Kilty wins Cadet World title to give U.S. two Cadet women's freestyle champs in the same year for the first time in history

By Taylor Miller, USA Wrestling | July 06, 2018, 5:07 p.m. (ET)

Photo: Macey Kilty celebrates a World title at 69 kg. Photo by Martin Gabor.

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ZAGREB, Croatia – Two years after having to settle for World bronze medal, Macey Kilty dominated in the 69 kg finals to claim a Cadet World title in the final bout of women’s competition of the Cadet World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, on Friday night.

"I just really wanted to win," Kilty said. "I didn't really focus on the outcome. It was more of taking it one match at a time and scoring points."

Taking on two-time Cadet European medalist Julia Fridlund of Sweden, Kilty used her go-behinds as her main weapon, scoring two of her three takedowns on a go-behind.

Kilty regrouped after trailing 2-2 on criteria at the break but put up two takedowns and was awarded one on a caution from Fridlund for an eventual 7-3 win.

"I think this really just boosted my confidence, knowing I can go out there and compete with the best at my age division. Honestly, it's just about going out there and competing and knowing that you love the sport. I had no fear this weekend. I just love wrestling," Kilty said.

A day after Emily Shilson won Cadet World gold on Thursday, Kilty helped the U.S. produced two women’s freestyle champions in the same year for the first time in history.

Kilty will represent the U.S. again later this summer at the Junior World Championships in Slovakia. 

At 40 kg, Sterling Dias claimed a bronze medal, bouncing back from a semifinal loss. She took on 2018 Cadet European silver medalist Elif Iskin of Turkey. The bout lasted less than a minute as Dias locked up a cradle and pinned her opponent in 57 seconds.

At 46 kg and 53 kg, the U.S. returns with the fifth-best wrestlers in the world as Olivia Shore and Leilah Castro fell just short of bronze on Friday night.

Shore led two-time Cadet Asian bronze medalist Devi Sanju of India, 4-2. With less than 20 seconds left, Sanju scored a controversial takedown to end the match. The USA cornered challenge the call, but it failed, resulting in a 5-4 win for India.

Castro battled Erdenesuvd Bat Erdene of Mongolia, who led 4-0 at the break. The Bat Erdene tacked on two more points in the final minute to take a 6-0 victory.

In the team race, the U.S. finished in fifth place with 108 points, behind Japan, India, China and Russia. Japan ran away with the team title, winning six of 10 world titles and scoring 210 points. The point differential between fifth and second was only three points as silver-medal finisher India collected 111 points.

2018 CADET WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
at Zagreb, Croatia, July 2-8

Final team results
1. Japan - 210
2. India - 111
3. China - 110
4. Russia - 109
5. USA - 108
6. Ukraine - 99
7. Mongolia - 65
8. Belarus - 63
9. Azerbaijan - 36
10. Hungary - 30

Final results
40 kg
GOLD - Luchana BEKBAULOVA (RUS)
SILVER -
Karin UEMATSU (JPN)
BRONZE -
Sterling DIAS (USA)
BRONZE -
Sweety SWEETY (IND)

1st - Luchana Bekbaulova (Russia) dec. Karin Uematsu (Japan), 5-2
3rd - Sterling Dias (United States) fall Elif Iskin (Turkey), 0:58
3rd - Sweety Sweety (India) dec. Munojatkhon Samieva (Uzbekistan), 6-4

46 kg
GOLD - Sakura MOTOKI (JPN)
SILVER - Otgonjargal DOLGORJAV (MGL)
BRONZE - Xiaomin XIE (CHN)
BRONZE – Devi SANJU (IND)

1st - Sakura Motoki (Japan) dec. Otgonjargal Dolgorjav (Mongolia) 6-2
3rd - Devi Sanju (India) dec. Olivia Shore (United States), 5-4
3rd - Xiaomin Xie (China) dec. Kalmira Bilimbek Kyzy (Kyrgyzstan), 8-7

53 kg
GOLD - Mako OONO (JPN)
SILVER - Meenakshi MEENAKSHI (IND)
BRONZE - Zhaojing SHI (CHN)
BRONZE – Erdenesuvd BAT ERDENE (MGL)

1st - Mako Oono (Japan) dec. Meenakshi Meenakshi (India), 2-1
3rd - Zhaojing Shi (China) TF Hanna Frotscher (Germany), 10-0
3rd - Erdenesuvd Bat Erdene (Mongolia) dec. Leilah Castro (United States), 6-0

61 kg
GOLD - Antonyna KULAHINA (UKR)
SILVER - Qin ZHAO (CHN)
BRONZE - Anshu ANSHU (IND)
BRONZE – Riko TAKAYAMA (JPN)

1st - Antonyna Kulahina (Ukraine) TF Qin Zhao (China), 12-2
3rd - Anshu Anshu (India) TF  Zhala Aliyeva (Azerbaijan), 10-0
3rd - Riko Takayama (Japan) dec. Alina Maksimava (Belarus), 5-4

69 kg
GOLD – Macey KILTY (USA)
SILVER – Julia FRIDULUND (SWE)
BRONZE – Rin TERAMOTO (JPN)
BRONZE –Sonika HOODA (IND)

1st - Macey Kilty (United States) dec. Julia Fridlund (Sweden), 9-3
3rd - Rin Teramoto (Japan) TF Marta Pajula (Estonia), 10-0
3rd - Sonika Hooda (India) TF Mengwei Zhang (CHINA), 12-0

U.S. women’s freestyle results
40 kg/88 lbs. – Sterling Dias, Las Vegas, Nev. (Slam WC) - BRONZE
WIN
Buman Enkhbold (Mongolia), 6-1
LOSS Luchana Bekbaulova (Russia), 11-0
WIN Elif Iskin (Turkey), fall 0:57

43 kg/95 lbs. – Emily Shilson, Maple Grove, Minn. (Titan Mercury) - GOLD
WIN Ana Maria Cristescu (Romania), fall 2:19
WIN Simran Simran (India), 10-0
WIN Victoria Aleksandrova (Russia), 11-1
WIN Shahana Nazarova (Azerbaijan), 14-4

46 kg/101 lbs. – Olivia Shore, St. Paris, Ohio (Shore Sports Club) - FIFTH
WIN Seyma Kizmaz (Turkey), fall 3:43
WIN Nadezhda Matveeva (Russia), 4-4
LOSS Otgonjarga Dolgorjav (Mongolia), fall 0:37
LOSS Devi Sanju (India), 5-4

49 kg/108 lbs. – Tiare Ikei, Honolulu, Hawaii (Grapplers Hawaii) - BRONZE
WIN Faten Ahmed (Egypt), fall 3:22
LOSS Lukina (Russia), 11-0
WIN Aisha Kappar (Kazakhstan) 10-0
WIN Munkhgerel Munkhbat (Mongolia), fall 1:17

53 kg/117 lbs. – Leilah Castro, New Lexington, Ohio (Shore Sports Club) - FIFTH
WIN Aizhan
Sabyrbek Kyzy (Kyrgyzstan), fall 1:15
WIN Othelie Hoeie (Norway), 10-0
WIN Tatiana Kabanova (Russia), 4-2
LOSS Meenakshi Meenakshi (India), 2-2
LOSS Bat Erdene (Mongolia), 6-0

57 kg/125 lbs. – Cheyenne Bowman, La Habra, Calif. (Pounders WC), did not compete

61 kg/134 lbs. – Morgan Norris, Sparks, Nev. (AGA Wolfpack WC)
LOSS Alina Antipova (Latvia), fall 0:47

65 kg/143 lbs. – Kiana Pugh, Mosinee, Wisc. (Mosinee WC) – SEVENTH
WIN Nigar Mirzazada (Azerbaijan), fall 1:00
LOSS Oksana Chudyk (Ukraine), 9-5

69 kg/152 lbs. – Macey Kilty, River Falls, Wisc. (Sunkist Kids) - GOLD
WIN Sonika Hooda (India), fall 3:00
WIN Anastasia Alpyeva (Ukraine), 12-1
WIN Mengwei Zhang (China), fall 1:40
WIN Julia Fridlund (Sweden), 7-3

73 kg/161 lbs. - Tristan Kelly, Erie, Colo. (Betterman Elite) – did not place
LOSS Valeria Trifonova (Russia), 12-0