The Muhlenberg wrestling team posted its best finish in four years as
the Mules took third at the Centennial Conference Championships (just a
half-point behind second-place McDaniel) and
qualified two wrestlers for the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Mills won the 157-pound weight class at Kings and finished second at
Ursinus and Messiah.
Junior Matt Loesch was the 197-pound CC champion for the third
consecutive year and finished sixth at the NCAAs to become the Mules
first two-time All-American wrestler. Loesch won a pair of decisions at
the NCAAs to reach All-America status, but an injury slowed him on the
second day. His placing was the second best for a Muhlenberg wrestler
behind his fourth-place finish a year ago.
Senior Dale Mills upset the No. 1 seed to win the 157-pound CC
championship his second in three years and earn an automatic
bid to the NCAAs. Mills lost both his bouts at the NCAAs to the fourth and
fifth seeds, but still led Muhlenberg in wins as he went 26-6, including
6-1 in the CC. For his career, he ranks among Muhlenbergs all-time
leaders in wins (third with 94), pins (fifth with 27), technical falls
(tied for first with nine) and major decisions (second with 16).
Gibson was 17-14 and placed seventh at the Petrofes Invitational.
The Mules also got a glimpse of what could be a bright future. Three
freshmen finished in the top three at the CC Championships. Billy
Hall captured second at 133 pounds, was second on the team with 24
victories and had a team-high 11 pins. He finished in the top three in
four tournaments during the season. Rob Kein took second at 141
pounds as he came on strong to end the season, winning 10 of his final 12
bouts to finish 18-9. Matt Horn was third at 184 pounds and
finished with six pins three coming in under a minute.
Muhlenberg also received contributions from senior 165-pounder Chris
Gibson, who finished his final season with a career-best 17 wins, and
junior Michael Tenenhaus, who captured third place at 125 pounds at
the Centennial Conference Championships.
Muhlenberg finished the regular season 8-4, tying McDaniel
and Johns Hopkins for second place in the CC with a league 5-2 record.