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Saturday, January 13, 2007
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The Muhlenberg wrestling team just keeps getting better and better.

Sophomore Billy Hall (133) and junior Joe Tartar (HWT) each Washington &
Lee Invitational champions won his respective weight class, leading the Mules to a first-place finish with a total of 86 team points at the Washington & Lee Invitational. In each of the team’s tournaments this season, Muhlenberg has improved its final standings from the tournament before. The Mules finished ninth, fifth and third before finishing first today.

The tournament title was the first for Muhlenberg since the 1995 Centennial Conference Championships. The Mules’ last regular-season tourney title came at York in 1992.

“It was our goal coming in,” said junior David Lavin. “We would have been disappointed if we didn’t win because we knew we could. We didn’t have all our starters, but I knew we could place a lot of guys.”

Muhlenberg placed guys in the top four in nine out of the 10 weight classes, with Hall and Tartar finishing first in their brackets. Senior Michael Tenenhaus (125), sophomore Matt Horn (184) and senior Matt Loesch (197) each earned a second-place finish. Junior Joseph DeCampo (149), Lavin (165) and sophomore Justin Fitch (174) each placed third in his weight class, while sophomore Colin Gibson finished fourth at 141.

Tartar was the most efficient wrestler for Muhlenberg, winning all three of his bouts. He recorded a pin (1:18) and a major decision (14-3) before
Joseph DeCampo
DeCampo has placed in three tournaments this season.
winning the championship bout by decision, 4-2.

Hall earned a first-round bye and then defeated his Washington & Lee opponent by decision, 5-3, for his third tournament championship in a row.

Fitch recorded the most pins of any Mule. He wrestled in four bouts, winning three of them – all by pin. His quickest of the day was 1:26 against a Washington & Lee opponent. Fitch entered the day with only two pins for the season.

DeCampo and Lavin each won three of four bouts, as well. DeCampo recorded the quickest pin of his career (38 seconds) in the first consolation round. Lavin won one bout by forfeit but earned his other two victories the old-fashioned way. He pinned his Maryville opponent in 1:30 and earned a decision, 8-6.

Fitch now leads the Mules in wins with a 16-6 record this season. Close behind are Tartar (14-4), Hall (13-4), DeCampo (12-7) and Horn (11-8). Sophomore Rob Kein, who did not wrestle today, holds a 15-2 record on the season.

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Last updated January 13, 2007