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Magic No. 19 for Colonels: Wrestlers set new record


February 23. 2013 2:46PM
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Add another piece of history in the Wilkes-King’s rivalry.


The Colonels broke a 33-year old program record, picking up their 19th straight win on Friday with a 36-9 win over the Monarchs at Scandlon Gymnasium.


Wilkes had previously won 18 straight during the 1979-80 season.


On Friday, the Colonels won seven of 10 bouts against King’s. Jeff Peterson (141 pounds) and Mark Hartenstine (149) both recorded pins for the Colonels, who finish the regular season ranked No. 7 in the country.


Wilkes enters next weekend’s East Regionals with a 19-3 record. King’s fell to 6-11 with the loss.


Four players on local college teams earned spots on the All-Freedom Conference teams, which were announced Friday.


Leading the way were Wilkes guard Chris Shovlin and Misericordia guard Matt Greene, both of whom were named first-team selections.


Misericordia forward Steve Ware was picked for the second team while King’s guard Kyle Hammonds earned honorable mention recognition.


Shovlin led the entire conference in scoring, ranking among the national leaders at 21.1 points per game. He hit 30 points four times and topped 20 in 13 games despite missing three games with an injury.


Greene finished third on the team in scoring with 10.8 points per game and scored in double figures in 14 contests while Ware finished second in the Freedom in field goal percentage (56.2) and third in blocks with 1.0 per game.


Hammonds led the Monarchs in scoring with 12.6 points per game and averaged 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per contest while connecting on 42 three-pointers.


Delaware Valley swept the individual awards in a vote by the league’s coaches.


The Aggies’ Jeremy Beckett (Player of the Year), Zach Sly (Rookie of the Year) and Casey Stitzel (Coach of the Year) were all honored by the conference.


Delaware Valley plays at DeSales today for the Freedom Conference championship game.




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