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The Muhlenberg wrestling team returned to the mats after a month-long layoff and finished sixth at the Williams Invitational.

The seven-team tournament included three squads ranked in the top 30 in Division III and a fourth – Simpson – that probably should be after winning handily. Five of the seven schools have wrestlers ranked in the top eight in their weight classes.

The Mules’ ranked wrestler, junior Matt Loesch, competed for the first time since achieving the top ranking at 197. He won his first two bouts on pins, but was pinned in the semifinals for his first loss of the season. Loesch rebounded to capture two bouts in the consolation bracket to claim third place.

Freshman Billy Hall was the only Mule to advance to the championship final, scoring two pins at 133 to improve his team-leading total to eight. He dropped a 6-5 decision to a Norwich wrestler in the final.

Senior 157-pounder Dale Mills recorded his 80th career win and advanced to the semifinals before dropping out.

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Last year, the Muhlenberg women’s basketball went into winter break with a 7-1 record, but lost its first game back and never regained its “mojo,” finishing with only 11 wins.

The Mules made sure 2006 would not be a repeat of 2005, getting the new
Michelle Feldman
Although she was the only one of the Mules’ 14 players not to score, sophomore Michelle Feldman had three assists and two blocked shots.
year off to a good start with an 82-46 win at Haverford.

Teams often show rust, especially offensively, when they return to action after a long break, but Muhlenberg (9-1, 4-1), playing for the first time in three weeks, won its fifth straight with its best offensive showing of the season. The Mules reached season highs in points and shooting (50.0 percent) and even shot at a higher percentage in the second half despite playing with a big lead.

Muhlenberg’s nationally ranked defense picked up right where it left off, holding a team under 55 points for the seventh time in 10 games and collecting 20 more rebounds than the Fords (2-11, 0-6), who did not help their cause by missing 20 of 27 free throws.

The Mules led only 8-6 after five minutes, but outscored Haverford 16-4 over the next 5:30 to open up a 14-point lead. Their cushion ballooned to 22 before halftime and never went below 17 in the second half.

Senior Stephanie Coluccini led a balanced attack with a season-high 15 points, shooting 4-for-4 from the field and 7-for-8 from the line. Senior Michelle Hirst (nine) and junior Emily Wright (eight) also achieved season highs in points, while senior Sam Tager scored her first four points of the season.

Muhlenberg has defeated Haverford 27 straight times dating back to the 1992-93 season.

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Last updated January 7, 2006