USA men’s freestyle puts four in today’s Cadet World Championships semifinals

ATHENS, Greece – The U.S. Cadet men’s freestyle team put together a stellar morning session at the 2017 Cadet World Championships in Athens, Greece, sending four wrestlers to the semifinals and two others to the bronze-medal match.

Kurt McHenry, Jacori Teemer, Aaron Brooks and Daniel Kerkvliet remain on the championship side of their respective brackets, while Cole Skinner and Gavin Hoffman battled back in the repechage to wrestle for third.

2016 Cadet World champion McHenry looks to repeat as best in the World, advancing to the semifinals at 46 kg/101 lbs.

McHenry recorded tech falls in his first two matches against 2017 Pan American bronze medalist Fotis Papadopoulis of Canada, 10-0, and Taiyrbek Zhumashbek Uulu of Kyrgyzstan, 18-8. Continue reading at

McHenry, Howard, Teemer, Brooks and Kerkvliet receive draws for 2017 Cadet World Championships

ATHENS, Greece – The final five U.S. men’s freestylers received their draws for the 2017 Cadet World Championships in Athens, Greece.

Headlining the squad is 2016 Cadet World champion Kurt McHenry, who will look to prove himself at a new weight—46 kg/101 lbs. He’ll open against 2017 Cadet Pan American bronze medalist Fotis Papadopoulos of Canada.

Robert Howard will wrestle at 54 kg/119 lbs., drawing 2015 Cadet Asian silver winner Mehdi Eshghivasoukolaei of Iran in the first round.

2016 Cadet freestyle national champ Jacori Teemer will make his World debut at 63 kg/139 lbs., where he will face Georgia’s Giorgi Elbakidze, who finished fifth in the World last year. Continue reading at

Boyd and Shilson earn silver, three others advance to repechage

ATHENS, Greece – Alara Boyd and Emily Shilson earned silver medals in women’s freestyle at the 2017 Cadet World Championships in Athens, Greece, on Thursday night.

In the 65 kg/143 lbs. finals, Boyd faced off against Honoka Nakai from Japan. Boyd drew a passivity point in the first period to hold a 1-0 lead at the break. The second period is where Nakai got her point, also on passivity to hold a 1-1 advantage on criteria, which eventually sealed the win for the Japanese.

Boyd is now a 2016 Cadet World bronze medalist and a 2017 Cadet World silver medalist.

Shilson lost a heartbreaker in the 43 kg/95 lbs. finals against Japan’s Umi Ito. Off the whistle, Ito hit a double, putting Shilson to her back for four and then went right into a leg lace, where she rattled off three turns for a 10-0 tech fall in 17 seconds. Continue reading at

Boyd and Shilson sail to Cadet World Championships in women’s freestyle

ATHENS, Greece – The U.S. Cadet women’s team sent three of four wrestlers to the second day of competition, including Emily Shilson and Alara Boyd, who earned bids to the World finals.

The championship matches are set for Thursday night at 6 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET).

Shilson put an exclamation point on an already impressive day when she earned a 10-0 technical fall over Ukraine’s Karina Chornomor in the 43 kg/95 lbs. semifinals.

Shilson’s low single was her weapon of choice, picking up three in the first period, accompanied with two leg lace turns to end the match in 1:31 and send her to the finals in her first Cadet World Championships. Continue reading at

Guillotine Grapevine: Chad Shilson on growing women’s wrestling in Minnesota and beyond

Centennial High junior Emily Shilson is representing Team USA at the Cadet World Championships in Athens, Greece this week. Her father Chad is part of the coaching staff with Team USA and is one of the active people within Wrestle Like A Girl trying to get state high school associations to start sponsoring girls wrestling at the high school level.

On Episode 32 of The Guillotine Grapevine, Shilson talks about his own wrestling background, the relationship between Emily and her older brother Tyler, who is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin, and the growth and acceptance of women’s wrestling in Minnesota. Continue reading

Boyd and Shilson breeze through to Cadet World semifinals

ATHENS, Greece – Two U.S. women’s wrestlers, Alara Boyd and Emily Shilson, advanced to the semifinals in the first day of women’s action of the 2017 Cadet World Championships in Athens, Greece, on Wednesday morning.

Medal hopes for all four of the today’s U.S. wrestlers remain alive.

2016 Cadet World bronze medalist Boyd advanced to the 65 kg/145 lbs. semifinals after a strong showing in the morning session.

In her first match, she faced 2016 Cadet World bronze medalist and 2017 Cadet European champion Oksana Chudyk of Ukraine. With a 1-0 lead for Boyd after the break, the two wrestlers exchanged takedowns, but late exposure for the American sealed the 5-2 win. Continue reading at

Shilson, Baker, Figueroa and Boyd receive draws for Cadet Women’s World Championships

ATHENS, Greece – The U.S. Cadet women’s freestyle team is set to begin its 2017 Cadet World Championships in Athens, Greece, after receiving draws for Wednesday’s competition.

Emily Shilson, a two-time Cadet freestyle national champion and two-time Junior national champion, will open her first World tournament against Aldynai Darzhaa of Russia at 43 kg/95 lbs.

2015 Cadet World Team member Vayle Baker returns to the big stage and will represent the USA at 49 kg/108 lbs., where she will face hometown favorite Maria Triantafyllidou of Greece in her first match. Continue reading at

Snyder beats Sadulaev, Burroughs also wins gold, Green takes silver and USA is World Team Champions

PARIS, France – The men’s freestyle team race between the United States and Russia went down to the final match of the entire World Wrestling Championships at the AccorHotels Arena on Saturday night.

The United States and Russia were tied with 53 points. The last match was the finals at 97 kg/213 lbs., where 2016 Olympic champion and 2015 World champion Kyle Snyder (Woodbine, Md./Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC) and 2016 Olympic champion and two-time World champion Abdusalim Sadulaev of Russia met for the first time.

Sadulaev who moved up a weight class this year to challenge Snyder. It is a matchup the wrestling world has dreamed about all year. United World Wrestling dubbed it the match of the century. In this case, it not only determined the king of the sport, but also which country would become World Team Champions.

The match met all expectations and more. Sadulaev scored first with a takedown but Snyder responded with a stepout point. Sadulaev got a step out point, but Snyder scored a takedown late in the first period to tie it up at 3-3. Continue reading