ADRIAN, Mich. -- The Adrian College women's wrestling program will host the first home event in program history on Saturday, Oct. 27 when the team takes to the mat in the Bulldog Open at the Merillat Sport & Fitness Center. The Bulldogs will welcome nine teams from across the U.S. and Canada for the 10 a.m. start.
"It's exciting to be able to showcase our program to the college and the community with an open like this," said Head Coach Cliff Cushard. "Younger girl wrestlers in the Michigan/Ohio/Indiana area have been asking to have women's college-level competition in our area that they can follow. I'm hoping that this will begin to build excitement amongst the younger wrestlers, creates a fan base that follows the teams and show up to cheer us on at events," he continued. "There's nothing like a loud, supportive home crowd."
Cushard said his team savored getting three dual victories last weekend and then quickly moved on.
"I am proud of the women for that effort and the results that it gave us," he said. "At Monday's practice, I told the team that I was proud of them but that it was now behind us and that we needed to continue to improve and prepare for the next challenge. We got back to work and have had a good week of practice."
The Bulldogs have had a mix of individual and team success so far in the season. There are just two seniors on the team, while most of the wrestlers are freshman.
Cushard has planned his team's training and competition with one thing in mind.
"We use a strategy of constant improvement throughout the season to peak at the end when the National Championships happen rather than one that peaks too early," he said. "Too many college wrestlers peak early and burn out by the end. We try to manage that and keep that from happening."
Adding more excitement to Saturday's event will be a girls' youth wrestling tournament. The MIGWA Michigan Girls Duals & Individuals State Championships will be held in the Blue Gym of the Merillat Sport and Fitness Center throughout the day, with admission being good for both events.
"Having both of these tournaments in the same place at the same time will provide an exciting opportunity for fans of women's wrestling to watch some quality wrestling at all levels from middle school through college," Cushard said.
IF YOU GO
Where: Merillat Sport and Fitness Center
When: 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 27
Admissions: $10 for adults, $5 for students and children 5 and under free
Who: Adrian College (NCAA DIII), Emmanuel College (NCAA DII), Gannon University (NCAA DII), King University (NCAA DII), Lakeland University (NCAA DIII), Lindenwood University (NCAA DII), MacMurray College (NCAA DIII), Tiffin University (NCAA DII) and the University of Western Ontario (U-Sport).
LAST TIME OUT
The Bulldogs picked up three dual victories in Tiffin on Oct. 20.
The Bulldogs started off with a 42-6 win over Gannon, then followed it up with a 32-16 victory against Ferrum and concluded the day by beating host Tiffin 28-14.
Adrian only lost three individual matches all day and scored first in 11 of the 16 matches that were contested on the day.
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