MARSHALL, Mo. — The women's wrestling team had four wrestlers place at the Missouri Valley Open on Sunday, Nov. 18.
Sophomore Maggie Elliott led the Bulldogs with a fifth-place finish at 155 pounds. Elliott rattled off three wins before she lost in the semifinals. Another loss in the consolation bracket moved her into the match for fifth place. After a takedown and turn in the final seconds, she earned a 9-6 victory.
"One of the reasons we came to this particular tournament was to find out where we sit in the larger scheme of things," said Head Coach Cliff Cushard. "This was a good wake up call for some of our wrestlers. They have found some things to work on."
Sophomore MacKenzie Matta dropped her first match at 143 pounds, but then won four straight to get into the placing rounds. She finished the day 4-3 and took sixth place.
Freshman Zoe Nowicki was eighth at 130 pounds after going 3-3 on the day.
Assistant Coach Kassidy Block went 4-3 at 136 pounds wrestling unattached and earned 8th place.
"In a way, it was hard to figure out where we stand because there were so many non-college senior level athletes that messed with the final placing," Cushard said. "This might be the toughest Missouri Valley tournament we've been to. Last year we placed fewer. Placing four is pretty good."
Sunday's tournament was one of the tougher tournaments of the year thus far and featured more than 20 teams.
Cushard said he was anxious to see how the women responded to having unfavorable draws on 32-wrestler brackets and other issues that came up throughout the tourney.
"I was most impressed by the women's ability to fight back from an early loss in a big bracket and battle their way back to placing," he said. "Obviously it shows a certain ability to deal with adversity and fight back through it. It's a maturity thing that we want the entire team to have and we like to see it happened."