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Kilty finishes with silver at U23 Worlds, Miracle reaches finals

Macey Kilty finished with a silver medal at the U23 World Championships (Photo/Kadir Caliskan)

BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Macey Kilty will leave a world championship event with a silver medal for the third straight time.

On Thursday, Kilty fell in the gold-medal match of the U23 World Championships at 68 kilograms to Japan's Masako Furuichi, 7-2.

Earlier this year, Kilty won a silver medal at the Junior World Championships for the second straight year.

Furuichi, a seven-time age group world champion and senior world medalist, scored a takedown off a single leg twenty seconds into the match. Kilty responded with a takedown of her own to grab the lead on criteria. But it was all Furuichi the rest of the way. With 30 seconds left in the first period, Furuichi scored a takedown off a double leg to go up 4-2. She extended her lead to 6-2 with another takedown in the first minute of the second period and would later add a point off a caution and one.

Kilty, a Wisconsin native, now has five age group world medals. She won gold and bronze at the Cadet World Championships, two silver medals at the Junior World Championships, to go along with her most recent silver at the U23 World Championships.

Emily Shilson (50 kilograms) and Dominique Parrish (55 kilograms) competed in repechage on Thursday but failed to advance to medal matches.

Shilson, a gold medalist at the Youth Olympic Games, claimed a 12-10 victory in her first repechage match at 50 kilograms over Azerbaijan's Turkan Nasirova of Azerbaijan, a 2015 Junior world champion and four-time world medalist. She then lost 10-0 to Russia's Nadesha Sokolova, a 2018 U23 world silver medalist and 2011 Cadet world champion.

Parish fell in her first repechage match at 55 kilograms to Andrea Ana of Romania, 5-1.

Kayla Miracle advanced to the finals with three falls (Photo/Sachiko Hotaka, United World Wrestling)

Miracle gets three falls en route to reaching finals

Kayla Miracle picked up three falls in three matches on Thursday en route to reaching the finals at 62 kilograms. Miracle found herself down 7-0 with two minutes remaining in her semifinal match against Ilona Prokopevniuk of Ukraine. The 23-year-old Miracle came back strong, putting the Ukrainian to her back multiple times before securing the fall with just under 40 seconds remaining in the match.

Earlier in the day, Miracle had falls over Reka Bacsfaiova of Slovakia and Maria Kuznetkova of Russia. She will face Japan's Yuzuka Inagaki, a multiple-time age group world champion, in the gold-medal match on Friday.

Two other American women, Felicity Taylor (53 kilograms) and Maya Nelson (65 kilograms), will have an opportunity to wrestle back for bronze medals on Friday. Both wrestlers went 1-1 in the opening session on Thursday but remain alive after the wrestlers who defeated them reached the finals.

Taylor edged Viktoria Vilhelm of Hungary, 4-3, in her first match at 53 kilograms before losing by fall to senior world champion Haruna Okuno of Japan.

Nelson, a gold medalist at the Junior World Championships, topped Nisha Nisha of India, 11-3, before being shut out by Misuzu Enamoto of Japan, 7-0.

Arian Carpio (57 kilograms) and Alyvia Fiske (72 kilograms) both dropped their first match and were eliminated on Thursday.

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