Shilson wins two national titles in Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. — Augsburg University women’s wrestler Emily Shilson (SO, Maple Grove, Minn./Mounds View HS) claimed two national titles over the weekend at the CHI Health Center, winning the 50-kilogram (110-pound) title at the United World Wrestling Junior Nationals on Friday and the 50 kg crown at the USA Wrestling Under-23 Nationals on Saturday.

Shilson led a group of Auggies that captured eight All-American honors over the weekend. At 55 kg (121 pounds), Vayle-Rae Baker (SO, Benton, Pa./Wyoming Seminary HS) finished second at the UWW Junior Nationals (ages 17-20) and third at the USAW U23 Nationals (ages 23-under), while Marlynne Deede (SO, Springville, Utah/Springville HS) placed third at both meets at 72 kg (159 pounds). Also at 72 kg, Destynie Pacheco (SO, El Paso, Texas/Pebble Hills HS) placed sixth at the UWW event and fifth at the USAW event.

Shilson, competing for the Titan Mercury Wrestling Club, won all nine of her matches, with six technical falls and two pins, outscoring her opponents by an 80-6 margin to earn her double titles on the weekend. She scored four first-period technical falls and a 4-2 win over Washington high schooler Salyna Shotwell in the finals of the UWW Junior meet on Friday, then scored two technical falls and two pins to capture the USAW U23 title on Saturday. She scored a 10-0, 2:30 technical fall win over Texas high schooler Samara Chavez, the No. 1-ranked 112-pounder in the USA Wrestling preseason high school national rankings, in the finals.

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Auggie women’s wrestling 8th in preseason poll

MINNEAPOLIS — With four individuals ranked in the top eight in their weight classes, the Augsburg University women’s wrestling team is ranked eighth in the National Wrestling Coaches Association’s NCAA team preseason national poll, it was announced on Monday.

Augsburg received 39 points from a ranking committee of six coaches to rank eighth in the top 15 preseason poll, just a point behind No. 7 Colorado Mesa (40). Simon Fraser (B.C.), which finished second in the 2020 Cliff Keen/NWCA National Championships in the NCAA women’s bracket, received 97 votes to top the preseason poll. McKendree (Ill.), which won last year’s national title, was second with 92 points. In its inaugural season in 2019-20, Augsburg finished ninth at the Cliff Keen/NWCA national tournament and sixth at the Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association national tournament.

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Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award State Winners Announced

STILLWATER, Okla. – The National Wrestling Hall of Fame on Tuesday announced the state winners of the Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award (TSHSEA).

First presented in 2014, the TSHSEA is named for Tricia Saunders, a four-time World Champion and women’s wrestling pioneer. Saunders was the first woman to be inducted as a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006 and was inducted into the United World Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2011.

The award recognizes and celebrates the nation’s most outstanding high school senior female wrestlers for their excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, citizenship, and community service.

For the third consecutive year, the Hall of Fame is recognizing a record number of state winners with 46, up from 35 winners in 2019 and 32 winners in 2018.

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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.

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Shilson wins national title, Augsburg 6th at WCWAs

MARIETTA, Ga. — Emily Shilson (FY, Maple Grove, Minn./Mounds View HS) captured the first individual national title in Augsburg University women’s wrestling history, winning the 109-pound crown at the Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association National Championships on Saturday at the Cobb County Civic Center. Augsburg finished in sixth place in the tournament with 75 points.

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