Emily Shilson becomes first U.S. wrestler to win Youth Olympic Games title; Tiare Ikei places sixth

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – It was a historic day for USA Wrestling, as Emily Shilson of Maple Grove, Minn. became the first U.S. wrestler to win a gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games with her victory at 43 kg on Saturday at the Asian Pavillion.

Shilson, who was a Cadet World champion earlier this summer, defeated 2017 Cadet World bronze medalist Simran Simran of India in the Youth Olympic Games gold-medal finals, 11-6. Shilson jumped out to a big 9-2 lead at the break, then closed out the victory in the second-period.

This is the second time this year that Shilson had beaten Simran, to go along with a 10-0 technical fall in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Cadet World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia.

Shilson won all four of her Group B matches on Saturday morning to qualify for the championship finals. Included in her pool victories was a third-round 12-1 technical fall over 2018 Cadet World silver medalist Shahana Nazarova of Azerbaijan, a rematch of the Cadet World finals also won by Shilson. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

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