Maple Grove wrestler captures fifth national title in Fargo

Since she was 7 years old, Emily Shilson has dreamed of winning an Olympic gold medal. On Wednesday, Shilson captured the Junior women’s freestyle world title at the USA Wrestling Junior and Cadet national championships at the Fargodome. The decorated wrestler from Centennial High School in Maple Grove, Minn., is… Continue reading

McNiff’s Riffs: MN has a world champion wrestler, and she’s a beast

Tim McNiff catches up with 17-year-old world champion wrestler Emily Shilson. Okay… don’t come at me because I just called a 17-year-old girl a “beast,” It’s cool. At least, I think it is. As I explained to Emily Shilson, who just last week became the first girl from the U.S.… Continue reading

Shilson wins 43 kg Cadet World title, Ikei earns bronze

ZAGREB, Croatia – After going home disappointed with a Cadet World silver medal in 2017, Emily Shilson dominated her way to the top of the podium and was crowned Cadet World champion at 43 kg in Zagreb, Croatia, on Thursday evening. “I’m feeling great!” Shilson said. “I’ve been working since… Continue reading

Shilson dominates to earn spot in Cadet World semifinals

ZAGREB, Croatia – 2017 Cadet World silver medalist Emily Shilson started out her 2018 World Championships on fire, flying through her first two matches to earn a spot in the semifinals at 43 kg on Wednesday in Zagreb, Croatia. To open the tournament, Shilson took out Ana Maria Cristescu of… Continue reading

Shilson, Shore and Kilty punch tickets to second Cadet World Championships

IRVING, Texas – The 2018 Women’s Nationals wrapped up on Sunday afternoon with the finals of the 2018 UWW women’s freestyle World Team Trials at the Irving Convention Center in Irving, Texas. Among the many impressive storylines of the day was 2016 Cadet World bronze medalist Macey Kilty, who earned… Continue reading

Minnesota’s best girls’ wrestler just wants to be a wrestler

At first glance, little appears exceptional about Centennial junior Emily Shilson as she prepares for a wrestling match, except that, though she competes at 106 pounds, the lightest weight, she seems on the smallish side. Ponytail tucked under a black skull cap and covered by standard headgear, she’s constantly in… Continue reading