Lewis secures Junior World semifinal bid, three-time World champion Steveson upended in quarterfinals

TRNAVA, Slovakia – In only his third freestyle tournament of his career, Mekhi Lewis advanced to the Junior World semifinals at 70 kg with two quick wins on Saturday morning in Trnava, Slovakia. His wins included a technical fall and a pin.

Against Erik Reinbok of Estonia, Lewis scored takedown after takedown to open his first international tournament with a 10-0 win.

The quarterfinals put the Virginia Tech wrestler against South Africa’s Matthew Bartlett, who is a four-time age-group African Championships silver medalist. Lewis was on the board quickly with a takedown, putting Bartlett to his back and securing the fall at the 1:04 mark.

In tonight’s semifinals, Lewis will face 2018 Junior Asian silver medalist Bat-Erdene Byambasuren of Mongolia. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

Steveson Still Improving After Three World Titles

TRNAVA, Slovakia (September 21) – It’s hard to believe that Gable Steveson (USA) is still improving after winning three world titles, but he stood outside Trnava’s City Sports Hall and said it’s possible.

“I’m stronger, quicker and my endurance is better than ever, but I’m still growing,” said Steveson. “I look at myself as the second-place guy, and that’s how I’m approaching every practice. Even though I’ve reached the top, I still train like I’m behind somebody.”

With two years of junior eligibility left, Steveson’s comes to Slovakia chasing his fourth age-level world title.

No doubt that he enters the 2018 Junior World Championships with a target on his back and he knows it. “I love having the target on my back. A lot of people have tried to hit the target, but as of right now, everyone has missed.” Continue reading at unitedworldwrestling.org

Steveson Set for Junior World Championships

The 2018 Junior World Championships are underway in Trnava, Slovakia, where University of Minnesota wrestler Gable Steveson will look to capture his fourth consecutive world championship.

Gable has won three previous world titles up to this point in time. The four-time state champion from Apple Valley won Cadet World Championships in 2015 and 2016 and moving up an age-group in 2017, Stevenson won five matches on his way to claiming the top spot on the podium and a Junior World Championship. Steveson’s first-place finish in 2017 helped the USA capture their first Junior Men’s Freestyle World Team Title since 1984. Continue reading

Kerkvliet out of Junior World Championships, Elam to compete at 97 kg

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – 2017 Cadet World champion Daniel Greg Kerkvliet will miss the 2018 Junior World Championships after sustaining a recent injury. Kerkvliet was slated to suit up for the U.S. at 97 kg/213 lbs.

After winning a gold medal on the Cadet World stage last summer, Kerkvliet recently represented the United States once again at the 2018 Cadet World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, in July, where he finished with a silver medal. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

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