Two Champs and 10 Placers Help Bulldogs to Team Title

Two Champs and 10 Placers Help Bulldogs to Team Title

ADRIAN, Mich. — Powered by two champions and 10 overall placers, the Adrian College women's wrestling team won its team tournament on Saturday. 

Sophomore Zoe Nowicki took home a championship in the 136 pound weight class. The 143 pound weight class came down to two AC athletes, freshman Megan Vondrasek beat junior MacKenzie Matta in the championship bout to win her first tournament title as a Bulldog. 

Freshman Brittney Wolgast also took second at 123, while Angela LoRusso and Mara Eason each finished third at 109 and 155, respectively. 

Lindenwood and North Central tied for second. 

"Everything that we worked on this week was pretty evident in how they performed," said head coach Cliff Cushard. "The team responded well to the philosophies that were covered over the week and incorporated that in their performance. I am pleased with their coachability. This time we saw some different things — also small things to work on. We'll get after those in preparation for next week's competition."

Nowicki had two falls and a tech fall en route to her title. 

"My adjustments in tournament were getting more ready for matches to be able to listen to what my coaches are telling me — they were telling me to be more aggressive and to go after what I was doing harder and to not just give it up," Nowicki said. "So I got ready mentally better and I just kept telling myself 'I'm the best wrestler in this room. I can beat anybody in this room.'

"Personally, I think I'm doing really well. I am more confident and excited about this year. I see myself on the world ladder. Maybe not this year, but very soon."

Nowicki leads the team in wins early in the season with a 4-0 record. 

"Without even knowing who her opponents were Zoe is really pulling it together," Cushard said. "I think she's really focused this year on competing at the highest level and she did."

Vondrasek had a first period bye, a tech fall and a pin in the finals. 

"One of those you love it and you hate it as a coach," Cushard said. "You love having an all-Adrian final, but you hate having teammates go at it in the final. They had a great match and Megan Vondrasek came out on top this time."

Other Bulldogs who placed included:

Mackenzie Tayerle was fourth at 130, Sydney Sims was fifth at 136 pounds, Lacey Jung-Michonski finished fifth at 170 and Melody Barrows was sixth at 143 pounds. 

"It feels good to win a tournament. It feels good to win your home tournament," Cushard said. "It shows an overall performance top to bottom that you don't always see in a dual. Everybody got a taste of winning. Everybody got a chance to learn. It's always good as a team to develop."

The Bulldogs are off until Saturday, Nov. 2 when they compete Bob Kellogg MacMurray Open in Jacksonville, Ill.

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