The world team: A goal and dream achieved for Park’s Zach Silvis

There’s always a new goal for Park’s Zach Silvis.

At the beginning of his wrestling career, it was learning the different techniques and movements to become the best wrestler possible.

Then, he focused on bigger things. Much bigger things, including a 44-kilogram Greco championship that placed Silvis on the United States U15 Greco World Team.

“It just seems so unreal,” Silvis said. “When I was younger, my goal was to make it to state. Then, it was to win state. Then, eventually, it was to win nationals which I did last year. And then my goal was to make a world team, and I’m doing it.” Continue reading at www.swcbulletin.com

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

U.S. wrestlers receive draws for Youth Olympic Games action on Saturday and Sunday

Emily Shilson to wrestle on Saturday

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – The draw for wrestling was conducted for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games on Friday, and the opponents for the four wrestlers from the United States have been determined. Competition is being held

The competition begins on Friday, October 12 with Greco-Roman, but the United States does not have any athletes qualified in that discipline.

On Saturday, October 13, the USA will enter Emily Shilson of Maple Grove, Minn. at 43 kg/94.5 lbs; and Tiare Ikei of Honolulu, Hawaii at 49 kg/108 lbs. in the women’s freestyle competition.

Shilson, a 2018 Cadet World champion, has drawn into Group B at 43 kg, and will have four Group B pool matches in the opening session. Included in her pool matches is a rematch with Shahana Nazarova of Azerbaijan, who Shilson defeated in the 2018 Cadet World Championships finals after trailing early in the bout. Nazarova was also a 2017 Cadet World champion. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

Guillotine Grapevine Podcast: Pinnacle’s Jared Lawrence on the Minnesota flavor at Junior Worlds

As Team USA heads to the Junior World Championships, we’ve got a number of Minnesota tie-ins to discuss and we’ll do that on Episode 46 of The Guillotine Grapevine with Pinnacle’s Jared Lawrence.

Lawrence looks back on his own experience at the 1999 and 2000 Junior World Championships and talks about his prospects on how the Minnesota natives will fare in Slovakia. We’ll also ask Lawrence some Gopher-related questions from his time in the lineup pitched to us by Minnesotan Chris Willaert, who for some reason, didn’t attend the Rio Olympics with Mike Quamme.

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Pinnacle Wrestling School’s Jared Lawrence goes On The Mat

Pinnacle School of Wrestling founder Jared Lawrence joins ON THE MAT to talk about his wrestling club and more.

“On the Mat” is a presentation of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum and is hosted by the Director of the Dan Gable Museum, Kyle Klingman, and Trackwrestling Content Manager Andy Hamilton. Continue reading

McNiff’s Riffs: MN has a world champion wrestler, and she’s a beast

Tim McNiff catches up with 17-year-old world champion wrestler Emily Shilson.

Okay… don’t come at me because I just called a 17-year-old girl a “beast,” It’s cool. At least, I think it is.

As I explained to Emily Shilson, who just last week became the first girl from the U.S. to win a world championship since 2015 (teammate Macey Kilty from Wisconsin also won a world title the very next day), I meant it as nothing but a compliment, because Emily Shilson eats, drinks, lifts, sweats, dreams and breathes everything about wrestling.

“I can’t imagine doing any other sport. It just wouldn’t be the same,” says Emily. “I love every minute of wrestling. Whether it’s hard or not, it’s just fun and sometimes the funnest parts are the hard parts.” Continue reading

Kerkvliet and Howard punch tickets to second-consecutive Cadet Worlds

AKRON, Ohio – Team USA’s Cadet World Team is completed after the Cadet Freestyle Trials wrapped up on Sunday afternoon with 10 talented, young athletes punching their tickets to the 2018 Cadet World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, July 2-8.

Highlighting the 2018 squad are returning World Team members Daniel Kerkvliet at 110 kg and Robert Howard at 55 kg.

Kerkvliet will head to Croatia to defend his World title from 2017. In Akron, he went unscored on, winning three shutout technical falls to advance to the finals. There, Kerkvliet continued his dominance with two quick wins over Hunter Catka. Continue reading