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DES MOINES, Iowa – The No. 5 Wilkes University wrestling team went 1-1 through its first two matches of the NWCA National Duals on Saturday afternoon.

The Colonels opened with a 27-12 win over St. John’s before falling to No. 4 Wisconsin-Whitewater 26-11 in the quarterfinals in a battle of two top-five nationally ranked squads.

Wilkes wrestled in the consolation round Saturday night.

Michael Fleck scored a 16-1 technical fall over John Wells in the opener, then Myzar Mendoza continued the winning trend earning his 97th career victory with a 7-0 decision over Mike Pleski at 133 pounds. Mark Hartenstine cruised past Joseph Hessing at 149 pounds with a 16-0 technical fall.

Phillip Racciato earned an 11-10 decision at 165 pounds and Kyle Diesel breezed past Theodore Erickson 8-0 at 174 pounds to pushed the Wilkes lead to 20-3. Levi Veppert (184) and Eric Bach (197) closed out the Colonels victory with an 11-3 major decision and 8-4 decision.

Against Whitewater, Guesseppe Rea opened with a 10-5 decision. Hartenstine picked up his second win of the day with his second consecutive technical fall (17-0) over Elroy Perkin. Kris Krawchuk earned a 3-0 decision at 157 pounds.


King’s splits tri-meet

The Monarchs tallied a 105-97 victory over Arcadia and dropped a 133-69 decision at Messiah.

Macawley Brown earned a first-place finish in the 100 yard butterfly in a time of 1:01.93. Patricia Manning netted a pair of second-place finishes with a time of 5:03.83 in the 400 yard individual medley and a 1:14.74 time in the 100 yard breaststroke.

Albright 146, Misericordia 115

Dani Blass and Bree Grzech combined for five wins at the Anderson Center.

Amanda Stammherr added a win in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.46) for the Cougars.

Blass won the 200 IM (2:19.01) and won the 200 breaststroke (2:36.56) to lead a one-two-three finish with Stammherr and Beth Karmondy.

Grzech took the 100 back (1:02.58) and teamed with Blass, Brittany Luzik and Megan DiPalo to win the 200 medley relay (1:52.94).


King’s splits tri-meet

King’s defeated Arcadia 111-58 and fell to host Messiah 127-62.

James McLaughlin led the way for the Monarchs with two second-place finishes. In the 1,000, freestyle McLaughlin tallied a time of 11:07.58 while he posted a 1:02 in the 100 backstroke. Michael Sweeney had a pair of strong swims, including a second place in the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:53.40.

In the 100 freestyle Josh Shoemaker earned second place in a time of 52.35. Kyle Newton also swam a 57.52 in the 100 butterfly, good for second place.

The Monarchs relay squad of Sweeney, Shoemaker, Andrew Reimann and Newton posted a 3:33.35 to win the 400 free relay.

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