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Saturday, January 27, 2007
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A day after hosting and winning its own meet, Muhlenberg sent four runners to Bucknell to compete in the Bison Open. Senior Lex Mercado finished fourth in the 800 meters, running a 1:57.30 to qualify for ECACs. Sophomore Stuart Udis was sixth in the same event, missing the ECAC cut by about a half-second.

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For the second time this year, Muhlenberg and Gettysburg played to overtime, and for the second time the visiting team won.

The Bullets (7-11, 5-7) made all their shots in overtime, two three-pointers and 10 free throws, to defeat the Mules, 71-64.

Muhlenberg (5-13, 4-8) led most of the game and matched its biggest lead, nine points, on a putback by senior Justin Fields with 5:33 remaining. Gettysburg scored the next nine points, however, to tie the game at 50-50.

With less than two minutes to play, sophomore Mike Bernardini tapped back a missed free throw for an offensive rebound, then hit a tough fallaway jumper from the top of the key to give the Mules a 52-50 lead. Bernardini answered a Bullet hoop by scoring in the post with 58.2 ticks left to keep Muhlenberg up by two.

Gettysburg’s Joe Spierenburg, who blocked eight shots in the game, nailed a three-pointer with 31.8 seconds left to give the visitors a 55-54 lead. With time running down, a Mule attempt was blocked, but Fields grabbed the rebound and was fouled going back up. He made the first of two free throws with 1.2 seconds left, knotting the game at 55-all.

Spierenburg’s three-pointer 90 seconds into the extra period gave the Bullets the lead for good. Muhlenberg missed its first three OT shots and did not have possession with a chance to tie in the final two minutes.

Fields tied a career high with 18 points, and Bernardini scored all 14 of his points in the second half and overtime.

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For the second Saturday in a row, all the Muhlenberg wrestling team had to do to visualize its goals was look over to the next mat.

The Mules swept Kings Point (33-7) and Stevens (36-15) in their second straight double-dual with Ursinus, the four-time defending Centennial Conference champion. The Bears
Tale of the Mat
opponent Muhlenberg
Johns Hopkins 31-18 28-18
Gettysburg 39-15 39-10
Kings Point 33-7 28-15
Stevens 36-15 30-18
also defeated both squads, setting up a showdown of teams with 4-0 league records on Wednesday at Memorial Hall.

Comparative scores point to a highly competitive match (see box).

“It will be a good match on Wednesday,” said sophomore Billy Hall, who recorded a pair of pins at 133. “I think we match up well with them if we wrestle to our potential.”

Seven Muhlenberg wrestlers went 2-0 on the day, with junior Joseph DeCampo doubling his season pin total with a pair of first-period falls. Sophomore Rob Kein ran his winning streak to 14 and reached the 20-win mark for the season with a technical fall and decision, and sophomore Matt Horn notched his first major decision and his first technical fall of the campaign.

Hall rebounded from his first loss of the season at 133 to pin both of his foes. He has nine falls in 2006-07 and 20 in his career.

“After that loss [to the second-ranked wrestler in Division III], I wanted to make sure that in all conference matches I got the most points possible. I came out hard today,” he said.

Sophomore Justin Fitch and senior Matt Loesch both won by decision and forfeit. Fitch earned his win with a takedown in overtime, while Loesch improved to 21-0 for his career in CC dual matches.

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Last updated January 27, 2007