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Kylie Welker is a Waterford, Wisconsin native who showed out at the 2021 Olympic Trials, reaching the finals as a 17-year-old. In the finals she fell to five-time World champion and eventual Olympic silver medalist Adeline Gray. Despite not winning the Olympic spot, Welker still earned spots on both the 2021 Junior and U23 World teams at 76 kg.

  1. Women's Weekly: Final High School Rankings

    Women's Weekly: Final High School Rankings

    Jul 1, 2022

    Last week, it was the first set of national team high school rankings. This week, it’s the final individual rankings of the 2021-22 season. Amit Elor leads the way in the pound-for-pound rankings after making the U20, U23, and senior World teams this year.
  2. National Champion Taylor Transfers To Iowa

    National Champion Taylor Transfers To Iowa

    Jun 23, 2022

    Iowa coach Clarissa Chun keeps adding to her recruiting haul and she may have just landed her best wrestler yet. Felicity Taylor announced on Instagram that she is transferring from McKendree to the University of Iowa after a successful college career that included three appearances in the national collegiate finals (NCAA programs), one in the WCWA finals, and a national title in 2021.
  3. Sterling Dias Commits To Iowa

    Sterling Dias Commits To Iowa

    May 20, 2022

    Iowa’s recruiting haul continues to grow with the addition of two-time Cadet World medalist Sterling Dias. Dias is currently ranked third in the nation at 106 pounds, which will add depth to the lower weights.
  4. 5 Women's Storylines To Follow At US Open

    5 Women's Storylines To Follow At US Open

    Apr 25, 2022

    There are plenty of high-level athletes competing at the 2022 US Open in Las Vegas this weekend. Here are five women’s storylines to follow.
  5. Hawkeyes Add Transfer To Inaugural Recruiting Class

    Hawkeyes Add Transfer To Inaugural Recruiting Class

    Apr 6, 2022

    Iowa coach Clarissa Chun added her first transfer to an already impressive recruiting class. Nanea Estrella — a runner-up at the 2022 NAIA Championships at 130 pounds for Menlo College — is heading to Iowa City to compete for the Hawkeyes. She plans to finish the semester in Atherton, California, before making the move to the Midwest.
  6. Women's Weekly: Iowa Off To A Fast Start

    Women's Weekly: Iowa Off To A Fast Start

    Feb 7, 2022

    New Iowa women’s coach Clarissa Chun is on the recruiting trail and she landed three of the best wrestlers in the country. Kylie Welker — the #1 overall high school recruit — kicked things off by announcing her commitment to the Hawkeyes on February 3. A few days later, Bettendorf’s Ella Schmit became the first in-state recruit for Iowa.
  7. Chun, Hawkeyes Land First Recruit

    Chun, Hawkeyes Land First Recruit

    Feb 3, 2022

    Clarissa Chun has scored her first recruiting win — and it’s quite a catch for the new Iowa coach.
  8. Women's Weekly: Everything Women's Wrestling

    Women's Weekly: Everything Women's Wrestling

    Dec 23, 2021

    Lori Ayres is starting a new video podcast on FloWrestling called “Everything Women’s Wrestling.” Ayres is the co-founder of Division I women’s wrestling, an organization working to educate, grow, and support women who want to wrestle at the Division I level.
  9. Seven Top Women's Takeaways From The U23 World Championships

    Seven Top Women's Takeaways From The U23 World Championships

    Nov 8, 2021

    Ukraine won its first World team title in Belgrade and did so in spectacular fashion. Of its nine athletes, seven picked up medals, five reached the finals and three earned gold. The team was led by Olympic Team member Alina Akobiia, who unfortunately had to miss the Games after damaging ligaments in her elbow. She proved here that she’s a tier above everyone on the U23 level, pinning each of her opponents prior to the finals (where she controlled Russia’s Kristina Mikhneva). Other highlights included Solomiia Vynnyk defeating talented Olympian Anastasia Nichita of Moldova in a contentious 4-4 criteria bout and Anastasiia Lavrenchuk and Anastasiya Alpyeyeva commandingly taking titles at 65 kg and 72 kg respectively. This bodes well for Ukraine’s Senior-level future. None of the five women that represented Ukraine at the Olympics — where it picked up two bronze medals and a fifth-place finisher — were in attendance in Serbia, showing the serious depth and wide range of stars that are entering their Senior-level lineups. Ukraine will, without a doubt, be entering the upper echelon of international women’s wrestling over the next quad as its young stars compete for World Team spots with its talented veterans.
  10. Tony's On Top: Day 7 U23 Worlds Match Notes

    Tony's On Top: Day 7 U23 Worlds Match Notes

    Nov 7, 2021

    We have two wrestlers in contention for a medal. Anthony Cassioppi (125 kg) is in the gold medal match at 125 kg while Chris Cannon (61 kg) is fighting his way through the repechage.
  11. Ukraine Wins Team Title Over Russia And USA

    Ukraine Wins Team Title Over Russia And USA

    Nov 5, 2021

    Wrestling has finished in women’s freestyle at the U23 world championships in Belgrade, Serbia. The team race was tight throughout between Team USA, Russia, Ukraine, and India. Take a look below to see the final standings and how every representative for Team USA performed.
  12. Shilson Grabs Gold: Day 4 U23 Worlds Match Notes

    Shilson Grabs Gold: Day 4 U23 Worlds Match Notes

    Nov 4, 2021

    Day four in Belgrade: Alyvia Fiske will be in the morning repechage session and the second half of the women's team (Ronna Heaton, Amanda Martinez, Emma Bruntil, Ashlynn Ortega, Kayla Marano) start their tournament. Later this afternoon Kylie Welker will wrestle for bronze and Emily Shilson for gold. Should be a tremendous day!
  13. LIVE From Serbia: Day 3 U23 Worlds Match Notes

    LIVE From Serbia: Day 3 U23 Worlds Match Notes

    Nov 3, 2021

    Day three in Belgrade: 3 Greco athletes remain alive in repechage (Dylan Gregerson, Nate Moore, and Nicholas Boykin) and the first half of the women's team (Emily Shilson, Alex Hedrick, Michaela Beck, Alyiva Fiske, Kylie Welker)kick things off. Should be a tremendous day!
  14. U.S. Women Shine in Oslo

    U.S. Women Shine in Oslo

    Oct 11, 2021

    The USA women’s freestyle squad turned in another historic performance at the World Championships in Oslo, taking second to Japan in the team race while matching an American women’s record with seven medalists, including champions Adeline Gray and Helen Maroulis.
  15. Eclectic American Greco Group Ready To Hit Mat In Oslo

    Eclectic American Greco Group Ready To Hit Mat In Oslo

    Oct 6, 2021

    The draws for the 2021 Greco-Roman World Championships will be released sometime on Wednesday. Those who pay attention to bracket placement and early-round match-ups will ponder the possibilities. They will imagine perceived routes to medal chances, talk ‘em over, and then wait in great anticipation for the tournament to actually begin.