Shilson wins 43 kg Cadet World title, Ikei earns bronze

ZAGREB, Croatia – After going home disappointed with a Cadet World silver medal in 2017, Emily Shilson dominated her way to the top of the podium and was crowned Cadet World champion at 43 kg in Zagreb, Croatia, on Thursday evening.

“I’m feeling great!” Shilson said. “I’ve been working since last year nonstop for this moment and it finally paid off. I just wanted to go out and wrestle my match and do what I know I’m capable of doing. I didn’t want it to be like last year.”

Shilson, a two-time Cadet Pan American champion, knocked off 2017 Cadet World champion Shahana Nazarova of Azerbaijan for the title. Continue reading

Shilson dominates to earn spot in Cadet World semifinals

ZAGREB, Croatia – 2017 Cadet World silver medalist Emily Shilson started out her 2018 World Championships on fire, flying through her first two matches to earn a spot in the semifinals at 43 kg on Wednesday in Zagreb, Croatia.

To open the tournament, Shilson took out Ana Maria Cristescu of Romania with an early second-period fall. Shilson led 4-0 at the break, thanks to a takedown and tilt. She ended the bout with a fireman’s carry to put Cristescu to her back for a pin at 2:19.

In the quarterfinals, Shilson took on a tough opponent in 2017 Cadet World bronze medalist and three-time Cadet Asian medalist Simran Simran of India. The credentials didn’t matter to Shilson as she bulldozed her way to the semis with two takedowns and three guts for a fast 10-0 tech.

Tonight, Shilson will take on three-time Cadet European medalist Victoria Aleksandrova of Russia. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

Gwiazdowski, Conder, Cox, Hildebrandt, Garrett, Molinari make World Team with wins at Final X at Lehigh

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Six more spots on the U.S. World Team in men’s and women’s freestyle were determined in an exciting night of action at Final X at Lehigh, which is set for Grace Hall on the campus of Lehigh University on Saturday night.

2017 World bronze medalist Nick Gwiazdowski of the Titan Mercury WC needed just two matches to stop 2018 Greco-Roman World Team member Adam Coon of the New York AC at 125 kg in men’s freestyle.

Gwiazdowski was in control in both matches. In the first match, Gwiazdowski scored three leg attack takedowns, while Coon forced a stepout, on the way to a 6-1 victory. The second match ended with the same score, 6-1, as Coon scored first on a stepout, then Gwiazdowski scored a pair of takedowns and a turn for the victory.

Coon won his Greco-Roman team spot on Friday in Tulsa, Okla., got immediately on a plane, flew to Pennsylvania and weighed in Saturday afternoon to face Gwiazdowski. He was attempting to be the first U.S. athlete to make the Senior World Team in both styles since 1982, when Greg Gibson competed in both styles at the World Championships. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

Taylor, Gray, Stieber, Velte, Dake and Clodgo make World Team with wins at Final X in State College

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Six more U.S. World Team members were determined with some great competition at Final X in State College in Rec Hall on the Penn State campus on Saturday night.

For the local wrestling fans, the evening was highlighted by the return of David Taylor of the Nittany Lion WC, a two-time NCAA champion and two-time Hodge Trophy winner for Penn State. In his first Rec Hall appearance since 2014, Taylor defeated NC State star Nick Reenan in two straight matches at 86 kg to make his first U.S. Senior World Team in men’s freestyle.

The crowd was fired up when Taylor entered for bout one, but Reenan quickly scored the first takedown to lead 2-0. A pair of spin-behind takedowns by Taylor gave him a 4-2 lead. A Reenan body lock was blocked by Taylor on the edge, with Taylor awarded four points. A Reenan protest was denied making it 9-2. Taylor scored a single leg takedown to make it 11-2. A counter turn ended it with a 13-2 technical fall.

The second match was all Magic Man. Taylor scored an early takedown. After a second takedown, he added two ankle lace turns to lead 8-0. A double leg takedown ended it for a 10-0 first-period fall. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

Olympic champs Burroughs, Snyder joined by Green, Ragan, Winchester, Gilman, Mensah-Stock as Final X champs in Lincoln

LINCOLN, Neb. – The big dogs had a big night in Final X in Lincoln, as five of the six past World medalists in the field won their best-of-three championship series at the Bob Devaney Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln on Saturday night.

It was a great night for 2012 Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs of the Sunkist Kids and 2016 Olympic champion Kyle Snyder of the Titan Mercury WC, who swept their best-of-three series with impressive efforts. Both were leaders of the 2017 U.S. World Championship team and earned another chance to compete in 2018.

The event determined seven members of the 2018 U.S. Senior World Teams in men’s and women’s freestyle wrestling. Each earned a spot on Team USA at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, October 20-28.

Burroughs made his eighth straight U.S. World or Olympic team, defeating four-time NCAA finalist Isaiah Martinez of the Titan Mercury WC at 74 kg in two straight matches in front of a loud local crowd in his current hometown of Lincoln. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

2018 Junior World Greco-Roman Team set during exciting Trials event in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The 2018 U.S. Junior World Greco-Roman team was determined at the World Team Trials event held on Friday.

Winners of the best-of-three Championship Series in the 10 international weight classes have earned the right to represent Team USA at the Junior World Championships in Trnava, Slovakia, Sept. 17-23.

Two of the 10 series went the full three matches. 2017 Cadet World Champion Cohlton Schultz lost the first match at 130 kg to Anthony Cassioppi, but powered back with a 7-7 win in bout two and an 8-4 win in bout three to take the series. Schultz was also a member of the 2017 Junior World Team, and earns a repeat trip. 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