Bulldogs Earn Program-Best Three All-Americans at USA Wrestling’s Women’s Nationals

Graduate student Kassidy Block works for a fall in her seventh-place match at USA Wrestling’s women’s nationals on Sunday, May 12 in Irving, Texas. Block got the fall and was the highest placer of the Bulldogs’ three All-Americans.
Graduate student Kassidy Block works for a fall in her seventh-place match at USA Wrestling’s women’s nationals on Sunday, May 12 in Irving, Texas. Block got the fall and was the highest placer of the Bulldogs’ three All-Americans.

IRVING, Texas – Three Bulldogs battled their way to All-American honors this weekend at USA Wrestling's Women Nationals. The age-group tournament serves as the qualifier for USA Wrestling's national teams and allows for athletes to compete at international tournaments and train with the U.S. coaching staff.

Graduate student Kassidy Block led the way for Adrian College with a seventh-place finish at 59kg in the U23 division on Sunday, May 12. Block started her day off with a 41-second fall against Marissa Gallegos. Her second round featured a showdown with eventual champ Abby Nette, losing with a 10-0 tech fall.

But Block wouldn't be denied getting on the podium in her only time competing in the tournament.  She won her next match 14-9 over Rebekah Cordova in the blood round. A 10-0 tech fall loss to Cara Romeike would drop block into the 7th place match. There Block made quick work of Miyuki Pugrad and picked up the fall in 1:02.

"Three All-Americans is a great way to close out the competition season for the year," said head coach Cliff Cushard. "The three All-Americans will be back in the fall and that gives us a great core to work around with the addition of our highly-touted incoming recruiting class."

Freshman Zoe Nowicki (65kg) and Sophomore Maggie Elliott (72kg) both earned 8th place and secured all-American status on Friday, May 10 in the 19U division.

Nowicki rattled off two quick wins over Desarae Matheny and Hailey Budney before losing to Cara Broadus in the quarterfinals. The Coldwater freshman continued her stellar career with a 15-4 tech fall over Jacqueline Park to secure all-American status. She then lost by fall to Cierra Foster and to McKenzie Cook to finish in eighth.

Elliott was pinned in her first match and then rattled off three straight wins to snag all-American status and eventually finish eighth. She beat Jasmine Hale, Angel Vasquez and Ananya Phochana-Johnson to earn her spot on the podium.