Shilson Going For Sixth Title While Little Soldier Looking For First

Augsburg University will play host this weekend to the largest Minnesota Girls High School State Championship since the event began six years ago. “The event continues to grow and this year we are up approximately 45% over last year. We’re excited for these girls to have the opportunity to compete for a high school state wrestling title,” said Chad Shilson, Girls Director and Coach for MN USA Wrestling.

Most, if not all of your top Minnesota female high school wrestlers will be vying for one of nine state titles on Saturday in the following weight classes – 102, 110, 119, 128, 138, 148, 165, 185 and 215.

Emily Shilson, senior at Mounds View High School (110 or 119 lbs) the 2018 Cadet World Champion and Youth Olympic Games Champ might be the most recognizable name in the field but there are some other studs as well.

Seventh grader Skylar Little Soldier (110 or 119) spent the entire high school season competing on Varsity and JV for Hasting High School and has a solid resume of national tournament wins as well.

Aireaana Gavere, an eighth grader from Northfield High School is another lightweight that has an extensive list of national events to her name. Expect to see Gavere at either 102 or 110.

Both All-American and nationally ranked Tuttle sisters will be competing on Saturday. Faith Tuttle, senior from North. St. Paul is a multiple time Fargo and Folkstyle All-American as well as being currently ranked fifth nationally in the National High School rankings. Faith is will be competing at 165 or 185. Her younger, sister Amor Tuttle, a sophomore and also from North St. Paul is expected to be entered in the 128 or 138 pound bracket. She is just as credentialed as her sister, being ranked 16th nationally in addition to boasting multiple All-American honors. Both Tuttle sisters spent the entire high school season holding down varsity spots for the Polars.

Other Cadet and Junior All-American wrestlers in the hunt for a title will be Kya Rybachek, Junior from Hibbing High School and Deanna Francisco, a sophomore from Deer River.

Wrestling begins at 10:00 AM Saturday morning with the first session and will conclude with the third place and finals matches starting in session two at 7:00 PM. All high school students and younger in attendance will receive free concessions during the 7:00 PM session. There will also be free raffles for Nike wrestling gear during that championship final session.