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Senior Bill Holsinger became the first wrestler in Muhlenberg history to reach 100 career wins by going 4-0 Bill Holsinger at the North/South Duals, held at Trinity (Conn.) College.

Muhlenberg (5-5) won three of four matches at the Duals, defeating Bridgewater State, Trinity and MIT before falling to Wesleyan.

Holsinger recorded a pin, two decisions and a forfeit win to improve his career record to 101-25. His milestone win came in his third bout of the day, when he flattened Chris Watson of MIT in just 43 seconds for his 41st career pin.

Holsinger, ranked fourth in Division III at 149 pounds, is a perfect 12-0 this season. His bouts today were his first since he suffered a knee injury at Kutztown on Nov. 15.

Junior Nate Yeasted also went 4-0, improving his season record to 18-3. Senior Tyler Cathey and sophomore Josh Carter combined to win all four bouts at heavyweight. Cathey, ranked eighth in Division III, won two decisions in his first action of the season. Carter is now 13-3.

Freshman Brian Marcotulli was 3-1 at 125, recording his first career pin against Trinity.

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Whittier Tournament champions

Senior Mark Lesko scored 32 points and tied a career high with 17 rebounds to lead the Muhlenberg men’s basketball team to a 67-64 win against Richard Stockton in the championship game of Whittier’s Purple & Gold Poet Classic.

The tournament championship was the second in a row for the Mules (8-3), who won at Muskingum on Dec. 22. Prior to that, Muhlenberg had not won a tournament on the road (except for Moravian’s) since 1986.

Lesko earned tournament MVP honors for the first time in his career after scoring 53 points and pulling down 29 rebounds in the two games. He shot 10-for-13 from the field against Stockton (8-3) en route to his fourth career 30-point game and had a double-double (21 points, 10 rebounds) in the second half alone.

The Mules never trailed in the championship game as they extended their winning streak to five games. They took their biggest lead, 56-44, with 6:38 to play on a three-pointer by senior Bill Cwieka, but the Ospreys slowly pecked away at the lead. Stockton trailed by just three points, 60-57, and had the ball with under two minutes remaining when junior Aaron Holden drew a charge.

Muhlenberg clinched the game from the foul line after that, as senior Michael Barletta and junior Anthony Strachan combined to make seven of eight free throws. Barletta was the only other Mule in double figures, scoring 10 points.

Junior Toomey Anderson was named to the All-Tournament Team. He scored 21 points in the two games.

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Last updated January 5, 2002