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 Romania with an early second-period fall. Shilson led 4-0 at the break, thanks to a takedown and tilt. She ended the bout with a fireman’s carry to put Cristescu to her back for a pin at 2:19.

In the quarterfinals, Shilson took on a tough opponent in 2017 Cadet World bronze medalist and three-time Cadet Asian medalist Simran Simran of India. The credentials didn’t matter to Shilson as she bulldozed her way to the semis with two takedowns and three guts for a fast 10-0 tech.

Tonight, Shilson will take on three-time Cadet European medalist Victoria Aleksandrova of Russia. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

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 a spot on her second World Team of the weekend. 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 motion, bouncing on the balls of her feet, stretching, running a few quick sprints to break a sweat. Just another wrestler warming up.

But then you see the glare. It’s at once a look of steely determination and intense focus, her mind solely on the task in front of her. It’s impossible to ignore, even though it’s directed mostly inwardly, where she’s lost in thought and preparation and intent. For the next 6 minutes, Shilson’s entire world is the 38-foot-by-38-foot wrestling mat.

“Some people call it intensity,” said her father, mentor and coach, Chad. “We call it focus.” Continue reading at www.startribune.com

Boyd and Shilson earn silver, three others advance to repechage

ATHENS, Greece – Alara Boyd and Emily Shilson earned silver medals in women’s freestyle at the 2017 Cadet World Championships in Athens, Greece, on Thursday night.

In the 65 kg/143 lbs. finals, Boyd faced off against Honoka Nakai from Japan. Boyd drew a passivity point in the first period to hold a 1-0 lead at the break. The second period is where Nakai got her point, also on passivity to hold a 1-1 advantage on criteria, which eventually sealed the win for the Japanese.

Boyd is now a 2016 Cadet World bronze medalist and a 2017 Cadet World silver medalist.

Shilson lost a heartbreaker in the 43 kg/95 lbs. finals against Japan’s Umi Ito. Off the whistle, Ito hit a double, putting Shilson to her back for four and then went right into a leg lace, where she rattled off three turns for a 10-0 tech fall in 17 seconds. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org