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Trip to NYC Puts Mules on Fast Track

Running on arguably the fastest indoor track in the country, the New York City Armory, the Muhlenberg teams produced seven ECAC-qualifying performances and two school records at the Lafayette-Rider Games.

David Chorney

Sophomore David Chorney qualified for ECACs in the mile and ran a leg of the qualifying 4x800-meter relay team. His time of 4:19.91 in the mile was the third-fastest in team history and the second-fastest in the Centennial Conference so far this year. (corrected 2/12).

Both school records came in the 200 meters. For the men, junior Dan Steinhart ran a 23.05, eclipsing the previous mark of 23.24. Freshman Alex Faust tied the women’s school record of 26.81.

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Muhlenberg senior Michael Tenenhaus wanted to go out on a high note, and that is exactly what he did. He and fellow senior Matt Loesch each recorded a pin on Senior Night – the last home match of their careers – on the way to an exciting 23-17 victory over Messiah.

Tenenhaus (125) started the night off right with a pin in 1:49 to give the Mules a quick 6-0 lead.

Michael Tenenhaus
Tenenhaus’ pin was his first of the season and the fourth of his career. Two of those pins came against the Messiah opponent he wrestled tonight.
“I was pretty pumped before the match, so I was confident that I could win,” Tenenhaus said.

Next, sophomore Billy Hall (133) and his opponent combined for five reversals in a bout that saw two ties and three lead changes. At the end of regulation, Hall had fallen behind his opponent 13-12, but his riding time advantage forced overtime. Hall took down his opponent 17 seconds into sudden death, earning the decision and three team points. After one team point was deducted for misconduct, the Mules held an 8-0 advantage.

Messiah recorded a pin at 141, but Muhlenberg junior Joseph DeCampo (149) came right back with a win by decision, 5-2. The victory extended the Mules’ lead to 11-6.

It would be a while until the Mules scored again, as Messiah won the next three bouts. With the Falcons now leading 17-11, the Mules swept the final three matchups to pull out the come-from-behind victory.

At 184, sophomore Matt Horn allowed his opponent to take a 3-2 lead on an escape late in the third period. But with four seconds left, Horn took down his opponent and earned the win by decision, 4-3.

Then it was time for Loesch to show what he could do. He pinned his opponent right before the first period buzzer for the 22nd pin of his career. He finishes his dual meet career with a 47-3 record, good for the third-best winning percentage all-time at Muhlenberg.

Junior Joe Tartar (HWT) finished the night strong for the Mules, defeating his opponent by decision, 4-1.

“The win for the team tonight boosted our morale going into the conference championships,” Tenenhaus said. “It has been our goal to win the conference championship, and I think we have a good shot at carrying out that goal.”

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Last updated February 9, 2007