Women’s Wrestling Drops Season-Opener to Gannon

Women’s Wrestling Drops Season-Opener to Gannon

ERIE, PA — The Adrian College women's wrestling team was unable to overcome a forfeit in the 101 weight class, dropping its first contest of the season 28-21 at Gannon University on Sunday. The Lady Knights had six victories to the Bulldog's four. 

"I was most impressed with the effort that we put out. We took the action to them in most matches and as a coach that's about all you can ask for," said Women's Wrestling Head Coach Cliff Cushard. "This being the first match of the year we made some minor mistakes that cost us points in the long run. Luckily those are easy to fix and we'll work on that this week."

Freshman Megan Vondrasek kept the women's wrestling team within striking distance when she got a fall in her 143 bought. She was winning in her match against Jezebel Garcia, when Garcia got behind Vondrasek and was attempting to throw her, but Vondrasek grabbed Garcia's leg, put her to her back and got the fall.

"We went over that just this week in practice," Vondrasek said. "I didn't get super nervous. I knew I was in a bad position. I just grabbed her leg, sat back and ended up getting the pin. For myself, I think I used my nerves in the correct way — I used it to better my performance and not hold me back."

It was Vondrasek's first collegiate match. 

"It was really cool to see how excited they were for and to see my team supporting me," Vondrasek said. "As a team I think we did really good. We bumped weights around. Everyone did the best they could. It was really cool to be a part of a college dual."

Freshman Brittney Wolgast also got a win by tech fall in her first collegiate match.

Sophomore Lacey Jung-Michonski was bumped up from her normal weight of 170 to wrestle at 191 and made the most of the opportunity. She pinned Kendall McGarity in the first period. 

"I was the last match and I wanted to leave a good impression for our team," Jung-Michonski said. "I know that anyone can be beaten. Personally, the biggest thing for me is not leaving any room for doubt. Going into this, I didn't think about the weight — just that I'm going to go out there and do it."

Sophomore Zoe Nowicki was the other Bulldog to earn a victory on Sunday when she got a tech fall at 136. Nowicki used two takedowns and a pair of turns against Gabrielle Malinowski before scoring four points to get the tech. 

Freshman Melody Barrows and Arys Onstott also earned their first collegiate victories against Gannon. Barrows won via 11-1 technical fall and Onstott earned a pin. 

The Bulldogs are 0-1 and will host the Adrian College Women's Open on Saturday, Oct. 26. There are seven women's collegiate teams that will invade Merillat Sport & Fitness Center.

"Last year it was a real eye-opener for the fans on campus because they had never seen women's freestyle wrestling before," Cushard said. "We'd like to build on that, have a good turnout and have a bunch of fans to support us. It will be great to get some more matches under our belt."


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