Freshman Sam Cushard Shines at National Tournament with All-America Status

Freshman Sam Cushard Shines at National Tournament with All-America Status

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Adrian College Bulldogs traveled to the Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) National Tournament this weekend, culminating with the end of the season. Freshman Sam Cushard became the first All-American for the Bulldogs in the program's inaugural season. Cushard finished seventh in the tournament to qualify for the award.

Cushard took seventh the hard way circling back through the consolation bracket to break into the top eight. After losing her opening match to the eventual fourth-place finisher, Cushard would go on an amazing four-match win streak to take seventh place. She would need only 18 seconds to pin her opponent in the first match of the consolation bracket. She would follow up with a technical fall victory over her third opponent of the tournament by the score of 10-0. Cushard would win her next two matches by pins at the 1:30 and 4:08 marks to complete the streak. At that point Cushard lost to the eventual fifth-place finisher. After winning the seventh place match by injury forfeit, she would finish the tournament with a 5-2 record at 155 pounds.

The only other Adrian wrestler to win a match today was fellow freshman Haylee McCoy (1-2) who would win her second match of the day with an 11-8 decision in a 170 bout.

The following wrestlers also competed in the tournament for the Bulldogs (with weight class and record):

123 Justine Seeley 0-2

130 Deandra Benn 0-2

130 Vannessa Sanchez 0-2

170 Kartier Bomar 0-2

The Bulldogs showed promise with five freshmen and a junior in their first season and they look forward to taking the mats in Year 2 next fall.


--Nick Duffy, Adrian College Graduate Assistant SID