ADRIAN, Mich. – It was senior Autumn Rux's first chance to wrestle in front of a home crowd when the Adrian College women's wrestling team hosted the nine-team Adrian Women's Open on Saturday at Merillat Fitness Center.
Rux responded by taking fifth place at 155 pounds, pacing nine other girls who placed in the top six.
"This was a big step for us a program to show our college community here what this was about," said Head Coach Cliff Cushard. "For our campus community to see that this is a serious sport and get comments back from other people at the school was really helpful."
Lacey Jung led Adrian with a first place finish at 170 pounds, while Zoe Nowicki was third at 130 and Kassidy Block earned third at 136 pounds.
"I thought the team did about what I expected, which is pretty good," Cushard said. "We're still in that learning mode. Our freshman specifically are still getting used to freestyle and several of them did manage to place pretty high."
The MIGWA girls middle school and high school tournament also took place adjacent to the Adrian Women's Open.
"It's absolutely essential that we continue to provide these opportunities on campus," Cushard said. "To me it's more about providing that inspiration to the younger wrestlers because they don't necessarily get to see the role models. For them to be able to watch high-level women's college wrestling -- it was a real eye-opener for them."
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