Adaugo Nwachukwu of Iowa Wesleyan had a stellar 2022 season. Not only did she win an NAIA Invitational title as a freshman, but she also won a bronze medal at the U20 World Championships. Nwachukwu is from Nigeria and moved to the United States in 2018. She started wrestling as a sophomore in high school so she is still relatively new to the sport, but has found success early and often.
Nwachukwu takes on Alara Boyd at the NWCA All-Star Classic on November 22. She picked three of her favorite matches and provided brief comments on why they were important to her career.
2022 NAIA Invitational Finals: Adaugo Nwachukwu (Iowa Wesleyan) vs Gracie Figueroa (Menlo)
“I chose this match because it was my first national championship and it boosted my confidence a lot. It hyped me up to wrestle in the world championships, too. I also won the outstanding wrestler award at this tournament, which was kind of exciting for me.”
2022 U20 World Championships Bronze Medal Match: Adaugo Nwachukwu (USA) vs Bermet Nuridin Kyzy (KGZ)
“I chose this match because of the cultural experience. It was my first ever world/international competition and winning a bronze medal was not the goal but it still made me feel one step closer to my goal of winning it next year.”
2022 U20 World Team Trials, Match 3: Adaugo Nwachukwu vs Skylar Hattendorf
“I chose this match because it was a test of my grit. Losing the first match only made me hungry to come out harder for the next two matches. At the end of the match, I didn’t get scored on so this was huge for me.”