Augsburg’s Emily Shilson qualifies for Olympic women’s wrestling trials

FORT WORTH, Texas — Augsburg University women’s wrestler Emily Shilson (FY, Maple Grove, Minn./Mounds View HS) qualified for the United States Olympic Trials with a fourth-place finish in the 50-kilogram weight class at the USA Wrestling Senior Nationals, held on Friday and Saturday at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

Shilson went 4-2 on the weekend, with all four of her wins coming by technical falls (superior decisions). Her lone two losses came to the top two seeds in the field — to tournament runner-up and current Team USA member Victoria Anthony 2-0 in the semifinals, and to three-time All-American for Jamestown (N.D.) and current Team USA member Amy Fearnside, 6-4 in the third-place match. Five of the six wrestlers Shilson faced over the weekend ended up placing in the top eight in the field.

She will now qualify to compete for a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at the U.S. Olympic Trials, which will be held on April 4-5 at Penn State University in University Park, Pa.

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Four Augsburg wrestlers to compete at U.S. Senior Nationals/Olympic Trials Qualifier this weekend

FORT WORTH, Texas — Four Augsburg University women’s wrestlers will pursue their dreams of competing in the Olympic games this weekend at the USA Wrestling Senior Nationals/Olympic Trials Qualifier, to be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

Emily Shilson (FY, Maple Grove, Minn./Osseo HS), Vayle-Rae Baker (FY, Benton, Pa./Wyoming Seminary), Gabby Skidmore (FY, Spooner, Wis./Cumberland HS) and Marlynne Deede (FY, Springville, Utah/Springville HS) will compete at the Senior Nationals, which also serves as a qualifying meet for the U.S. Olympic Trials for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The top five finishers in each weight class at this weekend’s Senior Nationals will qualify for the Olympic Trials, which will be held on April 4-5 at Penn State University in University Park, Pa.

Shilson, the top-ranked wrestler in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association NCAA individual national rankings and the Women’s Wrestling Coaches Association individual national rankings at 109 pounds, was listed at No. 5 on the pre-seed list for the Senior Nationals at 50 kilograms (110 pounds), the lone Auggie among the top-six pre-seeds in each weight class.

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Augsburg’s Shilson competing at U23 World Championships in Hungary

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY — Augsburg University women’s wrestler Emily Shilson (FY, Maple Grove, Minn./Mounds View HS) is competing for Team USA at the United World Wrestling Under-23 World Championships this week.

The 2018 UWW Cadet World titlist and 2018 Youth Olympic Games champion at 43 kilograms (95 pounds), Shilson won the title at the 2019 UWW U23 Women’s National Championships at 50 kilograms (110 pounds) to qualify to represent the United States at the U23 World Championships in Hungary.

Shilson received a tough draw in her opening match in the round of 32 on Wednesday, having to face 2017 UWW Junior World champion and 2012 and 2014 Cadet World champion Kita Kagata of Japan. According to a match report from Kyle Klingman of Trackwrestling, Shilson surrendered a takedown, then scored a point on a step out and took a 3-2 lead on a takedown. But Kagata then used two takedowns and a turn to claim an 8-3 victory over Shilson. With Kagata reaching the finals after winning her semifinal match, Shilson will now be pulled into the repechage round on Thursday.

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Seven Minutes with Emily Shilson presented by College Wrestler Recruiting

Seven Minutes is a series of interviews with top wrestling coaches and athletes. Most of the question-and-answer sessions last roughly seven minutes. Hence the name. Minnesota’s Emily Shilson is the top recruit in the nation who will attend the newly formed Augsburg University women’s wrestling program. She was a Cadet World silver medalist in 2017, a Cadet World champion in 2018, and a six-time Fargo national champion. You can listen to the entire interview above or read the transcript below. Continue reading at www.trackwrestling.com

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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