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In a mini-preview for the Centennial Conference Wrestling Championships, scheduled for Feb. 19 at Muhlenberg, half of the CC teams traveled to Memorial Hall for a quadrangular meet.

The Mules (3-7, 2-2) wrestled well in going 1-2, defeating new CC member (for wrestling only) Stevens Tech, 35-18. Another new associate member, Kings Point, swept its three matches.

Muhlenberg was 13-13 when it sent a wrestler out to the mat, but took two forfeits against Kings Point and one to Johns Hopkins.

Sophomores John Hesse and Matt Loesch each went 3-0 for the Mules (3-7, 2-2). Hesse scored the maximum 18 points at 184, pinning two opponents within two minutes and picking up a forfeit victory.

Loesch began with a decisive 5-0 win against the Johns Hopkins wrestler he edged by one point to win the 2004 CC championships. He then added a pin and a 10-1 major decision against a Kings Point foe who came in with a season record of 13-2. Loesch has won 16 consecutive bouts in dual meets and has a team-best 16-3 record on the season.

Freshman Brian Saval also had a good day in his return after missing the last three duals with injury. He won two of three bouts, one with a pin.

Muhlenberg trailed Stevens Tech, 18-12, after 165, but junior Chris Gibson began the comeback with his second technical fall of the season, building a 16-1 lead late in the second period. Pins by Hesse and Loesch, combined with a forfeit win at heavyweight, gave the Mules the 35-18 victory.

Senior Jeremy Hart earned his 60th career win with a 5-1 decision against Johns Hopkins.

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After dropping four straight games that came down to the final few minutes, the Muhlenberg men’s basketball team won a close one, outlasting McDaniel, 78-74.

The win gave Head Coach Dave Madeira a career milestone, and it gave the Mule basketball teams a split of their doubleheader in Westminster. The Green Terror women won the first game, 87-59.

Sophomore Jeff Stewart had eight points and a big offensive rebound in the final 61 seconds of the men’s game and finished with 29 points and 12 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season.

Muhlenberg (7-7, 4-3) trailed by as many as nine points, 59-50, in the second half, but sophomore
Dave Madeira
Including his five seasons as assistant coach, Madeira has been on the bench for 347 of the Mules’ 1,093 all-time wins.
Chris Pothering made three consecutive three-pointers to help bring the Mules back. Sophomore Tom Scott tied the score at 69 on a putback with 2:35 to play.

Stewart made a layup to retie the game at 71 with 1:01 left. After a steal by senior Donté Borden, Stewart was fouled and made two free throws with 26 ticks showing to put Muhlenberg ahead for good, 73-71.

McDaniel (3-11, 1-6) was fouled with six seconds on the clock, but missed the second free throw. Junior Jimmy O’Brien grabbed the rebound and passed to Borden, who was fouled immediately. He made the first free throw and missed the second, but Stewart pulled down the offensive rebound and was fouled. He made both foul shots, giving the Mules a commanding 76-72 lead with just three seconds left.

Stewart made two more free throws after a Green Terror basket to close out the scoring.

The season-high 29-point effort gave Stewart his fourth 20-point game in a row and his ninth of the season. He is averaging 20.6 points and 9.9 rebounds.

The win was the 256th in the 18-year career of Madeira, making him the winningest coach in the College’s athletic history. He had been tied with Sam Beidleman, who coached baseball from 1970 to 1992.

“The record is nice, but you don’t coach for records,” said Madeira. “You coach for the opportunity to work with young people.”

“Dave has worked long and hard to provide Muhlenberg the quality basketball program it has enjoyed during his tenure,” commented Beidleman, now the Mules’ athletic director. “No one could be happier than I that he accomplished this milestone.”

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• Women’s Basketball: McDaniel, the defending Centennial Conference champion, closed the first half on a 26-5 run en route to handing the Mules (8-5, 4-3) their fourth loss in five games.

Junior Kristen Piscadlo scored 11 points to lead Muhlenberg, and junior Lindsay Orosz made three of four three-point attempts for all nine of her points.

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