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Sophomore John Hesse scored a 15-3 major decision at 184 in the final bout of the night to lift the Muhlenberg wrestling team to a
Joe Tartar
Tartar works on Keith English en route to his team-leading fifth pin of the season.
22-21 win over McDaniel in its first dual meet of the season.

The Mules squandered an early 12-0 advantage and trailed 21-18 when Hesse stepped on to the mat. Muhlenberg needed only a decision to claim the match, as a 21-all tie would have gone to the home team on criteria. ** see note below

“I didn’t know that,” commented Hesse. “But I’d rather win it this way.”

Hesse came out on the offense, taking his opponent down only six seconds into the bout. He began to tire as the match wore on and held only a 4-3 lead before scoring another takedown with 28 seconds left in the second period.

Hesse finished out the second period with a two-point near-fall and dominated the third, preserving his riding time advantage by escaping in
Brian Saval
Saval applies a headlock to Mikey Blake during the second period of his crucial win.
eight seconds and then scoring a takedown and three-point near-fall to clinch the match.

“It’s fun [to be in the deciding match], especially when you win,” said Hesse. “Everybody who won tonight came up huge.”

The Mules jumped out to the early lead on pins by sophomore Matt Loesch at 197 and freshman Joe Tartar at heavyweight. But the Green Terror (2-3, 0-1) won the next three bouts to take a 15-12 lead.

Freshman Brian Saval ended the McDaniel run at 157, notching a reversal early in the third period and riding out his senior opponent for a 4-2 decision. Junior Chris Gibson gave Muhlenberg an 18-15 advantage with a 10-4 victory at 165.

McDaniel won by fall at 174 to go ahead 21-18 in the seesaw match and set the stage for Hesse’s dramatics.

The Mules, who have off until Jan. 5, have won three straight times at home against their Centennial Conference rivals.

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** note: Upon further review ... Due to a rule change for the 2004-05 season, a tied match will go down as a tie. Criteria will only be used to determine a winner in a dual-meet tournament where one team has to advance. Therefore, the Mules needed Hesse’s major decision to claim the win. Apologies for the error.

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Last updated December 9, 2004