Meet The Contenders: Macey Kilty vs Kennedy Blades

152 lbs - Macey Kilty, WI Junior Women's Fargo Champion

Most people are familiar with Macey Kilty. She’s making her second appearance at Who’s #1 this year and is fresh off of doing a whole bunch of winning.

Across the mat from her is Kennedy Blades, the first incoming freshman we’ve had at WNO since 2014, when Gavin Teasdale and Cade Olivas squared off in the first high school match of their careers. Anyway, Kilty and Blades will be the second girls match ever to go down in the Snakepit. This will also be the second time facing off against each other since meeting in the best-of-three finals at the Cadet World team trials.

Watch Blades vs Kilty in match 1 of the Cadet trials finals:

Macey Kilty

  • Cadet World Champ
  • 4x Fargo Champ
  • 2017 Pan-Am Champ

Looking for redemption this year. Kilty came up short against Gracie Figueroa at last year’s WNO, but she’s been pretty dominant ever since. She collected a Cadet world title this year in Zagreb, then shortly after headed to Fargo to collect the fourth stop sign of her career.

Kennedy Blades

  • 2018 Pan-Am Champ
  • 2018 Fargo Champ
  • IL Girls Freestyle State Champ

Like I stated above, Blades is the first incoming freshman wrestler to get an invite to WNO since 2014. And though she is just starting out, the future Wyoming Seminary Knight is well worth the nod. She dominated her way to a Cadet Fargo title going unscored upon with three pins and a tech in the finals that all came in under two minutes.

Watch Blades dominate to a Fargo title:

How do they match up?

Blades is a long and lengthy wrestler who can work from space whereas Kilty likes to do work from the inside working off and controlling ties. When they met in the Cadet trials finals, Blades was able to get to Kilty's legs and score a few takedowns, however, Kilty was able to grind her way to victory with her constant pressure.

#4 Travis Ford-Melton Commits To Purdue

113 lbs Semifinal - Travis Ford-Melton, IL vs Adam Busiello, NY

More big recruiting news today. Travis Ford-Melton released his college decision on social media, announcing he will be wrestling for the Purdue Boilermakers.

Decision Time For Cam Amine

152 lbs Round Of 128 - Cameron Amine, Michigan vs Braydon Huber, Idaho

Find a bucolic setting in Michigan and name it Amine Arbor.

Cohlton Schultz Wins Bronze, Andrew Berreyesa In World Finals

130kg, Final 3 of 3, Cohlton Schultz, NYAC vs Anthony Cassioppi, ISI

Team USA picked up two medals today in Greco-Roman at the Junior world championships. Cohlton Schultz won a bronze medal at 130kg and Andrew Berreyesa made the finals at 82kg.

Meet The Contenders: #1 Jakason Burks vs #2 Greg Diakomihalis

51 R16 - Greg Diakomihalis, FLWC vs Garett Lautzenheiser, Parkview

Jakason Burks has a big move arsenal and Greg Diakomihalis is nasty from an elbow tie. Burks is a walking warning sign when it comes to big throws while Greg D doesn’t always need to manufacture his own offense in order to score. 

FRL 317 - Penn State's Schedule, 125 and 133 Rankings Drop

FRL 317 discusses the Penn State wrestling schedule as well as the new NCAA rankings at 125 and 133 pounds.

Penn State Releases 2018-19 Schedule

174 lbs Round of 16 - Mark Hall, Penn State vs Hunter Bolen, Virginia Tech

The three-time defending national champion Penn State Nittany Lions have released their 2018-19 wrestling schedule.

Returning Division 1 All-Americans: 184lbs

184 lbs Semifinal - Taylor Venz, Nebraska vs Myles Martin, Ohio State

Now that preseason has officially started, pictures and videos are starting to filter in of teams practicing, all striving for the same goal: to win national championships and become All-Americans.

Ben Darmstadt Out, Ben Honis In For Cornell At 197

197 lbs Semifinal - Ben Darmstadt, Cornell vs Chris Weiler, Lehigh

Ben Darmstadt is likely to miss at least part of the the 2018-19 season due to injury. If possible (Ivy League has their own guidelines), Cornell may apply for a medical redshirt in the hopes of maintaining his final three years of eligibility.

#7 Theorius Robison Commits To Northern Colorado

132lbs Final: Carmen Ferrante, Bergen Catholic vs Theorius Robison, Pomona

Theorius Robison (Pomona, CO) has verbally committed to wrestle for the Northern Colorado Bears after high school.

Virginia Tech Recruiting Targets

Tony Robie is passing all the tests.

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