Mat Chat Podcast with David Mirikitani featuring Luke Becker

On the latest episode of Mat Chat, David Mirikitani interviews Minnesota head assistant wrestling coach Luke Becker. The two discuss many topics, including the latest around the Gophers program, Gable Steveson, technique talk and more.

Becker also breaks down Steveson’s Olympic gold medal match as well as the Minnesota heavyweight’s mindset in Tokyo. Continue reading at teamusa.org →

Augsburg women’s wrestler Emily Shilson wins UWW U23 world championship

BELGRADE, Serbia — Augsburg University women’s wrestler Emily Shilson (JR, Maple Grove, Minn./Mounds View HS) claimed her second world championship this fall, capturing the title in the 50-kilogram (110-pounds) women’s freestyle category at the United World Wrestling U23 World Championships, completed on Thursday.

Shilson captured the championship with a 1:38 pin of Shivani Pawar of India. After surrendering an early takedown, Shilson converted a dramatic front headlock into a throw and the pin.

On Wednesday, she opened her tournament run with a 10-0, technical superiority (technical fall) victory in 2:35 over Lisa Ersel of Germany, then advanced to the semifinals with a 48-second pin of Stefania Priceputu of Romania, converting a four-point throw into the fall and the win.

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Shilson advances to finals at U23 World Championships, Welker to wrestle for bronze, Fiske pulled into repechage

BELGRADE, Serbia – Emily Shilson advanced through her semifinals match via forefit and will wrestle in tomorrow night’s U23 World Championships finals at 50 kg. At 76 kg, Kylie Welker is set to wrestle for bronze tomorrow, while Alyvia Fiske (68 kg) was officially pulled into tomorrow’s repechage.

In the 50 kg semifinals against Tunisia’s Sarra Hamdi, Shilson was declared the winner after Hamdi, Tunisia’s representative at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, did not show up to the mat.

In tomorrow’s finals, Shilson will wrestle Shivani Pawar of India, who pinned Russia’s Mariia Tiumerekova in her finals match. Pawar has limited international results, but did compete for India in the 2018 Junior World Championships.

Shilson is looking for her second age-group World title of the year. She was the winner at 50 kg at the Junior World Championships. This would be Shilson’s third age-group World title (2018 Cadet World champion). Continue reading at teamusa.org →

Metz to Represent Bison at U23 World Championships

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State senior wrestler Brandon Metz will represent the Bison and compete for the United States at the 2021 U23 World Championships next week in Belgrade, Serbia.

The world championships for Metz, who will compete in the 130kg weight class, will begin on Monday, November 1, as men’s Greco-Roman action kicks off the competition. The qualification rounds for the Greco-Roman 130 kg division, and four other weight classes, are slated to begin at 10:30 a.m. local time in Belgrade, which will be 3:30 a.m. CT.

“Competing for Team USA is a great privilege,” said Metz. “I remember when I first got into the sport, I always paid extra attention to the Greco team and how they were doing. I’m a sports buff and as a wrestler, I’ve always followed the US teams when competing in the world championships, whether that’s the senior level or even age level teams like cadets and juniors.”

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Q & A with Emily Shilson: Training for U23 Worlds, wrestling at Augsburg, fishkeeping

Starting this week, themat.com will interview one collegiate wrestling athlete each Thursday as a part of a new Q&A series for the 2021-22 college wrestling season. Stay tuned each Thursday for a new feature, spotlighting these student-athletes both on and off the mat.

Leading off our college wrestling Q&A series this year is Emily Shilson, a 2021 Junior World champion who will be a junior this year at Augsburg University. Shilson, who has won three age-group world medals, is looking to win another at the U23 World Championships next week.

Below, we talk with Emily about many things, including what training is looking like these days and hobbies that she has recently explored.

Q: What has been going on since winning your gold medal at Junior Worlds?

A: I took about a week off the mat, just to recover and really spend some time with my family. I went up to our cabin and hung out with the family and relaxed. After that, I got right back to training and was on the mat. I kept up with my lifting and cardio, so the training didn’t change too much. Continue reading at teamusa.org →