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The decision to attend Adrian College would have a lasting impression on one family. The new wrestling program, along with his connection with previous wrestling coach Chris Williams, sparked the interest of Clarence Kennedy to attend Adrian College.
Angus Arthur Leading the Way Last season, men's wrestling made an impressive return to the College campus as a varsity sport after a 31-year absence. The Bulldogs made their first appearance since 1979 â€” and fifth overall â€” at the NCAA Division III Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where they set program records for national finish (T-23rd place) and total points (15-1/2) last March. The season also included a 7-3 dual-meet record (all three losses at hands of nationally ranked opponents), first-ever NCAA All-American, first-ever regional champion, a pair of National Wrestling Coaches'Association All-America Scholars and a second-place finish at the Trine University Invitational. Angus Arthur made history as Adrian's first All-American after finishing in fourth place at 197 pounds. He went 3-2 at Nationals and was among the Division III wins leaders with a 34-2 record. Other program milestones included sophomore Zach Rieger and Arthur becoming the first Bulldogs ever to garner NWCA Scholar All-America accolades and freshman Sam Cushard winning All-America, placing as the women's team took to the mat for its debut season. 24
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When the Adrian athletic department ran a full cardiac examination on Clarence, as they do with every incoming athlete, they discovered a life-threatening heart condition that had previously gone undetected. Clarence had open-heart surgery on March 9. He did not need a full valve replacement, as they were able to repair the valve. He spent the spring and summer recuperating, and then after six weeks his restrictions were lifted, allowing him to start working out again. He enters the 2016-17 season getting stronger every day and is now penciled in as a starter at heavyweight for the Bulldogs, who enter their first season under new Head Coach Bill Schindel.