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.