Randi Baran hit her fifth three-pointer of the game with 35 seconds remaining for the game-winning basket as the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team closed out the regular season with a 63-58 win at Ursinus.

With this win, the Mules (17-8, 13-2) clinch their seventh Centennial Conference East Division title in eight years and gain homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs. Muhlenberg will host the CC West Division second seed on Wednesday, February 26. McDaniel (17-7, 8-6) and Gettysburg (16-9, 8-6) finished tied for second and will play a tiebreaker game on Monday.

This game came down to the wire. The game was tied at 58 late in the second half before Baran hit a three-pointer from the corner. The Mules were able to force a 30-second clock violation and Ursinus (8-17, 5-10) had to foul sophomore Gwen Doyle, who made both free throws with one tick remaining to secure the win.

Baran’s 15 points – all on three-pointers – were a season high. Junior Jill Friedman recorded her second double-double in less than 24 hours with 15 points and 11 rebounds. She also blocked four shots.

Doyle’s three-pointer gave her a new school record of 44 in a season.

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Last updated February 22, 2003