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If you can’t beat ’em, tie ’em. That’s just what the Muhlenberg wrestling team did against 27th-ranked New York University.

In the Mules’ first home competition of the season — a tri-match against
Jared Vivacqua
Joe Tartar
Justin Fitch
Vivacqua (top) and Tartar (middle) won key decisions against NYU, and Fitch (bottom) picked up one of two Mule wins in the Elizabethtown match.
NYU and Elizabethtown — the team opened with an 18-18 tie against the Violets. In the next match, the Mules lost to E-town, 37-7.

The Mules (0-1-1) fell behind early against NYU. A Violet decision at 125 and a Mule forfeit at 133 put the team nine points down off the bat. A decision by sophomore Rob Kein (141) and a win for junior Brian Saval (157) by injury default at 2:23 kept the Mules in the match, down 12-9.

Two bouts later, freshman Jared Vivacqua battled Sam Thorner at 174, and the match started to heat up. After a scoreless first period, Vivacqua scored four straight points on a takedown and two back points with 40 seconds remaining in the second, giving him a 4-1 lead. Thirty-one seconds later, Thorner scored two points on a reverse to close the gap to 4-3. Vivacqua, wrestling for the first time in his collegiate career, then scored the final five points of the bout on a takedown and three back points as time expired, giving him the decision, 9-3.

After another Violet (10-4-1) decision saw the Mules down 18-12, senior Matt Loesch (197) and junior Joe Tartar (HWT) closed out the match with back-to-back decisions for the Mules. Loesch won 5-1, while Tartar pulled out an 8-3 come-from-behind victory after falling behind by two points in the first period.

Also important in the tie against a nationally ranked opponent were losses by sophomore Matt Friedman and junior David Lavin. Friedman, facing the seventh-ranked wrestler in Division III at 149 pounds, wrestled tough in dropping a 10-7 decision, and Lavin valiantly fought off back points late in his 6-0 loss at 165, preventing a major decision that would have given the match to NYU.

In the match against Elizabethtown (2-3), the Mules’ points came on a major decision by Kein (141) and a decision by sophomore Justin Fitch (174). Kein struck first in his bout and allowed his opponent only one point on an escape before scoring the final 11 points for the win, 13-1. Twelve of the Blue Jays’ points came by forfeit at 131 and 197.

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Last updated January 10, 2007