Two Individual Champs, Four Other Placers Lead Bulldogs to Second in Canada

Freshman Angela LoRusso works for a fall on her way to winning her first collegiate tournament of her career at the Ryerson Open on Sunday. The women's wrestling team finished second overall.
Freshman Angela LoRusso works for a fall on her way to winning her first collegiate tournament of her career at the Ryerson Open on Sunday. The women's wrestling team finished second overall.

TORONTO, Ont. — Freshman Angela LoRusso and volunteer assistant coach Kassidy Block led the Bulldogs women's wrestling team Sunday to a second place overall finish. 

LoRusso won her first championship of her collegiate-career after going 2-1 at 48 kilograms.

"I wasn't sure it would come this early," LoRusso said of her first collegiate title. "I'm glad that I've been able to prove myself — a little more to myself than to anybody else. I feel like yes I am this level, but also the other girls are extremely tough. It's a good moment to have."

Block went 2-1 at 55 kg. She won the title on criteria, as both of her wins were by fall. 

Sophomore Zoe Nowicki placed second and suffered her first loss of the season. She lost in the finals to Canadian Michelle Fazzari, a 2016 Olympian who also was a bronze medalist at the 2017 World Championships. 

"We're always looking for new and different competition and to see people with different styles and techniques," said Coach Cliff Cushard. "The performance was pretty good today. We had a few spotty moments here and there. I think a lot of times it came to style match ups that we weren't comfortable with. In most cases we worked past those or learned from them."

Junior MacKenzie Matta was fourth at 63 kg, along with Freshman Brittney Wolgast at 55 kg. 

Freshman Alexis Poupore finished in fifth place at 51 kg. 

"I would like to see us improve on controlling the matches when the other wrestler is keeping their distance," Cushard said. "The Canadians generally don't tie up with our wrestlers like U.S. wrestlers do — when things are so different it can get you out of your game. But that's exactly why we choose tournaments like this - to stretch our comfort zones and become better wrestlers."

The Bulldogs wrestle again on Sunday, Nov. 17 at the Missouri Valley Open.