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Welker Earns Bronze at U23 World Championships

By Gabby Lord-Klein , 11/05/21, 10:00AM CDT


featured photo by Kadir Caliskan

Belgrade, Serbia -- Kylie Welker earned a bronze medal at the U23 Word Championships to round out her third appearance on the U.S. World teams this season. Teammate Emily Shilson won gold for the United States, and the U.S. Women’s Freestyle team placed third overall.

From USAW: “Kylie and Emily have made their marks this season,” USA Wrestling National Women’s Developmental Coach Jessica Medina said. “Their drive, hard work and dedication has paid off and I’m hopeful they will continue to improve and build on their successes.”

Welker posted the following caption on social media: 
“Coming home with a bronze medal from u23 worlds.  It wasn't what I had hoped for, but it was still a great experience. This was the final world championships of the year and I'm looking forward to tying up any loose ends and coming back stronger. Now to heal up and go to Junior Pan am games! Proud to be a part of Team USA and wear those 3 letters across my chest. 2021 World Championships: 3/3”

From USAW: “I am so proud of every athlete’s effort this week,” USA Wrestling National Women’s Developmental Coach Jessica Medina said. “Our athletes represented themselves on the mat and represented our country very well. The spirit of Team USA is strong and I know our program will continue to strive for excellence. Thank you to all of our donors, supporters, coaches and support staff.”

Welker will wrestle at the Junior Pan Am Games in Cali, Columbia the first week of December. 

76 kg: Kylie Welker (Franksville, Wisc./Titan Mercury WC), bronze medal
WIN Evgeniia Zakharchenko (Russia), 6-5
WIN Kamile Gaucite (Lithuania), fall 1:33
LOSS Aiperi Medet Kyzy (Kyrgystan), 8-0
WIN Genesis Reasco Valdez (Ecuador), fall 2:14

In Greco Roman, Alston Nutter (67 KG) dropped his opening-round match to cadet silver medalist Joni Khetsuriani of Georgia and was not pulled back in via repechage.         

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