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Shilson, Boyd cruise to finals at Cadet World Championships

Emily Shilson (Photo/Richard Immel)

ATHENS, Greece -- Emily Shilson and Alara Boyd cruised to the finals on the opening day of the Cadet World Championships in Athens, Greece, on Wednesday.

Shilson was unchallenged in her run to the finals at 43 kilograms, picking up three technical falls in three matches and outscoring her opposition 34-4.

In the semifinals, Shilson faced Ukraine's Karina Chornomor, and quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead after scoring with a low ankle attack. She built her lead with another takedown before transitioning to a lace, which he scored with twice to go up 8-0. She then put the match away with another takedown with just under 30 seconds remaining in the first period.

She will face Ito of Japan in tomorrow's finals.

Boyd, a 2016 Cadet world bronze medalist, will be upgrading her world medal this year after reaching the finals at 65 kilograms.

She was pushed in her opening match against Oksana Chudyk of Ukraine, but prevailed 5-2. Boyd held a 3-2 lead late in the match before getting an exposure to win by three.

Alara Boyd (Photo/Richard Immel)

She then followed up that win with a technical fall (11-0) over 2017 Cadet Pan Am bronze medalist Nyla Burgess of Canada.

In the semifinals, Boyd won by fall over Siyka Ivanova of Bulgaria. The American led 1-0 at the break before getting two takedowns in the second period before securing the fall. Boyd will meet Japan's Honoka Nakai in the gold-medal match.

Vayle Baker, a two-time Cadet World team member, opened with a victory before losing to 2016 Cadet World champion Suzuna Yoshimura of Japan. Baker was pulled back into repechage after Yoshimura reached the finals.

Returning bronze medalist Gracie Figueroa started her tournament with two wins before losing by fall to Ida Joensson of Sweden. Figueroa was eliminated from the tournament when Joensson was edged in the semifinals.

Wrestling resumes on Thursday with repechage matches slated for 10:30 a.m. local time, 1:30 a.m. ET. The finals will take place at 6 p.m. local time, 11 a.m. ET.

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