USA Wrestling EAP update: Kilty he...

EAP update: Kilty helps USA place second in Women’s World Cup; three EAP wrestlers compete at Bill Farrell

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Nov. 22, 2019, 12:56 p.m. (ET)

Macey Kilty of the USA in her victory over Gantuya Enkhbat of Mongolia at the 2019 Women's World Cup in Japan. Photo by Sachiko Hotaka, United World Wrestling.

A number of Elite Accelerator Program (EAP) athletes competed in international competition last weekend at the Senior level, a great test for these rising young talents.

The Elite Accelerator Program (EAP) is a progressive developmental movement based at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., aimed at molding young wrestlers into World and Olympic Champions.

EAP athlete and recent U23 World silver medalist Macey Kilty (Stratford, Wis./Sunkist Kids/EAP) competed on the U.S. team which placed a strong second at the 2019 Women’s World Cup in Narita, Japan, Nov. 16-17.

Her impressive 2-1 record at 62 kg in the dual meet tournament was a factor in the overall success of the team. It was the first time since 2011 that the USA secured a top-three team placement and appeared on the Women’s World Cup podium.

Kilty opened the tournament with an injury default victory in 35 seconds over Uliana Turkenova of Russia, part of the USA’s dominant 8-2 victory over Russia in Group B. At the 2019 Senior Worlds, Russia was second and the USA was third, so this strong effort was big for the team.

Her victory over two-time U23 World bronze medalist Gantuya Enkhbat of Mongolia was huge in the USA’s 6-4 win over Mongolia, which sent Team USA into the championship finals. Enkhbat put Kilty to her back early on, almost securing a fall, but a reversal by Kilty and a leg lace turn changed the match and led to Kilty’s 4-2 win. In recent years, Mongolia has scored victories over the USA at the Women’s World Cup, so this match was a huge boost for the program

In the gold-medal dual meet against Japan, Kilty was stopped by 2019 Senior World bronze medalist Yukako Kawai, 7-0. The USA fell to Japan, 7-3, with its victories coming from its 2019 Senior World champions Jacarra Winchester (55 kg), Tamyra Mensah-Stock (68 kg) and Adeline Gray (76 kg).

At Narita, Japan, Nov. 16-17

62 kg/136.5 lbs. - Macey Kilty, Stratford, Wis. (Sunkist Kids/EAP)
WIN Uliana Tukurenova (Russia), injury default, 0:35
WIN Gantuya Enkhbat (Mongolia), 4-2
LOSS Yukako Kawai (Japan), 7-0

Ikei, Moran, Saunders compete at Bill Farrell International

Members of the EAP program, two in men’s freestyle and one in women’s freestyle, competed at the Bill Farrell Memorial International in New York City, November 15-16. This was the first qualifying event of the new season for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in University Park, Pa. in April.

2019 U.S. Senior Open champion Tiare Ikei (Honolulu, Hawaii/Titan Mercury WC/EAP) finished with a 2-1 record at 53 kg. She opened with a 12-0 technical fall over Kasey Baynon. In her second match, 2019 WCWA champion Gracie Figueroa scored a fall over Ikei in 4:37. In the repechage rounds, she also fell to Alisha Howk, 10-4.

Two EAP men’s freestyle wrestlers competed, dropping their opening bouts to talented opponents and did not qualify for repechage.

At 57 kg, Jacob Moran (Portage, Ind./unattached/EAP) lost to past NCAA champion and current Senior National Team member Darian Cruz by technical fall 11-0. At 65 kg, Joshua Saunders (St. Louis, Mo./Titan Mercury WC/EAP) was beaten in a 10-0 technical fall by Shoya Shimae of Japan, a 2013 Japan Cadet World Team member.

At New York, N.Y., Nov. 15-16

Women’s freestyle

53 kg/116.5 lbs.- Tiare Ikei, Honolulu, Hawaii (Titan Mercury WC/EAP)
WIN Kasey Baynon (Lion WC), tech. fall 12-0
LOSS Gracie Figueroa (Titan Mercury WC), fall 4:37
LOSS Alisha Howk (Sunkist Kids), 10-4

Men’s freestyle

57 kg - Jacob Moran, Portage, Ind. (unattached/EAP)
LOSS Darian Cruz (New York AC), tech. fall 11-0

65 kg - Joshua Saunders, St. Louis, Mo. (Titan Mercury WC/EAP)
LOSS Shoya Shimae (Japan), tech. fall 10-0