TORONTO – The women's wrestling team travels to Canada on Saturday, Nov. 10 for the Ryerson University Open.
Many of Adrian's wrestlers competed in a large amount of folkstyle before heading to college. Folkstyle is the type of wrestling that most youth, high school and college men wrestle in the United States. But the rest of the world, including Canadian women, wrestle strictly freestyle, which is the type of wrestling that women primarily wrestle in college in the United States.
"This week's goal is different since we are competing internationally," said Head Coach Cliff Cushard. "The Canadians wrestle slightly differently than we do since they do not ever wrestle folkstyle. They grow up only wrestling freestyle and so they come at things differently than we do. Our goal this week is to learn. Learn about the difference in how they wrestle, learn about the difference in training methods and learn about the way that our way of doing things matches up with the way they do things."
Like most teams, the Bulldogs are fighting some injury issues at this point of the season. Cushard said there about five or six wrestlers who will take this weekend off to recover.
"In the middle of the season the key is to give them the time to heal properly and fully so they are ready for the big push at the end of the season," he said. "Most are on the home stretch and should return soon."
It is anticipated that there will be between eight and 10 Canadian teams at the tournament in Toronto, plus a few individuals wrestling in the open tournament. Cushard suspects that his squad will probably be the only team from the U.S. wrestling in the tournament on Saturday. Not many U.S. teams cross the border to compete.
"It's a real advantage to be so close to Canada and do this with the team and get our athletes international experience," he said. "We try to schedule one Canadian tournament per semester to take advantage of this opportunity."
Coach Cushard has a plan for the Bulldogs to build on their success from last weekend.
"The keys to success this weekend are to have each of us wrestle our match," Cushard said. "Take it to them rather than wait and see what they want to do. The old saying is true, the best defense is a good offense. Take away their differences by making them wrestle your way. Then it is all familiar for you."
LAST TIME OUT:
Nine Bulldogs placed at the Bob Kellogg Open at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill.
Assistant Coach Kassidy Block was second at 136 pounds, while Maggie Elliott was third at 155 pounds.