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 →

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 →

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, 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 →

Hancock gets bronze medal in Greco-Roman at Senior World Championships; Vera not eligible for repechage

OSLO, Norway – 2020 Olympian G’Angelo Hancock put together a tournament to proud of after winning a bronze medal at 97 kg in Greco-Roman on Saturday evening at Jordal Amfi.

Hancock, competing in his fourth Senior World Championships, defeated 2012 Junior World silver medalist Peter Oehler of Germany by injury default in 3:32 in his bronze-medal match.

Hancock scored first when Oehler was hit for passivity, taking a 1-0 lead. Hancock was not able to turn Oehler on top. Late in the first period, with Oehler attempting to push Hancock off the mat, Hancock executed a slick counter and scored a takedown on the edge for a 3-0 lead going into the break. Early in the second period, Hancock powered Oehler to the mat for an apparent takedown, with Oehler attempting to let the referees know he was hurt. Hancock also turned him before the action was stopped. Officials did not award Hancock any points, but the injury to Oehler’s leg was too severe for him to continue and Hancock was the winner by injury default. Continue reading at →

Vera is possible for repechage, Jones and Omania eliminated in Greco-Roman at Senior Worlds in Oslo

OSLO, Norway – The three U.S. Greco-Roman entries in Group Three of the Greco-Roman tournament at the Senior World Championships were defeated in their first matches on Saturday morning. All three were competing in the first Senior World Championships of their career.

Alan Vera lost in an 8-0 technical fall to 2021 European Junior champion Turpal-Ali Bisultanov of Denmark at 87 kg. Vera was hit for passivity to put Bisultanov up 1-0. Bisultanov hit a gut wrench to make it 3-0, then followed up with a lift near the edge. Vera seemingly blocked the throw, but officials awarded Bisultanov a point for the lift, then a caution and two points for fleeing the mat, to make it 6-0. Bisultanov finished the match off with one more turn from par terre.

Bisultanov won his next two matches to qualify for the semifinals, where he will face No. 1 seed and 2020 Olympic bronze medalist Zurabi Datunashvili of Serbia. Bisultanov must win his semifinals bout against Datunishvili for Vera to be eligible for repechage. Only those who lost to a finalist are eligible for the repechage.
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Hancock to go for bronze in Greco-Roman at Senior World Championships; Roberts, Schultz not eligible for repechage

OSLO, Norway – 2020 Olympian G’Angelo Hancock will compete for a bronze medal on Saturday night, after losing his 97 kg Greco-Roman semifinal match on Friday evening at Jordal Amfi.

Hancock, who is competing in his fourth Senior World Championships, lost a heartbreaking 4-4 criteria decision to Alex Szoke of Hungary in his semifinals match.

Hancock got out to an early lead after a passivity call against Szoke made it 1-0. Hancock worked a hard-fought gut wrench for two points and a 3-0 lead which he took into the break. A passivity call against Hancock in the second period made it 2-1. Hancock defended off the whistle and created action to get back to their feet. Szoke’s corner challenged, believing there was exposure, but the call was confirmed and Hancock’s lead went up to 4-1. Continue reading at →