Women's Wrestling Aims to Keep Building on Prior Success at Bob Kellog Open

Zoe Nowicki works for a fall during the Adrian College Women's Open on Saturday, Oct. 27 (Photo courtesy of Dominic Adams)
Zoe Nowicki works for a fall during the Adrian College Women's Open on Saturday, Oct. 27 (Photo courtesy of Dominic Adams)

ADRIAN, Mich. – The Adrian College women's wrestling team has had its share of placers through three weeks of competitions this season, but that's not where the Bulldogs want to remain.

"I expect us to continue to get better every week until nationals," said Head Coach Cliff Cushard. "We've been placing plenty of wrestlers at each tournament - now it's time to start placing them higher."

Cushard's team will have a chance to do just that on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Bob Kellogg Open on the campus of MacMurry College in Jacksonville, Ill.

There will be about 12 wrestlers stepping into the circle this weekend in the field that features a dozen teams.

"I'm looking for continued growth and improvement," Cushard said. "We've done a pretty good job so far this season, but we can always get better."

The Bulldogs had 10 of 13 wrestlers place in their home tournament last weekend and Cushard said he likes the way his young team has developed at this stage in the season.

He wants the team to be intention when the wrestlers take the mat.

"We are cleaning up little mistakes and focusing on increased intensity and motion on the mat," Cushard said. "If we focus on moving our opponents to set up more scoring then the wins will continue to come."

The Bulldogs were successful at this tournament last year, as Maggie Elliott won the title at 155, while four other Bulldogs finished second and Adrian finished runner-up in the team race.

"We have been working on taking our current high pace of activity and stepping it up a notch," Cushard said. "This was a fun tournament for us last season and I hope to have just as much fun this season. We are settling into the grind that is a college wrestling season and keeping it fun is always the goal."

LAST TIME OUT:

The Bulldogs had 10 wrestlers place in the first-ever women's wrestling tournament on Adrian College's campus.

Lacey Jung led the Bulldogs by capturing the 170-pound championship.

Zoe Nowicki was third at 130 and Kassidy Block took third at 136 pounds.

MacKenzie Matta was fourth at 143, along with Angelica Iobe earning fourth at 191 and Mara Eason placing fourth at 155 pounds.

Holly Bailor was fifth at 109, while Renee Richter took sixth at 155 pounds.