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 Mike Falk
 Sports Information Director
 Muhlenberg College
 2400 Chew Street
 Allentown PA 18104

2006-07 Season Review:

The numbers all added up for the Muhlenberg wrestling team in 2006-07.

The Mules had four national qualifiers and a three-time
Matt Loesch
The seventh four-time champion in CC wrestling history, Loesch won the Chris Clifford Memorial Award as the senior with the most career points at the conference tournament. He also was awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
All-American and finished number two in the Centennial Conference in one of their best seasons ever.

The team accomplished all it did with a starting lineup that included only two seniors, pointing to a future filled with more big numbers.

Muhlenberg showed its potential in the early-season tournaments, crowning at least one champion at each. Sophomore 141-pounder Rob Kein took first place at King’s, and three weeks later he won another title at Messiah, defeating the top-ranked wrestler in Division III in the process and earning Most Outstanding Wrestler honors.

Sophomore Billy Hall, who began the season competing against Kein at 141, found success when he dropped back down to 133, earning a national ranking after joining Kein in the winner’s circle at Messiah.

Senior Matt Loesch (197) made his season debut in January, his return to the mat delayed by an injury suffered while playing football, and won his first tournament, the Roger Williams Mid-Winter Classic. Junior heavyweight Joe Tartar, also back from an injury that caused him to miss the entire 2005-06 year, captured his first career tournament title at Roger Williams.

Hall and Tartar won their weight classes to lead the Mules to first place at the Washington & Lee Invitational – their first regular-season tourney title in 15 years. A Muhlenberg wrestler placed in the top four at all but one of the 10 weight classes.

A 6-4-1 dual-meet season, which included an 18-18 tie with 27th-ranked New York University, set the stage for the CC Championships. Muhlenberg gave four-time defending champion Ursinus a run for its money, but ended up
Michael Tenenhaus
Senior 125-pounder Michael Tenenhaus recorded a pin in his final home match and ended his career with 30 wins.
finishing second by 11 points – its first time in the runner-up spot since 2002. And whereas the Bears did not win any weight classes, the Mules crowned four champions (Hall, Kein, Loesch and Tartar), all of whom earned bids to the NCAA Division III Championships.

Although Muhlenberg had one of the largest contingents at nationals (only five schools sent more than four wrestlers), only Loesch found success, finishing sixth to become the first three-time All-American in CC history.

Loesch ended his brilliant career with a record of 90-16, including a 40-0 mark against CC opponents. Hall and Tartar both went 24-7 on the season and tied for the team lead with 13 pins, while Kein finished at 23-4.

Junior Joseph DeCampo (20-11 at 149) and sophomore Matt Horn (20-12, third in the CC at 184) also reached the 20-win mark, and sophomore Justin Fitch was 19-12 at 174 in his first season as a starter.

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