Shilson wins 2nd national title, Auggies finish 9th

ADRIAN, Mich. — Augsburg University’s Emily Shilson (FY, Maple Grove, Minn./Mounds View HS) claimed her second national title to close her inaugural collegiate season, leading the Auggie women’s wrestling team to a ninth-place finish at the first Cliff Keen/National Wrestling Coaches Association National Collegiate Championships, completed on Saturday at Adrian University.

Shilson, who won the Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association national title at 109 pounds last month, scored her second national college crown with two first-period pins on Saturday, claiming a 2:20 pin of Ciara McCrae of Simon Fraser (B.C.) in the semifinals and a 43-second pin of Sugey Cega of Tiffin (Ohio) in the finals. Shilson, who had two technical fall wins on Friday, finished her inaugural college campaign at 14-0 with six technical falls and six pins.

With four All-Americans, Augsburg finished in ninth place in the 19-team competition, open to NCAA schools with women’s wrestling programs, with 65.0 points.

At 130 pounds, Gabby Skidmore (FY, Spooner, Wis./Cumberland HS) lost her semifinal match by a 6-1 decision to eventual national champion Alexia Ward of McKendree (Ill.), then dropped a 13-2 technical fall to Cindy Zepeda of Colorado Mesa and an 8-2 decision to Allison Petix of King (Tenn.) in the sixth-place match. Skidmore finished 14-6 in her first collegiate season with five pins and three technical falls.

Vayle-Rae Baker (FY, Benton, Pa./Wyoming Seminary) finished her initial college campaign with a sixth-place finish at 123 pounds. She opened Saturday with a 7-7, criteria victory over Payton Stroud of McKendree (Ill.), but dropped an 11-0 technical fall to Marissa Gallegos of Colorado Mesa and an 8-2 decision to Asia Nguyen-Smith of North Central (Ill.) in the fifth-place match. Baker finished 18-5 this season with six pins and seven technical falls.

Marlynne Deede (FY, Springville, Utah/Springville HS) finished in sixth place at 155. She scored a 1:12 pin of Taylor Hites of Tiffin in her first match on Saturday, but dropped a 10-0 technical fall to Alyvia Fiske of Simon Fraser and a 2:00 pin to Annabelle Helm of Gannon (Pa.) in the fifth-place math. In her first college season, Deede finished 11-11 on the year with four pins and five technical falls.

National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Championships Results

Semifinal – Emily Shilson (Augsburg University) 13-0 won by fall over Ciara McCrae (Simon Fraser University) 12-4 (Fall 2:20)
1st Place Match – Emily Shilson (Augsburg University) 14-0 won by fall over Sugey Ceja (Tiffin University) 24-11 (Fall 0:43)

Cons. Round 5 – Vayle Baker (Augsburg University) 19-6 won by decision over Payton Stroud (McKendree University) 13-8 (Dec 7-7)
Cons. Semi – Marissa Gallegos (Colorado Mesa University) 23-4 won by tech fall over Vayle Baker (Augsburg University) 19-6 (TF-1.5 4:18 (11-0))
5th Place Match – Asia Nguyen-Smith (North Central College) 24-7 won by decision over Vayle Baker (Augsburg University) 19-6 (Dec 8-2)

Semifinal – Alexia Ward (McKendree University) 13-4 won by decision over Gabby Skidmore (Augsburg University) 14-6 (Dec 6-1)
Cons. Semi – Cindy Zepeda (Colorado Mesa University) 21-14 won by tech fall over Gabby Skidmore (Augsburg University) 14-6 (TF-1.5 4:37 (13-2))
5th Place Match – Allison Petix (King University) 4-2 won by decision over Gabby Skidmore (Augsburg University) 14-6 (Dec 8-2)

Cons. Round 5 – Marlynne Deede (Augsburg University) 11-11 won by fall over Taylor Hites (Tiffin University) 22-15 (Fall 1:12)
Cons. Semi – Alyvia Fiske (Simon Fraser University) 19-2 won by tech fall over Marlynne Deede (Augsburg University) 11-11 (TF-1.5 3:52 (10-0))
5th Place Match – Annabelle Helm (Gannon University) 26-8 won by fall over Marlynne Deede (Augsburg University) 11-11 (Fall 2:00)

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