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Kennedy Blades is a Wyoming Seminary wrestler from Chicago, Illinois who shocked the wrestling world by making the finals of the 68-kg Olympic Trials at the age of 17. She defeated two-time Senior-level World team member Forrest Molinari in dominant fashion before losing in the finals to 2019 World Champion and eventual 2020 Olympic gold medalist Tamyra Mensah-Stock.

  1. Women's Weekly: Midlands Adds Women's Tournament, McKendree Loaded

    Women's Weekly: Midlands Adds Women's Tournament, McKendree Loaded

    Nov 11, 2021

    The college season is in full swing after a historic international season for women’s wrestling. This was an unusual year with the Olympic Games and the Senior World Championships taking place weeks apart.
  2. Prep Phenoms On A Collision Course At World Team Trials

    Prep Phenoms On A Collision Course At World Team Trials

    Sep 1, 2021

    Kylie Welker noticed things were different in the days following the Olympic Trials in April. A casual visit to Farm & Fleet near her hometown of Waterford, Wisconsin, turned into a celebrity sighting of sorts.
  3. The Pulse With Andy Hamilton: USA Gaining In Women's World Supremacy Race

    The Pulse With Andy Hamilton: USA Gaining In Women's World Supremacy Race

    Aug 21, 2021

    Terry Steiner typically isn’t the type who makes headline-grabbing predictions, but the leader of the USA Wrestling women’s freestyle program made a bold declaration a couple weeks ago.
  4. Junior World Championships Women's Freestyle Preview

    Junior World Championships Women's Freestyle Preview

    Aug 17, 2021

    With the historic performance of our U.S. Olympic Team right behind us, the U.S. Junior Women’s World squad heads to Ufa, Russia, to compete this week with a lot of confidence and momentum. And they should, as USA Wrestling is sending the best Junior women’s squad we’ve ever assembled to compete at the UWW Junior World Championships. The event features 500 wrestlers in three divisions (women’s freestyle, men’s freestyle, and men’s Greco) who will be competing for 120 medals.
  5. The Comprehensive Women's Nationals Recap

    The Comprehensive Women's Nationals Recap

    May 12, 2021

    What. A. Weekend. Women’s Nationals is in the books and 30 new World Team members emerged from the mats in Irving, Texas in the Cadet, Junior, and Senior divisions. The present and the future were on display as familiar names did what we expected them to do, while young rising stars made their mark, some for the first time on the national stage.
  6. Full Loaded Field For Women's Nationals

    Full Loaded Field For Women's Nationals

    May 6, 2021

    The future of women's wrestling will be on display this weekend in Irving, Texas at Women's Nationals. With World Team spots on the line for Cadet, Junior, and U23 women, these massive brackets are sure to produce incredible action. Check out everyone who's registered for Women's Nationals
  7. The Complete Women's Nationals Preview

    The Complete Women's Nationals Preview

    May 6, 2021

    Women’s Nationals are here, or as some call it “Not-Body-Bar”— a reference to the moniker that identified the event for years.
  8. Maroulis & Gray Return To The Games: Women's Olympic Team Trials Recap

    Maroulis & Gray Return To The Games: Women's Olympic Team Trials Recap

    Apr 5, 2021

    What a night in Fort Worth. When Helen Maroulis pinned Jenna Burkert in match 3 of the 57 kg finals, it capped off a weekend of high drama playing out on the biggest stage in domestic wrestling, the Olympic Team Trials. For some, all the hard work and dreams came down to a moment, but none more emotional than the final Maroulis-Burkert match.
  9. Trials Notes: Oliver, McKenna Shake Up 65 KG Bracket

    Trials Notes: Oliver, McKenna Shake Up 65 KG Bracket

    Apr 3, 2021

    Jordan Oliver has been around the Senior freestyle circuit long enough now to know that the best-drawn blueprints rarely materialize perfectly at the Olympic Trials. 
  10. 8 Biggest Surprises Of Day 1 At Olympic Trials

    8 Biggest Surprises Of Day 1 At Olympic Trials

    Apr 3, 2021

    Just a bananas day one of the 2021 Olympic Trials.  Everyone knew coming in it’d be a day of surprises and upsets, but this took it to another level.
  11. Pure Fire: Tonight's Best Upcoming Matchups

    Pure Fire: Tonight's Best Upcoming Matchups

    Apr 2, 2021

    After an electric first session of the Olympic Trials, we have some incredible semi’s set to go down for this evening’s session.  
  12. Who Are The Olympic Trials Sleepers?

    Who Are The Olympic Trials Sleepers?

    Apr 1, 2021

    The unpredictable occurring at Olympic Trials is nothing new.  In 2016 Frank Molinaro and J’den Cox made the team out of the 9 seed.  Jake Deitchler was still in high school and made the 08 team in Greco. 
  13. High Schoolers Shine In Women's Freestyle At Last Chance Qualifier

    High Schoolers Shine In Women's Freestyle At Last Chance Qualifier

    Mar 28, 2021

    If anyone had any questions about Kennedy Blades coming into Last Chance Qualifier, those questions have been answered by the high school phenom. After taking out Hannah Gladden in the quarters 10-0, the second time she’s beaten the 2019 U.S. Team #3 in the last five months, 68 kg Blades dominated #1 seed Skylar Grote 12-1 in the semis. Grote is ranked #4 at the Senior level. Then, in a battle of high school stars, Blades outpaced Kylie Welker 16-6 in the finals to qualify for the Olympic Team Trials next weekend. Welker also qualified when #2 seed Kayla Marano, who Welker had beaten earlier in the day, won the consolation finals. It was a standout day for both young athletes.“I felt prepared and excited to wrestle because it’s always fun to compete,” said Blades, a Wyoming Seminary student.