Skylar Grote at Captain's Cup (Photo/Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Saturday evening, Senior-level women's freestyle athlete Skylar Grote announced her new training situation. Grote, a New Jersey native, will move across the country and train at Oregon State's â€œBeaver Dam RTCâ€. The RTC has already bought into supporting women's wrestling, as Grote will be the fifth woman to join the team. She'll train alongside Adeline Gray, Mallory Velte, Alyssa Lampe, and Alex Glaude.
Grote wrestled in high school at fabled Blair Academy, then moved onto Ontario's Brock University for college. Before getting to Brock, Grote was a part of two Pan-American Junior teams. She came home with a silver medal in 2014 and a gold in 2015. Since the pandemic has died down, Grote has been active on the Senior level. She was a runner-up at Senior Nationals in October while competing at 68 kg. A month later, Grote was a U23 national champion at the same weight. She also entered the Last Chance Qualifier in March and went 1-1, with her loss coming to eventual Olympic Trials runner-up Kennedy Blades.
In the 2021 edition of Senior Nationals, Grote was a runner-up to now-teammate, Glaude, at Senior Nationals, up at 72 kg. Grote was also a member of â€œTeam Francisâ€ at the Captain's Cup and went 2-1, with wins over Alyvia Fiske and Kayla Marano.
Before Grote's announcement on Saturday, she was in action at Wisconsin's â€œUnderground 5â€ card. She was victorious over Life University assistant Aurum Naylor, 8-1.