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• Wrestling: Senior Bill Holsinger, wrestling at home for the final time in his career, scored a pin in the last bout of the day to lift Muhlenberg to a 30-25 win against Baptist Bible.

Earlier in the day, the Mules had defeated Elizabethtown, 45-6. With the two victories, Muhlenberg finished its dual-meet season with a record of 17-8, tying the school record for wins in a season set last year.

The Mules jumped out to a 18-0 lead against Baptist Bible after the first three bouts on a forfeit win and pins by senior Andrew Faust (his second of the day) and sophomore Joe Getz (the first of his career). But the Defenders came back to win the next five bouts to take a 25-18 lead.

Another forfeit win made it 25-24. Holsinger needed only a regular decision to win the match for Muhlenberg, but did better than that, pinning his opponent in just 50 seconds. He now has a record of 26-1, 22-1 in dual meets. That ties the school record for dual-meet wins in a season.

The Mules begin their postseason next Saturday when they travel to Ursinus for the Centennial Conference Championships.

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• Indoor Track & Field: The Muhlenberg track teams broke two school records at the Bucknell Winter Classic.

Junior Jason App added a quarter-inch to his own school mark in the pole vault, finishing 10th with a height of 13 feet, 9¼ inches.

Sophomores Lesley Bruno and Diana Garretto and freshmen Samantha Sachleben and Amy Ratner set a school record in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 4:24.69. All except Ratner were on the team that set the previous record of 4:26.81 at Bucknell two weeks ago.

The highest Mule finishes were recorded by sophomore Brian Cash, fifth in the 1,000 (2:38.06), and senior Katie Garrett, sixth in the 3,000 (11:09.72).

Basketball Teams Sweep at Washington

The Muhlenberg basketball teams swept a pair of games at Washington to tie the school record for combined wins in a season. With at least seven games remaining, the Mule hoops teams are 36-7. The 1985-86 teams were 36-15.

• Men’s Basketball: Junior Anthony Strachan put back a missed shot with 8.4 seconds remaining to lift Muhlenberg (17-5, 8-3) to a thrilling 82-81 win – its first at Washington since 1994.

The Mules trailed by as many as 10 points in a torrid first half in which the teams combined to shoot 55 percent from the field, but rallied to tie the score at 47 by halftime. They took an 80-76 lead with 1:47 left on a dunk by junior Aaron Holden, but the Shoremen (8-14, 3-8) scored the next five points to go up by a point with 37 seconds to play.

After Strachan’s basket, Washington called timeout to set up a final shot, but a jumper from the lane missed the mark.

Senior Mark Lesko recorded his 11th double-double of the season with game highs of 29 points and 13 rebounds. He also had three of the team’s 10 blocked shots, helping the Mules set a school record of 121 blocks in a season.

Holden ended with 15 points, seven rebounds and four blocks, while senior Michael Barletta had 13 points and eight rebounds.

Muhlenberg is 12 games over .500 for the first time since the 1985-86 team finished 20-7, and remains a game ahead of Ursinus in the Centennial Conference East standings.

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• Women’s Basketball: Sophomore Susan Marchiano scored 16 of her game-high 20 points in the second half as the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team tied the school record for wins in a season with a 76-60 win at Washington.

Marchiano finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season. She also had four steals and two blocked shots.

The 15th-ranked Mules (19-2, 11-2), who also won 19 games during the 1995-96 season, trailed at only one point in the game: 33-32 when the Shorewomen (10-12, 4-8) hit a three-pointer to start the second half. But Marchiano’s layup off a lob pass from senior Jenn Risley 21 seconds later and an ensuing three-point play by sophomore Becky Richmond gave Muhlenberg the lead for good.

Risley finished with 17 points and Richmond ended with 12. Senior Lindsay St. Lawrence also scored 12 points in just 15 minutes of action.

The Mules remained tied for first place in the CC East Division with Swarthmore, a 63-54 winner against Ursinus.

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Last updated February 9, 2002