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Men’s Basketball on the Wrong Side of History
Robinson Sets Coaching Mark

The Franklin & Marshall men’s basketball team defeated Muhlenberg, 75-52, making Glenn Robinson the winningest head coach in Division III history.

Robinson has a record of 667-234 in 33 years as the Diplomats’ head coach. Former Illinois Wesleyan head man Dennie Bridges won 666 games from 1966 to 2001.

The Mules had foiled Robinson’s attempt at a milestone in Lancaster once before, delaying his 600th career win in the 2001 Centennial Conference playoffs, but this time 18th-ranked F&M (19-3, 14-1) put the game away early.

The Diplomats broke a 9-9 tie by going on an 18-0 run and held a comfortable lead the rest of the game. Muhlenberg did hold the CC’s top offensive team 7.3 points below its scoring average of 82.3 and .104 under its field-goal percentage of .504, but could not generate enough offense to get close and dropped its seventh straight.

Sophomore Jimmy O’Brien scored nine of his team-leading 13 points in the first half.

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Two Muhlenberg women broke school records at the Bucknell Winter Classic, the indoor track teams’ second-to-last tuneup for the Centennial Conference Championships.

The 16-team meet featured many Division I and II schools, including the host, Syracuse, Towson, Duquesne and Howard.

Sophomore Karen Mount wiped out one of the oldest records in the Mule book by running the 5,000 meters in 19:02.18. The old mark of 19:03.73 was set in 1994. Mount finished sixth (third in Division III) in the 5K and also came in 11th (second in Division III) in the mile.

The other Mule to put her name in the record book was freshman Jacquelyn Inverso, whose seventh-place triple jump of 35-5¾ was 10 inches better than the record set in 1999. Inverso was the top Division III finisher in that event, and her distance met the ECAC qualifying standard. She placed sixth in the high jump and seventh in the consolation final of the 60-meter hurdles.

Sophomore Kyle Douglass had a good day for the Muhlenberg men, winning the consolation final of the 60-meter dash and missing the school record for the 200 by 33 hundredths of a second.

Senior Matt Frye was the highest Muhlenberg placewinner at the meet, finishing third in the pole vault. Two shot putters, freshman Andy Wilkins and senior Frank Santini, finished in the top five, each throwing more than 45 feet.

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Powell Pins Three

The Muhlenberg wrestling team closed out its dual-meet season by sweeping a home quadrangular meet.

The Mules (7-13), who will travel to Lexington, Va., for the Centennial Conference championships next weekend, defeated Washington & Lee (54-0), Elizabethtown (37-12) and Baptist Bible (37-18).

Due to a large number of forfeits, Muhlenberg only wrestled 12 bouts, winning eight of them. Freshman Ethan Powell was the only Mule to take the mat three times, and he pinned all three of his opponents in the first period. Powell, who weighed in at 157, moved up to 174 against Baptist Bible and needed just 71 seconds to flatten his larger foe.

Sophomore Dale Mills recorded the Mules’ only other fall, notching his 50th career win by pinning W&L’s 149-pounder with six seconds left in the second period. Mills, the only Mule to go a perfect 5-0 in CC duals, overcame an early 4-0 deficit and was ahead 15-5 when he finished off his team-leading 24th win of the season.

In addition to Powell and Mills, senior David Brown, junior Jeremy Hart and freshman Matt Loesch also went 3-0. Brown, wrestling at home for the final time, posted his team-best third major decision of the season. Loesch, 22-3 on the season, won a seesaw match against Baptist Bible’s top wrestler by riding him out for the entire third period to claim a 9-8 win on riding time.

Like Powell, junior Frank Pepe successfully moved up against Baptist Bible, winning a 12-4 major decision at 184.

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Last updated February 14, 2004