Four Wrestlers Earn Their Second Title of the Weekend During the U15 Men’s Freestyle Nationals

St. Michael-Albertville’s Landon Robideau wins U15 Nationals

Wisconsin Dells, Wis. The U15 Nationals wrapped up this afternoon with the men’s freestyle finals. Four wrestlers doubled up, winning the freestyle tournament after earning Greco-Roman titles on Friday.

The tournament’s outstanding wrestler, Ladarion Lockett of Oklahoma was one of the four champions who claimed titles in both styles. Lockett, who teched his way into the finals, bested California’s Coby Merrill in the best-of-three 62 kg finals, two matches to none, 10-0 and 17-8.

Iowa’s Haakon Peterson was another wrestler who doubled up. Peterson battled through a hand injury he suffered in yesterday’s quarterfinals, to claim the 41 kg title over California’s Michael Romero in two-straight matches, 6-2 and 6-0. Continue reading at teamusa.org →

10 Wrestlers Claim Spots on the Men’s Freestyle Cadet World Team

Simley’s Gavin Nelson earns 92 KG spot

Wisconsin Dells, Wis. – The U15 and UWW Cadet Nationals concluded this afternoon with the best-of-three Cadet Men’s Freestyle World Team Trials finals. The winners will compete at the Cadet World Championship in Budapest, Hungary this July.

At 55 kg, Pennsylvania’s Bo Bassett made his second World Team of the weekend in impressive fashion, downing Idaho’s Mack Mauger in two-straight matches. Basset recorded a 10-0 technical fall in match one and followed it up with a pin in match two. Mauger finished runner-up in the Greco-Roman tournament as well. In nine matches across both styles, Basset recorded seven technical falls and two pins.

Another wrestler to make World Teams in both styles was New Jersey’s Jim Mullen, who skipped his high school state tournament to compete this weekend. In the best-of-three finals, Mullen defeated Iowa’s Bradley Hill in two-straight matches, 18-5 and 9-7. Continue reading at teamusa.org →

Ten Wrestlers Make Greco-Roman World Team at Cadet World Team Trials

Stillwater’s Ryder Rogotzke earns 80 KG spot

Wisconsin Dells, Wis. – The first day of action is done at the UWW Cadet and U15 Nationals, and the 2021 Cadet Greco-Roman World Team is set. The ten weight class winners will represent the U.S. at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary this June.

In addition to making the World Team, Jadon Skellenger brought home outstanding wrestler honors after an impressive run through the 65 kg bracket. Skellenger, a 2019 U15 World champion, downed Tyler Antoniak, a fellow U15 World champion, 8-0 in the semifinals. He followed it up with two-straight wins over 2018 U15 World bronze medalist Joel Adams, 11-8 and 8-0, to claim the World Team spot.

Aden Valencia is another 2019 U15 World champion that made his second age-group World Team. Valencia earned two technical falls, 10-2 and 9-1, over Otto Black in the 48 kg finals. Continue reading at teamusa.org →

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