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Wrestling, Women’s Hoops Win; Men Fall
Wrestlers Take Down Bullets

The Muhlenberg wrestling team pickd up its first Centennial Conerence win, beating Gettysburg, 24-21, at Memorial Hall.

After dropping the first bout by forfeit, the Mules (4-12, 1-3) took five of the next six, three by fall, and held on to knock off Gettysburg (3-10, 1-3). Freshman Matt Loesch and seniors Josh Carter and David Brown had pins for Muhlenberg.

Loesch had an 11-1 lead before pinning his 197-pound foe for the Mules’ first win. Carter then got an early takedown at heavyweight and kept his opponent inbounds long enough to get the fall at 1:55. Loesch is now 18-3, and Carter leads the CC with 12 pins.

After a 10-6 decision win at 125 by freshman Michael Tenenhaus, Brown pinned his opponent at 133 in just 1:48. The Bullets took the next bout, but sophomore Dale Mills pulled out a dramatic win at 149 to stretch the ’Berg lead to 24-9.

Down 4-2, but holding a riding time advantage, Mills scored a reversal with less than 10 seconds remaining to win, 5-4, and pick up his 20th win of the season. Gettysburg took the final three bouts, but two came by decision and one by forfeit. They needed two pins or forfeits and a major decision to win.

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The Muhlenberg College indoor track and field teams fared well at the Frank Colden Invitational at Ursinus, competing against several teams from the Centennial Conference.

Freshman Jacquelyn Inverso was the latest freshman to come up big in her first collegiate meet, winning the high jump, placing second in the triple jump and tying for fifth in the long jump. She also had the meet’s third-best qualifying time in the 55-meter hurdles, but had to miss the final to compete in the triple jump.

Inverso, who had missed the first three meets of the season with an injury, had an ECAC-qualifying height in the high jump, was less than an inch short of the school record in the long jump and within seven inches of the ’Berg triple jump mark.

Junior Kristen Boydston and freshman Hilary Blum took first and second in the shot put, and junior Katie Macomber finished third in the 400. Senior Diana Garretto finished fifth in the 800 and was a member of the second-place 4x800 relay team.

Freshman Lex Mercado picked up his first collegiate win in the 800 meters, which, with 52 runners, had the meet’s largest field. He also ran on the Mules’ third-place 4x400 team.

Muhlenberg got third-place finishes from senior Joshua Boyer in the triple jump and sophomore Kyle Douglass, running in his first meet of the year and his first 400 since high school. Freshman Andy Wilkins placed second in the shot put, throwing farther than any of the 19 other CC athletes in the field.

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Women Break Season Steal Record; Men Suffer Fifth Straight Loss

The Muhlenberg women’s basketball team celebrated the 50th anniversary of Memorial Hall by defeating Gettysburg, 89-74, breaking the school record for steals in a season in the process.

Muhlenberg is now 197-114 (.633) overall and 67-15 (.817) in regular-season Centennial Conference games in Memorial Hall, which turned 50 on Friday.

The Mules (15-5, 10-3) had 16 steals in the game to give them 398 for the season, 10 more than the 1995-96 team. Sophomore Kristen Piscadlo and senior Susan Marchiano each had three steals to lead the team.

Piscadlo also led all scorers with a career-high 21 points, thanks to 5-for-11 three-point shooting. She and junior Aril Bryant shared the team lead with four assists.

The Mules led, 10-9, at the 15:58 mark of the first half, but went on a 29-4 run that featured points from nine different players, including five from Piscadlo, to take a 39-13 lead with 5:29 left in the half. Senior Jill Friedman had four points in the spurt and finished with 16 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Marchiano had 11 points and seven boards.

Muhlenberg led by as many as 27, but the Bullets (9-12, 6-8) cut into the lead with a CC-record 23-for-23 performance from the free throw line.

The Mules tied a team record for three-pointers in a game, knocking down 13 for the fourth time this season. One of the previous three times came in Muhlenberg’s win at Gettysburg on Jan. 10.

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• Men’s Basketball: The Mules beat Gettysburg, 76-70, on the day Memorial Hall was dedicated, but 50 years later it was a different story as the Bullets led for all but the first 30 seconds of a 70-50 victory.

Gettysburg (12-8, 8-5) made all four of its three-point attempts in the first five minutes, while Muhlenberg (6-14, 4-9) struggled from the outside, going 1-for-12 from three-point range in the first half and 3-for-21 in the game.

Jeff Stewart scored 14 points to become the fourth player in team history to record 300 points as a freshman. Gettysburg center David Glaser led all players with 31 points, including the 1,000th of his career.

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Last updated February 7, 2004