Every Bulldog Places as Women's Wrestling Wins Team Title at Ryerson Open

Renee Richter works to get a fall on Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Ryerson Open in Toronto, Ontario. Richter placed second and nine Bulldogs placed in the tournament (Photo courtesy of Dominic Adams).
Renee Richter works to get a fall on Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Ryerson Open in Toronto, Ontario. Richter placed second and nine Bulldogs placed in the tournament (Photo courtesy of Dominic Adams).

TORONTO — The Adrian College women's wrestling team beat 17 other Canadian teams to finish first at the Ryerson Open on Sunday, Nov. 11.

The Bulldogs had all nine of its wrestlers place in the top-six.

Rene Richter trailed 6-1 in her semifinal match at the Ryerson Open, but the freshman said she didn't want to lose when she threw her opponent to her back and got the fall. 

"I was really nervous because I had never been out of the states, so it was a new experience. Going into the first match, I was really nervous. After the first match, I just thought in my head, 'I belong here and can hang here,'" Richter said. "I was down 6-1 when I threw her. I just looked at the score and I thought, 'I don't want to lose so I might as well go for it."

Richter eventually dropped her finals match at 67 kilograms, but led nine Bulldogs to placing in Toronto, Ontario. 

There were several high-level Canadian competitors at the tournament. 

"I think that they got a good taste of international competition at this tournament," said Head Coach Cliff Cushard. "Placing nine out of nine at this tournament with some high-level Canadian athletes shows that we're on the right path. We're progressing. It's what you want as a coach — you want your athletes to get better and better each week."

Senior Autumn Rux won the title in 72kg, while freshman Lacey Jung was second. 

Freshman Zoe Nowicki also finished second at 59kg, while freshman Shyann Ronning took fourth at 59kg. 

Sophomore Holly Bailor battled to third place at 48kg, while Assistant Coach Kassidy Block also was third at 63kg.

Freshman Mackenzie Tayerle finished fourth at 55kg, alongside fellow freshman Alex Lividini — who took sixth in the weightclass. 

"My second match — as soon as I started losing, I thought, 'I don't want to lose any more.' When I saw the opportunity to put her on her back, I seized it," Tayerle said. "I think it's really that Coach Cliff has taken the time to work with me and show me how freestyle works. Everything is starting to slow down and I've been able to achieve more."

The Bulldogs head to the Missouri Valley Open on Sunday, Nov. 18, in Marshall, Missouri.