Nowicki’s Title, Ronning’s Runner-Up Finish Lead Bulldogs

Shyann Ronning, left, wrestles against Zoe Nowicki in Adrian on Oct. 27. Nowicki beat Ronning for the 130-pound title at the Bob Kellog Open at MacMurray College on Nov. 3 in Jacksonville, Ill. (Photo courtesy of Dominic Adams)
Shyann Ronning, left, wrestles against Zoe Nowicki in Adrian on Oct. 27. Nowicki beat Ronning for the 130-pound title at the Bob Kellog Open at MacMurray College on Nov. 3 in Jacksonville, Ill. (Photo courtesy of Dominic Adams)

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. -- Nine Bulldogs placed for the women's wrestling team at the Bob Kellog Open at MacMurray College.

Zoe Nowicki got a fall in 1:12 over teammate Shyann Ronning to win the 130-pound title.

Nowicki got a pin in her first match, won her second match 4-2 and won in the semifinals 6-0 before her victory in the finals.

"I felt I was very aggressive and dominant," Nowicki said. "I was in control every second. I could've attacked more, but other than that, I felt I wrestled much better than in previous tournaments."

It was the second individual title for Adrian this season.

"It was exciting," Nowicki said about winning her first college tournament. "It is a good confidence booster going forward."

She said it was difficult wrestling against Ronning in the finals.

"They're your teammate and friend right before the whistle and right after. But when that whistle blows, they're a wrestler -- they're there for the same reason you are and that's to win," Nowicki said. "I was super happy for Shyann. She works so hard in and out of the room. I have a lot of respect for her. She has made so much improvement since the first week of practice."

Ronning powered her way to the finals with a pin in her first match and an 11-2 win in the semifinals.

She attributed her strong performance to the team's work with the wrestling mindset.

"The first two open tournaments, I didn't have any confidence in myself and I would always doubt myself by thinking I would lose because I have no background in freestyle," Ronning said. "But this tournament I threw all of that out of my head. After our positive mindset meeting and just listening to my coach say 'everyone can be beat regardless of their record,' I gained more confidence in myself. This tournament I wrestled with a positive mindset and I never doubted myself once."

Assistant Coach Kassidy Block finished second while wrestling unattached at 136 pounds.

Maggie Elliott rattled off four straight wins to take third place after losing her first match at 155 pounds.

Others who placed include:

-Mackenzie Tayerle was fifth at 123 pounds

-Mackenzie Matta took sixth at 143 pounds

-Lacey Jung earned fifth at 170 pounds

-Haylee McCoy was fourth at 191 pounds

-Angelica Iobe took fifth at 191 pounds

"The one thing that I love about the team is that when we do lose a match, we don't allow that loss to interfere with our next match," Ronning said. "For the matches that we did lose, we all will figure out what we did wrong, solve them on the practice mats and perform better the next week."

Head Coach Cliff Cushard said he was proud of the way his team competed.

"We were looking to get more people placing higher and that's exactly what happened today," he said. "When there's stuff you're working on in the room and then you see it on the mat -- that makes you proud as a coach."

The Bulldogs are off until Sunday, Nov. 11 when they travel to the Ryerson University Open in Toronto, Ontario.