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Shilson wins Cadet world title, Ikei earns bronze

Emily Shilson won the world title at 43 kilograms (Photo/Martin Gabor, United World Wrestling)

ZAGREB, Croatia -- After going home disappointed with a Cadet world silver medal in 2017, Emily Shilson dominated her way to the top of the podium and was crowned Cadet world champion at 43 kilograms in Zagreb, Croatia, on Thursday evening.

"I'm feeling great!" Shilson said. "I've been working since last year nonstop for this moment and it finally paid off. I just wanted to go out and wrestle my match and do what I know I'm capable of doing. I didn't want it to be like last year."

Shilson, a two-time Cadet Pan American champion, knocked off 2017 Cadet world champion Shahana Nazarova of Azerbaijan for the title.

Nazarova struck first with a takedown in the opening seconds to take a 2-0 lead into the second period. The Azeri extended her lead to 4-0, executing a double, but while Nazarova was looking for a turn, Shilson snuck on top and worked that famous Minnesota gut wrench. Shilson tacked on six turns for a 14-4 technical fall.

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