TIFFIN, Ohio — It was a freshman who set the women's wrestling team up for victory and a senior who sealed the dual victory for Adrian College over Tiffin 25-21 on Thursday.
Freshman Megan Vondrasek was trailing 6-7 late in her match against Taylor Hites at 155 pounds.
Vondrasek — who bumped up from her normal weight of 143 pounds — fought to earn a takedown in the closing seconds to earn the 8-7 victory.
Senior Mara Eason, who also was bumped up a weight class to 170, got a fall over Tiffin's Sidney Ramos to secure the win for the Bulldogs.
"The fight in this team continues to impress me," said Coach Cliff Cushard. "We had to win as many as possible and we had to have bonus points in those wins to make up for the two forfeits. We had to bump a couple of women to fill holes and both came away with big wins. All of this came together just as we needed and we came away with the hard-fought victory."
Adrian had to score bonus points on Thursday if it wanted a chance to win the dual.
The Bulldogs spotted Tiffin 10 points after Adrian forfeited at 101 and 116 pounds.
Freshman Angela LoRusso put the Bulldogs on the board with a 11-1 tech fall at 109 pounds over Tiffin's Jaelyn Fazio.
A tech by the Dragons' Sugey Ceja 10-0 against Adrian freshman Brittney Wolgast at 123 pounds gave Tiffin a 16-4 lead.
Then Adrian rattled off 5 straight wins to secure the win.
Sophomore Mackenzie Tayerle's pin at 130 over Tiffin's Shanna Morris made the score 16-9.
Vondrasek's victory at 155 put the Bulldogs up 20-18 and Eason's fall sealed Adrian's win.
Freshman Arys Onstott dropped her match at 191 pounds by tech fall to Tiffin's Jessie Lee.
"The team was really supportive of each other and it's easy to work hard when your team has your back," Cushard said. "We talked about focusing on the fun and scoring the next points rather than winning. There's too much pressure in winning. This is a tough sport and you've got to find the fun in it. Oddly enough, when you have fun and score the next points you also tend to win."
The Bulldogs are off for the Thanksgiving holiday and will compete again on Dec. 7 at the North Central Invitational.
"There were lots of big matches tonight," Cushard said. "We wrestled eight matches and won six of them. I can't say it enough — I'm proud of this team."