Augsburg’s Emily Shilson wins world junior title

UFA, Russia — Augsburg University women’s wrestler Emily Shilson (JR, Maple Grove, Minn./Mounds View HS) claimed the junior world championship in the 50-kilogram (110-pounds) women’s freestyle category, with a dominating performance at the United World Wrestling Junior World Championships, completed on Thursday at the Ufa Arena.

Shilson outscored her opponents by a 36-10 margin in four victories on Wednesday and Thursday, including a pair of 10-0, first-period technical superiority (technical fall) victories in the semifinal and championship matches.

On Wednesday, she opened with a 6-3 win over Natallia Varakina of Belarus, the 2018 Youth Olympic Games cadet champion (46 kg/101 pounds), converting a takedown and exposure to build a 4-1 lead after one period, then claiming a late takedown to secure the win. In the quarterfinals, Shilson had to overcome a 4-0 first-period deficit to claim a 10-7 win over Viktoriia Aleksandrova of Russia, a 2018 Cadet World Championships bronze medalist (43 kg/95 pounds). She scored three takedowns and two exposures in the second period, including a takedown and exposure with 41 seconds left to pull ahead for the first time in the bout.

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Team USA makes history with three Junior World Champs in women’s freestyle

Emily Shilson adds Junior World Gold to her medal collection

UFA, Russia – For the first time in history, Team USA has multiple Junior World champions in women’s freestyle as Emily Shilson, Amit Elor, and Kylie Welker won gold on Thursday at the 2021 Junior World Championships in Ufa, Russia.

All three women dominated their ways to earning finals bids.

Just weeks after winning a Cadet World gold, Amit Elor won her second World title of the summer, topping the 68 kg Junior bracket. She won both tournaments without surrendering a single point to her opponents. In Thursday’s Junior World finals, Elor took on 2021 Junior World bronze medalist Elizaveta Petliakova from Russia. The American earned an early takedown directly into three leg-laces for an 8-0 lead. She added two more step-outs for a 10-0 shutout. Elor is also a 2019 Cadet World bronze medalist. Continue reading at →

Shilson, Elor and Welker punch tickets to Junior World finals in Russia

Emily Shilson will wrestle Enkhzul Batbaatar of Mongolia for gold tomorrow

UFA, Russia – The USA secured three finalists on the first day of women’s freestyle action at the 2021 Junior World Championships, including Emily Shilson, Amit Elor and Kylie Welker. All three athletes, who are past age-group World medalists, will compete for gold on Thursday.

Amit Elor, who entered Russia fresh off a Cadet World title in July, only needed one win to advance to the 68 kg semifinals, which she earned in dominant fashion, cruising past Arju Arju from India, 10-0, in less than a minute. In the semifinals, Elor needed just 1:24 to complete an 11-0 tech fall against 2021 Junior European silver medalist Zsuzsanna Molnar from Slovakia. The American was on the board early with a step out, followed by a takedown into two turns from a leg lace. She finished off the match with an arm spin, which earned her four points and secured her spot in her second World finals of the summer.

In the gold match, she will wrestle Elizaveta Petliakova from Russia, who is a 2021 Junior European bronze medalist. Continue reading at →

Women’s freestyle team receives draws for 2021 Junior World Championships in Russia

Shilson will wrestle Natallia Varakina of Belarus

All 10 wrestlers on the U.S. women’s freestyle team received draws for the 2021 Junior World Championships, which starts Wednesday in Ufa, Russia.

Beginning their tournaments on Wednesday are Emily Shilson (50 kg), Payton Stroud (55 kg), Mia Macaluso (59 kg), Amit Elor (68 kg) and Kylie Welker (76 kg).

The other five athletes—Jaslynn Gallegos (53 kg), Claire DiCugno (57 kg), Korina Blades (62 kg), Alara Boyd (65 kg) and Kennedy Blades (72 kg)—will take the mats on Thursday. Continue reading at →

Augsburg’s Shilson wins pair of national titles in Texas

IRVING, Texas — Augsburg University women’s wrestler Emily Shilson (SO, Maple Grove, Minn./Mounds View HS) won another pair of amateur wrestling national titles over the weekend, claiming the 50-kilogram (110 pounds) titles at the USA Wrestling/United World Wrestling Women’s Junior Nationals on Friday, and the USAW/UWW U23 Women’s World Team Trials on Sunday, both at the Irving Convention Center.

Shilson will represent the United States at the United World Wrestling Junior World Championships in Ufa, Russa, Aug. 16-22, and at the UWW U23 World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia on Nov. 1-7. It’s the second straight time that Shilson will represent the USA at the UWW U23 World Championships, after winning the 2019 American crown. She went 1-2 in competition at the 2019 world meet in Budapest, Hungary. She also won the 2020 U23 Nationals and UWW Junior Nationals in November in Omaha, Neb.

Shilson was among a group of six Auggies competing in Texas over the weekend. Marlynne Deede (SO, Springville, Utah/Springville HS) placed third at the UWW Junior Nationals at 72 kg (159 pounds), while finishing sixth in the field at the UWW U23 World Team Trials. At 57 kg (126 pounds), Gabby Skidmore (SO, Spooner, Wis./Cumberland HS) placed fourth, while Vayle-Rae Baker (SO, Benton, Pa./Wyoming Seminary HS) finished sixth. Hannah Michael (SO, La Porte City, Iowa/Union HS) competed at 50 kg at both events, while Sierra Brown Ton (JR, Allen, Texas/Einstein HS) competed at the U23 meet at 67 kg (148 pounds).

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Shilson goes 2-1 at Captains Cup

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Augsburg University women’s wrestler Emily Shilson (SO, Maple Grove, Minn./Mounds View HS) went 2-1 in competition at the Captains Cup, a dual meet tournament featuring the top American women’s wrestlers, over the weekend.

The Captains Cup was a tournament featuring 36 of the top women’s wrestlers in the country, drafted onto one of six teams, with a wrestler at each of the Olympic-level women’s freestyle weight classes. Shilson, currently ranked No. 7 in the Flowrestling domestic national rankings at 50 kilograms (110 pounds) was drafted by the team led by No. 3-ranked (Flowrestling) 76 kg (168 pounds) wrestler Victoria Francis, and coached by Ashley Sword, head coach at Life University (Ga.).

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Steveson Dominates in the Big Apple

Augsburg wrestler Emily Shilson and former Apple Valley wrestler Seth Gross also wrestled

Competing for the first time since winning the 2020 Big Ten title last March, Golden Gopher heavyweight Gable Steveson defeated Wisconsin’s Trent Hillger by technical fall at the 2020 Beat the Streets virtual event on Thursday night.

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