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Wrestlers Battle Ursinus
Mules Split 10 Bouts with Undefeated Bears

Bolstered by the return of junior Dale Mills, the Muhlenberg wrestling team was impressive in a 24-19 loss at Ursinus.

The Bears are ranked 23rd in Division III and undefeated (14-0) in dual matches. The Mules (5-9, 2-3) actually won more contested bouts (five of nine), but Ursinus prevailed on bonus points.

Mills, the defending Centennial Conference champion at 149, had been sidelined with an injury since last competing on December 4. He scored an 8-5 decision in his return for the second of three consecutive wins by the Mules that gave them a 10-9 lead halfway through the match. Senior Jeremy Hart picked up his 10th win of the season at 141, and freshman Brian Saval won for the sixth straight time, notching his third major decision at 157.

Muhlenberg won at the final two weight classes after the match was decided. Sophomore Matt Loesch captured his 19th consecutive dual-meet bout to reach the 20-win mark for the second year in a row, and freshman Joe Tartar registered his team-leading 10th pin of the season at heavyweight.

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Juniors Stephanie Coluccini and Lacie Smith each recorded double-doubles as the Muhlenberg women’s basketball snapped its seven-game losing streak with a 60-54 win at Washington.

Coluccini had 17 points and 11 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season, while Smith notched 11 points and 10 boards for her second straight double-double.

The Mules (9-10, 5-7), who were plagued by poor shooting during the streak, made eight of their first 12 attempts and went on a 17-0 run to take a 22-7 lead 8:34 into the game. But they connected on only one field goal the next nine minutes, and the Shorewomen (3-16, 2-11) came back to tie the score.

The seventh and final tie of the game was 41-all with 12:42 left in the second half. Muhlenberg then went on a 13-3 run to break the contest open. Junior Kristen Piscadlo hit two of her five three-pointers in the run and added a steal and assist.

The surge was capped by a four-point play, on which Coluccini made the first of two free throws. Senior Gwen Doyle grabbed the miss on the second try and passed to Piscadlo for a three.

Washington halved the deficit to five, 54-49, with a minute and a half left, but the Mules made six of 10 free throws to hang on and defeat the Shorewomen for the 19th consecutive time.

Piscadlo finished with 16 points, a career-high seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. With her five three-pointers, she tied Doyle for the team lead with 48 on the season. The school record is 53, set by Doyle last year.

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Last updated February 3, 2005