Women's Wrestling has Best Finish in Program History at National Championship

Sophomore Maggie Elliot picked up four wins at the WCWA National Championship Feb. 8-9 (photo by Mike Dickie).
Sophomore Maggie Elliot picked up four wins at the WCWA National Championship Feb. 8-9 (photo by Mike Dickie).

MARIETTA, Ga. — The Adrian College women's wrestling team had its best finish in program history at the Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) national championship Feb. 8-9. The Bulldogs came in 16th place overall, while Menlo College won the national title.

"We got very close to our team goal for the year even though some of our individual goals weren't met," said Head Coach Cliff Cushard. "We finished in 16th place in the WCWA. Our team goal was 15th."

Sophomore Maggie Elliott was Bulldogs' top performer this year, finishing 4-2, with her two losses coming to the third and fifth place finishers. Elliott dropped her first match 10-0 to Alyvia Fiske of Simon Fraser, before rattling off three tech falls off her own and a pin. She lost in the blood round by tech fall, 19-6 to Jasmine Bailey of McKendree University, to end her season.

"She was probably good enough to place but the draw wasn't in her favor," Cushard said of Elliott.

Kassidy Block was AC's next best performer going 3-2 for the tournament.  

"Kassidy's first loss came to the eventual champion, but not without giving her, her hardest match of the day, "Cushard said. "Kass wrestled her hard and took a 4-0 lead but the champion came back with a flurry and took the match 4-10. Her second loss came to the 6th place finisher."

Although the Bulldogs finished just outside of their goal of finishing in the top 15 as a team, Cushard said his team still made history.

"All in all, it was a good tournament for us," he said. "Taking 16th in the country is our highest ever finish and shows substantial improvement over last year. We were also the highest placing Division III program in the country."

The team also was recognized for its performance in the classroom, earning a Scholar All-American Team award. Three Bulldogs were honored as Scholar All-Americans in Block, Mara Eason and Autumn Rux.

 "While I am proud of our team finish I am even more proud of the fact that we had three Scholar All-Americans awarded," Cushard said. "The Adrian College Bulldogs also were one of only a handful of teams to be awarded as a Scholar All-American Team. This is our first time receiving this honor from the WCWA."


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