U23 World Team decided at final day of 2019 Women’s Nationals

Shilson qualifies for the U23 World Championships in Budapest in October

IRVING, Texas – Three past age-group World champions help make up the 2019 U23 World Team, which was decided on Sunday afternoon on the final day of the Women’s National Championships in Irving, Texas.

The 2019 U23 Worlds are set for October 28-November 3 in Budapest, Hungary.

Leading the squad is 2017 Junior World champion Maya Nelson at 65 kg and 2018 Cadet World champions Emily Shilson at 50 kg and Macey Kilty at 68 kg.

Junior World champ Nelson, who sat out the 2018 season, returned to the mat this year and eased her way to a U23 World Team with four technical fall wins on the day. In the finals, she went through 2016 Cadet World Team member Ashlynn Ortega. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

Shilson announced as National Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award Winner

STILLWATER, Okla. – The National Wrestling Hall of Fame on Wednesday announced that Emily Shilson of North Oaks, Minnesota, is the 2019 national winner of the Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award (TSHSEA).

Shilson will be presented with her award during the 43rd Annual Honors Weekend at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum on May 31 and June 1 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. For information on Honors Weekend, visit nwhof.ticketleap.com or telephone (405) 377-5243.

“I am both humbled and honored to be chosen from this fantastic group of female student-athletes for the 2019 Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award,” said Shilson. “I have always admired Tricia for her great success as a competitor in addition to her willingness to continue to give back to the sport. To receive the award that is named after her is incredible. I would also like to thank the National Wrestling HOF for making this opportunity possible.”

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Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award regional, state winners announced

Emily Shilson recognized as Minnesota and Midwest Region winner

STILLWATER — The National Wrestling Hall of Fame has announced the state and regional winners of the Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award (TSHSEA).

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.

Regional winners are selected from state winners, and the national winner will be chosen from the regional winners.

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Q & A with Emily Shilson, Minnesota’s best female wrestler, who’s finally done wrestling boys

Emily Shilson has been wrestling against boys, and usually winning, for about a decade. But that’s over, now that she has completed her senior season in high school.

Shilson looks ahead to wrestling against women at one of the 33 colleges that offer the sport. She hasn’t picked one yet. She will continue to pursue her ultimate goal — the Olympics. Already, she is a 2018 Cadet World Champion and 2017 silver medalist, and a 2018 Youth Olympic Games Champion.

Shilson wrestled for Centennial for four seasons and Mounds View her senior year, all at 106 pounds. She qualified for the state tournament the last three years, as a section runner-up and two-time section champion.

She was never able to win a match at state, in three individual tournaments and two team tournaments, but posted a 139-64 career record, including 88-20 the last three. Continue reading at presspubs.com

Shilson named Ms. Minnesota – Wrestling

Emily Shilson of Mounds View High School has been awarded the Ms. Minnesota – Wrestling Award as the top senior female high school wrestler in the state.

Shilson finishes her high school career with a 139-64 record. She qualified for the MSHSL State Wrestling Tournament three times and twice competed in the State Team Tournament. Emily is a 2018 Cadet World Champion, 2018 Youth Olympic Games Champion, and a 2017 Cadet World Silver Medalist. She is the first six-time MN Girls High School Wrestling State champion.

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Emily Shilson becomes first U.S. wrestler to win Youth Olympic Games title; Tiare Ikei places sixth

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – It was a historic day for USA Wrestling, as Emily Shilson of Maple Grove, Minn. became the first U.S. wrestler to win a gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games with her victory at 43 kg on Saturday at the Asian Pavillion.

Shilson, who was a Cadet World champion earlier this summer, defeated 2017 Cadet World bronze medalist Simran Simran of India in the Youth Olympic Games gold-medal finals, 11-6. Shilson jumped out to a big 9-2 lead at the break, then closed out the victory in the second-period.

This is the second time this year that Shilson had beaten Simran, to go along with a 10-0 technical fall in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Cadet World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia.

Shilson won all four of her Group B matches on Saturday morning to qualify for the championship finals. Included in her pool victories was a third-round 12-1 technical fall over 2018 Cadet World silver medalist Shahana Nazarova of Azerbaijan, a rematch of the Cadet World finals also won by Shilson. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org