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.