Shilson goes 2-1 at Captains Cup

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Augsburg University women’s wrestler Emily Shilson (SO, Maple Grove, Minn./Mounds View HS) went 2-1 in competition at the Captains Cup, a dual meet tournament featuring the top American women’s wrestlers, over the weekend.

The Captains Cup was a tournament featuring 36 of the top women’s wrestlers in the country, drafted onto one of six teams, with a wrestler at each of the Olympic-level women’s freestyle weight classes. Shilson, currently ranked No. 7 in the Flowrestling domestic national rankings at 50 kilograms (110 pounds) was drafted by the team led by No. 3-ranked (Flowrestling) 76 kg (168 pounds) wrestler Victoria Francis, and coached by Ashley Sword, head coach at Life University (Ga.).

On Saturday, Shilson dropped a 10-0 technical fall to top-ranked 50 kg wrestler and two-time world team member Sarah Hildebrandt, but bounced back with a 9-4 victory over No. 4-ranked 50 kg wrestler and two-time national team member Amy Fearnside. On Saturday, Shilson scored a 10-0, technical fall win over Aleeah Gould, the No. 8-ranked domestic wrestler at 50 kg by Flowrestling and current No. 2-ranked wrestler in the National Wrestling Coaches Association’s NCAA national poll at 109 pounds, behind top-ranked Shilson.

Shilson’s squad, Team Francis, won a 12-12 dual with Team Hildebrandt on criteria, then lost 18-8 to a squad led by Tamyra Mensah-Stock on Saturday. On Sunday, Team Francis claimed a 12-10 decision over a team captained by Jenna Burkert in the third-place dual meet.

The top-ranked wrestler in the 109-pound weight class in the NWCA NCAA national poll and winner of both collegiate national tournament crowns at 109 pounds last year, Shilson won the 50-kilogram (110-pound) title at the United World Wrestling Junior Nationals and the 50 kg crown at the USA Wrestling Under-23 Nationals in November. One of the most accomplished young female wrestlers in American history, Shilson earned six junior and cadet national titles at the USA Wrestling/U.S. Marine Corps National Championships in Fargo, N.D., during her career, just the second woman ever to accomplish the feat. She has already qualified to compete at the 2021 USA Wrestling Olympic Team Trials in Fort Worth, Texas on April 2-3.

On Feb. 7, Shilson went 3-0 for the Auggies at the McKendree (Ill.) Bearcat Scramble. She will next compete for the Auggies at the National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Championships (NCWWC) Northwest Qualifying Tournament this Friday and Saturday (2/19-20) at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

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