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Wrestlers Fall at King’s

The Muhlenberg wrestling team held an 11-10 lead halfway through the match, but King’s captured four of the final five bouts to claim a 28-14 victory.

Down 10-0 after the first two bouts, the Mules (4-2) won three in a row, starting with freshman Rob Kein at 141. Kein held a slim 4-3 lead entering the third period, but scored two takedowns in the final 90 seconds en route to a 10-5 decision.

Sophomore Joseph DeCampo followed with his second technical fall of the season, coming back after conceding an early takedown. He led 5-3 after the first period and 11-3 after the second, then scored a takedown and three-point near-fall in the last 25 seconds to wrap up a 21-4 win.

Joseph DeCampo

DeCampo scores one of his four near-falls. He also had four takedowns in his bout, extending his team-leading total to 59.

An escape early in the third period gave senior Dale Mills the go-ahead point in his 4-2 victory at 157. The Monarchs took the next two bouts, but a 7-3 decision by freshman Matt Horn put the Mules within striking distance at 19-14.

At 197, however, Jason Reilly, who earlier this season was ranked eighth in Division III, pinned Muhlenberg’s Matt Loesch, currently ranked sixth, to clinch the win. It was Reilly’s third win in four career head-to-head meetings with Loesch.

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Junior Meghan Courtney beat the buzzer with a turnaround jumper to send to the game into overtime, but Franklin & Marshall proved too much in the extra session as it defeated the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team for the first time since 2000, 78-71.

The loss, combined with a Johns Hopkins victory over Dickinson, put Muhlenberg (15-2, 10-2) one game back in the Centennial Conference. The Mules also had their winning streak snapped at 11, two short of the school record.

Franklin & Marshall (5-11, 3-7) hit 13 three-pointers and outrebounded Muhlenberg 57-49, including 23-17 on the offensive end. The Mules stayed close, never trailing by more than seven points, and shot 45.5 percent (15-for-33) in the second half to stay close.

Courtney hit a pair of free throws with 9:09 remaining in the game to give Muhlenberg its first lead, 50-48, since early in the game. The lead flip-flopped over the next few minutes before the Diplomats found themselves up 58-55 with 5:44 to play.

Courtney hit a jumper to bring the score within one and senior Valerie Robuck made a pair of free throws to give the Mules the lead. Seniors Kristen Piscadlo and Lacie Smith knocked in back-to-back layups to extend the margin to 63-58 with 3:45 to play and cap the 8-0 run.

F&M hit a pair of baskets to come within 63-62 before Smith hit a free throw. The Diplomats recorded a layup and followed that with a pair of free throws with 6.9 to play to take a two-point lead. Piscadlo took the ball down the court, gave a quick fake to the left and found Courtney to the right of the rim, who hit a turnaround jumper as regulation expired.

Franklin & Marshall started the overtime on a 7-1 run and hit seven of eight free throws to hold on for the victory.

Piscadlo had her first double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 assists. The 12 assists tied her own Muhlenberg record she set last year.

Courtney recorded a team-high 20 points and tied freshman Bethany Enterline, who had a career-best four blocks, with 12 rebounds. Robuck, forced to play extra minutes when one of the Mules’ starting forwards went down in the first half, had a season-high 10 points. Sophomore Abra Like, also seeing increased playing time due to an injury, scored seven points.

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Last updated January 26, 2006